Huntress loves NightwingPosted: 10/03/2012
Did you know there are like twelve Bat people running around Gotham at any one time? I’m surprised criminals can even play poker without a Bat kid bursting in through the window. But despite not having a Bat title, Huntress (real name Helena Bertinelli) became one of the most popular members of the Gotham crimefighters. A mob boss’ daughter, she shunned the lifestyle after witnessing her family’s murder and became a costume vigilante. Happens to the best of us. And you know Nightwing, right? Dick Grayson, the original Robin? Then let’s not delay.
Grayson and Bertinelli totally have some romantic chemistry. We’ll peep into their private lives in the Nightwing & Huntress #1-4 miniseries, written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Greg Land and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Nightwing’s a sort of funny Batman only wearing a super tight Olympic gymnast outfit instead of the cowl and cape. And when the mafia’s involved, Huntress tends to have a personal stake.
Oh, Batman, the grumpy Dark Knight, dislikes Huntress. A lot. Huntress enjoys crossbow arrows through limbs and her attitude’s lukewarm towards murder. Do you enjoy reading characters justifying radically different methods of crime fighting? I sure hope so, because you’re going to get paragraphs full of it in this miniseries.
Personally, I enjoy those little morality talks. Humanizes the character and creates delightful cultural differences beyond the color of their spandex.
Did you know superhero-ing isn’t a game? Now, I always found this odd. Batman’s specifically known for extremely threatening mannerisms. I’m not saying that Nightwing’s a wussy, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility. Though the next scene makes it hard to argue that:
If I had to make an educated guess, I’d bet Nightwing’s in his mid-20s while Huntress hovers closer to almost 30. So good for both of them, I guess. Y’see, superheroes always argue, which builds up super pheromones or something. After they hook up in the moment of passion, the status quo of bitter resentment has to return. Though I do side with Huntress in their insecurity arguments. She just wants to belong to the Bat club, and hasn’t she proven herself by impaling dozens upon dozens of bad guys with crossbow arrows?
Sensing the romantic tension, Nightwing asks about a possible relationship. Dude’s good with batarangs, terrible at social cues.
Finally, we get to the climax of our mafia crime story of which I have shown you none of.
And how does this conflict end? The only way a superhero comic should ever end:
It’d be rude if I wrote an entire article and didn’t include at least punch. I mean, as much as we love Mary Jane, we love Spider-Man socking baddies far more. Anyway, despite Nightwing being socially ruined by living with Batman during his formative teenage years, he figures out that he should probably apologize to Huntress for his dismissive behavior while she poured her philosophical heart out.
A fake goatee is still a better disguise than a pair of glasses.
If you’re wondering about their future, the two never really dated. Pen, company ink, etc. But you know the difference between Nightwing and Batman? Nightwing will at least end his comics on a warm and fuzzy note the way only a guy in a goatee and sunglasses can.