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Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood (Batman)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  572 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
After the Huntress, a vigilante with extreme methods, finally earns the approval of Batman, a mafia capo is suddenly discovered murdered by a crossbow, her weapon of choice. Now as Helena Bertinelli, aided by the mysterious Question, attempts to evade Batman and his allies, she must also prove her innocence and determine who is trying to frame her. Through this adventure w ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sam Quixote
Feb 23, 2017 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 c
Apr 29, 2011 Tiara rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic. This story left me satisfied unlike The Hiketeia. Now don't get me wrong, The Hiketeia was very well written, but just felt abrupt and like it could've benefited from being much longer. Did not get this feeling here. I'm still a novice in the DC world, but Rucka created another great starting point for learning about another character in the DC universe. In fact, I think she may have just become my favorite character.
May 01, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-manga
I have been meaning to read this since No Man's Land because I wanted to understand Helena Bertinelli and understand why Batman was such a jerk to her then and now. Through her eyes, I saw Batman in a new, not so pleasant light.

Rucka once again does a masterful job of baring the soul of a character and presenting it to the reader in a package filled with depth and emotion.
Wayland Smith
Feb 28, 2015 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it
Rucka is a fantastic writer, and, for whateve reason, particularly good with female characters. He does a great job with everyone here, althogh I really don't think we needed another telling of Huntress' origing, but that's me.

Helena has finally more or less gotten the seal of approval from Batman, making her life in Gotham a lot easier. Then a mob boss (her preferred prey) shows up dead by crossbow bolt (her preferred weapon). Now Huntress, with some help from the always enigmatic Question, has
Nov 23, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing

I loved this since Rucka really explores Helena's past (although I do lament the Earth-2 version of her) as a child within an underworld family, the effect of witnessing her parents' and brother's death, and the consequences of such relations years later. The twist at the end is rather satisfying. However, the ironic thing is Batman isn't really involved in this plot so much as Question (made more appealing to me
Victor Orozco
Nov 25, 2015 Victor Orozco rated it really liked it
I've said it before and I'll say it again I wasn't a big fan of Helena Bertinelli's Huntress before, preferring Helena Wayne instead. But now I'm happy to say that I like them both. Basically this story takes a truncated view on the origin story of Helena Bertinelli as The Huntress.

Because of her origins as a mafia daughter this becomes a very grounded story as well as a vicious action story. I must admit she is not that far removed from being a Batman family member. But because she has crossed
Jul 10, 2014 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great book! After seeing Huntress in Arrow, i wanted to get to know the character more, and this is a great story to jump onto. This book is set a while after No mans Land, where Huntress is hunting the mafia and she has a on the rocks relationship with batman. She is framed and hunted by the police and batman, and with the help of The Question, she must find out who really did it! Highly recommend it!
May 17, 2015 Seth rated it liked it
This was a pretty good story, the Bat-Family and The Huntress trying to solve the mystery of who is framing the Huntress for her cousins murder. I liked the story well enough, I just didn't love the art or the ending so much. The Huntress is still the DC Queen of bad assery and long live the Queen!
Sep 30, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Greg Rucka is honestly at his best when he can write short, standalone stories. He also is one of the best writers currently in mainstream comics, or he was until he quit both DC and Marvel. This is an older work of his, and his strengths as a writer really shine through. For those not in the know, Huntress is a vigilante from the Batman universe, and she has a strained relationship with Batman and his family at best. This book is not really a Batman story, but the compilation probably highlight ...more
Althea J.
Feb 07, 2013 Althea J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I loved this exploration of the character, Helena. Her interactions with Batman bring up issues that propel her on a journey of self discovery. Along the way she meets up with Vic Sage who, while training her, brings intuition and supportiveness that enable her journey. Greg Rucka also infuses the dialogue with heady references, which, when it pops up in comics, is like a juicy steak to a hungry woman. As Helena reveals her story, there is this realization of how she became the way she is... the ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Florencia rated it really liked it
I really like Helena, she's a complicated character. Daughter of an Italian mafia boss, her entire family was murdered right in front of her when she was eight years old, and the desire for revenge is what set her out to become a vigilante. Not a fan of being told what to do, she does everything on her own terms. Her methods are harsher than most, and that's why her relationship with Batman's always been complicated.

In this story, she's framed for murder and is forced to leave Gotham. She revis
Feather Mista
Aug 16, 2010 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Una linda saguita para batmanear un rato, aunque el rol del Murciélago en la historia sea poco más que anecdótico. Pero estuvo bueno reencontrarme con el bueno de Vic Sage en el camino. Y en cuanto a la protagonista... Bueno, no está interesante como personaje conductor y no mucho más. Al principio me aburrió la retrospectiva mafiosa pero con el correr de los capítulos se pone interesante. La vuelta de tuerca final y todo el aspecto "zen" y contemplativo están buenos, pero no es nada que no haya ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Sean rated it liked it
Greg Rucka touches up the Huntress's (Helena Bertinelli's) origin without ruffling too many feathers. The plot is a good one here except for being a little too transparent. The inclusion of the Question and Richard Dragon seemed unnecessary and didn't really add anything to the story. I would have much rather seen more Nightwing or Robin but I can understand why Rucka didn't have more of them. The art, by Rick Burchett is straight ahead classic DC Comics art that actually could be taken from alm ...more
Jan 23, 2017 J rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Other writers have done better with the character, so I had high hopes for Rucka. No dice, alas. As a side note, the mafia storylines become frustratingly out of kilter with these storylines. The family running things in year one completely disappear from the timeline and no we just substitute in a completely different set of families going back over a hundred years ago. Why don't writers have to take a continuity course when they sign pin for titles that exist in a specific framework?
Jul 22, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I've always been curious about Huntress, who pops in and out of the Batman comics I read. I was going to read Huntress: Year One, but so many reviews told me to go with Cry for Blood instead so, well, I did. I won't winge on about how female characters so often get the short shrift in the super hero genre; I'll just say that definitely wasn't the case here. I'll have to see what else is out there for her.
Jun 14, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
The Huntress is framed for murder, even Batman is not sure of her innocence. She meets up with the question and tells him her life story. This is a great character piece, you learn an awful lot about Helena's formative years and really understand why she is how she is. Essential reading for Huntress fans.
Aug 27, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
Greg Rucka should write all my favourite characters.
Rob Ryan
Jul 22, 2016 Rob Ryan rated it it was amazing
Brilliant writing, brilliant art, loved it!

Side note: The Question is the bees knees!
This was absolutely amazing. You got to know a lot about Helena Bertinelli and her family and saw what made her into who she is. I really enjoyed reading this.
Jan 14, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Great story along with interesting background info on the Huntress. It's mostly Huntress-driven (she narrates) along with the Question, Batman, and Nightwing.
Dwayne Keller
A retelling of her origin, slightly updated from the Year One saga.
Aug 05, 2011 Erik rated it it was amazing
This book bridges the gap between the Cowan/O'Neil run of the Question and his actions in 52. A must read for fans of Rucka's DC work.
Nov 21, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-book
Really like this character. Now I need to also learn more about the Question!
Oct 06, 2010 Timo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I remember liking this one at first read. Now this did nothing for me.
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Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.
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