Hello and welcome to the World of Bats, the Batman Book Club!
So for the month of May, aka Asian Heritage Month, this book club will not only showcase some of the amazing Asian/Pacific Islander creators who have put their touches on the Dark Knight, but some of the characters that are part of the Batman universe, and what better character to focus is Cassandra Cain, aka Batgirl/Orphan?
So this week, we’re going to start with her origins, during the epic event No Man’s Land.
For those who don’t know, No Man’s Land was a huge event during the Bat-books throughout the year of 1999, with a lot stories within it happening within multiple books, so it’s going to be a little harder to track than normal. BUT, I’ll list the issues down in correct order down below, and if you want to, you can follow it from the always handy Storyline link that DCUI provides for this event, which you can find HERE.
So with all that jibber-jabber out the way, here are the books:
“No Man’s Land” part 19 and “Mark of Cain” part 1! One of the world’s deadliest assassins has been dispatched to No Man’s Land to kill one of its denizens. And the only person that stands in his way is a mysterious, seemingly mute young female agent of Oracle, one who may have ties to the assassin himself. Featuring the first appearance of Cassandra Cain! Continued in DETECTIVE COMICS (1937-2011) #734.
No Man’s Land’ part 20 and ‘Mark of Cain’ part 2, continued from BATMAN #567. What role will Oracle’s mysterious female agent play in the adventures of the new Batgirl? All will begin to be revealed as the story of the woman’s early life unfolds.
No Man’s Land’ part 21, featuring the first appearance of the new Batgirl! The Dark Knight has alienated those who once trusted him with their lives. After unmasking the new Batgirl and replacing her with another mysterious heroine and summoning Azrael to his side, Batman must now regain his former allies’ trust and coordinate their efforts if his plan to regain control of Gotham is to succeed.
The mysterious new Batgirl battles alongside Azrael as they fight their way through the No Man’s Land that was once Gotham City! Their objective: take down Nicholas Scratch!
Side by side with the new Batgirl, Azrael finally makes a dent in Nick Scratch’s operation in the former Gotham City.
The new Batgirl takes center stage as Batman gives her a surprising assignment of desperate importance: protect a gas station and its owner from thugs and gang members who want to take the fuel the station contains for their own use. “No Man’s Land” part 27.
Looking forward to discussing Cass’ first comic book stories with you guys!
This reading will be for the week of 2021-05-01T05:00:00Z → 2021-05-07T05:00:00Z, but if you’ve been stuck in a disaster stricken wasteland completely cut off by the United States government, you can always come back and share your thoughts!