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Cass is Back!!!!!

November 11, 2010

I am so happy right now! Go read Red Robin #17!

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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

Ass Hat

October 9, 2010

Here is a quote from Didio via CBR:

"Does anybody want to complain about Cassandra Cain and just get it over with?" DiDio joked. Several fans did. "She’s waiting outside the Batcave for a memorial for the Spoiler," DiDio said.

What an asshat! Really?…whatever…stay tuned for my next post of Cass’s adventures later this evening just to stick it to Mr. Didio.

Celebrating Ten Years of Batgirl: The Bat Meets The Cat

September 11, 2010

It has been a while but I am back to bring you more tales of Cassandra Cain’s ten-year reign as Batgirl. This time around we get her first meeting with Catwoman in Batman:  Gotham City Secret Files #1 in a story entitled Night Games written by Scott Peterson and Kelly Puckett with art by Paul Ryan.

Gotham City Secret Files pg03 From the first page I can tell I already think Ryan draws a damn good Batgirl. Wait till you see her in action! Batgirl of course takes all the thugs out rather quickly except for one who is scared shitless. This impresses our narrator – the one and only Selina Kyle!

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Cassandra’s costume is just so much more frightening then either Barbara’s or Stephanie’s Batgirl outfits. She is the DARK knight damsel. My hope is that she gets to wear the costume again after Batman, Inc.

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I have to say that I do miss this Catwoman outfit. The one she wears today has never really impressed me. I know I am in the minority here. I didn’t like the purple look though – the coloring on the current one is definitely better, but I hate the current goggles look. I actually think Michelle Pfieffer’s Catwoman costume should have been used in the comics.

Selina assumes Batgirl doesn’t know who she is – I am not sure if she does or not. At this point she can’t read Batman or Oracle’s files but they could have told her about Catwoman at some point. More then likely she doesn’t know who Catwoman is – because if she did I have a feeling Cass would have immediately began to fight her – not team up with her. At this point Catwoman was still a villain – not evil or murderous – but a thief none-the-less.

Gotham City Secret Files pg10Paul Ryan sure draws Batgirl looking pretty happy fighting alongside Catwoman…and fight she does… she knocks out 11 guys in this issue. New record for a single issue.

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Hahaha Catwoman just stands and watches in amazement! I love it!

Meanwhile Oracle worries that Batgirl has yet to return to the Clocktower after Batman told her too. (How cool was it when the Birds worked out of the Gotham Clocktower! They need to bring that back!) But Batman shows his confidence in his new protégé.

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This is the first time we learn she is seventeen now instead of sixteen when she was first introduced. The Unauthorized Chronology of the DC Universe lists Cassandra’s birthday as January 26, 1989. That makes her 21 in the present DCU.

Anyways, this issue not only marks Cassandra Cain’s first encounter with Catwoman – but the Penguin as well. The idea of having Catwoman and Penguin having a conversation while Batgirl beats the crap out of everyone else in the background was a brilliant choice by the creative team!

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Notice how Cassandra isn’t just a fighting machine – she is paying close attention to their conversation too.

She’s a smart young woman despite not knowing how to speak – Batman was right about how she can read people. This is evident when she outsmarts Catwoman below.

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I love the finger wag!!  

Gotham City Secret Files pg24 Catwoman is right – you should never underestimate Cassandra Cain – not as Batgirl, not as a fighter, nor anything else. Take that Dan Didio!

Stats and Facts

 

Issue Firsts:

First  Meeting with Catwoman and The Penguin

First Time she is revealed to be 17 years of age

Sneak Attack Count:

2

Total Sneak Attack Count:

9

Significant Creator Count:
Writers:

Denny O’Neil (4)
Janet Harvey (1)

Kelley Puckett (4)

Greg Rucka (1)

Devin Grayson (1)

Chuck Dixon (1)

Scott Peterson (2)

Artists:

Roger Robinson (4)

Sergio Cariello (1)

Deodato (1)

Damion Scott (3)

Dale Eaglesham (1)

Steven Harris (1)

Paul Ryan (1)

Knock-Out Count:

11

Total Knock-Out Count:

24

Cassandra Cain – Outside of Comics?!!!!

