Showing posts with label Oracle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oracle. Show all posts

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Batgirl – Death Wish | Comics

As she continues to train with Batman, Batgirl prepares to encounter the unbeatable assassin Lady Shiva one year later.

In spite of her superior training, Batgirl takes a punch from a thug during patrol, which Batman notices and tries to figure out what caused her to lose focus. Oracle calls in to inform Cassandra Cain that she has located the complex where the group of government agents she tussled with earlier has her tape and other evidence to identify her.

With approval from her mentor, she heads to Langley, Virginia and breaks in evading every security measure like they were nothing to steal physical proof of her being such as blood samples and video tape. Barbara talks to Bruce concerning for the girl and he later sends her after the rogue agent Masters, who killed one of her friends.

Batgirl then meets Robin in the middle of a mob shooting where one was chasing a mob boss and another is seeking an assassin. The Boy Wonder is astound and shocked to see her bullet dodging skills with all the exit wounds on her body left by her trainer David Cain. She is shot by the killer with cybernetics named "Deadeye" but still takes him down.

Next up, she had to approach another fellow costumed vigilante Spoiler after retrieving one million dollar and a ransom note from gang feud. They got into the case together because the latter wanted to take part in this adventure and eventually sorted everything out in the end before agreeing to donate the money to a children's hospital.

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Batgirl – Death Wish | Comics

Barbara Gordon calls in for Batman after picking up master assassin David Cain on the nuclear weapons storage of Hanford Island through satellite. He then teases the Caped Crusader through security feed to go there and face him. Feeling responsible for her father, Cassandra wanted in but is denied and left to keep a watch on Gotham.

The Dark Knight walks straight into a trap set by Cain and he goes on taking a shot at her young daughter. Turns out, he was hired by an individual who has physically suffered at the hands of Batgirl a year ago and is part of organized crime in Gotham, only wanting her to be taken care of with no knowledge of what she is to the person he hired for the job.

After she takes down a suicide bomber, Barbara talks to her about how exciting the experience is for the first time and how it was a rush for Babs at the beginning, which reminds the young protégé of how a year have passed of her deal with Lady Shiva. So, telling Oracle to run simulation for Shiva, she goes to study the lethal assassin.

In the mean time, Barbara talks to Batman about how she is worried that it's been nearly a year Cassandra has fought Shiva but she never told Babs about it. Bruce points out that only by facing Wu-San in combat, Batgirl can move past her death wish.

Besides, they have been keeping tracks of her confrontation with powerful rivals like Bizarro and Shadow Thief lately after moving on to her own cave, which was quite impressive progress on her part. Oracle still protests about letting her go ahead with what she is up to fearing the outcome but The Dark Knight allowed her to continue nevertheless.

Finally, that fateful night arrives when Cassandra prepares herself for a face-off and Barbara tries to talk her out of her deadly duel with Shiva in a ditch attempt to throw her away from the path of a certain suicide. So, she paralyzed Babs with a nerve strike before apologizing for doing that and heading over to a rooftop of Gotham City to meet her fate.

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Cain Has Lost It

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Batgirl – Death Wish

The seventeen year old young heroine Cassandra Cain returns to her Batgirl cowl with the third story arc "Batgirl – Death Wish" from the first monthly ongoing comic-book series of the character by DC Comics in 2003, collecting issues #17-20, 22, 23, 25.

Writer Chuck Dixon (Batgirl – Year One, Robin – Year One) joins series regular Kelley Puckett (Batgirl – A Knight Alone, Batgirl – Silent Running) and artist Damion Scott (Robin/Batgirl – Fresh Blood, Robin – To Kill a Bird) in a journey to take the Silent Knight of Gotham into a new height by pitting her up against major league players out there.

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The Inevitable Rematch

Not only has her relationship with Oracle strengthened whom she sees as a motherly figure during the events of "Death Wish", it also sets out her feud with her biological mother and the unbeatable assassin Lady Shiva to set her record straight on how good she really is. Cassandra had a chance to come across her father David Cain as well.

