“Huntress” is one of those comics that isn’t reaching for the stars or anything out of the ordinary, but instead focuses on telling an interesting, enjoyable story. And in doing so, it succeeds marvelously.
Paul Levitz’s script goes down a somewhat predictable path as we get the Huntress in Naples, Italy, going after a crime family and in the process discovering that they’re trading not just in drugs but in humans as well. It’s the little touches, though, that makes me enjoy the comic. I’ve liked the relationship that Helena has made with local reporters Alessandro and Christina, for instance, or the overall feel about the comic that brings me back to my own trips to Italy, and Naples in particular. From little comments about the food, to those featureless buildings that line the streets, it just screams Naples. (Trust me, if you’ve ever been to Naples, you will get one look at Marcus To’s pencils and say, “Yep, he knows how Naples really looks.”)
And perhaps it’s because Levitz co-created Huntress back in the day, but I like that for her return to DC’s re-launch, the Huntress is extremely competent and collected. She’s smart and tracks her prey carefully, and never gets caught up in the moment no matter what the situation. So often a hero’s debut involves them messing things up so you can get a learning curve storyline, but Levitz wisely avoids that. The Huntress is a professional from start to finish here, and I love it.
To’s pencils are nice too; they’re rich and full, and his reversion of the Huntress to a less skimpy outfit is a pleasant shift. Huntress is once more in a functional outfit that covers her from chin to toe, but for those who like the female form, don’t worry. To knows how to draw someone as attractive without being slutty. It helps here that To knows how to keep track of a lot of the smaller details, like hair styles or street clothing. Everyone has their own distinct look, and those elements carry through the book as well, like Helena’s thick, fully hair, or Moretti’s slight widow’s peak.
We’re a third of the way through the “Huntress” mini-series and I feel like Levitz and To are giving us our money’s worth. The story’s progressing nicely, Huntress has some good leads on Moretti’s organization, we get some entertaining action sequences, and best of all, this is a story driven by the main characters actually being intelligent. (Shocking yet true.) This is an enjoyable enough mini-series so far that, were it to shift over to a monthly series, I’d plan on sticking around. It’s good stuff.