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Exploding out from no man's land -- the all-new batgirl! In the midst of No Man's Land, Batman gave a nameless girl with a violent past the costume and title of Batgirl. Exceeding his expectations, the new, silent Batgirl quickly made the role her own, earning the trust of the Dark Knight's allies, including the first Batgirl, Oracle. Now, in post-No Man's Land Gotham, Bat Exploding out from no man's land -- the all-new batgirl! In the midst of No Man's Land, Batman gave a nameless girl with a violent past the costume and title of Batgirl. Exceeding his expectations, the new, silent Batgirl quickly made the role her own, earning the trust of the Dark Knight's allies, including the first Batgirl, Oracle. Now, in post-No Man's Land Gotham, Batgirl struggles to learn the lessons of how to live a normal life, lessons she never learned from her mentor, the deadly assassin known as Cain. And when a mercenary from her past resurfaces, bent on revenge, can Batgirl bury her own violent tendencies and break the cycle of death and destruction that has dogged her since childhood?


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Exploding out from no man's land -- the all-new batgirl! In the midst of No Man's Land, Batman gave a nameless girl with a violent past the costume and title of Batgirl. Exceeding his expectations, the new, silent Batgirl quickly made the role her own, earning the trust of the Dark Knight's allies, including the first Batgirl, Oracle. Now, in post-No Man's Land Gotham, Bat Exploding out from no man's land -- the all-new batgirl! In the midst of No Man's Land, Batman gave a nameless girl with a violent past the costume and title of Batgirl. Exceeding his expectations, the new, silent Batgirl quickly made the role her own, earning the trust of the Dark Knight's allies, including the first Batgirl, Oracle. Now, in post-No Man's Land Gotham, Batgirl struggles to learn the lessons of how to live a normal life, lessons she never learned from her mentor, the deadly assassin known as Cain. And when a mercenary from her past resurfaces, bent on revenge, can Batgirl bury her own violent tendencies and break the cycle of death and destruction that has dogged her since childhood?

