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Newsarama released the first four pages of Huntress #1 by Paul Levitz, and so far it looks like this will be the only book in DCnU I'll actually be picking up besides Birds of Prey and Earth-2 JSA.

(Though should this really surprise anyone on here at this point? XP)


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So far I'm really digging the art in this issue and the writing looks pretty solid. One thing I *am* a bit worried about though is Levitz writing Helena B too similarly to his Helena Wayne version (ie, drugging a guy to sleep for example was more Helena Wayne's modus operandi than Helena B's who is more likely to beat a guy unconscious). But other than that, I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of this issue on Wednesday :)

Date: 2011-10-02 02:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
drugging a guy to sleep for example was more Helena Wayne's modus operandi than Helena B's who is more likely to beat a guy unconscious

She is trying to be sneaky. Beating a guy up would likely draw too much attention. Also, drugging him would ensure her plenty of time to snoop.

The only thing I didn't like about the preview was Helena wondering how many corpses she'd leave behind. That just felt a little too beyond the fringe.

Date: 2011-10-02 06:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Character-wise

Well, how much did the reboot affect Helena?

Date: 2011-10-02 08:06 am (UTC)
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Also, to be fair, you actually CAN'T beat someone unconscious, like the movies show it, unless you're causing them enough brain trauma to potentially cripple them or put them in a coma. It's why you see, for example, boxers who were KO'd starting to get up a few seconds after the knockout. The human body just doesn't work the way it's normally depicted in films and comics - which is why I flat out LOVED her use of drugs to keep the guard out of the picture after she initially subdued him with the crossbow bolt.

Little touches like that really go a long way towards winning me over, as a reader.

Date: 2011-10-02 08:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] whitesycamore
Yes, this.

Funnily enough, they rarely show people who've been knocked out for a minute or two staggering around in confusion and vomiting their guts up either, as would be quite normal after a severe concussion.

'Knocking people out' - if it lasts for more than a minute that usually means you've caused them a mid-to-severe traumatic brain injury, folks.

*puts soap box away*

Date: 2011-10-02 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] silicondream
Yep, exactly. That was a great touch

Not quite sure why she's all RARR I AM DARK SEXY VENGEANCE when she's actually firing it though, it seems a bit at odds with the narration otherwise.

Date: 2011-10-02 01:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I think I'd accept that a little more if she hadn't just ricochetted a crossbow bolt off his head. Even allowing for it being lighter than the norm, that thing would have crushed his skull, or at least caused severe fractures.

Date: 2011-10-02 02:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] richardak
All true, but the injection is nearly as unrealistic. There's a reason that anesthesiologists spend years learning how to drug people into unconsciousness safely. Too weak a dose, and the subject doesn't go under or doesn't stay under long enough; too strong a dose, and the subject dies. Also, if she were going to tranq him, why not just shoot a tranq bolt from the crossbow? It's a minor complaint, but this seems unnecessarily complicated.

Date: 2011-10-03 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Is is possible to drug someone to keep them unconscious without it being dangerous to their health? I was under the impression that anesthesia was quite dangerous, and the levels have to be pretty exacting.

Just curious. Doesn't really detract from the story for me.

Date: 2011-10-02 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ibmiller.livejournal.com
This is pretty much exactly what I was thinking. Hopefully this mini will be a) very good in itself (another Cry for Blood, not Year One (though Year One was certainly not all bad at all)) and b) lead to a high profile use of Helena in some of the ongoing books (I'm torn whether I want to see her in the new Bop or Batgirl. I trust Simone to write awesome Hel, but I don't know if that fits her plans at all. I'm very un-wowed by the new Bop so far, but maybe that could change.)

It would be nice if in addition to drawing a strong looking Helena Saiz could remember that she's actually the tallest member of the Bop, though. She was consistently way too short in his issue of the new series.

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