What If The Huntress Was Still Batman's Daughter?

The one, true Huntress (Helena Wayne); Bruce's baby girl.
The one, true Huntress (Helena Wayne); Bruce's baby girl. | Source
John Wesley Shipp, the artist formerly known as "The Flash"
John Wesley Shipp, the artist formerly known as "The Flash" | Source

With all of the ruckus over the New 52 , I'm slightly upset that the company (DC Comics) didn't dig a little deeper into the creative well to come up with something more appealing to the history of the characters.

Barbara Gordon back as Batgirl ? About 20 years over due. Has it been that long? But I was liking Stephanie Brown as Batgirl as well. And possibly seeing her go back to being The Spoiler ? Not so appealing.

Maybe they should have kept Barry Allen (the second and maybe most popular version of The Flash ) dead, since his Flashpoint mini-series seemed to bring about all of these crazy new shenanigans. I mean, really? Justice League International , but not the same JLI that we loved -- and they kept reminding us that we loved by continually bringing them back? No "Bwa ha ha"?

New 52? Bah humbug.  A better version of the Justice League of America (art by Michael Turner)
New 52? Bah humbug. A better version of the Justice League of America (art by Michael Turner) | Source

Some of my favorite DC Comics, comic book moments:

1. Superman racing The Flash

2. The first issue of the original Firestorm comic

3. Batman seeking vengeance for Barbara Gordon

4. Barbara Gordon training Stephanie Brown

5. The wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane

6. Anytime Batman and the original Robin sprung into action

7. Wally West learning that he had to eat lots of food to keep up his power of speed

8. The original 80s Justice League International lineup

9. The line-up of the JLA featuring VIxen, Black Canary and Hawkgirl (Kenya)

10. Dick Grayson going to college

I miss Stephanie Brown  (art by Phil Noto)
I miss Stephanie Brown (art by Phil Noto)
long live Lois and Clark!
long live Lois and Clark! | Source
Barraki Young from Milestone's "Hardware" comic book
Barraki Young from Milestone's "Hardware" comic book | Source

What would I have done? Glad you asked. Lots of different things. For instance, I wouldn't have split Clark Kent and Lois Lane up. That wasn't cool. About as cool as Marvel Comics splitting up Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson . That wasn't cool at all.

And I wouldn't have kept the psuedo Superboy in any form when they could have easily gone back to the traditional version of the boy who grew into a Superman . That was a good format for decades, but just like with Supergirl , the company did away with the original, only to jumpstart the idea years later, infuriating millions of hardcore fans who hate being treated like they have no sense.

How about returning to before the Crisis on Infinite Earths ? Before the Silver Age of comics even. Back when Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman were members of the Justice Society of America . You know, back when Bruce Wayne decided to reform Selina Kyle and produce a daughter with her.

And what about the Milestone Comics heroes? Yeah, Static was brought back, but dropped again. And what about Rocket, who made headlines when she got pregnant in the Icon comic several years ago? And what about Hardware and his girlfriend, Barraki ? But I guess you have to actually care about these characters in order to do them justice.

TruSoulDJ is a self proclaimed expert on all things trivial to the Mainstream. He is an avid classic comic book reader, non popular music lover and tv-show-on-dvd binge watcher who shops the clearance racks near and far to find the best deals. He would like to think he knows everything important within the realm of Pop culture. But in actuality, he only knows about 99.9 percent of what he thinks he knows.

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mtpocketts 4 years ago

Very thoughtful hub. Sometimes I wonder what those writers are thinking too, though I'm more of a Marvel fan myself.


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trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana Author

I think a 21st century view of what the JSA was in the 50s, would have been interesting to read. Because truth be told, if there hadn't been a reboot back then with Barry Allen/Flash and Hal Jordan/GL, there wouldn't have been a JLA in the first place ... Thanks for reading.


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EmersonRugburn 4 years ago from AlaFreakingBama

Good read. Even better information. I grew up fanatic of Daredevil. I idolized the character as well as the story line. When Frank Miller took the character on in 1979 issue #158 I was in Super Hero Nirvana. He really filled out Daredevil and gave him a darker more robust feel. I think today's comic book readers even more so then my era, really want a more identifiable character. One with dare I say more flaws then perfections. I am not a big fan of this drenching of Hero Movies motifs especially when they add pure exploitative trash like Kick Ass. It has turned some of the attention back to some of the old reliables. But really where is the sense of fantasy personalization and satisfaction you used to get with a great read. Then the torturous wait for the next issue. Sorry I kind of ranted away. My favorites are a very long list as I grew up not only reading as well as acting out but playing RPG's like a crazy person. Daredevil being my ultimate I also loved…. Flash, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Spiderman, Batman, Moon Knight, Black Panther, Deadman, Punisher, Silver Surfer….etc and so on. I loved Champions table top version. I played the MMOrPg at release but now that I am a Mac user I am limited. Thanks for the read….keep'em coming.


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trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana Author

LOL ... Wow. No apologies needed, Em ... I feel you. Although my earliest comic book memory is of The JLA and JSA teaming up to defeat the Secret Society of Super Villans, I never felt like Huntress, Power Girl, Alan Scott/GL and Jay Garrick/Flash were ever fleshed out enough. Its as though they were novelty fixtures to be pulled out every once in a while, dusted off and put on display.

By the way, I've been hearing about Frank Miller's take of DD most of my life, but I have yet to read it; pretty sure I'd like it. Thanks for reading.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

Great thoughts. I started reading this hub because I had written a Huntress Costume History hub that deals with no only costumes but also her personal history. I was curious to see what other fans thought of her. I was pleased when you went into more thoughts about the whole DC 52 character shake up.

I am ok with Lois and Clark not being together at the beginning but only if they eventually bring them together. I would like to see that romance form once again. (I still have hope for Spider-Man and M.J., despite the Mephisto B.S.)


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trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana Author

I hear you Geekdom. But look how many years we had to wait to see Barbara Gordon return as Batgirl. And that was after we'd finally given in to the fact that she was Oracle. And I was really enjoying Stephanie Brown as the character, as well as the way she and Supergirl had become BFFs. It just makes me want to find older comics and hold on to the memories.

Thank you so much for reading.

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