Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by David Lapham
Colors by Trish Mulvhill
Letters by Rob Leigh
The Rundown: Huntress discovers a frightening new power resulting from a previous battle.
Huntress returns home from a brief stay in the hospital. She is mulling over the situation leading up to her stay, when she interrupted by a disturbing premonition. Huntress then goes to the location in her vision, and interrupts a deadly confrontation. She then discovers something shocking that may explain her new ability. Later, Huntress faces off against enemies that are infected with a mysterious disease. Finally, Huntress has a vision involving an old friend that may change Gotham as we know it.
The Story: Tamaki has crafted an exciting narrative that is filled with action and mystery. This chapter was filled with gore and mild horror elements that were very well thought out and interesting. This one-shot comic leads into a larger story that will play out in Detective Comics. I am excited by this promising intro, and can’t wait to find out what happens next in Huntress’s adventure.
The Art: 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.