Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Batman: Secret Files: Huntress #1 Review

You've Got Something In Your Eye

Written By: Mariko Tamaki
Art By: David Lapham, Trish Mulvihill, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

Spinning out of the pages of Detective Comics, we have Huntress in a one-shot where she's going after Hue Vile....... well, she's going after the eye-worm infected victims of Hue Vile as Batman continues to deal with Mr. Worth. It's funny, we have all of this going on in Detective Comics and somehow a billionaire with a love for explosives trumps a rage-feeding-monster-man who infects people with an alien-looking spore in his mouth. Luckily we have Helena Bertinelli on the case though and her new strange connection to Hue Vile. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

The big takeaway of this book is that Huntress now has a psychic connection with the victims of Hue Vile, who have been infected by his rage worms and are still out and about creating mayhem and murder and the problem is...... I'm not sure why. Let's play devil's advocate and say that Hue Vile, even though Helena Bertinelli was purged of the infection at the hospital was able to maintain a connection to her out of spite because we saw Huntress stab him in the pages of Detective Comics but that's just me filling in the gaps because that's never learned in this issue and I spent the whole issue wondering if other victims like Deb Donovan share a psychic connection with Hue Vile's puppets now too but again, that's not important here and is never brought up in the book.

Beyond my questions about how the connection works, we essentially use this oversized issue to see Huntress go from one raged out puppet to the next, stopping them from taking any more victims until we get to a cliffhanger where Huntress realizes that she needs to get back to the Detective Comics' main story because she has some vital information. Ultimately though, we don't get any more real information about Hue Vile, his mouth monster, or people and their eye worms.

All in all, I did enjoy the art in this issue and love that Huntress is getting some sort of spotlight, but from what we actually got out of the issue, I ended up just wishing that we would have gone back to the Batman Secret Files: The Signal and learned more about Duke Thomas, his parents, and his powers because by the end of this we didn't learn anything new about Helena, Hue Vile, the rage infected victims and spent an oversized issue just going from one place to another like a glorified montage. The idea of Huntress having a connection to Hue Vile or his victims with where it leads by the end of this issue feels like it could have been said in one page of the actual Detective Comics story because it's not like we got any explanation about why this is..... only that it is. So yeah, sort of disappointing how this one-shot didn't do much.

Bits and Pieces:

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.


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