30 review for Batgirl, Vol. 1: Silent Running

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Meet Cassandra Cain. She's a teenage girl who was “adopted” (or kidnapped depending on wordplay) by an elite assassin and never developed her speech patterns much. As a result she is specially gifted by attuning herself to body language and movements which make her a puissant fighting machine. Additionally, as you can tell by the costume she doesn't have to really have the usual eye slits. [image error] /> The focus in this series is upon Cain dealing with her traumatic past as a child (her adopted Meet Cassandra Cain. She's a teenage girl who was “adopted” (or kidnapped depending on wordplay) by an elite assassin and never developed her speech patterns much. As a result she is specially gifted by attuning herself to body language and movements which make her a puissant fighting machine. Additionally, as you can tell by the costume she doesn't have to really have the usual eye slits. [image error] /> The focus in this series is upon Cain dealing with her traumatic past as a child (her adopted father only taught her violence and she was assassinating people when she could barely stand) and dealing with normal and supernatural opponents. The artwork has a manga and anime feel to it. Some people found the panel plotting confusing but it worked just fine for me. Keep in mind you will have to read/view this comic a bit slower as a result, though. Good relationship between Barbara Gordon and Cassandra which spills over into Barbara's relationship with Batman. BATGIRL HISTORY: note that Barbara Gordon was the first Batgirl and followed for a short time by vigilante Huntress (who was forced to give up the mantle for her violent ways) and finally Cassandra Cain. STOP THE PRESS: a friend in the comments told me Bette Kane was first. ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B minus to B; ACTION PANELLING: B to B plus; OVERALL GRADE: B; WHEN READ: early June 2012.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Batgirl/Cassandra Cain was definitely the breakout star of the sprawling early ‘00s Batman storyline, No Man’s Land. The full-face mask and the not speaking made her extra-mysterious and cool. It’s taken me a while to check out her solo series but I kinda wished I hadn’t bothered as unfortunately it’s not very good. Writers Scott Peterson and Kelley Puckett reveal her unremarkable, almost cliched, origins, and she goes up against some disposable goons to show us that she’s a badass - which we al Batgirl/Cassandra Cain was definitely the breakout star of the sprawling early ‘00s Batman storyline, No Man’s Land. The full-face mask and the not speaking made her extra-mysterious and cool. It’s taken me a while to check out her solo series but I kinda wished I hadn’t bothered as unfortunately it’s not very good. Writers Scott Peterson and Kelley Puckett reveal her unremarkable, almost cliched, origins, and she goes up against some disposable goons to show us that she’s a badass - which we already knew. Yawners. Instead of using her solo series to develop her character, Peterson/Puckett are content to leave her as a one-dimensional deadly Asian ninja chick (think Miho from Frank Miller’s Sin City). She was trained to be the ultimate killing machine by a heartless master, yadda yadda yadda, you’ve seen this dozens of times before. Batman is written out-of-character as a complete dick/braindead detective and the foes Cass faces are utterly unmemorable nobodies. One of them is a metahuman whose contrived power takes away her silence which was what made her unique as a character to begin with - d’oh! And speaking of the silence, the sequential storytelling is not well done and a lot of the scenes are awkward to read because artist Damion Scott just isn’t good enough to make them work. Batgirl: Silent Running is readable - it’s just not very good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    **Super-Woman Buddy read with the Shallow Comic Readers, criteria being a book headlined by a female character*** This is the first volume of the Batgirl title that featured Cassandra Cain under the cowl. The daughter of an assassin, she was trained from an early age in various martial arts, and was taught to use the part of her brain normally reserved for speech to interpret her opponent's moves. What? OK, so she's mute, basically, and this plays a big part of the plot of the story. Batgirl is wa **Super-Woman Buddy read with the Shallow Comic Readers, criteria being a book headlined by a female character*** This is the first volume of the Batgirl title that featured Cassandra Cain under the cowl. The daughter of an assassin, she was trained from an early age in various martial arts, and was taught to use the part of her brain normally reserved for speech to interpret her opponent's moves. What? OK, so she's mute, basically, and this plays a big part of the plot of the story. Batgirl is watched over by Oracle (Barbara Gordon) and Batman, and trained by both of them. The inevitable showdown between Batman's no-killing policy and Batgirl's readiness to use deadly force also becomes a major plot point. And that's about all there is to the book. Artist Damion Scott has a cartoony style that I like a lot, but his storytelling ability was kinda sub par. I had to look closely at many panel sequences to get the gist of what he was trying to portray. Scott's art carries a lot of the book because there was very little dialog, relatively speaking. Author Kelley Puckett gives us lots of fight scenes and flashbacks that rely very little on words, so the art has to carry the story along. My slow-reading ass read this in about 15 minutes. I'll continue reading the adventures of Cassandra, although the second volume is hard to get. I may end up having to skip some stories this go around. I had read a lot about the two Batgirls other than Barbara Gordon, so wanted to read about them and decide for myself. This title had a long run, so I suppose it was popular enough, but I doubt I would have stuck with it had I been reading it monthly. 2.5 stars overall.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    I’ve been intrigued by the idea of Cassandra Cain as Batgirl ever since I heard about this series; I love the idea of a girl trained so intensively to be an assassin that she knows no language, but can interpret vast amounts from movement, even from tiny cues in body language. It’s fascinating because it’s to some degree possible; “feral children” without language who weren’t exposed to language during their critical period for learning it have existed, and who knows? Maybe they do learn to pay I’ve been intrigued by the idea of Cassandra Cain as Batgirl ever since I heard about this series; I love the idea of a girl trained so intensively to be an assassin that she knows no language, but can interpret vast amounts from movement, even from tiny cues in body language. It’s fascinating because it’s to some degree possible; “feral children” without language who weren’t exposed to language during their critical period for learning it have existed, and who knows? Maybe they do learn to pay attention to other cues, appropriate to the environment they live in, which would be missed by those who rely on words to communicate. In practice, though, Silent Running is kind of an awkward place to jump in. It’s not so bad for me because I know Barbara Gordon’s story, why she became Oracle, who she is — and everyone knows at least a little about Batman. But it feels like jumping into the middle of a run, not the beginning of one. The art style doesn’t greatly appeal to me either, and the storytelling is appropriately visual, which is never going to work that well for me (I just don’t and can’t think visually). It’s also a little awkward because that uniqueness about this Batgirl is wiped out almost immediately: a psychic man rearranges her thoughts and gives her language, taking away her preternatural combat abilities by changing the way she experiences the world. It makes sense, but it does lose the thing that intrigued me about the character. Also, Batman being paternalistic and judgemental, all the time. Gah. He should have some idea of how Cassandra was raised, you’d think, but somehow he spends the book denying it, and having a really weird tension with Cassandra when they’re working together. I’m going to read the second volume, since I have it, but at the moment I’m not greatly enthused about following this version of Batgirl, which is a shame. (But might save me some money, since wow the TPBs can get expensive!) Originally posted here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    After I was so pleasantly surprised with that Supergirl book, I thought I'd try my hand at Batgirl, thinking, "It's written by the same bloke, if he can make one spin-off character work he can make another, and this time I actually like the original character so even more likely I'll like this". Hm. It didn't go down that way. The book itself was very meh. Just meh. Also I'm not a fan of so-disabled-it's-like-being-better-than-abled. Daredevil, I'm looking at you. So I was disappointed that they After I was so pleasantly surprised with that Supergirl book, I thought I'd try my hand at Batgirl, thinking, "It's written by the same bloke, if he can make one spin-off character work he can make another, and this time I actually like the original character so even more likely I'll like this". Hm. It didn't go down that way. The book itself was very meh. Just meh. Also I'm not a fan of so-disabled-it's-like-being-better-than-abled. Daredevil, I'm looking at you. So I was disappointed that they just magically fix Batgirl's problems 5 minutes in. Here's the story: She was trained by her nutjob assassin father from birth and thus is a deadly killer but unable to speak, she has no language because she was not exposed to language during her critical period in infancy. This makes her a better killer because her only language is body language and therefore she can anticipate moves to greater degree. I thought that was gonna be really interesting to read, a real departure from standard superhero fare, where the writer and artist would really have to work to show intention and meaning without relying on speech balloons, or even thought bubbles, to do the explaining. But no. 5 minutes in and a psychic falls out the sky and 'fixes' her. Because having any limitations is unacceptable and being any 'less' than normal is inconceivable. And it was less work for everyone all round. Ugh. Just lazy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Cassandra Cain is a great character, appearing here in a very early state. There are also some nice plotlines in this comic, revolving around Barbara Gordon's evolving relationship with Cassandra and Batman's shocked discoveries about her (though I find it hard to believe that he didn't already know or suspect what he discovers). Unfortunately, this volume has problems of muddiness in both the artwork and the storytelling, which sometimes makes it hard to follow. I also find the psychic who sudde Cassandra Cain is a great character, appearing here in a very early state. There are also some nice plotlines in this comic, revolving around Barbara Gordon's evolving relationship with Cassandra and Batman's shocked discoveries about her (though I find it hard to believe that he didn't already know or suspect what he discovers). Unfortunately, this volume has problems of muddiness in both the artwork and the storytelling, which sometimes makes it hard to follow. I also find the psychic who suddenly gives Cassandra the ability to speak waaaay too convenient. Because this change in Cassandra didn't come about in some organic way, evolving from the rest of the story, it instead feels like a big deus ex machina. So, great characters, great character interaction, and some flawed visuals and storytelling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Feld

