I work MAAAAAD overtime this time of year all the way through January and it’s what I use to fill gaps in The Stacks and buy the more expensive collectors comics. I was looking at some old Batman books online and that along with a conversation I had here about how awesome Batman is, I started thinking…
Batman is SUPER rad, don’t get me wrong. But…how much of that is Batman, and how much of that is his advantages? He has infinate wealth. So.Many.Toys! There’s ALLLLLL this training. Alfred.
Yeah. He has a tragic past, but let’s take a look at Barbra Gordon:
Babs’ brother has been refered to as the most skilled murderer in history. Not only is her dad a workaholic, but he’s a workaholic with a man-crush on Batman and very little time or attention for his family. Her mom is dead. Let’s not think about the heinous things Joker did to her…it’s best not to think about what Joker did to her but what he did wound her up in a wheel chair.
That’s tragic…damn near stuff of absolute horror.
But even with a her mobility dependant on a delicate high-texh spinal implant she’s still out there jumping from rooftop to rooftop trading blows with baddies with nothing more than some back alley martial arts training and some gym time.
Recently in Batgirl Issue #38 we got a look at her on her bed in her crummy apartment SEWING together old bits of costumes to make one complete one. No high-tech bullet proof nano fibers, just some string and bargain bin yardage from Michael’s.
What I’m getting at is that on his best day Bruce Wayne, with or without the Cowell could never be anywhere as amazing as Barbra Gordon.
Barbra Gordon is the strongest of Bats.