Aruna

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Batgirl (2000-2006) Annual #1

“I’m sorry, but… we don’t believe you.”

Cass acting as a human lie detector once more. I also think it’s important to note that, while fans have a pretty bad tendency to write Cass off as “the spooky one” or the “unrelateable” one due to her appearance in the Batgirl suit, that’s rarely the case in canon. With some exceptions where her appearance can frighten children (as can Bruce’s btw), most people who meet Cass past that initial shock of her visage really come to trust her judgement in a short amount of time.

Aruna and Cameron

For a while I’ve been wondering if there is a reason why the gods’ icons are in that particular order. Gillen did compare them to Hickman’s design pages early on, so it’s certainly possible there is more to it than just an artistic choice (although then they changed the order for the t-shirt, so who knows).

I am still not sure. But while I was trying to figure it out I noticed something. There’s an interesting parallel between Baphomet and Tara. They seem to be opposites in a lot of ways, and interestingly their icons also happen to be opposite one another.

1) All Cameron wanted was to be a god, but Aruna wanted none of it.

2) Aruna could have been many possible goddesses, but Cameron isn’t even a real one

3) She didn’t want the attention, while he actively looked for it.

4) He killed another god in order to stay a god (and alive). She killed herself in order to stop being a god.

5) These two panels happen for entirely different reasons.

Batgirl (2000-2006) Annual #1

And here we all thought I was done with this series ;)

I didn’t include this annual with my Cass retrospective for a few reasons, primary among them being that it’s mostly an introduction to a new DC superhero – one from India! – named Aruna.

She takes the bulk of this annual which… honestly is weird to me because she does not come back in to play with the DCU after this to my knowledge. Which is weird, because she had promise.

Also she does not once in the book look like she does on the cover. Which I like this design so I found it to be unfortunate.

“That is factually incorrect!”

There weren’t many places in the city she was allowed to wander due to them being too dangerous by her brother’s standards. One place she was allowed to go to was the loading and collecting docks. Over the months she had time and time again bumped into the Supply Master, who at some point had decided to go from weird, to dreamy. After that she’d begun trying to give him baked goods, which he had eventually started taking from her every time she brought them.

Then one day she saw him chatting up a female trooper in speeder bike gear. And she, with a strong stride, marched straight over to where he sat on one of the many crates scattered around, threw her arms around his neck and loudly proclaimed for all around to hear, “He is my boyfriend!”