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Batman/Huntress: Cry For Blood #1

[untitled] - June 2000

The Cover of Batman/Huntress: Cry For Blood #1 by Rick Burchett
Script: Greg Rucka
Pencils: Rick Burchett
Inks: Rick Burchett
Lettering: Clem Robins
Colors: Tatjana Wood
Associate Editor: Joseph Illidge
Editor: Denny O'Neil
Cover: Rick Burchett
Published by DC Comics

A body floats in Gotham harbor with one of Huntress' arrows stuck in his chest. As Batman comes to her apartment searching for her, Huntress pontificates on the real meaning of Omerta -- when you want justice done, you do it yourself and you do it alone.

The victim was Claudio Panessa, Helena's cousin. She was home all night grading papers, but the Batman suspects her: "If I find out there's blood on your hands, I'll take you down myself." Outside, a figure in a blue fedora stands staring at Helena's apartment.

Helena considers her family, a mingling of Gotham's oldest mob family -- the Bertinellis -- with the fresh-off-the-boat from Sicily upstarts -- the Panessas. They came together when Helena's father, a Bertinelli, fell in love with the little sister of the Panessa mob head. Despite their marriage, the Panessas were still denied access to Gotham. Then, when Helena was eight, she learned pain as a mob hitman arrives at dinner to kill everyone -- everyone but her. But the Panessas, suddenly a force in Gotham, had sent her to Italy afterward to hide out. They took care of her.

Helena goes to pay her respects, at the house of Pasquale Galante, her literal godfather. But she finds them busy talking about the Huntress, and also finds that, as a Bertinelli, she's still shunned by some. Driving home in the rain, she thinks of how she hates them all and wonders why she alone was left alive.

She's busy thinking when a figure appears in the middle of the rainy road -- a faceless man. "Are you crazy?" she demands. "No. Are you?" asks the Question.

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  • Batman / Bruce Wayne
  • Commissioner James Gordon
  • Helena Bertinelli / The Huntress
  • Vic Sage / The Question
  • Santa Cassamento
  • Mario Cassamento
  • Vincenzo Galante
  • Pasquale Galante


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