The New 52, as flawed as it was, did establish a certain story and both Seely and King ignored that completely. And now things don’t make sense anymore:
1: Hel W assuming Bertinelli’s identity. Let’s pretend we live in Seely and King’s world and Hel B is working for Spyral and is African-Italian-American or whatever they made her to be. The name Bertinelli might have had some importance in Italy since Hel W did say they were a mafia family. The families run deep and they extend past the U.S. So there is Wayne, pale as paper, assuming the identity of a woman with the same first name, but who bears no resemblance to herself. And she goes to Italy and no one is like: “Whoa wait? You’re Helena Bertinelli? Why are you white all of a sudden?”
Even if let’s say no one noticed that for some reason, why did Helena Wayne choose the identity of someone who looks nothing like her? If I remember correctly she used Bertinelli’s passport during Crossbow at the Crossroads and Bertinelli looked a lot different than she looks in Grayson.
And I doubt it was a fake since in WF #1, Wayne has a bunch of passports from all over the world. I doubt she had time to get that many fake documents.
But even if she did, the question still remains, why would Helena Wayne assume the identity of someone who looks nothing like her? If you know anything about Helena Wayne is that she’s just as smart as her parents. So she wouldn’t choose a person who looks nothing like her just cause she liked the name and the backstory. She would choose someone who looks like her so she can pass off as that person without any difficulty.
2. Franco Bertinelli does appear in Justice League #25 in the New 52. And as Hel B in her passport picture, he’s just as light-skinned.
The New 52: Where writers who know nothing about the established continuity or about the character they’re writing get permission to change things.
I bet they’re gonna say this Hel B was looking like Hel W and then she was changed to look the way she does now. *cue American Dad theme song*