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Diane Darcy ([personal profile] aeka) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-11-13 06:09 pm

Bertinelli!Huntress/Power Girl Team-Up, Take Two

Just before the relaunch, DC did one final (though very short) Bertinelli!Huntress/Power Girl team-up for old times sake!

Considering this story is only 8 pages long and appears at the end of Superman/Batman #78, believe me when I say it was VERY difficult picking out only 1/3 of the pages to post. XP

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(Good thing it never occurred to Peege to tell Helena B about Helena Wayne then. I think that'd make Helena B feel a lot worse).

Anyway, Helena B continues to insist that she doesn't need Power Girl's help with earthquakes that hit Gotham. Peege, however, doesn't give up easily and goes on to inform her that Starrware detected a foreign entity crash-landing on Earth, which may have caused the earthquake.

Before they have a chance to investigate, the alien emerges and telepathically projects his own pain onto both Huntress and Power Girl, causing them to forcibly recall each of their own emotional baggage: Helena B is taken back to her memory of helplessly seeing her family murdered in front of her as a child, and Kara is recalls the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths eliminating Earth-2, and especially her losing Kal-L during Infinite Crisis, and being forced to destroy his Black Lanterned Corpse during Blackest Night.

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Shortly after this episode, the alien is revealed to be a child who's scared and lost. Helena B does what she does best and goes after the alien intending to capture it, and makes it known to Power Girl that she will use lethal force if he proves himself too dangerous (it is strongly emphasised that Helena learnt long ago "how to make tough decisions"). At this point, Kara is forced to realise how drastically different this Helena is from her Helena, and that contrary to her previous relationship with the latter, there is NO such thing as reasoning with Helena B once she has her mind set. So Peege is forced into a position of complete role-reversal, where *she* has to be the "voice of reason," whereas should this have been a different Helena, it would have been the other way around.

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Kara being an alien herself (in more than one way in this case) understands and explains to Helena B that the kid alien is stranded, to which Helena B very rudely responds with "just like you?"

And then, THIS heart-breaking moment:

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Moral of the story: This is why a friendship between Helena Bertinelli and Kara Zor-L could never work out. They only have angst in common, and Helena B masks hers with unrelenting anger, whereas Kara shows hers. It's a missed opportunity at best. :(

On second thought...that might change in DCnU if Helena B(?) is tied to Mister Terrific. If Dan DiDio stating that Crisis on Infinite Earths never happened, and the original Earth-2 is still around, then Helena Wayne is still alive and there is nothing for Power Girl to angst about. On that same note...Helena Bertinelli isn't the same angsty happy-to-kill-ya angry mafia princess she was before in DCnU either. Does this mean her Post-Crisis mafia upbringing is still in tact in DCnU and she simply learnt to make the best of a shitty situation? (Or is she really a stranded Helena Wayne masquerading around under an assumed alias?...As long as they don't go with "she had amnesia..." XP)

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[personal profile] venatosapiens 2011-11-14 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
I'm a huge fan of Brett Booth's dinosaur art. He can draw a mean theropod and has an excellent style for pulpy jungle fantasy comics.

Cape comics, though? Nope. It looks terrible. Just ugly, ugly work.

I think the story here is indulgent and melodramatic, since the tension works best, I think, when it's kept on a light boil under the lid. This just seems like an easy route to angst, and it produces nothing I find particularly interesting.
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[personal profile] halloweenjack 2011-11-14 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
yo dawg i herd u liek capes n smoke so i drew soem smoke on your smoke so u can have capes with ur capes
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[personal profile] shadowpsykie 2011-11-14 01:10 am (UTC)(link)
i don't agree, Helena's anger is not unrelenting, she has learned to not let her anger be her defining characteristic. also didn't they work together really well before infinite crisis?
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[personal profile] shadowpsykie 2011-11-14 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
no Helena B's personality has changed significantly. in many of her appearances her personality has been greatly toned down. however, you push her buttons, and she will punch yours.
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[personal profile] shadowpsykie 2011-11-14 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
another thing... i really don't like it when they play Peeg as the perpetual victim. Yes, i understand, her loss will always be a part of her. but her best stories are when she moves past that. it's like Bruce and his perpetual "MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!"
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[personal profile] shadowpsykie 2011-11-14 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
Superman seems to have handled it pretty well. and that brings up another point that always made me feel uncomfortable by it's implications. Powergirl, who can be seen as a female superman, has experienced the same loss, and he adjusts fine, where as the "woman" is still emotionally shaken by it.

that said, i agree, the powergirl series did an EXCELLENT job of distancing Powergirl the character from the "tragic hero"
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[personal profile] bariman 2011-11-14 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
Specifically regarding the ending to the story, why don't they just call up a Green Lantern? An Oan database search for "blue scaley telepath" should be rather quick, and he/she/it can get the alien kid home as well.
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[personal profile] rainspirit 2011-11-14 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
I don't think anything Didio says or promises about comic book continuity can be taken as trustworthy at this point. (And I'm not even the ones who've been burned by him!)

[personal profile] jlbarnett 2011-11-14 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
If the original E-2 is still around then there shouldn't be a Karen Starr in Mr. Terrific.

You didn't see the old DC populating E-1 with versions of Jay Garrick and Alan Scott.

And I think eliminating CoIE is a mistake. Characters like Anti-Monitor were a big part of the GL stories recently and they kept continuity. Barry Allen died. What could be a bigger death than sacrificing himself for the Earths.

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[personal profile] kenn_el 2011-11-14 02:57 am (UTC)(link)
There were 'almosts' like Wildcat in Brave & Bold, but for the most part Silver Age DCU wanted E-1 to be shiny and new. (I always thought Denny O'Neil miscalculated when he had Black Canary transfer Earths rather than creating an Earth 1 BC.)
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[personal profile] lieut_kettch 2011-11-14 09:45 am (UTC)(link)
Seems a little out of character for Helena B. to want to kill a lost and stranded child. She's always been portrayed has having a soft spot for children.
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[personal profile] endis_ni 2011-11-14 12:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Exactly my thought, too! Though I'm not sure how many of the current writers remember she's supposed to be a decent schoolteacher.

[personal profile] runespoor 2011-11-14 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Yup.
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[personal profile] beoweasel 2011-11-14 04:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, taken at face value, you have a hot, blonde woman sympathizing with an obviously non-human being, about how 'alone' they feel. Could you get anymore patronizing?

Yes, wealthy, attractive, blond, white woman, you truly are an outcast in our culture and a social pariah.
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[personal profile] kenn_el 2011-11-14 07:39 pm (UTC)(link)
A lot of individuals do not think of themselves in terms of demographics. Essentially, we are all alone.
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[personal profile] eyz 2011-11-15 09:09 am (UTC)(link)
It was an interesting team-up, which I would have loved to see more of.
And the funniest and best duos are the dysfunctional ones afteral :P