    I was a bit nervous to start this book as I'm so new to DC comics in general and the character of Cassandra Cain that I only found out she existed a week ago. I shouldn't have worried; this was a great introduction. Cass/Batgirl was raised by a master assassin who channeled her capacity for language into combat skills: she's so fluent in body language that she can anticipate her opponent's every move, but lacks the ability to speak, a combination that fascinates Batman and frustrates Barbara Gord I was a bit nervous to start this book as I'm so new to DC comics in general and the character of Cassandra Cain that I only found out she existed a week ago. I shouldn't have worried; this was a great introduction. Cass/Batgirl was raised by a master assassin who channeled her capacity for language into combat skills: she's so fluent in body language that she can anticipate her opponent's every move, but lacks the ability to speak, a combination that fascinates Batman and frustrates Barbara Gordon (the original Batgirl), Cass's caretakers. Now, however, Cass is gaining words, which both throws her off balance and means she now has to answer questions she's avoided about her past. The writing is impressive; it's hard to make a nonverbal protagonist interesting or deep, but Peterson succeeds wonderfully. The art style is very fluid and round, matching Cass's youth and her movement nicely, and there's some great body language and facial expressions that really sell the idea of nonverbal communication. That being said, I wish the artists had a better ability to convey combat, since Cass's fighting abilities are such a huge part of how she's interacted with the world her whole life and why she impresses Batman so much.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    There were some art issues - a fair number of times, usually in fight scenes, I couldn't really tell what was going on - but I really enjoyed the story as an introduction to Cass Cain. There was also a lot of Bruce being a weird but lovable asshole, which is always good. There were some art issues - a fair number of times, usually in fight scenes, I couldn't really tell what was going on - but I really enjoyed the story as an introduction to Cass Cain. There was also a lot of Bruce being a weird but lovable asshole, which is always good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    J

