DC: We have plans for this character.
DC: Specifically, we plan to never use them again.
DC: We have plans for this character.
DC: Specifically, we plan to never use them again.
Cards for Cass
Cassandra Cain, a popular member of the Batfamily and a woman of color with a compelling storyline, was sidelined in favor of passing the Batgirl mantle on to another young woman. Cassandra Cain, the first Batgirl to get her own ongoing title — and the one who had the longest run in her own title — has been written out or written poorly for years now.
She became part of the League of Assassins and a member of the villainous Titans East under the influence of Deathstroke and his drugs. She killed people with impunity, despite her previous characterization (she was committed to making sure that no one got hurt on her watch, and “no one” included the villains and thugs she fought against as Batgirl).
After Bruce’s supposed death during Final Crisis, she was written as giving up the Batgirl mantle, despite previously professing devotion to the Bat symbol above Bruce himself. This was done to clear a path for Stephanie Brown to become Batgirl… at the cost of Cassandra’s place among the Batfamily.
When Cass was returned to the comic pages as Black Bat, part of Batman Incorporated, it seemed like her characterization was back on the right track. But the hopes of her fans were once again squashed by the 2011 reboot, when Cass Cain was benched and denied a place in the New 52.
I propose a mail-in campaign to (hopefully) bring attention to just how many fans that Cass Cain has.
As you can see from this scan — Gotham Knights 42 (page 10) — Cassandra purchases a blank card for Alfred, who is sick, and writes him a message.
- Buy a blank card. Something similar to the one pictured, with a cat on the front, might be nice.
- Address the card itself to Cassandra. I personally like the idea of acting like she’s sick. Try to include the phrase “I will feel sad until you are better/on the comic pages again.”
- You can also include an enclosed letter addressed to a member of DC editorial. While writing your letter, remain diplomatic and courteous at all times. No matter how justified your complaint may be, do not allow your letter to become angry, sarcastic, or threatening. Tell them that Cass will get you buying their products again, if you’ve stopped!
Some suggestions for recipients:
- Diane Nelson, President. According to the DC Comics website “Nelson is charged with leading the company’s efforts to fully realize the power and value of DC Entertainment’s brands and characters across all media and platforms”
- Dan Didio, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment
- Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment
- Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer
- Send your card and letter on January 26th (Cass’s birthday) to:
Cassandra Cain c/o ___ (whoever the letter is addressed to)
1700 Broadway, 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10019-5905
Do not mention Stephanie Brown. I know that many fans of Cassandra are also Steph fans, but please remained focused on our cause. Cass should have her own support campaign, and not just act as a footnote to “we want Steph back”. (If you like this idea, feel free to organize a “Cards for Steph” campaign. Pick another date to mail your cards off, and we’re good!)
This should really be Billy’s answer to everything.
Seriously, whether its in the comics or animation is there any DC hero more PATRONIZED and TALKED DOWN TO than Captain Marvel. This is a kid, singled out of billions on the planet, by the Wizard to wield the power of the Gods themselves and he’s been saving the world since he was 8 (and before that literally was living in the streets). If I was a hero and found out Captain Marvel was really this kid I would be in awe of him - the DC Universe heroes though? Not so much….and that’s just wrong.
Seriously the way Mary Marvel (and in a way her brother or “Captain Whitebread” as Guy Gardner called him) was treated by other characters in the DC Universe was digusting and obnoxious. And during Final Countdown and Countdown (where she was given moral lectures to by The Riddler, used as a drudge by Harley Quin and Catwoman’s sidekick, Holly and kicked out of Zatanna’s house for losing control of her magic - all right after she got out of a coma - where no DC hero visited her in the hospital) DC amped it up to eleven in Mary’s case.
And I don’t care that most of the “heroes” didn’t know the Batson siblings were really underage. How is that an excuse for being rude and boorish?
Are we (the reader) supposed to find THIS funny? Part of me really thinks Giffen/DeMatteis wanted us to.
Here’s how this will go
“Who is that guy? Heh, buddy what’s your name?”
“My name is Shazam”
little boy stands perplexed
Bullets Bullets Everywhere
So by this logic, Shazam got his powers from the wizard Shazam, says Shazam to trun from Billy Batson to Shazam, and…
“The same people who think Captain Marvel’s name is Shazam are the same people who think Spider-Man is in the Justice League”
So true. So true. But DC is all about appealing to the lowest common denominator these days.
The winner of Friday’s match for favorite Batgirl artist was Marcos Martin. TToday we have another woman who has held the role of Batgirl - Cassandra Cain.
