Batgirl (2000-2006) #24
Hahaha I was so tense the first time I read this, even knowing how good Cass was at her job. All I can think about is her breaking into that government facility and giving Babs a near heart attack.
Keep in mind, of course, that this is at…
Vis-a-vis Bruce Wayne: Murderer/Fugitive, I actually like how the story worked in the Batgirl title itself. I believed in the dynamics of Cass, Bruce and Cain. Of course, if you didn’t read the Batgirl series during this period the whole conclusion of the Bruce Wayne:Murderer/Fugitive saga must have seemed like a giant clusterf!ck. This is especially obvious in the collected editions of the storyline where many of the Batgirl issues are not included.
So what you get is this - Lex Luthor, President of the US, angry that Bruce Wayne foiled his attempts to take over the real estate of Gotham following No Man’s Land hires David Cain (through a third-party) to kill Bruce’s ex, Vesper Fairchild with a gun that Bruce suddenly owned (with the reasoning that Bruce decided he just wanted to buy a gun to see what it felt like to own one - WTF?). Shoddy policework by usually smart supporting players like Crispus, Maggie, Renee end with Bruce in Blackgate with the rest of the prison population (where he is attacked thanks to crooked guards) as is his bodyguard, Sasha Bourdeux, who is actually killed in prison (well she’s not, she’s given plastic surgery and joins Checkmate - again WTF?). Bruce escapes prison (because he’s Batman) and leaves Sasha to rot. He doesn’t care to prove who actually killed Vesper (does THIS sound like Batman - WTF?) and doesn’t want to return to being Bruce Wayne at all. The rest of the Batfamily which has been trying to solve the case is themselves all WTF? at this with Babs questioning whether Bruce did the crime and only Dick and Cass insisting this is something he would never do (Cass barely knows Bruce at this point but has a better grasp of his ideals better than Babs or Tim who are unsure). It is eventually CASS (along with Dick) who uncovers that it was Cass’s father who set Bruce up. There’s a fight, Bruce recovers his senses, Cain - a man who has killed hundreds without getting caught - turns himself in for the crime (seriously - WTF? again) because he wanted Bruce to prove Cass deserved to be with him. Which this storyline DID not do at all because he was all “I’m Batman 24/7 now” and literally batsh!t crazy during most part of it and it was the rest of the Batfamily who solved the case. Bruce’s case is dropped (though Sasha is still supposedly “dead), the police never pay for their incompetence (because they are important supporting characters) and Vesper’s murder is rarely, if ever, brought up again. Even Cain eventually easily gets out of prison.
And if you were not reading Batgirl during this time you would have only a dim idea of who David Cain was, his fixation on his daughter, his hatred of Batman and why the hell he would be stupid to turn himself in for what was otherwise a flawless frame-job.
In many ways DC pre-Didio was better than it is now, but the post-NML early 2000s was not a good time for Batman.
DC’s excuse for why they made Barbara Batgirl and benched Cass and Steph is that Barbara is the most iconic Batgirl. Now it’s true that Barbara was iconic as Batgirl, but she was better and more important to people in the real world as Oracle.
Read this. 100% my feelings as well. This “one and only” “iconic” Batgirl B.S. in a company that gave us 4 black-haired male Robins in the “new 52” is annoying beyond belief.
Batgirl (2000-2006) #15
"Well, now… what am I going to do with all this free time? I guess I could take up needlepoint… Or running.”
The gloves are off. And as nonchalant as the Joker has been about everything up until this point, one look at our Batgirl has brought his attention to the fact that this might not have been his best idea to date…
The Joker runs at the sight of Cassandra Cain. That is all you need to know about her. No wonder DC won’t bring her back.
still going to be pissed that Stephanie Brown gets to make a come back before Cassandra Cain does, tho.
Cassandra was last seen in Batman: Gates of Gotham Issue #5, on October 1st, 2011. It has been 836 days since then.
Or 2 years, 3 months, 13 days.
She’s been gone longer than that before. Remember the year which Didio said they had “big plans” for her and yet she never appeared in a single comic (aside from a one-off cameo in WW)? Yeah. The most successful Asian hero in the company’s history and…they just don’t like her.
What’s this? DC promises new direction for Dick Grayson and Nightwing in 2014 (again)
Taking this for my proof that he won’t be killed, as well as all the interviews where they have stated that death would be mercy.
New name or not, the concept of Dick not fighting crime is incomprehensible to me. As Robin, Nightwing and Batman he’s always fought crime. Taking that away from him is like giving his name to a character that’s not him. Despite all the bad things about the new 52, they didn’t take that from him.
If the new Dick gets more than a new crime fighting name, I fear for more than the survival of him as a character. That makes e worry about the survival of all bat-books. Because how can the rest of them not be deeply affected by what happens to Dick? How cam those books live on with the consequences of Forever Evil necessity will have on all of them?
I completely agree with you, but I don’t think they will give someone else the name of Nightwing or give him a new name when he was just outed. If anything that name would be stored away. And despite being a public hero now, I don’t think that will stop him from being a superhero, because you know that Dick does what he does because it is something he loves to do, not just because it is the right thing to do (which is still part of the reason of course).
I see Dick being an Animal man like character. Everyone knows who he is and is kind of a celeb for that. I don’t know, I believe that would be one route that they could go where people wouldn’t hate the new 52 more than they already do.
Hm… a celebrety superhero. Yeah, I can see that as one way they could go. Dick likes a bit of attention and to be in the spotlight but if he were to become a celebrety superhero, it’d seriously compromise his Bat-ness. The Bats are very shy and although Dick is the most media-friendly of them, he’s not one to go looking for attention. Then again,there isn’t anything Bat again left for him to be when they take away Nightwing as there won’t be any Batfaimly left for him to be a part of, (the destruction of which I truly can’t comprehend the reason for!).
DC Comics have turned so much of that makes Dick who Dick is upside down. if they continue down that road and dismantle the entire being that is Dick Grayson into something completely inreckognizable and slap the sticker ‘Dick Grayson’ back on him, they’ve managed to fully destroy him. They are very close to doing that with the road theyæve put him on. I’m sorry, but I really am angry about this. I keep hoping that this new Dick will be one we’ll love, but I can’t really believe it because of the changes that has been done to him so far.
…I feel uneasy about this news.
i dont like this
Didn’t they do this whole unmasking before the world thing in Spider-Man (and we saw how long that lasted)?
And wasn’t the point of Didio’s favorite story, Identity Crisis, the importance of super-hero identities?
Of course, Didio was also the one who wanted to kill off Dick Grayson in Infinite Crisis because he was redundant and replace him as Nightwing with Jason Todd who apparently was more important in DC’s worldview. Just sayin’