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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.

Cassandra Cain & Family

In a family basically built on the idea of two characters being “DYNAMIC,” Cassandra stands to have a lot of interesting interactions with the characters around her. And the great thing with Cass is that dynamic is a right description.

However brief her interactions with other characters in the Bat Family might be, when she’s allowed a dynamic with them, it’s unlike any of the other interactions she has int eh Bat Family. Each one is unique and both Cass and the other member receive different things from each other as a result.

Issues with Cass are hard to find, and often it can be hard to exactly peg down what a relationship is, so I figured I’d make a quick little fact sheet for curious fans and fandom contributors who want to know more about Cassandra in the Bat Family : )

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Superboy (1994-2002) #85

Ut up shay. Well?" 

I will never, ever be over the fact that Tim is trying so hard to emulate Bruce in that first panel. I kind of just want to cry from cute in it. He’s such a dork – a dork in the sea of dorks that is this issue.

I love Bruce’s over protectiveness here, too. Like yeah he’s being an ass – I especially question the one sequence where where he talks about discussing "punishment” with Cass – but mostly he’s just such a dad in this.

And Tim’s just cracking me up in the background like it’s no body’s business.


Batgirl (2000-2006) #33

“Who says?”

No. Really. Tell me Bruce isn’t Cass’ father. Come at me, Bro.

Bruce is by no means perfect. You want someone to say it out loud? You need someone to remind you that Bruce isn’t BatGod? You’ve got it. I’ll do it gladly and bring slides. But when Bruce is written right. When Bruce is written as a human being with depth and emotions, he is one of the best men the world has to offer.

He is the one who will come to a putupon young lady, who is at one of her lowest of lows, and give her a birthday present. One on the day she chose for herself, because it’s the day she adopted their family. The day she was reborn as the beautiful and courageous young lady he’s proud to have taken under his wing.

I like when I’m reminded of that Bruce.

And I like this scene more than words can express. It’s beautiful. It’s poignant. It makes me want to go hug my own dad.

Because being a father isn’t about bringing someone into this world based on genetics, or building them up with the purpose of feeding your own ego or furthering your own dreams. It’s about this. About support, loving them, and being there to give them what they need the most.

Happy Birthday, Cass.


Batman Beyond 2.0 (2013- ) #15

“I was hoping maybe I could buy you a cup of coffee, Melanie. If… you’re still up for talking to me…”

I really, truly love Melanie as a character. Gosh, her struggle to leave her crime family and subsequent testing and redemption are one of my favorite arcs from the original Batman Beyond TV series. She’s a really inspiring character and really rare in the superhero world, where villains and heroes do tend to swap sides at the drop of a hat. Mel switched, for herself, and has had nothing but obstacles and struggles along the way, but has stuck with it – and then helped her brother Jack on his road to absolution.

It is, as we learned in the show, a darker and harder reflection on Terry’s own delinquent past, and it’s part of why I love their relationship.

I do miss her dreds, though.


Batgirl (2000-2006) #45

“Hey, I think I finally came up with an answer to your question – the one about ‘soul’? You know at the end of the day, when you close the door and you’re all alone… And you strip off your armor and lower your guard and peel away the mask… When there’s nobody watching and nothing to hide… And you no longer need to be strong or clever or pretty or brave… There’s just you. That’s it. That’s the soul.

The endlessly quotable Batgirl trait continues, but this time we actually get one from Babs! And it’s sincerely just one of the bestquotes, because for once it’s an outside perspective on Cass, and what an amazing person she is in the eyes of the people she loves.

And I kind of squeal just a little bit seeing Babs tuck her little Batgirl in.

Buh these two. And this issue! Just a killer issue, by my standards.


“I’ve walked these streets… Every inch of this city… But I never had the words. Never knew the names. Now… It’s like it’s all changed. All new. Or maybe… Maybe it’s me that’s changing…”
[Batgirl (2000-2006) #8]

One of the most inspiring and amazing details of Cassandra’s journey is how she goes from this confident, alone, and purposefully isolated character to one of the most cherished and beloved person in so many people’s lives. She touches every person she meets, helps them because she wants to, but, on accident, begins being influenced herself.

