Batman / Huntress: Cry for Blood

Issue #1

Cover Date: June 2000
Subtitle: Cry for Blood part one
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty
Storyline: Batman questioned Huntress when one of her cousins was fished out of the Gotham River with a crossbow dart through his heart. She visited her family and offered condolences. Driving home, she stopped for a man standing in the road.


Issue #2

Cover Date: July 2000
Subtitle: Cry for Blood part two
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty
Storyline: Oracle contacted Nightwing. He visited Helena and offered his help. She turned him down and threw NML in his face. She found a reporter pin cushioned with more of her darts. When Batman and Nightwing saw her coming out of the reporter's window, they tried to take her in. She accidentally shot Batman and leapt into the river to escape Nightwing. The man from the road rescued her.


Issue #3

Cover Date: August 2000
Subtitle: Cry for Blood part three
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty
Storyline: When she woke up, The Question (Vic Sage) introduced himself and his teacher. Sage asked her to stay with them so that she could learn how to live, not just how to keep from dying. Robin believed she was innocent and asked Oracle to help him with the investigation. Helena finished her training and left for home with Vic.


Issue #4

Cover Date: September 2000
Subtitle: Cry for Blood part four
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty
Storyline: On the bus ride back to Gotham, Helena told Vic how her cousin in Sicily showed her how to be a hunter, not hunted; how she learned what the "family business" really was; how she first came in contact with Batman. Vic told Helena that Batman was, in a sense, her father. He was waiting for them in her apartment when they arrived.


Issue #5

Cover Date: October 2000
Subtitle: Cry for Blood part five
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty
Storyline: Batman told Helena that he'd give her room to clear her name as long as she didn't mix it up with the GCPD. Robin showed up shortly thereafter with the information that he and Oracle had uncovered. Helena found a picture of her mother with another man in a hotel, and the Huntress went to question him. He told her that he was her father.


Issue #6

Cover Date: November 2000
Subtitle: Cry for Blood part six
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty
Storyline: Her father told her that her life was an accident; her still being alive was also an accident - when the hit was called in on her family, her mother - not her - was supposed to be spared. He also confessed to framing her, but since he knew who she was, he figured he controlled her. Nightwing confirmed his accusations. Helena made a request to her uncle on his daughter's wedding day (Sicilian tradition says that a man cannot turn a favor down on this day). She busted up her "new" father's son while he awaited a shipment, so her father had to stand in for him. He requested that she be there to protect him, and an anonymous tip got him caught.


notes

  • This series contradicts earlier works on Helena's past. Here, Helena tells Vic that her family was killed when she was 8, 15 years ago. This was later confirmed by Robin and Oracle. After their deaths, she was taken to Sicily. There, she became the Huntress under tutelage of her cousin over the next dozen years. Earlier works (the 19 issue monthly) stated her as being 19 and in college when her family was killed, and that her bodyguard taught her.

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