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Friday, 4 August 2017

All-Star Comics 69 - the Huntress debuts

The Huntress makes her debut on the cover of All-Star Comics 69 (Nov/Dec 77), which is kind of a shame, as she doesn't make a clear appearance in the Levitz, Staton and Layton story until the final page. 

Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Wildcat, Dr. Fate, the Star-Spangled Kid and Power Girl return from their adventure with the Justice League and Legion of Super-Heroes, chronicled in the JLA's book, to find Bruce Wayne at the Justice Society headquarters, along with some well armed police, preparing to take them in for questioning, as a result of Green Lantern's rampage while under the control of the Psycho-Pirate. The situation is tense, and then goes very wrong when Power Girl gets shot by a super weapon by an edgy cop. The Society take her and flee, just as Robin and Hourman show up. Bruce sets off Robin's JSA alarm.

This gets picked up by Starman, Dr. Mid-Nite and Wonder Woman, all shown in their civilian lives. Wonder Woman had last been seen chronologically a couple of years earlier, in a JLA crossover, although her own book was also charting the adventures of the Earth-2 Wonder Woman, though in the 1940s. This is the first appearance of Starman since 1973, once again in JLA.

The Society members drop Power Girl off at a hospital, and then Dr. Fate decides to lead them back to confront Bruce Wayne. This is all watched by a shadowy figure we are meant to think is Batman, as strange as that would be. It's really the Huntress, though.

So the two divisions of the team meet up in the Batcave and start going at it pretty fast. It's not a bad fight, although it is surprising that none of these old comrades were really willing to talk things out. At least we actually get to see Starman interact with Star Spangled Kid, although not much is made of the fact that they are both using the same tech.

In the end it's Superman who shows up to calm things down, bringing Power Girl with him. Dr. Fate gets around to revealing that Bruce had also fallen under the spell of the Psycho-Pirate, which was why he was over-reacting. Doesn't quite explain why the rest of them were.

So it's all hugs and forgiveness and good feelings as the issue ends, and we see the Huntress fully for the first time. Immediately after this issue comes the DC Super Stars that fills in her origin story, that she is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.

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