One good thing this storyline does in particular is that Cassandra gets an up close interaction with other allies of Bat-Family like Robin and Spoiler, which helped her bond with them as they worked together and humanize herself further. More exciting development will be seen on the upcoming "Fists of Fury" arc as it tie-in with "Joker – Last Laugh".
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Monday, September 12, 2005

Batgirl – A Knight Alone | Comics

Batman pushes Batgirl to regain her former battle prowess and in her weakest state, she faces Lady Shiva.

Following her encounter with a runaway psychic, Batgirl lost the ability to predict movement of her opponents and ended up getting shot multiple times. Batman is not allowing her to patrol the streets of Gotham City anytime soon until she become worthy of the costume once again. Her defense is gone and it got her ass kicked during sparring sessions.

So, she starts training in combat knowledge from the scratch to build a better defense system like everyone else of the Bat-Family now that she cannot predict the moves of her opponent. She trains for a whole week straight and then gets beat again.

On her constant insisting, Batman opens up to her about the tragedy of Jason Todd, the second Robin he recruited after Nightwing and how he was killed by The Joker, something he is not going to allow to happen again. When he goes out of town, Cassandra decided to continue vigilantism without the cowl yet Oracle figured it out anyway.

Barbara thinks that Cassandra can fight way better than her but for some reason it seems that she is always looking for danger. Later that night, she sees Lady Shiva during patrol and then follows her into a luxurious restaurant of the city to find out what she is up to. She sits there for long for Shiva to make a move but nothing happens at all.

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Batgirl – A Knight Alone | Comics

Then she notices a young woman walking in with armored guards and immediately assumes her as the target before jumping in to save her only to be knocked down to the ground by a left cross. Seeing no other way to save the girl, she lured Shiva away from killing the girl by challenging her into a duel and got beaten down one more time.

Cassandra wakes up later in an ambulance with a broken right arm but jumps out of it anyway. Shiva showed up again to collect a bracelet which she lost during their fight earlier and reveals that she came here to fight Cassandra but is disappointed to find her not up to a challenge. She knocks Shiva out with a cheap shot while handing the bracelet over.

Her training with Batman doesn't go well and the latter believes that it will take another year or so for her to be wearing the Batgirl costume again. She asks Oracle to send a message to Shiva and they meet on a rooftop that night. Shiva starts knocking down Cassandra before she could explain that she needs a favor from her and they agree for a price.

Meanwhile, Batman pays a visit to David Cain and watches one of the tapes which show how he trained Cassandra to be a killer, leading the Caped Crusader to conclude that all Cain did was abuse her. However, he is here for two police officers he killed a year prior in Gotham and a vengeful Dark Knight unleashes onto the world's deadliest assassin.

When her mentor returns, she asks him to hit her as she is ready now and surprisingly, she is able to dodge every time with her retained defensive skills. Turns out, she made a deal with Shiva, who would train her to make her able to predict the movements of her opponent and in exchange they will fight each other to death exactly a year later.

Next up, Batgirl had a brief encounter with Cain in Gotham and a faceoff with a metahuman. Afterwards, she gets entangled with a group of C.I.A. agents while trying to save the life of FBI sharp shooter Agent Johnson, who was actually hired to kill her. Realizing that he is a good man, Cassandra tries her best to help him to start over.

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Up Against Lady Shiva

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Batgirl – A Knight Alone

"A Knight Alone" marks the second storyline from first Batgirl monthly ongoing series by writer Scott Peterson (Batman – Kings of Fear, Underworld Unleashed) and Kelley Puckett (Batgirl – Fists of Fury, Batgirl – Silent Running) alongside artist Damion Scott (Robin/Batgirl – Fresh Blood, Robin – To Kill a Bird) through issues #07-11 and 13-14.

After making a smashing debut in 2000 as a prominent heroine of DC Comics, Cassandra Cain is stripped of her ability that made her so special by the end of her first solo arc. At the same time she is faced by the deadly warrior Lady Shiva but only ended up being knocked out other than getting killed to set up a larger plot to develop in future.

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Back in The Costume

Batman makes guest appearance to mentor his newest recruit and goes after assassin David Cain regarding the events of "Batman – No Man's Land" when he killed two cops after his attempt on the life of Commissioner Gordon failed. From this point, he becomes a recurring antagonist character for The Dark Knight and his young protégé.