    The opening is a little confusing but then it finds its feet and the series moves pretty decently along.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Batgirl is an American comic book series published by DC Comics. Cassandra Cain became the first Batgirl to be featured in an eponymous ongoing comic book series. At first she is discovered by Batman and sent to live with Barbara Gordon, currently functioning as Oracle. Batgirl: Silent Running collects Batgirl #1–6 of the 2000 on-going series. This storyline takes place after the events of No Man's Land. In the midst of No Man's Land, Batman gave a nameless girl with a violent past called Cassand Batgirl is an American comic book series published by DC Comics. Cassandra Cain became the first Batgirl to be featured in an eponymous ongoing comic book series. At first she is discovered by Batman and sent to live with Barbara Gordon, currently functioning as Oracle. Batgirl: Silent Running collects Batgirl #1–6 of the 2000 on-going series. This storyline takes place after the events of No Man's Land. In the midst of No Man's Land, Batman gave a nameless girl with a violent past called Cassandra Cain the costume and title of Batgirl. Exceeding his expectations, the new, silent Batgirl quickly made the role her own, earning the trust of the Dark Knight's allies, including the first Batgirl, now Oracle. Now, in post-No Man's Land Gotham City, Batgirl struggles to learn the lessons of how to live a normal life, lessons she never learned from her mentor, the deadly assassin known as Cain. A mercenary from her past resurfaces, bent on revenge. Batgirl must therefore bury her own violent tendencies and break the cycle of death and destruction that has dogged her since childhood. Scott Peterson and Kelley Puckett plotted the trade paperback and penned entirely by Kelley Puckett. For the most part, it is written rather well, it is an interesting take on Batgirl – an assassin turned vigilante that was taught to fight from birth without any useless thing to complicate matters – like learning how to write and speak. Damion Scott is the penciler for the trade paperback. Since he was the only penciler, the artistic flow of the trade paperback flowed exceptionally well. For the most part, I enjoyed his penciling style – it accentuates the narrative rather well. However, some of the action scenes is much to be desired. All in all, Batgirl: Silent Running is a wonderful start to what would hopefully be an equally wonderful series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robinson

    I love Cassandra Cain as Batgirl. I don’t have a lot of fierce DC opinions because it’s not my playground but if you put my back to the wall, I can talk a mean game about how they never should have made Barbara Batgirl again (she was perfect as Oracle) and they never, ever should have screwed over Cassandra so much before deleting her from reality in their stupid drive to reboot everything for a temporary sales bump. This is Cassandra Cain at her best—confused, compassionate, and capable—and I l I love Cassandra Cain as Batgirl. I don’t have a lot of fierce DC opinions because it’s not my playground but if you put my back to the wall, I can talk a mean game about how they never should have made Barbara Batgirl again (she was perfect as Oracle) and they never, ever should have screwed over Cassandra so much before deleting her from reality in their stupid drive to reboot everything for a temporary sales bump. This is Cassandra Cain at her best—confused, compassionate, and capable—and I love everything about this comic except for the art, which is fairly lackluster to me. But it’s worth a hundred looks, especially for Cass’s awesome take on the Batgirl costume.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Max Washington

    10 trillion stars!....I've read the first three volumes so far, and it is brilliant.....so believable, I feel like it's really happening......moving, funny at times, action packed.......Damion Scott is now one of my favorite artists ever....such a unique and strange style he has....and it conveys so much motion...and so much emotion.......he makes me care so much for Cassandra in the way that he draws her facial expressions......I'm going to read the fourth volume soon.......I think she calls he 10 trillion stars!....I've read the first three volumes so far, and it is brilliant.....so believable, I feel like it's really happening......moving, funny at times, action packed.......Damion Scott is now one of my favorite artists ever....such a unique and strange style he has....and it conveys so much motion...and so much emotion.......he makes me care so much for Cassandra in the way that he draws her facial expressions......I'm going to read the fourth volume soon.......I think she calls herself Orphan now, btw..........not Batgirl....

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darnell

    I wanted to read more Cassandra Cain, but the beginning of this series is very rough. Plotlines are dropped or added with no explanation, the flow of panels often breaks down, and the artist struggles with emotions that aren't stoicism. I wanted to read more Cassandra Cain, but the beginning of this series is very rough. Plotlines are dropped or added with no explanation, the flow of panels often breaks down, and the artist struggles with emotions that aren't stoicism.

