Author Kelley Puckett, Illustrations Damion Scott
This is the spoiler free review for the entire run of Batgirl as written by Kelley Puckett and starring Cassandra Cain as Batgirl. If you would like to read the spoiler full review please visit here.
I am disappointed in this run as a whole. As is far too often the case an interesting character gets diluted to be just like every other character you see over and over again. It’s frustrating.
This run of Batgirl started out with a lot of promise. Cassandra Cain is being trained by Batman and Oracle to be the new Batgirl. She was raised to be an assassin by super bad guy Cain. He raised her without language or any other distractions from fighting and killing.
Since she was raised with zero human communication she is mute and has a very difficult time getting along with fellow humans. That’s interesting! I haven’t seen this character before! Give me more!
Well, you’ll get that character for 3 whole issues before everyone wussed out and found a super lame way to give her the power of communication. It’s so lame. Just all of a sudden she comes across some random guy who happens to be able to to re-wire her brain to give her language but is unable to turn it back. He does this all without her permission and of course giving her language wrecks her fighting skills.
Who the heck is this guy who thinks it’s his place to go around changing people’s brain patterns like he knows what’s best? Doesn’t matter apparently because he only shows up to ruin the only thing that made Cassandra Cain stand out in overcrowded Gotham City.
The rest of volume 1 still had some promise so I remained hopeful that it could turn around by the end. Short story, it doesn’t. It gets worse and worse as it goes along and by the end I didn’t even know what was happening anymore.
As with many comic books this one assumes that you have a lot of previous knowledge. Good luck with deciphering several issues if you’re unfamiliar with Stephanie Brown. I barely know who she is and those issues got very confusing for me. As well as several weird mystery plots that came out of nowhere and then got solved just as quickly.
Also for some reason ancient Rome gets into the mix.
I honestly don’t know why this bothers me so much but it does. Why does Rome need to be involved in anything in Gotham? This book certainly doesn’t explain it very well so I still don’t have an answer for that question.
I would love to see this run finished in a totally different way. Keep the initial 3 issues, keep the premise, but change the rest.
Keep Cassandra Cain interesting!
By the end of this one she’s just another mask in the Bat Clan.
Volume 1: Silent Knight 4/5 bats 🦇🦇🦇🦇
Volume 2: To the Death 3/5 bats 🦇🦇🦇
Volume 3: Point Blank 2/5 bats 🦇🦇
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