Cassandra was isolated her entire life to knowing only one person – David Cain – and it was with bravery and determination that she cut him out of her life, that she chose a path he would never have allowed. But because of this, she spent nine years without anyone solidly in her life, without friends or family. 

When she became Batgirl, Cassandra found herself all those things and more. She resisted, she’d only ever known that one other person, and she thought she didn’t deserve to have a life after taking someone else’s, but she was gloriously proven wrong.

It’s one of the most beautiful stories about love in the world.

Happy Birthday, Cass, from everyone who loves you!


Batman: Gotham City Secret Files & Origins (2000)

“Wow. Graysoncam.”

Dick is my spirit animal.

And omg I just love Babs’ embarrassed smile in the second panel. If Dick’s abs and general Dick Grayson-ness wasn’t so distracting I swear I could just coo over Babs the whole time.


Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies
Action Comics
(1938-2011) #618

“Doing better than ever, I think. He finally seems to have a purpose. Funny about him and me. He used to envy me because he thought I was so together , and I used to envy him because he was so open and carefree. How little we know about even our closest friends.”

That’s such an interesting analysis, and very observant on Dick’s part.

Also, I don’t care if you ship Kory and Dick, but this – all of this – is unbelievably adorable. And Kory being taller than Dick and carrying his luggage for him are like… two of my favorite details in anything ever. That cracks me up. I love it.


Nightwing (1996-2009) #24

“But you already knew that.

Oh, my gosh. You guys are vomit-inducing adorable in the absolute best way that could mean. You’re chocolate chip cookies dipped in cream and your smiles in that last panel is too cute.

In all seriousness, though, I just love how Dick is always complementing Babs and you feel like each one is straight from his heart even if it’s supposed to be a shallow flirt in the middle of more serious business. He just means it so much when he complements her brains and her looks and her independence.

I think that’s how I’d describe Dick best, honestly. Everything he says or does is straight from the heart.


Batgirl (2000-2006) #12

“A million words. All worthless.”

Cassandra is still easily flustered when it comes to written language, so much so that she tosses and leaves the police files she bothered to break into Jim’s office to get. Without saying too much on the subject, Cass’ actions speak volumes.

One of the smartest realizations that come much, much later in the series is that Cassandra’s continued difficulties are actually more attributed to severe dyslexia than to her upbringing. As well practiced as she has become with spoken word and practices more and more with Barbara and the other Bats when it comes to speaking, it becomes a wonder why she continues to hit the wall with written language.

I very much appreciate that explanation and I hate how it was “resolved” off panel after her series ended. It could have meant so much to the many, many people with learning disabilities to have such an amazing and awesome hero to share their struggles with.


Batman: The Black Mirror
Detective Comics
(1937-2011) #881

COME ON! Babs, stay with me! Babs!

This kills my heart in all kinds of ways. Whether you ship Babs and Dick or not, I can’t imagine reading this without feeling how strong their bond is. And he hugs her close and I just kind of lose it getting teary eyed because my response to all of my strongest emotions is to cry openly and freely.

Nothing wrong with feels, guys.

On another note, I think I mentioned on some ramble (my memory is full of potholes, I can’t remember which one) that I adore heroes who give their antagonists the benefit of doubt or just another shot, but even more I love when they’re smart about it. So Dick’s quote “James was right. I am a softy. And I do try to see the best in people… But that doesn’t mean I'm stupid.” speaks a lot to me. 

Oh hey! A serious favorite quote!

Requested by dkalban


Superboy(1994-2002) #85

“Don’t you leap off a tall building while I’m making fun of your mentor! I – kids today.”

I love these two dorks oh my god how much I miss this Tim and Kon. They were my favorite thing to read in comics for such a long time it feels like and nothing shows why more than this sequence.

And man do I miss this Kon. I miss him like it’s nobody’s business.

