Thursday, 9 March 2017

Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood Review (Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett)


Helena Bertinelli/Huntress’ gangster pop got smoked by another gangster - Helena wants revenge, blood for blood. Yay…? 

Greg Rucka is in full-on hack mode right from page one of this book which opens with a corpse floating in a swimming pool like every other noir. I’m guessing Rucka is a huge Mario Puzo fan because this book reads like Godfather fan-fic with mafia cliches everywhere. The one exception being at one point when Helena leaves for the countryside to train in Eastern martial arts for contrived reasons so we get a cliched training montage of she and her sensei doing moves outside, etc. like a bad ‘80s movie. 

Batman and The Question are side-characters and don’t really add anything to the story. Was it good that Huntress, rather than taking the high road, basically continued the Cosa Nostra bloodthirsty culture? Eh, I was just glad when this nonsense was over. Rick Burchett’s art was essentially DC house style at the time (2000) and it looks dated and unremarkable now. 

Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood is a hackneyed mafia story with capes - another Greg Rucka stinka!

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