Maria Bertinelli, maiden name Panessa, is the mother of vigilante Helena Bertinelli and the wife of gangster Franco Bertinelli. Her husband was the leader of the Bertinelli Family, a mafia syndicate active in Gotham Organized Crime. Her daugher Helena would grow up to become the super-hero Huntress. Franco and Maria were both murdered by rival gangsters when Helena was a young child. The original Huntress of the Golden Age was Batman's daughter Helena Wayne, and Maria takes the place in continuity of the original's mother Catwoman. Maria Bertinelli was created by Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett, first appearing in Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood #1. (2000)

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