  14. 5 out of 5

    meklit

    the art was horrible but cassie was a gift bruce doesn't deserve her the art was horrible but cassie was a gift bruce doesn't deserve her

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris W

    Extremely boring

  16. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    So far Casandra has spoken only through body language, but sudden events unleash words on her. With this new knowledge will Batgirl be able to continue as a perfect fighter and will Casandra be able to learn how to speak?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    This is one of those wherein I'm unsure whether to give it 3.5 stars or 4. Due to the nature of everything and stuff, I'll just give it 3 stars. Because . . . reasons. I have a feeling that I've run across Cassandra Cain before. Though, if I had, and I've a strong idea that I had, the appearance had been a cameo. I recall a strong silent Batgirl in a few scenes in something else. The idea is somewhat absurd. Assassin believes he can train someone to be the best, to be 'perfect' by isolating them a This is one of those wherein I'm unsure whether to give it 3.5 stars or 4. Due to the nature of everything and stuff, I'll just give it 3 stars. Because . . . reasons. I have a feeling that I've run across Cassandra Cain before. Though, if I had, and I've a strong idea that I had, the appearance had been a cameo. I recall a strong silent Batgirl in a few scenes in something else. The idea is somewhat absurd. Assassin believes he can train someone to be the best, to be 'perfect' by isolating them and having whatever part of the brain geared to learn languages, repurposed to learn . . . more fighting techniques. Or, specifically, to learning how to read your opponents body language and being able to be, I don't know, so super fast and 'perfect' that you can dodge bullets and react before anyone else even knew they were going to act. Or something. It's absurd because, how the hell does she get missions? She doesn't know languages. She does not have an internal voice. Just . . confusion internally. So. Assassin dude would . . um . . put a collar on her, lead her on leash, point in a specific direction, and unleash her? He's not going to be able to say any directions, or write them, or in any way, communicate what the mission would be. The perfect weapon. Eh? Incapable of being used. Right, so. Cassandra Cain was raised by this insane dude named Cain. Cain was/is an assassin. Book opens with Cassandra Cain the new Batgirl (there's a scene wherein Barbara Gordon, as Oracle, is moving files around, she calls her own files 'original Batgirl' and labels Cassandra Cain's file 'Batgirl'; I mention only because Barbara Gordon is not, in fact, the original Batgirl, but, whatever; there's even a series out now, as of 2015, in which the original Batgirl is doing missions. During WWII, I'm referring to, of course, Betty Kane; wait, no, maybe the one in that WWII series is only the aunt, Kathy Kane. Bah, I forget now). So. That paragraph got away from me. Okay then. Cassandra Cain is the new Batgirl. The absurditiy continues. Batman and Oracle tell her to do stuff. Several times one or the other make a comment like "but you don't even know what I'm saying, do you?" Perfect person to have join your team, eh? Someone incapable of knowing what you want them to do. Oddly, they seem to work beautifully out in the field, and as roommates (rooming, as she does, with Barbara Gordon). An interesting enough way to pass the time, I suppose, reading this here. But . . .I kept tripping myself up on that absurditiy part. Course, something happens near the end of the volume, but, that's something I'll pick up if I continue the series. Which I probably won't.

