La Cacciatrice (Chiesa di Helena Bertinelli)

# 5 (Day 20) Sangua Chiama Sangua
In the year 2000, Greg Rucka would revise Helena’s origins through the miniseries entitled Cry for Blood.
The six-issue mini would revamp elements of Helena’s story, including by changing the names of her parents from the Jerseyish sounding Carmela and Guido, to Franco and Maria. Helena even gains a baseball loving older brother named Pino in the retelling.
But what is perhaps the most gratifying aspect of all is how the story does away with the WiR elements incorporated in her origin, namely her kidnapping and subsequent sexual assault.
In addition to this, Helena’s family dies when she was eight instead of nineteen, which was the original origin of her story. This thus gives her yet something else to have in common with Batman.
Even if the story does have its disputable moments, particularly with its portrayals of most of the Eastern half of Canada as a woodland paradise (when in reality, a lot of the country is urbanized) it still is a great read, and it’s the definitive authority to defer to, in terms of Helena Bertinelli’s origins.
I tend to agree with the generally positive reviews of it, including by Italians who call the Rucka penned mini “una gran bella storia” (one great story), as it is worthy of the laudation that has been heaped upon it.
I’ve added it to my list of recommended readings, and I’d still endorse the book to those who want to get to know Helena, or just solidify their reasons to love her.
  • # 5 (Day 20) Sangua Chiama Sangua

In the year 2000, Greg Rucka would revise Helena’s origins through the miniseries entitled Cry for Blood.

The six-issue mini would revamp elements of Helena’s story, including by changing the names of her parents from the Jerseyish sounding Carmela and Guido, to Franco and Maria. Helena even gains a baseball loving older brother named Pino in the retelling.

But what is perhaps the most gratifying aspect of all is how the story does away with the WiR elements incorporated in her origin, namely her kidnapping and subsequent sexual assault.

In addition to this, Helena’s family dies when she was eight instead of nineteen, which was the original origin of her story. This thus gives her yet something else to have in common with Batman.

Even if the story does have its disputable moments, particularly with its portrayals of most of the Eastern half of Canada as a woodland paradise (when in reality, a lot of the country is urbanized) it still is a great read, and it’s the definitive authority to defer to, in terms of Helena Bertinelli’s origins.

I tend to agree with the generally positive reviews of it, including by Italians who call the Rucka penned mini “una gran bella storia” (one great story), as it is worthy of the laudation that has been heaped upon it.

I’ve added it to my list of recommended readings, and I’d still endorse the book to those who want to get to know Helena, or just solidify their reasons to love her.

hello, for your information (in case you did not already know) Greg Rucka wrote a pretty good novelization of the NML arc, and Helena's Joker story is definitely in there and well told. (Great blog!!)

Asked by
fyccb

I do know!

And I have a copy of it. :)

I’ve been meaning to post excerpts from it on this blog, particularly in regards to Helena Bertinelli and Cassandra Cain’s relationship.

But thank you for writing to me, nonetheless.

  • # 6 (Day 19) The Betrayal and The Heartache 

The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and both Helena and Barbara would become quite familiar with this aporhism, as their friendship blossomed.

After Helena realizes that Barbara was manipulating her while she was infiltrating a cult that worships superheroes, everything unravels and comes out into the open on a plane ride back to headquarters.

Helena then abruptly and tearfully exits from both the team and the aircraft, Barbara is left to contemplate her methods, as — even if her actions were well intended — she realizes the error of her ways, and tries to win Helena back onto the team.

She later finds ways to make it up to Helena, and eventually wins her confidence back.

The subsequent story is a painful one, but it’s one that serves a purpose, as it imparts the message that friendships can go through great trials, and occasionally, your friends will make mistakes and betray you. But a good friendship is strong enough to weather those storms, and if the bonds are strong enough, it can endure whatever obstacles life throws at it.

Birds of Prey #80

  • # 7 (Day 18) Helena saves Dinah and becomes a member of The One and Only Birds of Prey

Despite how Barbara has by her own admission, mistreated Helena in the past, Helena heeds her call, and embarks on a mission to save Dinah Lance, who is being held hostage by Savant.

Even if Barbara feels she’s chosen ‘a dark horse’ for the mission, she still has enough faith in Helena to trust her to be able to get the job done.

The end result is not only does Dinah get saved, but Helena gains a few new friends in the process, as the issue would mark Helena’s eventual integration into the Birds of Prey.