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Celebrating Ten Years of Batgirl: A Pair Of Twos

October 10, 2010

Today we will be focusing on two #2’s from February 2000, both of which featured the greatest Batgirl! Fist off we have Batman: Gotham Knights #2.

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This issue is the second of the then new “Batfamily” title – Gotham Knights and it is written by Devin Grayson with art by Dale Eaglesham. This is the second time Grayson and Eaglsham have tackled the relationship between Batman and Batgirl. The first being back in Batman Chronicles #18.

This cover while I liked it – it is kind of weird that she seems to have a gray suit instead of her usual black one or maybe it is just supposed to be the light reflecting off of her – not sure. Anyways, the book starts off with one of our favorite character’s famed sneak attacks.

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I Love how dark and batwing-like her cape is here. It is quite breathtaking and I bet those guys are about to piss in their pants. I hate to say it but compare this to Stephanie Brown’s Batgirl costume it is just pathetic how unscary Steph is.

Grayson used a mysterious narrator during her run on the book hat left readers wondering who it was that knew so much about the Bat Family.

Gotham Knights #2 pg02I love how Batman at least trusts her enough that he doesn’t feel like he needed to go in with her. This seems to be the first comic to imply that the new Batgirl has a death wish. Cassandra clearly understands that she upset Batman for being so impulsive and her bow here shows not only that she is ashamed – but once again how much she looks up to Batman.

Oh and of course I don’t have mention that this girl just went into a room full of guys with guns – came out with the man she was looking for completely unharmed because she is THAT AWESOME!

The narrator (brilliantly written by Grayson I might add) goes on to discuss altruism as Batman and Batgirl save those from a sinking ship.

 

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Look at these early issues of this girl who would risk her life to save anyone – and then think of what they later did to the character after one year later – it is truly disheartening. I love this sequence – it reminds me of Titanic a lot.

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Never underestimate our Batgirl my friend. Seeing her batrope shoot out from the underwater – awesome way to frame the sequence! Perfect! The narrator knows that Batgirl hates herself for murdering the man as a child – even if she was forced to.

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With these two pages alone, one can see what makes her such a compelling character. I have read complaints that she is too good at fighting to be interesting…but those people are missing the point. Yes, she is nearly a perfect fighter but she does have flaws and those flaws are demonstrated here. Her flaw is her guilt…a guilt so great that even though she is saving many lives, she can never believe that she is actually a good person because of the one life she did take.

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Wow! Great writing by Grayson as she explores the theme of memory. Both Bruce and Cassandra have memories that haunt them – Bruce wants to teach her to overcome those memories. Eaglesham’s drawing of Batgirl’s body language really highlights her anguish.

The issue ends perfectly with Batgirl making the right choice.

 

Gotham Knights #2 pg22This was a great look at the relationship between Batman and Batgirl as well as exploring the psyche of Batgirl herself. It was wonderful from the very first page.

Stats and Facts
Issue Firsts:

First Introduction Of The Idea That Batgirl Has A Death Wish

Sneak Attack Count:

1

Total Sneak Attack Count:

10

Significant Creator Count:
Writers:

Denny O’Neil (4)
Janet Harvey (1)

Kelley Puckett (4)

Greg Rucka (1)

Devin Grayson (2)

Chuck Dixon (1)

Scott Peterson (2)

Artists:

Roger Robinson (4)

Sergio Cariello (1)

Deodato (1)

Damion Scott (3)

Dale Eaglesham (2)

Steven Harris (1)

Paul Ryan (1)

Knock-Out Count:

0

Total Knock-Out Count:

24

 

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The next issue we will cover is Batgirl #2 by Kelly Puckett, Scott Peterson, and Damion Scott. The cover seems to reiterate the death wish theme of Gotham Knights #2.

The book opens with a man named John witnessing a women being attacked in an alley and he tries to save her from the attack only to be cornered by group of thugs. Who intervenes to save the day and knock everyone out! You guessed it!

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Does our hero have a crush?

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Adorable! I like that is isn’t just some guy…Batgirl likes that this guy was a good samaritan. She was raised by evil men who cared about nothing but themselves. People like Batman and this John guy fascinate her and give her hope. Which is why she is quite angry when the newscast says John had been kidnapped from his home from the thugs.

Batgirl 002-08 Oracle notices how angry she is and figures out where the thugs are holding John – an abandoned prison/steelworks. Batgirl immediately goes off to rescue John and kick major ass – and also a hole in the prison wall!

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Despite her attempt at a rescue, the thugs have caused too much damage to John and he dies from the wounds he suffered – giving a note for Batgirl to give to his widow. Needless to say, this leaves our hero more then a little upset. So upset that she JUMPS ONTO A MOVING VEHICLE AS IT SPEEDS OFF A CLIFF AND PULLS THE MAIN THUG OUT BY HIS TIE!! In other words, don’t fuck with Batgirl!

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Scott’s visuals are awesome. This could have been incredibly confusing as a sequence and he pulls it off perfectly and really shows us how angry Batgirl is.

She does bring the letter to John’s wife and watches the widow’s emotional reaction to it. Suddenly, our illiterate hero is inspired. Great issue!

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Stats and Facts
Issue Firsts:

First Time Batgirl Has Ever Kissed Anyone On The Cheek

First Time Kicking A Hole In A Wall

First Time She Tries To Write

Sneak Attack Count:

2

Total Sneak Attack Count:

12

Significant Creator Count:
Writers:

Denny O’Neil (4)
Janet Harvey (1)

Kelley Puckett (5)

Greg Rucka (1)

Devin Grayson (2)

Chuck Dixon (1)

Scott Peterson (3)

Artists:

Roger Robinson (4)

Sergio Cariello (1)

Deodato (1)

Damion Scott (4)

Dale Eaglesham (2)

Steven Harris (1)

Paul Ryan (1)

Knock-Out Count:

3

Total Knock-Out Count:

27

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