There was a few series of action to develop the silent knight into a more effective vigilante for Gotham. Cassandra continues her adventure as Batgirl in the next story titled "Death Wish" where she makes new friends and face old enemies once again.
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Friday, October 29, 2004

Batgirl – Silent Running | Comics

Cassandra Cain begins her journey as Gotham City's newest protector Batgirl while Batman digs deeper into her past.

Assassin David Cain hires a group of mercenaries to fight his daughter Cassandra Cain while he films it and as they are told to pick a knife from floor to cut her with it, she made a mess of them within a few seconds. Currently, she is training with Barbara Gordon in fight sticks and is impressed by her skills even though Babs was sitting in a wheelchair.

Oracle finishes her workout with new Batgirl and then goes back to research more on her past. Whether she was bought or kidnapped at birth by Cain is unknown to them except that the girl escaped nine years ago and has been drifting on her own. They go out next day to talk about her issues but she ran off since she can't express them.

Barbara feels bad for Cassandra to have nightmares each night while sleeping and she talks to Batman about it. He tells her that despite her inability to talk, she can read body language very well and skilled in lethal combat. She also learned stick fighting from him a week ago in five minutes, which explains why she was so good against Babs.

Already in costume, Batgirl is called by her new mentor show her skill and not only did she impressed him, he allowed her to patrol Gotham city on her own with only the condition of not facing any costumed criminals like Bane, Joker or Penguin alone.

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Batgirl – Silent Running | Comics

The next night, she would save a man named John Robinson from a mob who goes missing later. John is kept in a prison-like building which she finds out with help from Oracle and goes to rescue him. The man dies due to his severe injuries and an infuriated Cassandra beats down every other thug down the compound before leaving them for cops.

When Batman came to check in on her, he and Barbara had an argument over what happened in case of John Robinson that ends with the latter threatening not to tell Cassandra that she failed or else he wouldn't be welcome at Gotham Clock Tower anymore. He then takes his young protégé to rescue a kidnapped young girl from mobs.

She took out all of them but then when a metahuman among them showed up, The Dark Knight hands her the girl and tells her to stay away from him. The superstrong brute came after her again and she managed to knock him down with some effort. In Batcave, Bruce watches an old video tape in shock where a man gets killed by a young Cassandra Cain.

He reflects back at her super efficiency that impressed him so much and gets concerned with his choice to take her as the newest Batgirl after seeing the footage. Alfred Pennyworth points out that the video could be fake, which takes Bruce to go to Macau to solve the case. In Gotham, Cassandra saves a young man from being gunned down.

Unbeknown to her, the man had psychic powers and he somehow repaired her lack of understanding verbal language after sensing it. However, when an armed mercenary shows up next to collect the bounty on the guy, she jumps in to face her only to realize that she couldn't read the body language of her attacker anymore and gets beaten.

Master assassin David Cain gets a surprise visit from the Caped Crusader who came here following a lead and confronts him about the tapes. Even though Cain tells the true reason for his daughter to wear a costume to him, Bats refused to believe it. Meanwhile, Cassandra slowly come to terms with her diminished ability and tries to fix the situation.

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Altered Speech Capacity

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Batgirl – Silent Running

After the long absence of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl following the tragedy of "The Killing Joke", a new candidate for the mantle is introduced during the events of "Batman – No Man's Land". Collecting issues #01-06 from the first ongoing run of Batgirl monthly series, "Silent Running" is the first storyline featuring the Cassandra Cain version of the character.

DC Comics hired writer Scott Peterson (Batman – Kings of Fear, Underworld Unleashed) and Kelley Puckett (Batgirl – Death Wish, Batgirl – Fists of Fury) in the year 2000 to co-write the first story arc of the titular series focused on the untold origin of the character with artist Damion Scott (Robin/Batgirl – Fresh Blood, Robin – To Kill a Bird).

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The Righteous and The Profane

A major part of the plot takes time to establish her as a silent knight from a teenage assassin. Throughout the story, Alfred Pennyworth, Dick Grayson/Nightwing and Tim Drake/Robin showed up in cameo appearance to help the plot progress.

In process of discovering the past of his newest successor, Batman also encounters world's premier assassin David Cain who is the presumed father of the young prodigy. By the end of the plot, she loses her incredible skills but still proves her worth to take up the cowl, which will be further explored in the next arc "Batgirl – A Knight Alone".
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