Mustafa Ibn Hassan was angry that Italy could no more protect his father than it did Moretti, both dead by the hand of "the mask." However, the vigilante had finally been identified as the Huntress, and photographs made it clear that Helena was a suspect.
A roadblock led to a foot chase of the woman along a mountain road, but Helena escaped by converting a power line into a makeshift zip cord with her belt. The theft of a boat insured her safety for the time being. Helena called her reporter contact, who informed her that the N.S.A. were tapping his lines. Mr. Exposition offered one last bit of business, that the Huntress had a billion euro price on her head...
The Huntress scaled a cliff and braved a sewer to break into Hassan's fortress, erupting from a swimming pool to take out more cannon fodder guards. Invading Mustafa's bedroom with a loaded crossbow, Huntress acknowledged that he was not as evil as his father, and accepted his plea for continued life in exchange for social reforms in Kufra. Huntress took Ibn Hassan's bounty as a compliment, and allowed him to maintain it, so long as he promised two billion to charities for abused women if she continued to live for a year. "If you've kept your promises, I won't kill you. Bye."
Helena was pursued by police at the airport, but wouldn't dream of losing the challenge thrown down. However, she ran into a friend named Kara who flew her to safety. After spending the last few years incognito, the girl was finally ready to embrace her secret power. Of course, she'd ride in a Starr airplane with Helena for a more comfortable trans-Atlantic flight back to the States...
"Crossbow at the Crossroads: Part Six" was by Paul Levitz, Marcus To and John Dell. Well, I enjoyed this one more than most, thanks to things finally wrapping up. After sixteen alright if rote and slightly padded pages, the main story effectively ended. The last four pages were an epilogue that revealed the whole mini-series to be a backdoor pilot for a team book that I won't buy because I have to assume the disparity between great art and lousy storytelling will be that much more pronounced. Ultimately, this was a one-to-two issue inventory story for an anthology titled drawn out to exasperation. Where's Ivory Madison when you need her? Not on World's Finest: Huntress & Power Girl...
New 52's Day
- Stormwatch #7 (May, 2012) @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu
- Aquaman #7 (April, 2012) @ Justice League Detroit
- DC Comics - The New 52 FCBD Special Edition #1 (June, 2012) @ Power of the Atom
- Steel in Action Comics #7 (May, 2012) @ DC Bloodlines