Scattered stuff from a native New Yorker, disorganized former English Major, film buff, haiku enthusiast, semi-professional photographer and totally amateur fencer.

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renaroo:

Batgirl (2000-2006) #27

"You look… different."

Being Batman 24/7 and the additional stresses of everything happening in his life has taken an incredible toll on Bruce, and Cass is blunt enough to bring it up despite the rare congratulations she receives here.

I think it’s also interesting that Bruce feels compelled to approach Cass and congratulate her on her victory with Shiva despite pathologically avoiding the rest of the Bat Family. Perhaps he is under the misguided belief that Cass hasn’t realized who his other identity is or that she wouldn’t care about the “man” behind Batman to begin with and that degree of separation makes him feel secure.

He’s wrong, of course, but I wonder if that has anything to do with Cassandra’s new rebirth. She still idolizes Batman, as we’ll see later on, but I think Bruce’s facade is chipping away bit by bit.

She knows he’s human and he has needs, just as she’s learned she does.

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m6p2s5gziax8:

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:
http://s18.postimg.org/eun8fwwtz/Evil_Cassandra_Cain_vs_Supergirl_Crystal_Spikes.jpg

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
http://m6p2s5gziax8.tumblr.com/post/75191835219/cassandra-cain-bullets-cant-stop-cass-from

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.

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renaroo:

renaroo:

Batman: No Man’s Land
Detective Comics
(1937-2011) #734

"Hold on! I’ve got you."

I wonder how many fellow anime fans out there can’t read this scene without “Ballad of Fallen Angels” playing in their mind. omg just thinking about it makes me get chills all over!

On a more relevant note, this actually becomes a bit of an establishing moment for the relationships between these three characters. Cain clings to Cassandra and genuinely wants to save her, but the only thing he can offer her is the lifestyle and trauma she has already suffered at his hands. Cassandra chooses death and forcefully ejects herself from Cain, no matter how much genuine love as a father and daughter they might share.

She’s also only saved by Bruce, and more specifically Batman. Which, of course, establishes a deep rooted hatred and jealousy from Cain who has lost the only family he has ever allowed himself to have to Bruce’s world.

Still get chills

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redundantthinking:

With the start of Cassandra’s Month, I figured it might helpful to have references. Here it is! Cassandra’s full appearance list with downloads included.

Here is a Cassandra Cain Download Masterpost for those who want to read the comics on their computer. Download ComicRack to read the cbr. files.

This is a compiled list of places Cassandra Cain has appeared in order. Please note that that the download and the list excludes One Year Later and Batgirl redemption due to both’s terrible characterization of Cassandra.

BATGIRL:

1. batman 567
2. detective comics 734
3. legends of the dark knight 120
4. azrael 56
5. azrael 57
6. batman 569
7. robin 70
8. batman chronicles 18
9. legends of the dark knight 124
10. detective comics 738
11. shadow of the bat 92
12. detective comics 739
13. shadow of the bat 93
14. robin 73
15. azrael 60
16. azrael 61
17. detective comics 741
18. gotham city secret files and origins
19. gotham knights 2
20. batman no man’s land secret files and origins
21. batman outlaws 1
22. batman outlaws 2
23. batman outlaws 3
24. ghost/batgirl 1
25. ghost/batgirl 2
26. ghost/batgirl 3
27. ghost/batgirl 4
28. batgirl 1
29. gotham knights 5
30. young justice 21
31. batgirl annual 1
32. azrael 66
33. batgirl 2
34. batgirl 3
35. batgirl 4
36. batgirl 5
37. batgirl 6
38. batgirl 7
39. batgirl 8
40. batgirl 9
41. batgirl 10
42. batgirl 11
43. batman 586
44. batgirl 12
45. robin 86
46. birds of prey 27
47. catwoman 90
48. robin 88
49. batgirl 13
50. batgirl 14
51. dc 1st: batgirl/joker
52. batgirl 15
53. superboy 85
54. batgirl 16
55. batgirl 17
56. batgirl 18
57. harley quinn 10
58. harley quinn 11
59. harley quinn 12
60. batgirl 19
61. batgirl 20
62. wonder woman 174
63. supergirl 63
64. batgirl 21
65. joker: last laugh 3
66. robin 95
67. azrael 84
68. batman 594
69. batman 597
70. batgirl 22
71. batgirl 23
72. batgirl 24
73. robin 98
74. batgirl 25
75. batman 600
76. batgirl 26
77. batgirl secret files & origins
78. batgirl 27
79. batgirl 28
80. batgirl 29
81. batgirl 30
82. batgirl 31
83. batgirl 32
84. azrael 94
85. batman 606
86. batman 607
87. batgirl 33
88. batman: family 6
89. batman: family 7
90. batman: family 8
91. batgirl 34
92. batgirl 35
93. batgirl 36
94. batgirl 37
95. gotham knights 33
96. gotham knights 35
97. gotham knights 36
98. batgirl 38
99. detective comics 790
100. gotham knights 42
101. gotham knights 45
102. batgirl 39
103. batgirl 40
104. batgirl 41
105. nightwing 81
106. batgirl 42
107. batgirl 43
108. batgirl 44
109. batgirl 45
110. batgirl 46
111. batgirl 47
112. superman/batman 5
113. batgirl 48
114. batgirl 49
115. batgirl 50
116. robin 119
117. birds of prey 61
118. batgirl 51
119. batgirl 52
120. gotham knights 46
121. gotham knights 47
122. gotham knights 48
123. gotham knights 49
124. city of light 1
125. city of light 2
126. city of light 3
127. city of light 4
128. city of light 5
129. city of light 6
130. city of light 7
131. city of light 8
132. detective comics 796
133. batgirl 53
134. robin 127
135. robin 128
136. justice league elite 1
137. justice league elite 2
138. justice league elite 3
139. justice league elite 4
140. justice league elite 5
141. justice league elite 6
142. justice league elite 9
143. justice league elite 11
144. justice league elite 12
145. batgirl 54
146. detective comics 797
147. legends of the dark knight 182
148. gotham knights 56
149. batgirl 55
150. batman 631
151. legends of the dark knight 183
152. gotham knights 57
153. batgirl 56
154. batman 632
155. detective comics 799
156. legends of the dark knight 184
157. nightwing 98
158. batgirl 57
159. batman 633
160. detective comics 800
161. robin 132
162. batgirl 58
163. robin 133
164. batgirl 59
165. robin 134
166. batgirl 60
167. batgirl 61
168. batgirl 62
169. robin 138
170. batgirl 63
171. batgirl 64
172. batgirl 65
173. batgirl 66
174. batgirl 67
175. batgirl 68
176. batgirl 69
177. batgirl 70
178. batgirl 71
179. batgirl 72
180. batgirl 73


BLACK BAT:

1. red robin 17
2. red robin 25
3. batman inc 6
4. gates of gotham 1
5. gates of gotham 2
6. gates of gotham 3 
7. gates of gotham 4
8. gates of gotham 5


TINY TITANS:

1. tiny titans 33
2. tiny titans 39
3. tiny titans 43
4. tiny titans 45

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