[World of Bats] Batgirl #9-11, 13-16 "A Knight Alone"

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This week we’ll be looking at the further adventures of Cassandra Cain during her first ongoing series as Batgirl, reading issues #9-11 and 13-16, written by Kelley Puckett and drawn by Damion Scott.

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.


Batgirl #9
Batgirl #10
Batgirl #11
Batgirl #13
Batgirl #14
Batgirl #15
Batgirl #16

Reading will last from 2022-05-21T05:00:00Z2022-05-27T05:00:00Z, but if you’re busy getting beaten by Batman to get back into shape, you can always come back later.

Looking forward to discussing these issues with you all!

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If you’d like a catch up on Cass’ story up to this point, you can see where the WOB has covered her in the past here:

And if you’re looking for more Batman related books to read and talk about:

WOB, Harley’s Crew, House of Horror and Obscurity of DC Club have all collaborated on a post detailing the most recent Batman event Fear State as it drops on DCUI:

Over at Renegade Robins, you can check out Cass’ bestie, Stephanie Brown’s history as Spoiler and more:

Over at the Birds of Prey Club, for AAPI Month they’re focusing on a character introduced in Batman & The Outsiders, Katana!

If there’s anything else I’m missing, please let me know.


These issues weren’t bad, but I don’t really connect with Cass. It doesn’t help that a plot point in these issues is that she sees no value in being a normal, relatable person. :stuck_out_tongue:

The writer also seems to take personal glee in killing off as many innocent people as possible. After a while, it starts to feel a tad nihilistic.


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 :man_shrugging:


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! :slight_smile:

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! :slight_smile: (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. :sweat_smile:

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. :smiley:

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts! :slight_smile: