The nostalgia for Helena Wayne seems SO old. I'm 22, Huntress has ALWAYS been Helena B. and Babs was Oracle. Those reboot moves aren't really for my generation or younger then, it's deliberate bids for the 35 to 55 age group to come back to comics. I think that's a terrible marketing plan. Look at the money The Hunger Games movies made. TEENAGERS. Teenage girls. The younger generation can really create some amazing income. The fact they deliberately ignore that potential money making machine with their heros and heroines is astounding. NuBabs is NOT a character I don't think many teenage girls would want to read about right now.
Making Huntress Helena Wayne also replaces a heroine of Italian and Catholic upbringing, one of the only openly religious heroes, and replace her with the WASP Wayne. It's less diversity.
Personally I never thought in the case of Barbara, I never thought her to be the matronly 30 something both DC and shockingly enough Gail Simone touted her to be when responding to the reboot and the need for her to be deaged. She's a genius, she doesn't have to be that old to do amazing things. She hadn't been the 30 something politician for YEARS preboot and her age at taking up the Batgirl mantle was whiddled down to what 16?
I always put her around mid to late 20's, a 24-27 sorta deal to contrast to Dick Grayson's 24ish. Really not that old. I quite enjoyed her being a bit older than Dick. Now Dick's 21 and Babs is an unclear 21 or 22ish. It's really boring.
This new shocker, that even if she wasn't Huntress in the new universe, the fact a Helena B. the "mafia princess" existed and DIED is such a slap in the face to her fans. I was hoping for a Huntress vs. Huntress!
They could have at least kept her as a teacher at a school or something. Damian will eventually be shown going to some sort of school right? They could have easily had a one or two panel easter-egg by showing his teacher to be Helena B. Alive. Existing. But not Huntress.
The disrespect even in the face of the whole Batgirl and Stephanie/Cassandra blowup is AMAZING that they'd even pull that.