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Shadow of the Batgirl

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,682 ratings  ·  355 reviews
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?
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by DC Comics
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Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
"I mean, everybody feels a little weird sometimes. Or overwhelmed. Or out of place. It's nice to be able to talk about it like this." -- Barbara Gordon, to Cassandra Cain, on page 135

While I get that the DC Zoom and DC Ink imprints are directed at the 'tween' and teenage / young adult crowd, respectively, Cassandra Cain's incarnation of Batgirl is - somewhat like Harley Quinn - sort of an odd choice for a starring role. Cain's background as a trained assassin in her childhood and some of the oth
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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 c ...more
Rod Brown
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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 fig ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The found family trope is definitely one of my favorites, and this story has one of the most sweetest and precious found families I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

There was also a twist in here that I didn’t expect? Looking back on it though, I probably should have expected it. But, I’m glad I didn’t, as it made the story more memorable for me. This art is so colorful and beautiful, too! Overall, I really enjoyed this one!

4.5 ★’s
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Kadi P
Much like Cassandra’s journey of self-discovery, this book felt aimless and without purpose.

A graphic novel with an interesting art style featuring a quasi-likeable protagonist with an irritating penchant for running away from those who mean well (and there are far too many who mean well). Then there’s the borderline non-existent and anti-climactic conflict and the random and unnecessary romance storyline that felt so forced and flat.

At first the “I can’t escape my before” felt poignant but much
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics


Am I brave enough to say that this is the best Cass appearance since Puckett & Scott run? This is certainly the first time in a long time I've felt the sheer love for Cass radiating from a story. Kuhn worked her butt off to get the chance to write this series, and it's clear that she has such a deep love for Cass. IT'S WHAT SHE DESERVES.

But I may have lost all the new comic readers by talking about Cass' of DC past, so let's backtrack. This is a standalone story following Cassandra Cain, a
Jes Reads
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. Will definitely be continuing.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you DC Comics for the gifted review copy!

Batman is one of my favorite DC characters and you can bet that Batgirl is too. This was one of my highly anticipated. All the latest graphic novels from DC Ink have been amazing and this was clearly no exception.

Cassandra Cain was one of those characters that you can't help but love. She's raised by a villain and that life is all she knows but we get to see her rediscover herself in the graphic novel. She shifts from being someone who is sent to ta
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Good, evil, hero, villain--these aren't things people just magically become. They're choices people make."

Shadow of the Batgirl is the first Cassandra Cain Batgirl story I've read, and the first book I've read by Sarah Kuhn as well. I had fun reading this one! The friendship between Cassandra, Barbara, and Jackie was really sweet, and I liked that Barbara was still involved as Oracle in this one. This graphic novel is really interesting because it only talks about Batgirl on her own, and never
1/7 books read for The Reading Rush

Although Shadow of the Batgirl is marketed toward young adults, I feel like this book is more middle grade-y for me. The art is super cute and the story feels so light despite having some dark aspects on it. All I could think about during my reading is, "Cassandra, you're a baby. A baby wants to fight the bad guys." because like... Cassandra IS a baby.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cassandra Cain's backstory is fuckin WILD but this is a fun spin on it, and again, great to see #OwnVoices super books for teens! I loved how it's about the inspirational power of role models and stories. YOU KNOW I LOVE STORIES ABOUT THE INSPIRATIONAL POWER OF STORIES!! ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"It's okay to not be okay."

