One of my favorite Huntress stories was written in Showcase ’93 #9 and #10 by Doug Moench. One of Helena’s high school students, David, reluctantly confesses that he’s being abused by his father. Helena talks with his mother and then confronts his father.
It’s a story that on first glances give you hope for David, but you quickly realize it’s a tragic story; it was never intended to have a happy ending. Instead, David’s story is about justice and it’s a brave story to write. So often we get to see our heroes saving the day and always coming out on top. We rarely get to witness the other side of the coin, defeat or failure. Yet it’s those experiences and reactions to them that reveal ones true character.
Another reason why I love this story so much is Huntress abilities are on full display: hand-to-hand combat, knife fighting, hunting and tracking, all skills seemingly forgotten or not on display in recent years. Huntress is typically written as a wild card or attack dog, and second or third in expertise to those she’s starring alongside, but rarely a formidable opponent. That’s why I treasure the older stories, because they display how dangerous she is. Coupled with sheer determination and a conviction unrivaled, she’s an unstoppable force in her own right.
This story conveys perfectly that Huntress is a badass, but the true essence of this story is Helena’s devotion to children and her willingness to be on the front lines. Once a victim herself, she fights for them, because they can’t fight for themselves.