“Huntress” #6 opens with lots of purple. Not only does the titular character have considerable amounts of purple in her garb, but the main villain of this issue is also a fan of the grape. That’s the first thing I noticed when I opened the issue and it really hits home on the turn of the page, with Marcus To delivering a graphically strong, classically comic book double-page spread comprised of five wonderful panels leaving no doubt about to the issue’s events.
Unfortunately, despite beautiful art from the aforementioned To, this is simply not a great issue. The art is good, the story briskly paced but ultimately forgettable as it doesn’t deliver consequences or even a threat. Paul Levitz has Huntress make some bold, action-hero-movie type decisions and moves, going straight to the source of a bounty on her head and issue a threat of her own. The bad guy, Ibn Hassan, has a very sudden change of heart in the heat of the moment, knocking all of the bluster out of the character halfway through.
Luckily the artwork from Marcus To with John Dell on inks and Andrew Dalhouse’s brilliant colors helps keep the story moving forward. To’s artwork is very clean and tight with copious amounts of detail as the story merits. In one scene where Huntress is chased across the rooftops, To changes up the camera angle, adds in detail to construct the world around the Huntress then quickly knocks the background out a few panels later to put all emphasis back on Huntress’ getaway. I enjoyed To’s work back on “Red Robin” pre-relaunch and his work here is every bit as enjoyable. He does a magnificent job of storytelling and in a less superheroic but more action/thriller comic is critical to the story’s success.
The final page of “Huntress” #6 plays out like the credits for a buddy flick released just after the announcement has been made for the eventual sequel. It’s less of a conclusion and more of a setup for a story yet to come. That future tale is billed at the bottom of the last panel, but that label lacks the punch it should have, further adding to the unimpressive quality of this installment. There’s simply no finality to the story, which dampens the impact this conclusion should have had.