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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?
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Paperback, 208 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by DC Comics
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Jes Reads
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. Will definitely be continuing.
Veronica
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
Jaymie
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[I received an electronic review copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

I loved this! Loved the character, her journey from the start to the end, and the circle she develops with Barbara and Jackie. The art is good, but not my favorite style, which made it harder for me to get right into the story at the start. But once Cassandra is on her own trying to figure out her life, I was hooked. Lots of identity issues explored here, with lots of
...more
D.
Jan 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: arc-reviewed
Received from Netgalley. Review to come.
Samantha Diaz
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Totally amazing! I fell in love with this spinoff on Batgirl and the world of Batman. The art is gorgeous from beginning to end. The storyline works really well for a YA graphic novel. I want more! This would be great as a series.
Tony
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC. Because Cassandra Cain is not much of a talker, the artist, Nicole Goux, really does most of the heavy lifting here. There are some major departures from the Cass Cain we all know from the comics, in that she talks, but that is OK since this is supposed to be a new way in/a new origin story for new readers. Babs is the Oracle, Cass is a mess, teenage drama ensues. The problem here is that this book is not sure what it wants to be. There is swearing and death so ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Shadow of the Batgirl in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Shadow of the Batgirl is the latest in a run of series focused on a slightly younger audience. That being said, fans of Cassandra Cain will absolutely want to check this one out.
This graphic novel is a new retelling on Cass’ origin story. So it’s not going to be quite what you remember. For that matter, Cass won’t be exactly what you remember or expect. There are some artistic liberties being taken here, but
...more
Andrea
Plot
With no clue of her identity, our heroine escapes from a life of training to be a fighter and killer. Knowing there are bad people after her, she takes refuge in a library. Inside, she watches as students below learn English from an excited woman in a wheelchair, Barbara. She meets Erik, a library intern who really likes poetry, romance novels, and Cassandra Cain! She's not ready for a crush or friends, so she takes her time to warm up to everyone. Jackie and Barbara work hard to get her out
...more
Meredith Ann
Yet another good addition to the growing collection of DC Ink graphic novels. As someone not really familiar with Cassandra Cain, I liked this look at her backstory and am interested in reading more about her. The pace of the book was a bit slow at times. I will admit I didn't realize she was mute till about halfway through the book but that could have been due to my reading of the character. The supporting characters were a delight though.
Jessica
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I first want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for this opportunity! I really enjoyed reading this comic. I have been wanting to give comics more a try and when I saw one about BatGirl I thought this was the perfect one to start with and it was the one I needed to give me the push to read them more. I really enjoyed reading her discovering who she is.
Haley
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the different story lines and Interesting characters. Inspires you to be true to you. Very ready to read the next story in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read and review this book.
Krys
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
***
Review to come closer to publish date.
Doris Raines
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I LIKE THIS BOOK.
dennis
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: grafic-novels
3.5/5
some really great artwork but the story is trite
Alice, as in Wonderland
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kim
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little girl raised to be an assassin by her villainous father has few speaking or reading skills when she escapes from him and starts lurking and living in the public library. Sensitive staff at the library all notice her lurking and make efforts to teach her and to connect. The story of Cassandra "Mouse" Cain slowly recognizing herself as a child and a possible hero is engrossing and memorable.

The supporting cast is lovely: a sassy restaurant owner that I thought was white from the art though
...more
Amanda
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read as an ARC and it was fantastic. For the first two thirds of the book I was wondering where all the action was, but the end sequence more than made up for the less action-packed middle. If the author had tried to add in more action earlier on, I feel like it would have done a disservice to the story. And Cass’s journey of self discovery is an awesome superhero origin story as it stands.

I’ve been a fan of Batgirl basically my whole life and this graphic novel didn’t disappoint. However, if
...more
Akoss
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colorinyamg
I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL
Releasing 2/4/20

While carrying an assassination mission, Cassandra Cain hears one word from her target that turns her life upside down. Now in hiding from her past she tries to make sense of the world she used to know and the new one she is discovering.
I wasn’t prepared for the emotional journey in this book. It grabbed hold of my heart till the end and
...more
Terri
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breathes new life into a superhero we all love .kuhn creates a new batgirl with a heart breaking back story . Fabulous ploy . Unique artwork . I hope for more in this series
Patti Sabik
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, ya
So much fun! Sarah Kuhn takes the Batgirl canon and creates characters uniquely her own and wholly embraceable. Nicole Goux's artwork contributes to the immediately accessible nature of this comic by being just the right blend of serious/teen-angst and sweet. I particularly gravitated to the reference Kuhn makes of Cassandra's heightened sense of observation even though she lags in her verbal and reading abilities. I found this clever since, for me at lease, observation (i.e. experiencing the ...more
Kate Waggoner
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
@Kidlitexchange #partner

