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Shadow of the Batgirl

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  95 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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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 ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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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
Jes Reads
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. Will definitely be continuing.
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
Kadi P
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dc-upcoming
This book is coming out on my birthday!! I’m really excited to read this one! It looks and sounds great!
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
& She Reads
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Shadow of the Batgirl was a lot cuter than I was expecting it to be, which is not necessarily a bad thing!
It's targeted towards young adults and I felt like it was a very juvenile take on Cassandra Cain.

I'm assuming she's about 15? maybe 16? and If I was that age now I would have been obsessed with this!
The art was fun and cute, different from the other DC YA graphic novels but it still fits in well with the
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
Jan 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: arc-reviewed
Received from Netgalley. Review to come.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was overall good and EXTREMELY cute! If you want an awesome story about a teenage assassin running away from her shitty dad and finding a neat library, a community of cool ladies and the hero within herself, AND WHY WOULDN’T YOU WANT THAT, definitely get this!

It’s a standalone Batgirl story completely accessible to all and with none of the weird baggage and the complicated continuity of the regular Batman universe! it’s appropriate for younger teens but still a good read for adults, the
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.
Donovan Grant
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
To say that I’m a fan of Cassandra Cain would be putting it mildly. More than that, “being a fan” denotes something closer to a loyal appreciation that hits closer to my feelings of characters like Superman or Green Arrow. It’s not wholly accurate. I’m not a fan of Cassandra Cain.

I love Cassandra Cain.

I’m not the only one who does. With the development of the internet in the twenty years since the character’s ongoing first debuted in January 2000, Cass Cain has enjoyed a somewhat cult-like
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
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
'Shadow of the Batgirl' is a YA graphic novel introduction to Cassandra Cain to mainstream audiences, similar to DC Ink titles such as 'Teen Titans: Raven', and 'Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass'.

The graphic novel is short, quiet and understated, but a great coming of age tale for Cassandra Cain. She is teenage assassin trained from birth by her criminal father to be nothing but a killing machine, until one night, the horror of what she's doing comes crashing into her and turns her whole world
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Find out how Cassandra Cain got her wings.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

-- 3.5 stars --

Let me preface this review by saying that, although I love comic books, I mostly stick to one-offs, new series, or adaptations of stories I love in other mediums. DC and Marvel, with their long-running series, can be rather intimidating - where's the best place to jump in? But I simply could not resist DC's new line of YA graphic novels, penned by some of my YA
Chantal Aurora
Thank you DC Entertainment for the ARC
I loved this! I didn't know anything about Cassandra Cain before reading this. I'm glad this book didn't skip how she became batgirl, showed how it happened and her backstory.
This was so diverse! The MC is Chinese, there's a Japanese old lady, a disabled character and the love interest is black Asian!

The art is absolutely amazing! I was blown away by every panel. The majority of this book takes place in a library and the art of the library is so
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
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This enjoyable and bright Cassandra Cain origin story is perfect for reading before the release of Birds of Prey. Cassandra Cain is the daughter of assassin and mob boss David Cain, but she is determined to break free from his hold. She meets new friends, including Barbara Gordon, and begins to find herself.
This novel literally filled my entire heart. I've always loved Cassandra as a supporting character, but this is the first comic I've read where she starred, and now I love her even more. Cass
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
Visionbug Ji
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this comic from ALA from the DC booth and was soooooooo excited to read it!!!!! The plot on the surface level is straightforward, but it's simplicity is layered with a great cast of characters. Cassandra who was raised by her father to become a deadly assassin tries to become a hero. But, she struggles to become more human and less automatan.
****** This review may contain spoilers********

She meets Barbara (a librarian) and Jackie (a restaurant owner). Barbara and Jackie
Thank you to DC Ink & NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Shadow of the Batgirl in exchange for an honest review!

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Batman universe but always felt that Cassandra didn’t have enough content. Most people know of Barbara Gordon — but not as many know of my favorite Batgirls, Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain. As much as I’m hoping that a YA author will come & give me a new Stephanie Brown story, I am very content with Shadow of the Batgirl.

In Shadow
Krisi Amey
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 4: Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn is a new (and independent – remember there’s a multiverse) imagining of Cassandra Cain’s backstory. For those unfamiliar – she was Batgirl number 2 (or three if you count Bat-Girl, or if you count Helena Bertinelli’s brief and tumultuous run…). This graphic novel tells a full story, which is nice. DC has been doing fairly well with their graphic novels aimed at young adults. Of the ones I have read (Raven, Catwoman, and Mera) I’d say this was probably ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Shadow of the Batgirl from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Cassandra Cain has never know what it means to be a daughter or a hero. Raised as an assassin to execute her fathers deadly whims, her life has been one of neglect and silence. After one mission leaves her chilled to her core, she begins to question what her role in the world could be. Fleeing from her father’s grasp, she takes refuge in a library, where she begins to learn
[ I received a copy of this graphic novel in advance, provided by DC Entertainment--thank you!~ ]

Cassandra Cain is often the Batgirl that's forgotten about. Imagine my immense excitement to hear that she was getting a brand new graphic novel!

Shadow of the Batgirl gives the reader an introduction of Cass. A young mute with a mysterious past, she wants to break away from what she knew and mold herself into something more. Encountering the original Batgirl in Gotham's public library & a sweet
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly close to the original character and her ethos. ARC that had uncolored art at the end. Artwork is very Adventure Time with loose, rubbery limbs and faces that are sometimes thick vertical lines. I know that three characters are of Asian descent, but I didn't realize Erik was until they showed his parents. Also, as a librarian, the drawings of the shelves were sloppy and laying horizontal, but it adds visual variety. The color pallette is muted with lots of blues and oranges. I was ...more
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
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this origin story of Cassandra Cain as Batgirl. The art was very well done. It conveyed the confusion, uncertainty, and determined resolution that Cass experiences throughout the arc of the story. I enjoyed the tie in with Barbara and the trials that Cass goes through to become the hero she wants to be in the future to overcome her past. The story is not too dark for the intended age group, and while there was some language, it really isn't something the kids are not already ...more
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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