"Okay, but what about Cass" will be my mantra till the day I fucking die.
"I worry about Cassandra Cain, the first person of color to join the Batfamily, who is now that last Batgirl sitting on the bench with the rest of the New 52′s abandoned heroes."
CASSANDRA CAIN FOREVER.
Soooooo, Stephanie Brown will finally return as The Spoiler in Batman: Eternal #3 for March 2014
Wally West was announced today returning in The Flash Annual #3 for April 2014 with a new blue costume
Only one question remains………. DC, WHEN IS CASSANDRA CAIN/BLACK BAT COMING BACK?!?!!!?!?!??!!
The real question.
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from Batman Gotham City Secret Files & Origins 2000-04 p03,04,05
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The purple dialogue boxes are by Catwoman (Selina Kyle) observing Cass at work.
Notice how the cigar smoking thug is just letting go of his beer bottle in p03 and before it breaks in p05 Cassandra has knocked out his 6 thug buddies. Then, all she has to do is confidently walk towards him to make him cower in fear! Complete intimidation that would make Batman proud.
I wonder if Cassandra Cain would have more of a fandom if they made her Robin for a milli-second as well.
Oh, awesome! :D
Cassandra first appears in the No Man’s Land arc - I reccomend that in full, really, but her first issues are Batman 567 - Detective Comics 734.
She becomes Batgirl in Legends of the Dark Knight 120, and has her fist mission in Batman 569.
She also has some cute team-ups with Azrael in Azrael: Agent of the Bat - issues 56-57, 60-61 and 66.
Her next appearance is Batman: Gotham Knights 2.
Then she gets her own series! Cassandra’s Batgirl run is, overall, pretty damn fantastic.
She also becomes a part of Justice League: Elite, a short series about a darker, covert League. Her voice is a bit off, but her characterisation is great, and it’s really the only time we see her as part of a team.
She and Tim don’t interact a ton, sadly - they have a really sweet teamup Batgirl 18, and they work together later in Bludhaven. Later on, she appears several times in Red Robin. There’s a lot of potential there, but a lot of it’s behind the scenes.
The Bats she’s closest to are Oracle, who’s basically her mother figure, Batman, who becomes her father, and Stephanie, who became her first and best friend.
Unfortunately, it all goes downhill after her Batgirl series ends. For some reason, editorial decided to turn her evil, and they gave the job to someone who apparently didn’t know a damn thing about her. Eventually, they retconned the entire thing - she was on mind control drugs! Obviously.
I’d suggest just skipping evil Cass - and her mini, Batgirl: Redemption Road, since it’s by the same dude who got her so very wrong in the first place. The only thing you need to know is that Bruce adopted her.
After that, she just kind of disappears for a while. We see her handing off the cowl to Stephanie, and she doesn’t appear in that title again.
Finally, though, we see her in Red Robin 17. She’s operating in Hong Kong, for some reason, and doesn’t have a code name. Then, in Batman Incorporated 6, we see her as Blackbat.
Her next appearance is in Red Robin 25. Then she appears in the Gates of Gotham miniseries, working with her brothers - Dick, Damian and Tim.
And then the reboot happened.
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Isn’t it interesting that Two-Face and the Joker, two villains who have messed up the various Robins with impunity, have both been to be scared sh!tlless of Cassandra Cain? Even Batman doesn’t produce that effect.
Says something, no?
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I don’t know if I’ll ever really like Adam Beechen’s version of Cass.
I have yet to meet someone who did. Other than Dan Didio, of course.
WHAT? A week dedicated to creating fanworks for Cassandra Cain!
WHEN? The first week in November, running from November 4-10.
WHY? Because Cassandra Cain is a character that is near and dear to my heart and whom I selfishly would love to see more of out there in the great wide Bat fandom world, and I’m hoping that others feel the same way.
HOW? Fanfiction, graphics, fanmixes, meta posts — if it’s Cass-centric and it strikes your heart’s desire, go for it.
WHERE? Your tumblr, my tumblr, every tumblr! Just be sure to tag your fanworks with “cass cain week” so everyone can see it!