Shadow of the Batgirl

Shadow of the Batgirl

Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...not yet, at least. But when Batgirl goes missing from Gotham, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own?Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn't mean she has to stay that way, right?...

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Title:Shadow of the Batgirl
Author:Sarah Kuhn
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Edition Language:English

Shadow of the Batgirl Reviews

  • Khurram

    A great story, I will admit my biased straight out. Cassandra Cain is my favourite Batgirl. As much as I do like Barbara Gorgon, i do think she makes a better Oricle. She is an awsome supporting character in this book.

    I admit it is not my favourite artwork and I think they made both Cassandra and Barbara look too young especially in some parts. However the story is great. Cassandra deciding how she wants to be, have in her life and stepping into the role she earned.

    A great story that I could not

    A great story, I will admit my biased straight out. Cassandra Cain is my favourite Batgirl. As much as I do like Barbara Gorgon, i do think she makes a better Oricle. She is an awsome supporting character in this book.

    I admit it is not my favourite artwork and I think they made both Cassandra and Barbara look too young especially in some parts. However the story is great. Cassandra deciding how she wants to be, have in her life and stepping into the role she earned.

    A great story that I could not help cheer for the characters, and a great look at Cassandra's life. I would love a sequel to this book. This is always the mark of a great book when it is finished I want more. I am looking Barbara's story next.

  • Shelly

    loved this stand-alone so much!! definitely perfect for people looking to read more about Cassandra Cain.

  • Jes Reads

    Pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. Will definitely be continuing.

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)

    Sometimes you just need to read a story that makes you feel good, and hopeful that there is the possibility for people to change and do better.

    Shadows of the Batgirl is a hero origin story and it was not one I was familiar with before. I really enjoyed the transition from trained assassin to kind-hearted hero and didn't expect the identity reveal of the past Batgirl - which other fans of the Marvel world might have picked up on sooner.

    I really loved the illustration style. It had so much texture

    Sometimes you just need to read a story that makes you feel good, and hopeful that there is the possibility for people to change and do better.

    Shadows of the Batgirl is a hero origin story and it was not one I was familiar with before. I really enjoyed the transition from trained assassin to kind-hearted hero and didn't expect the identity reveal of the past Batgirl - which other fans of the Marvel world might have picked up on sooner.

    I really loved the illustration style. It had so much texture and vibrancy. The fact that a lot of the story was set in a library really just cemented my love of the illustrations.

    One thing I do find with these comic-style graphic novels is that they feel like the first half od a story and the leave me wanting so much more. But I'm not sure that this actually is part of a series. I hope it will be, because I'd love to read more of Cassandra's story, and see how her time as Batgirl unfolds.

  • Darla

    Most of the graphic novels I read are in the Juvenile section. So, my knowledge of DC backstories is limited. At first, I did not know what was going on and the story was quite slow. I did like the colors used in the graphics and the variety in graphics to dialogue ratios. Some of my favorite panels had little or know words. What I really liked was the central role the library played in Cassandra Cain's story arc -- not so sure about her using stacks of books for her kicking workouts. This is a

    Most of the graphic novels I read are in the Juvenile section. So, my knowledge of DC backstories is limited. At first, I did not know what was going on and the story was quite slow. I did like the colors used in the graphics and the variety in graphics to dialogue ratios. Some of my favorite panels had little or know words. What I really liked was the central role the library played in Cassandra Cain's story arc -- not so sure about her using stacks of books for her kicking workouts. This is a great new graphic for kids who love the Batman story.

    Thank you to DC Comics and NetGalley for digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lucie

    3.5 stars

    This story was fun to read. I thought it did a pretty good job as a one short/intro to Cassandra Cain and I really enjoyed it.

  • Veronica

    ARC via Netgalley. Slightly mixed feelings on this one. It's definitely one of the better if not the best of DC's new kid-friendly standalones. I'm really glad that DC's first (only?) Asian heroine is finally in the hands of an Asian writer! I think Kuhn did a good job of introducing Cassandra's backstory (brainwashed daughter of an evil assassin trying to escape her father and become a hero) to potentially brand-new readers and while I miss getting to see Cass together with her adopted dad and

