Huntress ongoing 1989 (issues 1-9)

Issue #1

Cover Date: April 1989
Subtitle: Code of Silence
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Patterson, Giordano
Storyline: After saving a young girl from an attacker, Huntress is reminded of her past: growing up as Helena Bertinelli in a mob family, getting kidnapped at an early age, coming home from college to witness her entire family murdered. She used her world-class gymnastics background, some martial arts training, and her vengeance to become the Huntress.


Issue #2

Cover Date: May 1989
Subtitle: Uneasy Lies the Head
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: Huntress began hunting down her family's assassin (Omerta the Silencer). Tony "The Gut" Rescigno became the city's biggest crime boss after the death of Guido Bertinelli. Huntress was almost caught in a police raid.


Issue #3

Cover Date: June 1989
Subtitle: Plaster Saints
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: Helena befriended a local cultess / magician while following a lead she discovered from tailing the police. Omerta reported to his boss with blood stolen from a blood bank.


Issue #4

Cover Date: July 1989
Subtitle: Million to One Shot
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: Huntress broke up a gang war and faced off against Omerta the Silencer. She captured a box that contained her father's preserved eyes and fingers, only to lose it later to one of the gangs. Omerta ambushed the gang and regained it.


Issue #5

Cover Date: August 1989
Subtitle: Everything Changes
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: The Bertinelli lawyer convinced Helena that her father was alive. Once she arrived, she realized that it was only a rigged puppet with recordings of her father. Omerta attacked her. Helena escaped and forced her bodyguard, Tony Angelo (who played a major part in training her), to tell her everything he knew. He stayed with her because he knew the same man that had abused his sister had kidnapped Helena as a child. Helena fired Tony. Omerta (actually her father's lawyer) captured her.


Issue #6

Cover Date: September 1989
Subtitle: The Silence is Broken
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: Helena learned quickly why her father was mutilated - his vast underground safe had been found. It required a retina scan (his eyes), fingerprint scan (his hand), and blood sample (Helena) to open. Omerta's employer shot and killed him; Helena left him to die after a struggle. Inside the vault, Helena discovered a journal written in code.


Issue #7

Cover Date: October 1989
Subtitle: Where the Bodies are Buried
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: Huntress gave half of her father's journal to O'Shea, a cop who'd let her go twice, to decipher. The other half went to a TV reporter who'd been scarred by the mob. O'Shea could do nothing with the code, so he gave it to a master cryptologist inmate, Alexander Wyvern. Wyvern said it was all useless drivel and plotted an escape with his new knowledge. Huntress found her reporter dead.


Issue #8

Cover Date: November 1989
Subtitle: A Bad Seed
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: After the second half of the journal was in Wyvern's hands, he realized it was a copy. He sought the original. He went after Helena, but killed an incorrect Bertinelli. Helena and Tony made up. A truck transporting Uranium and Plutonium was hijacked en route to Canada.


Issue #9

Cover Date: December 1989
Subtitle: Solitary Confinement
Writer(s): Joey Cavalieri
Artists(s): Joe Staton, Bob Smith
Storyline: A lady came forth claiming to be Guido Bertinelli's mistress to publicise her new book. She became an obvious target for Wyvern, who also had it in for women. A boy was kidnapped from a science fair after building a small nuclear bomb.


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