  18. 4 out of 5

    thuy

    Cassandra Cain is not your average teenager. Raised at a young age by the assassin David Cain, Cassie is a unique killer, one who was trained to read boy movement as language. As such, she can predict her opponents' moves as they think them, making her almost unbeatable in a fight. Unfortunately this training stunted her verbal language skills. She can barely speak and only understands what others are saying by reading their body language. In Silent Running, Cassie has been taken away from Cain Cassandra Cain is not your average teenager. Raised at a young age by the assassin David Cain, Cassie is a unique killer, one who was trained to read boy movement as language. As such, she can predict her opponents' moves as they think them, making her almost unbeatable in a fight. Unfortunately this training stunted her verbal language skills. She can barely speak and only understands what others are saying by reading their body language. In Silent Running, Cassie has been taken away from Cain and is living with Barbara Gordon (the original Batgirl). This arc focuses and Cassie's struggle to come to terms with her past and her transition as the new Batgirl. I did not know much about Cassie Cain before going into this and I found Silent Running to be a good primer on her origin story. It gives you a good look at Cassie's character and her struggle on how to live life now that she is no longer under her father's thumb. Gordon plays a mother figure and she and Cassie have to figure out how to relate to each other. Batman plays a big part of the story as well. He's grooming Cassie as the new Batgirl and it is interesting to see how similar the two are. I did think Batman's reaction to a video of what could be a very young Cassie assassinating a bad guy to be a little odd. I might be wrong but I thought that he knew that Cassie had been trained to kill from a young age. While he might be shocked by the video, his outright denial that it could be real seems naive. Cassie is non-verbal for most of the book, which did not bother me. It was pretty clear what was going on in the story and with her character, even without her verbalization. There was a point in the story where a psychic "helps" Cassie with her problem, which I thought felt out place. It was really quite sudden and seemed too much like a quick fix. I would have rather seen Cassie work through the language barrier instead of getting a magic cure-all. It was interesting to see though what happened to her fighting style once she had linguistic skills. The artwork in this wasn't really my cup of tea. This was the early 2000s and the popular style was very exaggerated and overdrawn. Everything felt a bit too cartoon-y for me and, was it me, or did everyone have huge chins in this? While I wasn't in love with the plot in this volume, I did enjoy learning more about Cassie Cain. She is definitely a fascinating character that I want to learn more about. As a relative Batgirl newbie, this volume gave me an intriguing look into the new Batgirl. I definitely want to read more about her and see where her character goes from here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    I fell in love with Cassandra Cain in "No Man's Land". She is an incredibly awesome character who I have to think provided some inspiration for Damian Wayne. In "No Man's Land", Cassandra was incredibly well written and her origin story was cool. I definitely was looking forward to reading more Cassandra Cain Batgirl. Unfortunately, this volume gave me little of what I wanted. Structurally, the story was very jarring and incoherent. I honestly thought that several pages were missing from the volu I fell in love with Cassandra Cain in "No Man's Land". She is an incredibly awesome character who I have to think provided some inspiration for Damian Wayne. In "No Man's Land", Cassandra was incredibly well written and her origin story was cool. I definitely was looking forward to reading more Cassandra Cain Batgirl. Unfortunately, this volume gave me little of what I wanted. Structurally, the story was very jarring and incoherent. I honestly thought that several pages were missing from the volume because the narrative would just abruptly change. Also, I did not enjoy the way Cassandra was written as much in this story but I REALLY DID NOT appreciate the way Batman was written. First of all, some of his dialogue was not even on par with the intelligence he possesses. I also found it difficult to believe his whole reaction to Cassandra's first assassination as a child. Holy Overblown Reaction Batman! She was 8 years old (or 10), the continuity was inconsistent with "No Man's Land". Finally, the artwork was a little too Sunday funnies for me to be taken seriously although I ADORE the design of Cassandra Cain's Batgirl costume. So what did I like...well, I still love Cassandra Cain and her aesthetic as Batgirl. She is an incredible fighter and there were some elements of the story that were interesting. I know that she is eventually included in Grant Morrison's Batman Inc. so I look forward to seeing how he handles this character.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Burns