July 22, 2010

What?! According to Comic Book Resources, Johns said that there may be plans for Cassandra Cain outside of comics?! What could this mean….TV, Cartoon, Video Games…..what!!! Must Know NOW! (And I love how Cass comes up at the DC panels always…it shows DC how much people care about her.) 

To celebrate here is a pic of Cassandra’s only appearance on television to date in the first season finale of Justice League where she makes a quick cameo with Tim Drake outside of their costumes. (she is on the far left)

 

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Comic-Con 2010: Dumb Didio Quotes: Day 1

July 22, 2010

Via Newsarama:

"The fact that we’re talking about an Arsenal book is something that would have been unheard of any other time. That character couldn’t even move a needle," DiDio said, and now people are talking about him and "excited" about the character, and that Krul did a great job

No Dan, just no…no one is excited they are pissed. Lian Harper’s death was a sick twisted thing that served no purpose along with Roy’s decent into drug addiction. Just read this excellent post by shelly.

 

"Is there anything actively in development for Wally? He’s a character that had his own book for 20 years," the fan continued, which drew applause. "I agree completely," DiDio said. "And we didn’t kill him!"

Oh and we are supposed to be happy about that? He should still be appearing somewhere Dan! I don’t buy that Wally will be back in a big way, Dan said that about Cassie too. If it happens, it will be despite of Didio, not because of him.

Catch-Up Thoughts

May 20, 2010
  1. It seems that finally things are going my way around the blogosphere. People are starting to see that this retro-make everything like it was in the silver age is damaging characters. It is sad that it took the death of Ryan Choi for people to see that. My favorite post about the controversy over his death is probably this one.
  2. Still no sign of Cassandra Cain ):
  3. Should I change the name of this blog? Now that Didio is only one of three people in charge it seems like it should be something else. Didio still basically personifies everything wrong with DC these days, but a part of me wonders if I should change it. Any ideas?

Something of Interest

April 18, 2010

This really doesn’t have much to do with the Anti-Didio League but I love this interview with Joe Bennett. I am not the biggest fan of his work, but I love that he has the balls to to insult the direction that DC went with Teen Titans. He even says the current writer is unsuited for the Titans.  I like it when creators speak up against things. I also agree Aquagirl needs a new costume badly.

When Will DC Get it?!

April 18, 2010

Once again someone asks about Cassandra Cain at a comic book convention, when will DC realize that this is a character people want to read about! I asked Simone the same thing over at the Comic Bloc boards too. Every convention someone asks about her, yet we keep getting non-answers!

Things That Bugged Me About Brightest Day #0

April 14, 2010

 

Well first of all there was no Cassandra Cain and Linda Danvers (I kid but wouldn’t it be great if they showed up!)

I actually did like this issue, trust me it is the most excited I am about a weekly since 52. It was pretty great and features Anti-Didio Leaguers like Kyler Rayner, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter…but there were a few things I would like to take the time to rant about…

 

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Why do they keep saying that Martian Manhunter is the last surviving Martian. What about Miss Martian!? She is a white Martian but that is still a Martian right? And why the hell have we never seen these two Martians meet yet? You think Johns would remember her considering he is her creator!

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This pretty much confirms that Aquaman’s origin has been retconned back to being a half-human instead of being just adopted by the lighthouse keeper. Seems like a completely unnecessary retcon similar to the whole John Stewart was a marine thing Johns keep pushing down our throats.

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Speaking of Aquaman, I have been annoyed through the entire Blackest Night and here that no one has mentioned that Aquaman and Mera were fucking divorced long before he died! I get that they can fall back in love but stop pretending they had a happy-go-lucky relationship. And why no mention of Dolphin? Mera says it is great that Tula and Garth are together in death…he was married to Dolphin! I know he didn’t ever actually love Dolphin but at least give her some credit. (Probably not mentioned because she isn’t a silver age character…ugh)

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Star City is called the most corrupt city in America…really?…more corrupt then Gotham and Vanity, I don’t think so. I like the whole forest springing up in the ruins thing and love that it’s in the shape of a star. That definitely gives Star City some character. (Speaking of fictionopolises I can not believe that DC wanted Robinson to get rid of all of their fictional cities in Cry for Justice, the fictional cities are what makes the DCU great! I smell Didio on that. I bet you it was his idea to destroy Bludhaven during Infinite Crisis too.)

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Oh and um shouldn’t Hank Hall have been arrested the second he came back to life…he was Extant remember!