I love everything this volume does. It's just the sort of book I want these new DC OGNs to be. It takes elements of the DC Universe (Cassandra Cain, Batgirl, Gotham) and streamlines them for a younger audience. It's got clever reinterprations of DC continuity while still being a blank slate anyone can jump into. It invents new supporting characters that make the characters' relationships more complex and the themes of the story easier to get across. Cassandra Cain is t
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shadow of The Batgirl is a coming-of-age tale of self discovery in the form of an unexpected superhero transformation. DC Ink’s young adult graphic novel explores relatable themes for readers 13-17, including the search for identity, finding your true family, first love, discovering your abilities, and learning to believe in yourself. This is one of our very first diverse female superheroes. Cassandra Cain is breaking the barriers for young girls reaching for inspirational graphic novels on thei ...more
Lost in Book Land
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

For some reason, it's been a little while since I have gotten to read a graphic novel. I love reading them, I have just been preoccupied with so many other items and usually, when I would be reading a graphic novel recently I have been reading a manga. Anyhow, I recently got this graphic novel on my Kindle as an ARC and I really wanted to read it! So this weekend I spent a bit of time reading it and I loved it! I can not wait to see where they are going to go next with this series (fingers
Kind of a boring origin story, but I really like this version of Cass, I wasn't really aware of her until I saw BOP, and I think this is a more interesting version of her than the film version, it's a shame she was only really the same character in name. I also really liked the other characters, especially Jackie.

I don't know how realistic it is that someone could live in a library and put things on the walls without anyone noticing, seemingly for weeks, but ok, I'm just glad a library was such
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My foray back into the DC ‘verse continues with the latest DC graphic novel, Shadow of the Batgirl. These non-continuity novels allow our favs to explore new stories with long-standing (and new, too!) characters without taking their (sometimes complicated) history into account. Cassandra Cain is known for being the first Batgirl to star in her own series and she’s part of DCEU with Birds of Prey!

Sarah Kuhn is a beloved writer around these parts so this was an auto-buy for me. Couple that that wi
It has been a while since I have read batgirl comics, so I am not familiar with this rendition of her. And I like that she is Asian.

But, I am having a heck of a time suspending my disbelief that a child raised to neither read nor write nor speak, can somehow pick up these skills in the course of a few days or weeks, or so, while she is hiding from her father who trained her to be an assassin.

I do get that Barbara Gordon is turning a blind eye that the kid needs a break and lets her set up her l
Steff Fox
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
| Reader Fox Blog |

I have never been an incredibly avid fan of Batman and stories centered around Gotham, but there have been several that I enjoyed in the past. Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and illustrated by Nicole Goux, while very different from the Batman-related adaptations I have been exposed to before was actually quite a fun graphic novel to read. It follows the life of a young girl who was raised to be a villain as she shifts her life into one of heroism. Though not quite th
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying most of these one-shot Graphic Novels that DC has been putting out under the DC Ink printing press. I knew of Cassandra Cain mostly from a friend talking about her years ago, so I never really knew her story. This does a good job at introducing the character to someone who doesn't know her.

I don't want to go too much into the plot because it is a GN and rather short, but this is a bit of Cassandra's origin story. How she became her own version of Batgirl after the first one d
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Foreshadow
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Batgirl: Origins
Arty Art: More Than Meets The Eye
Bonus Factors: Found Family, Tasty Business
Anti-Bonus Factor: Patty Chase Award for Awful Parenting
Relationship Status: Is This Love?

Read the full book report here.
Medusa LeStrange
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this was an easy, simple read and it lacked depth to me. However, I realize I’m 10 years older than the intended audience and I do like DC’s quest to make comics accessible to a younger audience and their recent efforts to be very inclusive, so I’m adding a star to my two star verdict for that.
Gabriela Pop
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was truly fantastic! Such a gorgeous, heartwarming and tender coming of age with the added elements of heroism, which are always fun and obviously what you want from this particular series. I adored everything about this, from the story itself (hello identity, wholesome romance and found family!!) to the art style. One of my favourite renditions of Cassandra and such a great read overall
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everything I've always loved about Cassandra Cain plus bonus Oracle, with everyone looking like actual people. Cass is a teenager and looks like one here. It's nice. ...more
Heather M
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix, ya-lit
I. Love. Cass. And I loved the art style with its cool palette and expressive, age-appropriate characters.
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Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book contin ...more

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