Thank you to @dczoombooks for sharing an advance copy of Shadow of the Batgirl with the #kidlitexchange network. This middle grades graphic novel will be released February 4, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Cassandra "Cass" Cain is the daughter of a super villain assassin kingpin. She has been raised to kill and nothing else (she wasn't taught to speak, read, etc.). After her most recent assassination goes differently than planned, she experiences a life-shattering moment.
...more
Brittany
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this graphic novel. In fact, as soon as I finished reading it I sent the cover picture to my comic book loving dad and told him to look out for it in the spring. I will admit that at first I was confused about what was happening, especially before Cassandra started to talk. I was worried that the entire novel was going to be that way. Once Cassandra found her voice I fell in love with the story. I loved that Barbara was a supporting character in the novel and I loved the ...more
RedPoppyReading
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

“Shadow of the Batgirl,” by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux, is a fresh, action packed Young Adult #graphicnovel . Cassandra Cain, daughter of a supervillain, has been trained since birth to be an assassin. She wasn’t even taught to speak or read. After a mission shakes her to the core she finds refuge and friendship in the library. There she learns about the crime rate going up in Gotham and Batgirl has disappeared. Cass must face her past to determine who she wants to be. I love the role friendship
...more
Kristin
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a great story about how Cassandra Caine becomes Batgirl. This was such a great story line and the art was amazing. I loved the use of darker colors to represent Gotham and the darkness/sadness Cassandra is feeling, while the more colorful areas usually feature the characters/places she feels safest. Cassandra's story in the DC universe is so interesting and
...more
Jenny Claiborne
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from SLJ in exchange for an honest review.

Another graphic novel that really didn't catch my attention at first. I did not begin the book as a fan of the characters or the artwork, but by the midway point I was invested. I absolutely loved the ending.
Rec-It Rachel
rated it it was amazing
Oct 05, 2019
rosie  knight
rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2019
Jes Reads
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. Will definitely be continuing.
Veronica
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
Jaymie
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[I received an electronic review copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

I loved this! Loved the character, her journey from the start to the end, and the circle she develops with Barbara and Jackie. The art is good, but not my favorite style, which made it harder for me to get right into the story at the start. But once Cassandra is on her own trying to figure out her life, I was hooked. Lots of identity issues explored here, with lots of
...more
Tony
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC. Because Cassandra Cain is not much of a talker, the artist, Nicole Goux, really does most of the heavy lifting here. There are some major departures from the Cass Cain we all know from the comics, in that she talks, but that is OK since this is supposed to be a new way in/a new origin story for new readers. Babs is the Oracle, Cass is a mess, teenage drama ensues. The problem here is that this book is not sure what it wants to be. There is swearing and death so ...more
Samantha Diaz
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Totally amazing! I fell in love with this spinoff on Batgirl and the world of Batman. The art is gorgeous from beginning to end. The storyline works really well for a YA graphic novel. I want more! This would be great as a series.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Shadow of the Batgirl in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Shadow of the Batgirl is the latest in a run of series focused on a slightly younger audience. That being said, fans of Cassandra Cain will absolutely want to check this one out.
This graphic novel is a new retelling on Cass’ origin story. So it’s not going to be quite what you remember. For that matter, Cass won’t be exactly what you remember or expect. There are some artistic liberties being taken here, but
...more
Amanda
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read as an ARC and it was fantastic. For the first two thirds of the book I was wondering where all the action was, but the end sequence more than made up for the less action-packed middle. If the author had tried to add in more action earlier on, I feel like it would have done a disservice to the story. And Cass’s journey of self discovery is an awesome superhero origin story as it stands.

I’ve been a fan of Batgirl basically my whole life and this graphic novel didn’t disappoint. However, if
...more
Danny
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this new Batgirl Origins story from DC! It's awesome that we have an Asian super hero who was written by an Asian author. I am loving the diverse rep we are seeing more of in the reading community. Although the story line fell a little flat for me the illustrations were to die for. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. This is also child friendly so I can't wait to share it with my son.

Merged review:

3 stars

I really enjoyed this new Batgirl Origins story from DC! It's
...more
Kim
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little girl raised to be an assassin by her villainous father has few speaking or reading skills when she escapes from him and starts lurking and living in the public library. Sensitive staff at the library all notice her lurking and make efforts to teach her and to connect. The story of Cassandra "Mouse" Cain slowly recognizing herself as a child and a possible hero is engrossing and memorable.

