Showing posts with label Scott Peterson. Show all posts
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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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Sunday, October 26, 2003

Batgirl | Comics

The butt-kicking heroine Batgirl has been a vital part of Batman Family ever since she made her million dollar debut and many who carried the mantle later.

Originally, Batman never had plans to recruit sidekicks in his fight against crime but over the years, he found young Dick Grayson who became the first Robin; The Boy Wonder. Then the niece of Kathy Kane AKA Batwoman, Betty Kane became a costumed aid to his crime-fighting as Bat-Girl but she later took the alias of Flamebird and moved on.

Another young woman who admired the ways of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City was the daughter of Police Commissioner James Gordon, Barbara Gordon. She became obsessed with the legendary crime-fighter after moving into the city. Her infatuation only increased when she discovered that her father actually works with him to serve justice.

Barbara had a photographic memory and this gifted young lady graduated high school at the age of sixteen. Continued to prepare herself, she enrolled into martial arts classes and even expressed interest to work with law enforcement but both her father and local FBI office had to turn her down because she did not meet the height requirements.

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Batgirl | Comics

Year One
To fight these prejudices, Babs decides to take a different path to fulfill her dreams of serving the law by becoming a vigilante like her idol. She showed up at a Masquerade Ball to stop costumed villain Killer Moth wearing a feminine version of Bat-costume, introducing herself as "Batgirl" to the audience in the presence of billionaire Bruce Wayne.

Unaware of his secret identity as Batman, she rescues him from the villain and later is visited by the Dynamic Duo. Though her idol was a harsh critic of her ways, Robin tries to befriend their young ally and try to teach her ropes of vigilantism. She then goes to Justice Society of America, hoping to meet Black Canary and become her apprentice instead.

Babs was told by JSA member Wildcat to give up but she doesn't and Doctor Fate predicts "triumph and tragedy" in her foreseeable future. Although The Dark Knight didn't approve her reckless ways, he sent her a new Batcycle and batarangs through his partner Dick Grayson before she was finally recruited into the Bat-Family.

Nightwing: Year One
After having inevitable fallout with his mentor, Dick Grayson had his final night as Robin and was fired by Batman for disobedience. He had a talk with Superman and Deadman before donning a different costume and a new identity of Nightwing before heading back to Gotham City to meet with Commissioner Gordon and eventually, Batgirl.

She wonders where does it leaves her and suggests Dick should things between them to strictly business, because of his alien girlfriend Starfire of the Teen Titans. These two then take a short round at Arkham Asylum before paying a visit to Penguin at his Iceberg Lounge. Barbara even tries to mend his relationship with Bruce as much as she could.

The Killing Joke
The Joker escapes Arkham and decides to show Commissioner Gordon how an average man can go insane by "One Bad Day". He shows up on his doorstep and when Barbara opened it, he shot her in the spine before taking a few photo graphs of her naked body. She is left paralyzed by the damage the bullet did to her body and her career as Batgirl was over.

No Man's Land
Following a series of unfortunate events and a massive earthquake, Gotham City becomes a war zone and government of United States declares separation from it. During this time, vigilante hero Huntress wore the cowl of Batgirl to inspire fear among the criminals that let loose on the city but she fails and hands over the costume to Batman.

During this time, Cassandra Cain came to Gotham after spending nine years as a homeless youth on street. She saved the life of Commissioner Gordon from her father David Cain, a lethal assassin who also trained The Dark Knight. With blessing from Oracle, she then wore the outfit to become the fourth and perhaps the best one to take over the mantle.

For more information on Batgirl comics series, you can check out these links below.

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The Masquerade Bat

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Ghost/Batgirl – The Resurrection Machine

Batgirl – A Knight Alone

Batgirl – Death Wish

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A fictional DC Comics heroine who often assisted Batman in various monthly ongoing series as well as her own, Batgirl was introduced as Betty Kane back in 1961 by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff, only to be replaced by Barbara Gordon afterwards. The idea of the character was later re-defined by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino in 1967.

Following veteran writer Alan Moore (Rogue Trooper, Watchmen) working on the character, the role is changed again by writer Kelley Puckett and artist Damion Scott (All-New Ghost Rider – Legend, Spectacular Spider-Man – Here There Be Monsters) in 1999 with the inclusion of Cassandra Cain, who would receive her own monthly series.

Among all the character who ever assume the role of the titular heroine, Cassandra was the best who could hold her against the likes of her biological father David Cain and mother Lady Shiva. Although Stephanie Brown briefly tried to take on the role after trying her luck as the first female Robin and Spoiler beforehand but wasn't as good as Cain.

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The Perfect Protégé

As a result of the "Flashpoint" crossover event, The New 52 wave is launched where Barbara Gordon took the mantle once again in a brand-new monthly ongoing series of a different timeline of reality. Both Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown also serve respectively Orphan as and Spoiler for the extended Batman Family from time to time.

Batgirl has also been a popular pop-culture icon aside from being a very popular DC Comics character and appeared on several other media as well. Animated TV shows like Batman – The Animated Series (1992), The New Batman Adventures (1997) and The Batman (2004) had the heroine appeared on a nearly regular basis in a vital role.

Notable video game titles like The Adventures of Batman & RobinBatman: Rise of Sin Tzu and Batman: Arkham Knight has included her in past as well. A live-action Batgirl film portraying Barbara Gordon version of the character and directed by Joss Whedon for DC Extended Universe was announced back in 2017 that have yet to see progress.
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