After losing her ability to read people and a traumatic showdown against Lady Shiva, Cassandra Cain makes a decision that will shape the rest of her life. As Batgirl she faces off against enemies physical and mental.
Note: The reason we’re not covering issue #12 is because it’s in the middle of a crossover event “Officer Down” which the club will cover in full at a later date.
Interesting - I have a similar reaction, while still respecting the craft that Puckett puts into the series, it makes me too cold for Cass to fail so often. I get the point he’s trying to make, but it makes Batgirl feel useless.
I’m pretty much in agreement with what @AlexanderKnox and @millernumber1 have said already. These issues are enjoyable enough but I just don’t connect with Cass and it’s frustrating to see her not get a win (even when we thought she had saved that guy he ended up dead anyway). The issue with the bank robbery has a twist that I didn’t see coming, but that’s probably the only thing that really stands out to me. I don’t know if it’s because she just doesn’t say much or what
I really do want to like Cass (and I do feel sorry for her), but she has all of the unrelatable backstory of Damian Wayne but without the Grant Morrison touch to make me have a soft spot the little brat anyway. (She’s still better than Jean-Paul Valley, though.)
Maybe she needs far more Stephanie Brown in her life to act as her Jon Kent. Or maybe she needs to be part of a Bat-Family team alongside other sidekicks whom I enjoy far more in a group than I do on their own. (If only such a story arc existed . . . perhaps in the pages of Detective Comics?)
Oh, man, there’s so much interesting disagreement I have here!
I do think that Cass and Damian have VERY similar backstories, but I find Cass’s MUCH more sympathetically handled than Damian’s. I loathed Damian for two years because Morrison wrote him as such a jerk.
And also, Jean-Paul Valley is great!
Cass does need more connections, I think, to bring her life in a more positive direction. But sadly, she rarely got to keep the ones she formed.
And we do agree that Cass in Detective Comics was part of a great team! (Including Jean-Paul!)
I mean…is being a normal person really that great? But don’t mind me, I’m a bit of a misanthrope, don’t mind me.
Seriously, while she may not have a normal life, what I did find at least compelling was her struggle with not having her abilities thanks to her being able to speak. The way she handled by turning to Shiva was interesting – not just because of who Shiva turns out to be to Cass, but what she is willing to do for something that gave her such pain and anguish.
A line from that has been sticking to me was when she was thinking about whether to accept Shiva’s answer, something along the lines of “Can I be mediocre for the rest of my life…or perfect for a year?”
That’s an interesting point. I can’t recall anything particularly cruel other than killing off the guy that Cass saved later. I guess you could chalk it up as the sign of the times. This was the early 00s, after all, with some peak Bat-Dick abound, and I’m not talking about Richard. I thought Bruce in these issues was handled well enough, at least.
There’s definitely something to that – I think Cass and Steph are a great duo and I’m really enjoying their co-starring roles in Batgirls right now. Cass is a little more verbose, but still a girl of few words, but Steph helps balance it out.
Funny you should say that, I was planning on doing the next round of that run pretty soon, but this comment moved it up a bit.