Evil Cassandra Cain vs Supergirl part2 - The Fight
from Supergirl v5 #14 2007-04
This is it, the (in)famous fight between Batgirl and Supergirl. Cassandra Cain is in full “evil” mode and is the head of the League of Assassins when she’s contracted to kill Supergirl.
Even though DiDio/Beechem’s Evil Cass change was a terrible idea for many reasons and was sloppily implemented, I do like much of the Supergirl #14 art. Cass’s ninja outfit in this issue is the same as Robin #162; I think it looks good. And she’s very fit and muscular with pretty resonable proportions except for the leaping swords page where she’s a bit too busty and her lower legs get pretty thin. But these are quibbles, the art looks good for comics.
Plus, I like the red glowing lightsabers on black background with Evil Cass wielding them. It looks cool and I’m glad the writer tried to add some “comic physics” to how Evil Cass might kill a Kryptonian: diamond dust and UVB lights.
Along with the dust/light and Evil Cass’s ninja skills, there’s Boomer who she’s seduced and then captured and tortured. (Bad Cass!) This throws Supergirl way off and gives Batgirl an edge.
And finally, the big mistake that almost every villain makes: gloating over your seemingly defeated enemy instead of killing first and gloating later.
Then it happens: crystal spikes emerge around Supergirl’s stomach wound from Batgirl’s light swords and long crystal spikes shoot out of her back and into Evil Cass. Here’s the crystal spike page in full resolution:
Huh? I’m not big into Kryptonian physiology but I don’t remember this happening with Super[fill in the blank] in the past.
Since I’m a huge Cass fan, I wanted Evil Cass to win. So these spikes just seem like a deus ex machina by the writer to end the fight. This was hugely confusing/upsetting to the Cass-Cult crew that authored the excellent Casstoons. They named them retardo-spikes and then after being chastised (and fairly so) for this term they changed it to crystal herpes. Oh you nutty Cult-Cultists! :)
I feel compelled to note that Evil Cass surviving this isn’t so far fetched. It only appears that 2 spikes pierced her and they didn’t hit any vital organs. And she’s taken worse, much worse.
In Batgirl #6 2000-09, Batgirl (“good” Cass in this case!) was fighting some bad guys with automatic rifles and one of them started shooting at her though he was likely to hit a comrade in his line of fire behind her.
Cass being Cass, she was enraged at the shooter’s disregard for life, even his fellow baddie’s life. So she ran full speed at the shooter, carefully moving to block his shots with her body. She took 4 shots, reached the shooter and disarmed him before collapsing. Batman also raced there and put a serious THAWK on the shooter. The talk afterward with Bruce and Cass while Dr. Leslie is attending to her in the Batcave is great:
Batman: Wait. Batgirl. It was suicide to rush the gunner like that.
(Batman leans close and puts his hand on her head)
Batman: Why did you do it?
Batgirl (weakly): Instinct…
Batman (standing up with a smile): Good answer.
Cassandra Cain Bullets Can’t Stop Cass
And on that reference to a fantastic “good” Cass moment, I bid you all:
Happy Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month!
On one hand you can count it as a compliment that the writer couldn’t think of any way Paris Hilton…I mean…Supergirl would actually beat Evil!Cass that despite her having powers on a level with Superman (and Cass having no powers at all) he had to come up with crystal herpes to defeat her that were never brought up again.
On the other hand, Evil!Cass bears even less resemblance to any previous incarnation of the character that it seems the writer did less research than Adam Beechan. Something that seems impossible, I know.