When Helena was nineteen-years-old, a tragic mishap claimed the life of her mother. Due to the efforts of a former henchman named "Silky" Cernak, a photograph emerged revealing Selina Kyle murdering a police officer during her Catwoman days. Anguished by this stain to her mother's memory, Helena adopted a costume in honor of both her parents and became the Huntress. She tracked down "Silky" Cernak and arrested him, leaving his unconscious body bound in a net outside of Police Headquarters. She learned that the photograph that Silky had in his possession was doctored and that her mother never actually killed anyone. With her mother's honor restored, Helena continued to fight crime as the Huntress formally joining her father's former ward Dick Grayson as his junior partner and later became a member of the revitalized Justice Society of America as well as of Infinity, Inc.
Using the dimensional transporter at the Justice League Satellite, Helena reached Earth-One seeking advice on crime-fighting from Batman by breaking into the Wayne Foundation building. Although he refused to give her advice, Batman introduced Huntress to Batwoman and Batgirl. Together, they shared past experiences and even captured Poison Ivy and Catwoman.
After returning to Earth-Two, Helena was soon promoted as one of the head executives of Cranston, Grayson and Wayne, a lawyer firm started by her father and Dick Grayson along with Arthur Cranston. However, Helena was not satisfied with her executive life and she continued her career as Huntress, often helping those in need in Gotham. In her quest, she uncovered a dishonest plot by a politician who created fires in the city and she managed to stop his evil scheme, although it cost him his own life.
Helena returned to Earth-One to spend Christmas with "Uncle Bruce". During this time, Huntress assisted Batman in clearing the name of Thomas Wayne, who was being framed as a criminal who bankrolled gangsters.
As Huntress, she fought alongside Dick Grayson in various cases, including Grayson's last case as the second Batman against the aging Joker, at seeming odds with Grayson against Per Degaton's time trap during the historic case against the Justice Society.
Together, the new Dynamic Duo were present at the battle at the "Dawn of Time" during the Crisis on Infinite Earths and thus survived the initial reformatting and erasure of their original Earth and its history. Locating the elder Earth-Two Grayson and discovering that they were now without a history of their own on this singular Earth, Helena - like many of the former Earth-Two heroes - rose up against the Anti-Monitor's shock force to defend the newly created Earth. It was during this first battle that she was injured and knocked unconscious by the Thunderers' attacks, which dropped rubble from a collapsing building on top of her. She was burned to death by the Thunderers along with Grayson and the former Teen Titan Kole, who sought to shield her unconscious form. The three dead heroes' remains were discovered by the Earth-One Batman, Mary Marvel and Jason Todd. Wayne and Grayson were buried at Valhalla Cemetery.
This section of the history takes place during Convergence, a massive crossover event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains Brainiac and Telos plucked them from their own timeline and stored them together, causing them to cross over into each others' reality. Its precise chronological placement and canonicity may be unclear.
Helena is in Pre-Crisis Metropolis when it was taken by Brainiac and trapped for a year. She and Dick were fighting Toyman before the dome went down. After the dome goes down, they encounter Superman of Earth-30. She then attempts to kill him by self-destructing the Batmobile with herself inside.
Powers and Abilities
- Archery: The Huntress was an expert marksman with a crossbow.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): In the prime of her costumed crime-fighting career, Helena Wayne was in peak physical condition and possessed great agility, and was extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat.
- Intimidation: The Huntress doesn't hesitate to use intimidation to obtain intel or discourage minor criminals to continue breaking the law.
- Law: Graduating from Harvard University as class valedictorian at age twenty-one, Helena Wayne was an expert in all areas pertaining to civil and criminal law.
- Martial Arts
- Mini-Crossbow: The Huntress employed a miniature crossbow, which she usually fastened to the side of her boot, as well as various explosive devices.
- Batarang: The Huntress uses a belt buckle batarang.
- This version of Huntress, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- The New Earth version of her character had her first post-Crisis costume modeled after that of Helena Wayne's.
- Two different sources are often cited as the first appearance of the Huntress. Her origin appearance takes place in flashback in DC Super-Stars #17, but her first physical appearance is in All-Star Comics #69, which was released the same month as DC Super-Stars #17.
- According to her gravestone, Helena was born in 1957 and died in 1985.
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1) (first featured in issue #69)
- Batman Family (Volume 1) (first featured in issue #17)
- Wonder Woman (Volume 1) (first featured in issue #271)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Crisis on Infinite Earths (Volume 1)
- 127 Appearances of Helena Wayne (Earth-Two)
- 19 Images featuring Helena Wayne (Earth-Two)
- 6 Quotations by or about Helena Wayne (Earth-Two)
- Character Gallery: Helena Wayne (Earth-Two)
- DC Super-Stars #17
- Batman Family #17
- Batman Family #18
- Batman Family #20
- The Brave and the Bold #184
- America vs. the Justice Society (Volume 1)
- Last Days of the Justice Society Special #1
- Convergence: Detective Comics #1
- Batman Family #19
- Wonder Woman #271
- Infinity Inc. #2
- Justice League of America #159
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