    ARC via Netgalley. Slightly mixed feelings on this one. It's definitely one of the better if not the best of DC's new kid-friendly standalones. I'm really glad that DC's first (only?) Asian heroine is finally in the hands of an Asian writer! I think Kuhn did a good job of introducing Cassandra's backstory (brainwashed daughter of an evil assassin trying to escape her father and become a hero) to potentially brand-new readers and while I miss getting to see Cass together with her adopted dad and brothers, that is very much not a standalone introduction. Focusing on Cass's relationship with Barbara (and with a new surrogate mother figure, Jackie, an older Japanese woman who runs a nearby restaurant) makes sense. It's a very sweet, straightforward story. My one big hesitation is the way disability is (or, more accurately, isn't) portrayed. I know Cassandra's mutism is very important to a lot of readers, and it seems glossed over/quickly fixed here. I'm also a little puzzled by the way Barbara's wheelchair is presented. Don't get me wrong, I love that Barbara in her wheelchair is every bit as active as she should be! It's just that we never see very simple, necessary elements like... elevators? Ramps? Barbara is shown at the top of staircases; she's shown at the bottom of them; she's shown at Jackie's apartment, which is above the restaurant, and in Cassandra's hideout at the library, which is accessed either by a lot of stairs or by climbing in the window. We never see a single ramp or elevator or chairlift in the entire novel. It's a weird omission that could have been so easily fixed.

  • Jen

    This was a solid "meh" for me, with a bit of "isn't that a tad too violent for the demographic this is being aimed at?" thrown in for good measure. The artwork was inconsistent and it was DARK. I understand that this is the origin story of a character who had a very difficult upbringing, to put it mildly. There is really no good way to intro this character and stay true to her story without being dark. As such, this should probably have been geared for the YA and not younger crowd. Not bad, but

    This was a solid "meh" for me, with a bit of "isn't that a tad too violent for the demographic this is being aimed at?" thrown in for good measure. The artwork was inconsistent and it was DARK. I understand that this is the origin story of a character who had a very difficult upbringing, to put it mildly. There is really no good way to intro this character and stay true to her story without being dark. As such, this should probably have been geared for the YA and not younger crowd. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I'm glad that female comic book characters are getting their due and are being introduced to the younger crowd to show that women can be strong and fight evil in their own way too, so not complaining.

    Though I do find it difficult to believe that a slightly built teenage girl could fight and kill grown men the way that she does. If she doesn't have any special magical super powers, I find it difficult to suspend disbelief for that concept. If she got a man by surprise? Yes, she can do it. A grown man, fighting face to face and he is trained to fight too? Maybe. An entire group of trained men? That's where it loses me.

    Due to the violence/killing and the child abuse, I would say this is best for YA on up. Maybe advanced middle grade reader. 3, not bad but didn't blow me away, stars.

    My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment/DC Comics for an eARC copy of this to read and review.

  • Chad

    This started off so slow, slow enough that I almost gave up on it. About a third of the way in, the book does pick up though. The story does follow the basics of Cassandra Cain's story, about how she was trained as an assassin from birth and never taught to speak. She breaks away from her father and hides in a library where she meets Barbara Gordon. The storytelling has a very middle school feel to it, as if it was written for DC Zoom as opposed to DC Ink. I would think that was definitely the

    This started off so slow, slow enough that I almost gave up on it. About a third of the way in, the book does pick up though. The story does follow the basics of Cassandra Cain's story, about how she was trained as an assassin from birth and never taught to speak. She breaks away from her father and hides in a library where she meets Barbara Gordon. The storytelling has a very middle school feel to it, as if it was written for DC Zoom as opposed to DC Ink. I would think that was definitely the case if it wasn't for a couple of curse words (They felt very out of place in this) in the latter half in an attempt to make the book angsty enough to be YA .

    The art by Nicole Goux reminded me of Paul Pope if he drew

    . There were too many saggy faces and bendy elbows for my taste. The action scenes felt very static. They had no flow to them at all. For a book about one of the greatest fighters in DC's canon, it was a problem.

  • Rod Brown

    I wasn't a fan of the Cassandra Cain Batgirl when I was reading her first appearances twenty years ago, and this reboot doesn't do anything to win me over now. I think it has to do with the fact that in both iterations she is an assassin. She kills people. Many people. Many, many people. And all the characters in the book just roll with that once she says she sort of kind of feels bad about the last attempted murder of the many, many, many people she has killed. Because wearing a costume and

    I wasn't a fan of the Cassandra Cain Batgirl when I was reading her first appearances twenty years ago, and this reboot doesn't do anything to win me over now. I think it has to do with the fact that in both iterations she is an assassin. She kills people. Many people. Many, many people. And all the characters in the book just roll with that once she says she sort of kind of feels bad about the last attempted murder of the many, many, many people she has killed. Because wearing a costume and fighting bad people as a hero cancels out what should be years of incarceration, rehabilitation, and mental health therapy.

    If you can set aside all the above, this is a decent enough modern superhero adventure for young adults.

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