Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown are both Batgirl again.
Did that feel good to read? Because, I’m not going to lie, it felt really good to write! This development has been a long time coming, but it was solidified last week in Batman: Urban Legends #5. Hopefully, you’re reading Urban Legends because this under-the-radar Bat-book has been consistently excellent since it debuted last spring. Issue #5 features the latest chapters in an ongoing Jason Todd story that really gets to the heart of his relationship with Batman, a Tim Drake story where the Boy Wonder finds himself at a personal crossroads and a Grifter tale that sets up…well, we don’t want to spoil it. All of those comics have been great, but the cherry on top this month was “Wildcard,” a fun adventure starring Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, Barbara Gordon and a surprise guest. (We’ll get to her later.)
“Wildcard” is written by Marguerite Bennett, illustrated by Sweeney Boo, and features some great banter between Steph and Cass. Stephanie teases Cassandra about her aloof nature, while Cassandra makes fun of Stephanie’s habit of “spoiling” things. I love seeing the Bat-Family kick butt, but sometimes it’s fun to just watch them ribbing each other the way typical families do. I would read an entire graphic novel with nothing but Batman and his allies passing time during a road trip.
Cass and Steph’s fun is interrupted when Barbara contacts them about a case. When she does, Babs addresses the heroes as “Batgirls,” which is huge. To recap, ever since Rebirth in 2016, Stephanie Brown has been operating as Spoiler, while Cassandra Cain has been calling herself Orphan, but I fondly remembered each of their days as Batgirl. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Not only have fans been campaigning for it, but the characters themselves were also championing the cause!
Have you checked out Batman: Urban Legends #5 yet? Let us know in the comments!