    Cassandra Cain is awesome. The best Batgirl ever, the child of an assassin that trained Batman before he became Batman. Now the killer trained a little girl, she ended up doing her first hit as a young child. After the earthquake story that ruined Gotham there was no Batman, the quake trapped him in the Batcave and he took a while getting out. Anyway, with the Bat out the city needed to see him and keep the thugs in check, The Huntress took it on herself to put the costume on and make the scum t Cassandra Cain is awesome. The best Batgirl ever, the child of an assassin that trained Batman before he became Batman. Now the killer trained a little girl, she ended up doing her first hit as a young child. After the earthquake story that ruined Gotham there was no Batman, the quake trapped him in the Batcave and he took a while getting out. Anyway, with the Bat out the city needed to see him and keep the thugs in check, The Huntress took it on herself to put the costume on and make the scum think the bat was still around and patrolling the destroyed streets. Eventually Batman does get to the city and finds out what Huntress had been doing and he takes the "Batgirl" outfit away from her. He now has Cassandra Cain under his cape and she is no longer the assassin her father wanted her to be, instead she becomes the new Batgirl. She doesn't say a word, she just reads what you body says and uses that to kick your ass. There, now you have her backstory, get Batgirl and see her be the baddest Batgirl yet.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book collects Issues 1-6 of Cassadra Cain's run as Batgirl. She begins the book verbally and mentally non-communicative. Unlike Batman who often won't talk, she can't. She also can't write or even have thought bubbles. That could make her a pretty enigmatic side character but for a main character it presents a big challenge because not only can't she talk, but most of the time her face is hidden behind a mask, so you can't see her face to see what she's thinking. Cassandra Cain may be able This book collects Issues 1-6 of Cassadra Cain's run as Batgirl. She begins the book verbally and mentally non-communicative. Unlike Batman who often won't talk, she can't. She also can't write or even have thought bubbles. That could make her a pretty enigmatic side character but for a main character it presents a big challenge because not only can't she talk, but most of the time her face is hidden behind a mask, so you can't see her face to see what she's thinking. Cassandra Cain may be able to interpret everything based on body language but most of us aren't her. This gets a little easier towards the end of Issue 4. Also in this story we have Batman investigating whether her father had her murder a man when she was seven years old. It's disturbing stuff, and I'm not certain really is all that helpful. However Cassandra is a fascinating character. I enjoyed the book and will probably pick up the next volume.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Cassandra Cain is the world's greatest martial arts fighter, and takes the mantle of Batgirl from Huntress after No Man's Land. She's back with her own series, with Oracle and Batman as her two mentors. I didn't really care for the writing style. Kelly Puckett goes for jarring cuts and seems to cut away from the action a lot, and opts for emotional one-shots rather than one big story arc. The result is a lot of mini-stories that star nameless characters, and its hard to get emotionally involved. Cassandra Cain is the world's greatest martial arts fighter, and takes the mantle of Batgirl from Huntress after No Man's Land. She's back with her own series, with Oracle and Batman as her two mentors. I didn't really care for the writing style. Kelly Puckett goes for jarring cuts and seems to cut away from the action a lot, and opts for emotional one-shots rather than one big story arc. The result is a lot of mini-stories that star nameless characters, and its hard to get emotionally involved. There does seem to be a lot of tragedy involved with Batgirl's storylines, with tons of victims getting axed here and there. The only interesting part was when Batgirl meets the telepath, who changes her brain so she can think like a normal person, and in doing she loses her fighting skill. Besides this major plot point, everything is kind of superfluous.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Francis

    A slightly weaker start than expected to a series I've heard so many good things about, but not a weak story as a whole. There were bits and pieces throughout that didn't hit quite right--Bruce being surprised Cass's background is as dark as it is was one--but I really like Cass, and I like Babs, and Alfred shows some common sense, and Tim and Dick were brought for good scenes. And, in the end, finding a way to give Cass a language center while also making sure to keep her power imbalance in pla A slightly weaker start than expected to a series I've heard so many good things about, but not a weak story as a whole. There were bits and pieces throughout that didn't hit quite right--Bruce being surprised Cass's background is as dark as it is was one--but I really like Cass, and I like Babs, and Alfred shows some common sense, and Tim and Dick were brought for good scenes. And, in the end, finding a way to give Cass a language center while also making sure to keep her power imbalance in place was well done, if a bit hokey overall. The short version is: I like Cass. I like her realtionship with Babs. I like her relationship with Bruce. I like that she so clearly wants to do the right thing and do some good in the world. Not the best opening arc I've ever read, but far from the worst, and in the end, it makes me want to read more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Genny Platon

    Cassandra is one of my favorite characters in the Batman universe. I followed bits of her journey after she gained speech. That part was my only problem in this storyline. Viewing her lack of speech as a weakness and shoving in a story to quickly change it was just ok. Not great but not incredibly bad. I liked the language of movement and the use of illustration to drive the story. It had a lot of potential to being her strength. Her introduction being taken under Batman's wing was interesting f Cassandra is one of my favorite characters in the Batman universe. I followed bits of her journey after she gained speech. That part was my only problem in this storyline. Viewing her lack of speech as a weakness and shoving in a story to quickly change it was just ok. Not great but not incredibly bad. I liked the language of movement and the use of illustration to drive the story. It had a lot of potential to being her strength. Her introduction being taken under Batman's wing was interesting for the fact that out of all the Robins and Batgirls, she could understand him the best. She understood his reasons and reactions (or lack of reactions) the most.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    This is the start of the Batgirl series featuring Cassandra Cain, who came to take up the cowl after the events of No Man's Land. Ms. Cain is the daughter of an assassin who trained her since childhood to be the perfect assassin. She is now seeking redemption, and Batman and Barbara take her under their wing. I definitely like Cassandra, but this particular volume seemed a bit convoluted at times in terms of plot as well as the panels, so there were parts of the story that I found a bit difficul This is the start of the Batgirl series featuring Cassandra Cain, who came to take up the cowl after the events of No Man's Land. Ms. Cain is the daughter of an assassin who trained her since childhood to be the perfect assassin. She is now seeking redemption, and Batman and Barbara take her under their wing. I definitely like Cassandra, but this particular volume seemed a bit convoluted at times in terms of plot as well as the panels, so there were parts of the story that I found a bit difficult to follow. Still, the story overall and the character are appealing, and I will seek out other volumes hoping things will get better.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    It is hard to write a character that can't talk or understand most language, Yet this book is able to really give character to Cassandra Cain. This book does have some awkward moment when the artist just draws a weird face and it really throws off the visual language of the rest of the comic. Also Batman kinda acts like an idiot in this. I enjoy him being there but he is almost guilable in this volume. Yet I really enjoy the relationship Batman and Batgirl have, they play off each other well and It is hard to write a character that can't talk or understand most language, Yet this book is able to really give character to Cassandra Cain. This book does have some awkward moment when the artist just draws a weird face and it really throws off the visual language of the rest of the comic. Also Batman kinda acts like an idiot in this. I enjoy him being there but he is almost guilable in this volume. Yet I really enjoy the relationship Batman and Batgirl have, they play off each other well and this book really plays to that. If you like Cassandra Cain, you need to read this volume and the art is pretty good almost 90% of the time

