Batman: Secret Files: Huntress #1

Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artist: David Lapham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 28, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 25
8.0Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Huntress returns in an all-new one-shot adventure! Gotham’s Violet Vengeance lived through a lot in the last few weeks...including her brain being invaded by a violent parasite bent on sending her on a deadly slugfest bender. Not fun, amiright? Well, Helena Bertinelli is no one to mess with-and when the villainous Vile’s parasite gives her the ability to see through the eyes of his victims? You best believe she’s gonna track him down and pop an arrow in that slimeball. Look out, Batman, Huntress is on the prowl...

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Jul 28, 2021

    I had a great time reading this issue, it was fun and added a lot to Helena's character for me. This one-shot will be hard to top but I'm excited to read more from this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jul 27, 2021

    Lapham uses a detailed a traditional style for his drawings. And the color work of Mulvhill changes from bold to muted depending on location. This is a good looking issue that really draws you into the story. The action is well done, and the attention to detail in character expression and form easily elicits an emotional response. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jul 27, 2021

    Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1 is a fantastic horror story featuring one of DCs best characters. This is an intense book that doesnt shy away from making the reader flinch or avert their gaze. But this is also a beautifully written investigation into the mind of Helena Bertinelli. Tamaki tells a wonderfully woven story thats intimate, never leaving the main character for a second. And the magnificent art team creates insidious imagery that is glorious despite the revulsion it instills in the mind. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Jul 27, 2021

    Mariko follows up on the work that shes done with the Huntress on her Detective Comics run with this one shot, and comprises of all the best parts of her run on that book over here. Mixed with Laphams solid art, a compelling take on Helena, this issue is a real highlight in the bloated market that is the Batman family of titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 30, 2021

    Batman Secret Files: The Huntress #1 demonstrates the varied storytelling opportunities in the DC Universe and highlights how deserving of a series the Huntress is. Helena has been an intriguing character for a long time and Tamaki, Lapham and Mulvihill capture that in this issue and leave the reader wanting more of Ms. Bertinelli. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Sharna Jahangir Jul 30, 2021

    Pick up this issue if you're interested in virus-themed stories, Huntress, the Secret Files series (which contains Batfam arcs that I adore) and of course, and an arc where the Bat is in trouble again. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 28, 2021

    I want Tamaki's Huntress to get her own ongoing series based on this one-shot, especially with Lapham art. It's the kind of book that'll get you back into the Bat-books again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Spencer Perry Jul 28, 2021

    Detective Comics scribe Mariko Tamaki spins off her story into a one-shot that makes me wish she was also writing a Huntress solo series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jul 28, 2021

    Though not a true one-shot, this chapter in Mariko Tamaki's Detective Comics run continues the fine work of characterization, tone, and atmosphere that began with her Huntress backups, and artist David Lapham gives the piece polish and well-rendered horror. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jul 29, 2021

    Batman: Secret Files: Huntress #1 is a solid and promising story that plays with a unique and exciting premise. Tamaki and Lapham have fun playing in the horror genre and deliver some creepy and intense moments that have me excited for the next installment of Huntress. But, you see, that's where this book's greatest problem lies. There may not be a next installment of this title. Instead, this plot will just carry on in the pages of Detective Comics as a subplot, making this issue nothing more than a bridge, or, perhaps, a collection of deleted scenes. As disappointed as that makes me, I still found the issue enjoyable overall, and look forward to seeing where Tamaki takes this. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 27, 2021

    These Secret Files One-Shots are becoming disappointing because either we don't have enough time to really dive into someone, like the last one-shot of the Signal or we have this one where we have an oversized issue that doesn't do anything that couldn't have been done in the regular Detective Comics series. The art was good throughout and if you've been craving some more solo Huntress time then maybe this is for you but I found this issue to be a tad boring in what little it gave us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 27, 2021

    Tamaki lets her Detective Comics gig take priority over shining a true spotlight on Huntress. As such this is more so recommended for fans of this current arc than Huntress. Read Full Review

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