The supporting cast is lovely: a sassy restaurant owner that I thought was white from the art though
...more
Andrea
Plot
With no clue of her identity, our heroine escapes from a life of training to be a fighter and killer. Knowing there are bad people after her, she takes refuge in a library. Inside, she watches as students below learn English from an excited woman in a wheelchair, Barbara. She meets Erik, a library intern who really likes poetry, romance novels, and Cassandra Cain! She's not ready for a crush or friends, so she takes her time to warm up to everyone. Jackie and Barbara work hard to get her out
...more
Kate Waggoner
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
@Kidlitexchange #partner

Thank you to @dczoombooks for sharing an advance copy of Shadow of the Batgirl with the #kidlitexchange network. This middle grades graphic novel will be released February 4, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Cassandra "Cass" Cain is the daughter of a super villain assassin kingpin. She has been raised to kill and nothing else (she wasn't taught to speak, read, etc.). After her most recent assassination goes differently than planned, she experiences a life-shattering moment.
...more
D.
Jun 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc-reviewed
Received from Netgalley. Review to come.
Akoss
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colorinyamg
I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL
Releasing 2/4/20

While carrying an assassination mission, Cassandra Cain hears one word from her target that turns her life upside down. Now in hiding from her past she tries to make sense of the world she used to know and the new one she is discovering.
I wasn’t prepared for the emotional journey in this book. It grabbed hold of my heart till the end and
...more
Alice, as in Wonderland
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Brittany
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this graphic novel. In fact, as soon as I finished reading it I sent the cover picture to my comic book loving dad and told him to look out for it in the spring. I will admit that at first I was confused about what was happening, especially before Cassandra started to talk. I was worried that the entire novel was going to be that way. Once Cassandra found her voice I fell in love with the story. I loved that Barbara was a supporting character in the novel and I loved the ...more
Meredith Ann
Yet another good addition to the growing collection of DC Ink graphic novels. As someone not really familiar with Cassandra Cain, I liked this look at her backstory and am interested in reading more about her. The pace of the book was a bit slow at times. I will admit I didn't realize she was mute till about halfway through the book but that could have been due to my reading of the character. The supporting characters were a delight though.
Patti Sabik
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, ya
So much fun! Sarah Kuhn takes the Batgirl canon and creates characters uniquely her own and wholly embraceable. Nicole Goux's artwork contributes to the immediately accessible nature of this comic by being just the right blend of serious/teen-angst and sweet. I particularly gravitated to the reference Kuhn makes of Cassandra's heightened sense of observation even though she lags in her verbal and reading abilities. I found this clever since, for me at lease, observation (i.e. experiencing the ...more
RedPoppyReading
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

“Shadow of the Batgirl,” by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux, is a fresh, action packed Young Adult #graphicnovel . Cassandra Cain, daughter of a supervillain, has been trained since birth to be an assassin. She wasn’t even taught to speak or read. After a mission shakes her to the core she finds refuge and friendship in the library. There she learns about the crime rate going up in Gotham and Batgirl has disappeared. Cass must face her past to determine who she wants to be. I love the role friendship
...more
Jessica
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I first want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for this opportunity! I really enjoyed reading this comic. I have been wanting to give comics more a try and when I saw one about BatGirl I thought this was the perfect one to start with and it was the one I needed to give me the push to read them more. I really enjoyed reading her discovering who she is.
Haley
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the different story lines and Interesting characters. Inspires you to be true to you. Very ready to read the next story in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read and review this book.
Krys
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
***
Review to come closer to publish date.
Kristin
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a great story about how Cassandra Caine becomes Batgirl. This was such a great story line and the art was amazing. I loved the use of darker colors to represent Gotham and the darkness/sadness Cassandra is feeling, while the more colorful areas usually feature the characters/places she feels safest. Cassandra's story in the DC universe is so interesting and
...more
Doris Raines
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I LIKE THIS BOOK.
Terri
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breathes new life into a superhero we all love .kuhn creates a new batgirl with a heart breaking back story . Fabulous ploy . Unique artwork . I hope for more in this series
dennis
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: grafic-novels
3.5/5
some really great artwork but the story is trite
Amanda Arkans -
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shadow of the Batgirl breathes new life into a classic hero. I could not put this down! The graphics were fantastic and the plot line was exactly what Batgirl needed to be relevant in the modern world.

Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Jenny Claiborne
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from SLJ in exchange for an honest review.

Another graphic novel that really didn't catch my attention at first. I did not begin the book as a fan of the characters or the artwork, but by the midway point I was invested. I absolutely loved the ending.
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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 ...more