It turns out The Huntress isn’t the only one siphoning funds from Wayne Enterprises.  She along with her sorta brother, Damian Wayne (Robin) head to the frozen tundra to follow one lead, coming face-to-face with a savage pack of wolves that aren’t quite normal.  Meanwhile, Power Girl heads to the Congo, to follow another thread and must contend with a small army of children intent on stopping her, armed with what she assesses as Apokoliptian weaponry.  This is verified by the sudden appearance of a Boom Tube.  Elsewhere, Huntress and Robin encounter a creature that may also have ties to Darkseid and Apokolips… can they– two ordinary humans– survive the fray?

The interaction between Helena and Damian is fun and it’s interesting to see Damian not being a completely petulant jerk.  Out-of-character?  I don’t think so.  I think he’s just in a new situation with someone with whom he shares a unique bond.  It’s an interesting twist and hopefully we’ll see this develop further over time.

Karen maintains her single-minded goal of returning to Earth 2, and her Darkseid conspiracy theory proves to be founded after all.  I hope some New Gods action comes this book’s way soon, though.  The ladies really have yet to face a threat that truly feels worth their effort.  Young soldiers and wolves?  Not exactly Bizarro and Bane.  The action is nice, mind you, especially in the Huntress segments.  (The Power Girl portions are muddled a bit by the lettering appearing in awkward points, jumbling the flow a bit.) The extreme violence of the wolf battle, however was a bit jarring for me.

I can’t explain it, because George Perez is my favorite illustrator ever, but I seriously prefer Maguire’s art on this book.  Perez is incapable of doing bad work, but for whatever reason, it’s just not the right fit for this title.  Maguire’s smooth, clean style seems a better match.  Both are great, but the mixture is a bit choppy.

I’m glad to see Helena and Karen interact with someone from DC’s main universe and am looking to seeing more such encounters in the future.  A lot of New 52 books feel like they take place in their own universes, so it’s nice to see cases that tie these books together.

All in all, this was a satisfying, if brief installment.  The art is beautiful, even though the two styles don’t quite mesh as well as one would hope.  The story is shaping up and I hope the pay off works.


Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Kevin Maguire, George Perez and Rosemary Cheetham
Cover by Maguire and Cheetham