- # 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.