Detective Comics #790
Ollie Queen piles on the charm by attempting to murder Cass for her numerous murders whilst brainwashed… apparently the hypocrisy of this course of action (particularly has Ollie has both killed people in the past while in control of his faculities and would go on to kill others in the future) doesn’t occur to Mr Queen.
Particularly baffling is that this isn’t the first team that Cass and Ollie were together on, as they were both in JLElite together back in the day. Hell, I’m pretty sure he was the one Bruce told Cass’ secret to at the time as well.
From Batman and the Outsiders
Can we also include the fact that Ollie voted to mindwipe Bruce and lied about it (to Bruce’s face) or years and years (an incident which somehow only stuck to Zatanna). I figure that means Ollie owes Bruce FOREVER.
Part 2 of Detective Comics #790 for Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month.
You should see what I mean by now about this being an amazing Cass and Bruce, issue. Him taking her to Jason’s grave was a huge gesture, even if its a bit tainted by the issues I mentioned in my previous posts.
Father’s Day Photoset: Bruce & Cass
Okay. We knew I was going to have to talk about Cass and Bruce.
I adore these two and this relationship. Everyone makes a big to-do (and rightfully so) about the special dynamic that each Bat Kid added to the Bat Family through their introduction. Dick literally saved the soul of Bruce Wayne; Barbara invigorated the will and need for Batman; Jason taught Bruce more than any of the others about being a father; Tim reminded Bruce about the necessity of a partner; Steph gave Bruce a look into raw willpower; Damian gave Bruce a mirror to look through.
But we so often as a fandom find it hard to equate what Cass brought to the family through these simple terms. Perhaps because, like so much with Cass, it seems to be beyond words.
But Cass, from the beginning, was a symbol. She was the embodiment of Bruce’s mission, and she reminded him more than any other before her that the heart of Batman is ultimately, decisively human. She taught him that while tragedy can bear a certain strength, choosing to live beyond it is more powerful and more inspiring.
Cass embodied what Bruce always wanted Batman to stand for. And she provided him the chance to be a father again when, for so long after Jason, he couldn’t manage to think of doing so.
That’s why I love Cassandra. That’s why Bruce loved Cassandra. And that’s why you can’t leap over her time in his history, because Tim opened the door for partners again, but Cass opened Bruce’s heart to a family.
Batman: Gotham Adventures(1997-2003)#54
"He stands, high above his city. It has all led to this one moment. He breathes deeply, filing his lungs with the oxygen necessary to fulfill his task. But there is more to the act than — than simple physical need. As he breathes in the scent of his city, tasting its unique odor, imbibing its aroma, he becomes. He becomes one with the city. He becomes Gotham. It holds no secrets from him. He knows all it knows. Its needs, its desires its — Its needs, its desires, its every little wish. And he knows that he is — he is the answer to it all."
I swear I have read comics where this was all said unironically. And that is why it almost makes me cry laughing every time I read this issue. Just… just oh my god.
If I ever wrote something remotely like this, I am counting on you all to stop me. Through any means necessary.
Bruce Wayne & Gotham=OTP
Dude, Batman doesn’t joke. And Batgirl will totally cripple you. But Cass will at least do it in the most humane way possible!
From Batman:Family, I believe, the most underrated Bat-mini series of the early 2000s.
Batgirl (2000-2006) #48
"I cant allow anyone to jeopardize the mission, Cassandra. Even you. I—I’m sorry.”
AGHHHHH BRUCE WHY
Why are you so bad at this? Why couldn’t you tell her the truth — that her recklessness and past has made you reconsider how you’ve approached her time as Batgirl? That you’re trying to support Babs’ attempts to get her to try new things, to make a life for herself?
That she could possibly be Batgirl again in the future once she’s recovered and the two of you have worked out something compromising?
WHY CAN’T YOU JUST TELL HER YOU LOVE HER AND DON’T WANT TO CAUSE HER MORE HARM THAN GOOD? SHE’D BE UNHAPPY BUT NOT DEVASTATED AGHHHHHHHH
Damn it, Bruce.
This all gets resolved to a satisfying degree or else this rant post would be a thousand times longer. But, let me assure you, I’m still just as upset in reading this again as I was the first time I read it XD I just… I hate when this stuff is pulled.
But it’s not “OOC” for Bruce when compared to similar shit he’s pulled with every single one of the Bat Kids to various degrees. You could basically make a congo line to the times Bruce pulled shit over on Tim.
I just wonder why no one’s ever brought up to Bruce that he did this very thing — taking the costume and benching the kids — and that’swhat led to Jason getting killed. Not the initial recklessness.
But whatever. This issue’s depressed me all over again XD
Sometimes I really wonder how the kinder, gentler less assholish Bruce we saw during Morrison’s run and then Snyder’s would have dealt with Cass (and remember Cass and Bruce never shared a single panel let along words after he came back from the dead).
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.