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Cassandra Cain may not exist in DC continuity at the moment, but Puckett's introduction to her series makes me happy she's not around for National Periodicals to screw with. Cass has a huge heart and a lot of damage, both of which she can barely express, due to being raised without speech. Her fight to redeem past violent actions gives a great showcase in these first six issues, and by immersing us in her field of vision, Puckett gets us to identify with her most in a story that includes much mo Cassandra Cain may not exist in DC continuity at the moment, but Puckett's introduction to her series makes me happy she's not around for National Periodicals to screw with. Cass has a huge heart and a lot of damage, both of which she can barely express, due to being raised without speech. Her fight to redeem past violent actions gives a great showcase in these first six issues, and by immersing us in her field of vision, Puckett gets us to identify with her most in a story that includes much more familiar characters like Batman and Oracle.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Cassandra Cain, who was introduced during "No Man's Land", is an interesting idea for a character. Here, in her solo series, she is so limited by her lack of speech that you have nearly no feelings for the character. Then, when her situation changes it seems so random and strangely timed its weird. The art is really not a good fit for the book. Certain scenes would look much more meaningful if the art was more straight forward. Overall, not much happened. This was a very lackluster beginning to Cassandra Cain, who was introduced during "No Man's Land", is an interesting idea for a character. Here, in her solo series, she is so limited by her lack of speech that you have nearly no feelings for the character. Then, when her situation changes it seems so random and strangely timed its weird. The art is really not a good fit for the book. Certain scenes would look much more meaningful if the art was more straight forward. Overall, not much happened. This was a very lackluster beginning to a series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Briggs

    This review is for the whole run on Cassandra'a Batgirl. Cassandra Cain is lethal and the adopted daughter of an assassin theat trained Batman back in the day. She even made her first kill as a small child. She has no super powers but yet she does, she can read your body language then kick your ass because she knows what you are going to do before you do it. She ends up loosing that ability but gets it back with the help of Lady Shiva, then of course, the two have to fight. This was one of my fa This review is for the whole run on Cassandra'a Batgirl. Cassandra Cain is lethal and the adopted daughter of an assassin theat trained Batman back in the day. She even made her first kill as a small child. She has no super powers but yet she does, she can read your body language then kick your ass because she knows what you are going to do before you do it. She ends up loosing that ability but gets it back with the help of Lady Shiva, then of course, the two have to fight. This was one of my favorite Batgirls of all, Kelly Pucket, you are so cool. I loved this comic.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MadMaxx

    I have to say that Cassandra Cain is by far my favorite Batgirl. Scott's art was really stylish and cool, big fan of it, and Puckett wrote a great story with the daughter of an assassin, who happened to train Bruce Wayne as he was growing to become Batman, now this assassin's daughter who had made her first kill at a very young age is now the new Batgirl. Made for some great conflict between Cassandra'a Batgirl and Batman. A must read if you love the batman family. I have to say that Cassandra Cain is by far my favorite Batgirl. Scott's art was really stylish and cool, big fan of it, and Puckett wrote a great story with the daughter of an assassin, who happened to train Bruce Wayne as he was growing to become Batman, now this assassin's daughter who had made her first kill at a very young age is now the new Batgirl. Made for some great conflict between Cassandra'a Batgirl and Batman. A must read if you love the batman family.

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