- #16 (Day 10) Helena Meets Dick Grayson
Helena and Dick’s first meeting took place in of all places, Black Canary #10.
After an explosion convinces a few people (including Dinah Lance) that Helena is dead, Helena washes ashore and then flees into the safety of a mob joint, close to Seattle’s harbor. There, she uses a PC and the newfangled World Wide Web in order to get a hold of Nightwing.
She needs him because she’s convinced she can’t enter the country of Karistan (a supposed Middle-Eastern country) alone. Dick heeds her call and helps her continue her mission of rescuing her former friend Beth, from the clutches of a despotic prince.
Unfortunately, I wish the story that introduced the two of them was better written. The issue (which was penned by Sarah E. Byam) was tainted with Orientalist tropes about repressive, Arab men, in a Middle-Eastern backwater, with the two
colonialAmerican saviors in the form of Huntress and Nightwing, there to lecture them, and to free their oppressed, brown women.
There’s even the use of a few racial slurs too (e.g. ‘raghead’).* The Orientalism is even more unfortunate than the tragic hair and costumes, Helena and Dick were sporting.
Aside from this, this issue is worth noting due to the fact that it is a significant moment in both Helena, and maybe even Dick’s life. And just like her encounter with Black Canary in the preceding issue, this tale would set the template for future stories involving the two of them, including their brief foray into romance as well.
*It should be noted that neither Dick or Helena used the slur. Some G-Man in a suit did.
Dick Grayson in Huntress and Nightwing #3
written by Devin Grayson
art by Greg Land and Bill Sienkiewicz
I think that right there is a key point that Barbara wasn’t getting earlier, and which some later writers (*cough cough* DIXON) don’t seem to get.
Dick doesn’t do casual. Dick gets involved with the people he gets involved with and he forms intense bonds with them, whether they be romantic, familial, or friendly.
Dick doesn’t do things on a casual basis.
Actually thought it quite intriguing to see Helena play off of the way she knew she was, how she knew she was gruffer, more violent, more like Batman in some of her actions, especially interrogation, than Nightwing, and played that to her advantage here, even if it ended up having the opposite effect as far as “team moral” goes.
And god she’s just really cute in that last panel.
"You hurt him."
(Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood)
Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Helena Bertinelli in Shadow of the Bat #49 (Contagion 7)
It’s been years since I read this storyline and this panel still makes me rage.
I think that i’ll save some time if i combine requests! Right?
- No Man’s Land/Detective Comics 741
Alfred and Dick moment. Dick is genuinely worried for Huntress, and Alfred is worried for Dick. It’s Batfamily love. :)
- No Man’s Land/Nightwing 39
Huntress to the rescue.
I’ve read some discussion where Helena’s role in the Outsiders is
dismissed as being about Dick and Roy, but … mostly it was about her
being pretty great and not putting up with Dick’s judging nonsense.
From Birds of Prey #84
Is it just me, or can anybody else imagine Babs watching from some street-cam with disapproving glares?
Some Batfamily drawings.