another favorite quote - seriously the Cass Batgirl book was full of great lines on what it meant to be a hero.
"Heroes are forever. The rest of us are just part of the story."
Lady Shiva, Batgirl 72 (via lifepassedmebywhenifoughtdragons)
I can’t stop thinkin about how many shitty comics i bought just because Cass and Steph were in them
I can’t believe i put up with Nicieza’s shitty Robin run. Twice. For them.
i’m sorry is occurs to me every so often and I have to post about it the same thing every time.
at least with manga…
I didn’t mind the Nicieza’s Red Robin run. Once I thought of it as a westernized shonen story with a bishie celibate hero with all these girls chasing him it all made stupid kind of sense.
As for the Beechan mini-series, that was the most dishonest thing ever. DC doesn’t admit to mistakes (at least under the Didio regime) and acknowledging that Beechan deserved a “second chance” is basically admitting they screwed up with Cass which is something they’ve never admitted. Then there’s the whole idea of “second chance”. For what? Beechan was hired to write a ROBIN book! He admitted he knew very little of Cass, didn’t read her comic and was led the creation of Evil!Cass by his editors (Berganza and then Tomasi). He was not Cass Cain’s writer in the vein of Puckett, Horrocks and Gabrych were. He was hired to write Tim Drake. And he did. Tim was written as a hero. Success. The whole idea of writing a Cass Cain mini-series by the man universally hated for destroying the character and who told interviewers (prior to the Geoff Johns retcon of the Deathstroke magic evil juice) that her turn to killing people and making long super-villain monologues was an obvious development of her character should have invalidated him from writing the character. I’ll never forget the interview he gave where he flat out said “If HE had been a fan of Cassandra Cain, he would have been upset at what he wrote too” - which more than implies he was not a fan of the character and could care less about what he himself did. Perfect writer to give a mini-series on Cass to!
Let’s be honest. The Cass Cain mini-series by Beechan was designed to fail. I have no doubt it was created as a write-off (as much of the Countdown tie-ins were). We know now that Didio was already prepping for Barbara Gordon to resume the Batgirl role in “Oracle: The Cure” (published right after the Beechan mini-series) before backing out and then wanted Misfit to become Batgirl (which Gail Simone refused) and then made Stephanie Brown (third choice!) Batgirl. There was no way Didio wanted a successful Beechan mini-series about Cass because it was obvious he wanted her out of the Batgirl role ASAP. It was not about “second chances”. It was about finding the one writer to the Cassandra Cain readers loathed the most (and remember Cass’s co-creator Kelly Puckett was actually writing for DC at this period and they could have hired him) and give him a half-dozen issues, not to make Cass a hero, but to make her want to kill people again and explain away his own Robin story.
I was first introduced to Cassandra Cain in February 2004, when she and other current members of the Bat Family, joined the younger ranks of the Super Family to break into the White House. It was one of the first non-Teen Titans titles fledgling DC fan me had ever picked up, and from that moment on she became my Batgirl.
By the time I looked into the Bat Family books that paraded the shelves of my LCS (which were not that many in comparison to other books, so I’m led to believe either my LCS was woefully disconnected with the fanbases - explaining their closing a year later - or the Bat Family wasn’t the main staple it’s now considered to be), Cass’ Batgirl series was being written by Dylan Horrocks, the run I’ll be covering next, and those were the first issues with Cass I was introduced to. I like those issues a lot, particularly considering that I look at them through the lens of a twelve-year-old, but Cass didn’t become my favorite character in comics because of those issues.
I fell in love with Cassandra Cain because I had the great fortune of eventually getting the chance to go back and read her original run under the creative team of Kelley Puckett, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, and, for the first arc, Scott Peterson.
Batgirl (2000-2006) #36
"You can change. You can.”
Cassandra gives another stirring quote. She has such confidence and ferocity about her beliefs that it actually resonates with Alpha. Especially after that long speech she has given (in Cass terms).
Batgirl (2000-2006) #37
"I know. It doesn’t matter."
Cassandra, after subconsciously wrestling with her parental relationship for over 30 issues, Comes to the conclusion that while love is fundamental and important, it cannot be the only thing. It is not enough on its own to justify the life David the thief, or David Cain, would be giving the child in their charge.
And she lets go.
It’s probably the most painful decision she has made for herself - and by extension another person in this case - thus far in the series. And it has been the one issue she has struggled with the most for good reason.
We are who we are despite our parents, yes, but a lot of how we get to be that person in one way or another has very much to do with our parents and the relationships we carry with them.
Whether you agree with the sentiment Cass has here or not, you must admit it is a powerful and hard decision on her part.
Batgirl (2000-2006) #34
"My friend would like a word with you now."
I like that Bruce is approaching this with the casualness of “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day.”
And Cass got out all she needed to say. With her fist.
Cass has had a lot of friends and people who have helped her along the way. Helena Bertinelli, who kept the Bat alive while Cassandra was in Gotham. Barbara Gordon, who taught her how to speak, how to live her own life. Batman, who gave her a symbol to make her own. Stephanie Brown, who was her first friend. Cass has many connections, and has gained much from those around her.
But never - never - forget. Cass never needed to be taught morality. Cass never needed to be taught compassion. Cass never needed to be taught how to be a hero.
Cass made herself a hero.
Batgirl (2000-2006) #29
"No. No, he couldn’t. Not the man I know."
And… this really is another failing on the writing end here.
It works within the context of this issue, but not the story as a whole. Dick and Cass came to the Manor for empirical evidence proving Bruce’s innocence in the Vesper Fairchild case. They find some vague clues, of course, and acting out the attack and murder helps generate a new perspective on the crimes via Cass, but the ultimate conclusion ends up being “Bruce didn’t do it because I know he couldn’t have done it.”
Which is… the exact same dilemma we had at the beginning of the issue.
I still love the interaction between Dick and Cass, as well as the creative ways they tested out other possibilities for how Vesper was murdered, but this sequence makes it all feel like it was meant to prove whether or not they believed someone of Bruce’s character could commit such a terrible crime. And that wasn’t even the problem to begin with.
Also didn’t work because these are two characters (Cass and Dick) who were utterly convinced Bruce didn’t do it from the get-go. Now if you said Tim and Barbara (who stated they had doubts because of the way Bruce was acting) would re-enact this scene I would say maybe but Cass and Dick? No. More fail for the storyline.
"Nobody dies tonight."