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Diane Darcy ([personal profile] aeka) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-10-01 08:47 pm

Preview of Huntress #1

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 :)
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[personal profile] aaron_bourque 2011-10-02 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
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.
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[personal profile] junipepper 2011-10-02 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
No belly window. I like it already!
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[personal profile] shadowpsykie 2011-10-02 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
soooo excited for this!

[personal profile] darkknightjrk 2011-10-02 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
Not a big fan of the shoulder-pads, but still more preferable than the belly window.

I'll definitely be checking this out. :D
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[personal profile] q99 2011-10-02 03:23 am (UTC)(link)
Drugging someone to keep them from waking up is a sensible tool that I'm surprised doesn't show up more often.
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[personal profile] autohobbs 2011-10-02 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
Everything about this is awesome. Love her outfit, the art. Gah, I can't wait.
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[personal profile] aeolos_sakya 2011-10-02 05:10 am (UTC)(link)
No belly window?
What kind of sick world have I entered in?
It's not sexy enough!

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[personal profile] nezchan 2011-10-02 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
Hell, they haven't even told us how many bras she owns, what sort of hack work is this?
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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-10-02 05:37 am (UTC)(link)
Nice art, but I'm not sure about the narration, especially the parts with her coming across as a man-hater and especially the line with her pondering how many corpses to leave behind..
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[personal profile] aaron_bourque 2011-10-02 06:54 am (UTC)(link)

Well, how much did the reboot affect Helena?
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[personal profile] quatoria 2011-10-02 08:06 am (UTC)(link)
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.

[personal profile] whitesycamore 2011-10-02 08:42 am (UTC)(link)
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*

[personal profile] whitesycamore 2011-10-02 08:46 am (UTC)(link)
I'm loving that purple dress with the waist-cincher.

Also the random thug she drugs is strikingly sexy for a random thug.

Dammit, why do I never have anything constructive to say? I'm looking forward to this, anyway.

[personal profile] whitesycamore 2011-10-02 08:55 am (UTC)(link)
Yep. It's the perennial problem of how to wrote a Strong Female Character's sexuality.

Looks like Levitz is going to go the easy route of deciding not to let her have her one at all (at least not until she meets that strong manly dominant fellow who is just SO strong and manly and dominant that he will sweep her off her feet and melt her icy heeeaaart ♥ , transforming her into a beautiful warm flower of non-man hating, tender womanliness)

But that's a traditional, nostalgic kind of narrative, so everyone will probably be cool with it. :/
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[personal profile] stubbleupdate 2011-10-02 09:20 am (UTC)(link)
I was impressed with Marcus To when I saw him in Heroes, and this is still as good.

[personal profile] silicondream 2011-10-02 09:47 am (UTC)(link)
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.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2011-10-02 01:01 pm (UTC)(link)
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.
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[personal profile] richardak 2011-10-02 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
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.
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[personal profile] richardak 2011-10-02 02:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Actually, wondering how many bodies she's going to leave behind sounds exactly like Helena Bertinelli to me. Also, the comments about men don't strike me as hateful, necessarily; the comment about Berlusconi just sounds accurate, if understated.
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[personal profile] richardak 2011-10-02 02:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I really can't wait for this one. Of all the crap series DC greenlit as ongoing sight unseen, why is this one only a mini? Oh well, maybe it will lead to an ongoing.
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[personal profile] richardak 2011-10-02 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I get what you mean, but I don't think the internal monologue is too scattered, considering the time frame it happens over. After all, it starts when her plane is on approach and ends when she's in her hotel room, so I don't think it comes across as too "all over the place." Most of the big jumps come at the major time-skips: she's thinking about being back in Italy as her plane is landing; she's thinking about men being easily distracted as she enters her hotel, presumably at least the better part of an hour later; she's thinking about lethal weapons up in her room as she unpacks, presumably at least a couple of minutes later. So given that some time passes in between, I don't see her thoughts as being all over the place the way you do. Also, I think the line about leaving bodies behind is a good character-establishing moment, and a good way for Levitz to make clear that he's writing Helena Bertinelli, not Helena Wayne. So I think I see where you're coming from, but I can't say I really agree.
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[personal profile] omnipotent 2011-10-02 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
The comment about Berlusconi is extremely accurate. He's pretty much useless.

[personal profile] whitesycamore 2011-10-02 11:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh yes, there is that old chestnut.

Points if she proves him wrong and he Learns a Valuable Lesson though.

[identity profile] 2011-10-02 11:57 pm (UTC)(link)
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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[personal profile] halloweenjack 2011-10-03 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
My reaction exactly. Kind of the opposite direction that they're going with Starfire.
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[personal profile] beoweasel 2011-10-03 08:10 am (UTC)(link)
Because using sedatives in that manner is incredibly dicey? You have to have a pretty accurate knowledge of drug and the proportional dose to the receiver's body mass. Too little, and it won't be effective, too much and you'll kill them.

Not to mention, there's a chance that the person could be allergic to the drug you're using.
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[identity profile] 2011-10-03 04:11 pm (UTC)(link)
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.
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[personal profile] q99 2011-10-03 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Quite true, but then again, knocking someone out with a blow to the head is certainly highly dicey in itself as well!

In reality, there's not much of a good way to make someone stay sleepy for awhile.