There are things I love about the post-t-shirt Kon, he is after all who I first fell in love with when I started reading Teen Titans, but he’s really got nothing on the depth and humor of Kon’s original characterization.

I’d love a good version of Kon that was able to incorporate the best of both.


Batman: Gotham Adventures (1998-2003) #48

“Unfortunately, Master Bruce had no idea how to act around a child. He’d never been around children. He’d hardly even been a child himself. But the nightmares Master Richard had every night… Master Bruce knew about nightmares. Nightmares, he could do something about.”

The Dick Grayson fan in me is kind of doing cartwheels inside at the fact that the first story Alfred goes to to prove to Tim Bruce’s deep seeded humanity is of the beginnings of Bruce’s relationship with Dick.

I think that speaks a lot about the importance of that relationship and of the statement made simply by Bruce bringing Dick into his life.


Batgirl (2000-2006) #8

Oh, lord, I lose control every time I see this. It’s sincerely one of the most hilarious things Cass does the whole series and yet it is also so bad ass you can’t help but feel your jaw drop. Like I can’t believe she just did that!

But she did. And it was amazing, even if Cass herself doesn’t like her tactics all that much.

It’s okay, gurl. I got your back on this one. I wish I could sucker punch Lady Shiva. Definitely wouldn’t feel bad about it.


Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #165

“Just trust me on this. And when I tell you, hold my hand… and don’t let go. Dick… I love you for this.”


I want my Fab Five back so badly I could cry. Their friendships were just beyond gorgeous – and I love the fact that Dick’s absolute best friend in the world and practical platonic soul mate is a confident and powerful woman like Donna.

Just.. everything about this sequence.


Teen Titans Spotlight (1986-1988) #14

“Look – one of us needs to say this – and it looks like it has to be me. You molded m, Bruce. For years I lived under the shadow of the Batman. I wanted to get away, to be my own man. Yet, when I chose a costume and a name, they reflected you. You’re a part of me, Bruce. I can’t deny that. And I don’t want to any longer. I just wanted you to know that. That, and one other thing – I’m proud to have been your Robin.”


Feel counters off the roof ahhhhhh

See, that’s what really separates Bruce and Dick. Dick can say these things, acknowledge them and let people appreciate them. Because he knows that needs to be said. This is seriously one of the most amazingly strong sequences for Dick’s character to me. Because that takes a lot of guts to say out loud.

And to say it to Bruce when it’s so obvious Dick doesn’t know whether or not he has Bruce’s approval? That takes guts. Seriously.

What makes this sequence kill me, though? Don’t smile, Bruce. Freaking respond! Let your son know how much the same pride and respect and love is aimed right back at him wtf don’t be creepy just do your freaking job as a father/mentor

For all Dick knows he just put the last nail in the coffin and Bruce will never accept anything that was just said.

*throws up hands* Emotionally constipated children. I swear!


The New Teen Titans: Who Is Donna Troy?
Tales of the Teen Titans
(1980-1988) #50

“I’ve been thinking about that and all I can say is I was probably too young and too obsessed in beginning my career as the Batman. I guess I never gave it much thought back then. And then, before I knew it, the Boy Wonder became a man and I realized how much time had slipped by me. But believe me I couldn’t have loved any son more. I know I haven’t said it much, but I’m proud of you.”

Okay. Right here.

Let me just take a moment to express how much my enjoyment and adoration of this entire issue relies on this single scene. Because it does, it so does. And this is a good issue, I’d like it without this scene, but this moment is just… it’s important to both the character of Dick and to Bruce and I love it with everything in me.

Dick’s vulnerability and inner conflict in regards to Bruce and Jason and himself, Bruce’s casualness but just obvious sincerity.

On an emotional level, this is probably even greater than my real favorite comic moment ever (Dick’s actual adoption in Batman: Gotham Knights). It’s a beautiful moment and, for me, it’ll always be the relationship I want to see between the two of them.

And, yes, those women are gathering around the door and talking about Dick’s butt all the way back in the 80’s.