And for favorite artist we have:
Damion Scott who drew the bulk of Cassandra Cain Batgirl run.
James Jean who was a cover artist…
All great artists (James Jean is a league of his own as a cover artist) but it was definitely Damion Scott who made the Cass we all know and love and served as the template for other artists.
I really don’t understand why Stephanie Brown and Captain Marvel don’t have a team-up comic. It would be like Gothic Horror meets Calvin & Hobbes. They’d be looking for Stephanie’s missing Mom and Billy’s missing sister and Captain Marvel would pose as their “uncle” who’s taking care of them….
Captain Marvel never gets the team-ups he deserves. They’re always partnering him up with Superman and making him look like a chump. How about Wonder Woman - her gods are some of the same ones who give HIM his power. And in Mary’s case, thanks to Evil Countdown Mary and Evil Final Crisis Mary, we never got to see the team-up to end all team-ups: Mary Marvel & Miss Martian! The world might have exploded due to all the sugary sweetness that would have caused.
This graphic will never not be accurate, LOL.
By Didio’s logic (their characters mirror society) white blonde teenage girls are (or at least pre-reboot) DC’s core demographic. The fact a company benched (aka threw away) their most successful woman of color heroine in its history (Cass Cain, bi-racial, carried a solo title for 6+ years) for yet another blonde white girl to headline a DC title, when they already had Supergirl (white blonde girl), Wonder Girl (white blonde girl), Power Girl (white blonde girl), Stargirl (white blonde girl), Saturn Girl (white blonde girl), Black Canary and Lady Blackhawk in BoP (both white blonde girls - albeit one dyed) speaks volumes. Not about Stephanie Brown as a character but about what DC really think about diversity in their comics in an increasingly diverse world.
Captain Marvel/Billy Batson as the Wizard Marvel. [Trials of SHAZAM #2]
I have this series in trade paperback but I must admit I’m fairly conflicted over this series. On the one hand I adore the artwork by Howard Porter, if there is anyone else besides Jerry Ordway and Alex Ross that should draw the Marvel Family it’s Porter. His attention to detail and the soft, watercolour and ink colour-scheme is breathtaking.
Marvel is stunning in this “White Wizard” form. He almost looks like a realistic manga character, gliding around with that long white hair and that cape.
I also have a lot of love for the way Porter draws the older Freddy Freeman (Cap Jnr) and his illustrated movements with his disability are incredibly detailed.
However the storyline is only passable, and it leads to the terrible JSA tie-in with Isis turning evil and the loss of Billy and Mary’s powers. (It also reveals the Wizard Shazam is a big angry jerk, but we’ll get to that at a later time.)
But in the meantime, it’s worth the money for this series just to stare at the artwork for hours, (especially the last two issues with the JLA team-up.)
I just want to know why Winick and Didio thought it was a good idea to make Freddy (the sidekick) the hero of the franchise and push Billy upstairs (there is a reason the “Wizard” is not the hero - he doesn’t do much from the Rock of Eternity). It’s not like Freddy is more sympathetic or identifiable with Billy and it goes against Didio’s own stated goal of preserving the most “iconic” version of the character (which was the reason he gave for bringing back Hal, Barry and Kara Zor-El). And then they took away what made Freddy distinctive (the hairdo, the skinny body) and put him in Billy’s red costume and made him look like Billy/Cap with messier hair. It’s no wonder James Robinson openly mocked Freddy/”Shazam” in Cry for Justice by having the character argue about what even to call him now.
But terrible ideas and bad carry-through (along with pretty artwork) is par for the course in DC’s treatment of the Marvel Family (though in Countdown they didn’t even give Mary the good art when they made her all evil).
Big news out of New York Comic Con: Shazam is coming to DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. Written by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Geoff Johns and illustrated by acclaimed artist Gary Frank, THE CURSE OF SHAZAM will unfold as a back-up adventure that will appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE – also written by Johns. What manner of adventure is in store for Billy Batson and his big, red alter ego? It’s too soon to say for sure, but you can bet that THE SOURCE will have all the updates, so stay tuned.
This could be either very good or very bad. On one hand, putting Shazam as a back-up to the 100,000+ selling Justice League title is the biggest push DC has given the franchise since the 70s. On the other hand, I really have no confidence in Gary Frank drawing teenage kids - his Legion of Super-heroes all looked like 30 year olds and his young Clark Kent in Secret Origins looked like a chipmunk morphed with Chris Reeve’s face.
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