In looking for more Cass news this morning, just a smidgen, just a dab, a dot, a teensy, tiny piece of anything-- like that little mouse in the classic Chuck Jones adaptation of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, who sniffs the last remaining crumb before a fuzzy green hand with sharply pointed fingers like Winsor-Newton sable-haired brushes comes into the frame and plucks it away-- I found a review of Adam Beechen's Batgirl: Redemption Road trade collection. The critic goes into some character analysis I skimmed and found intriguing. Unfortunately, I don't have time to read it in detail right now. We'll discuss it at a later date.
But what makes this Cass newsworthy is down in the comments we can see Cass Fan #1 Nathaniel get into a discussion with none other than Adam Beechen himself. Nathaniel and I have had our qualms about Beechen's Cass characterization for years and with Redemption Road in particular. I haven't had time to pick over their give and take, either, but from a quick scan it's very congenial and full of a lot of enlightening info that will probably help me fill post after post here at Cass-O-Rama.
It's an impromptu interview you as a Cass fan simply must read. Yes. Required reading. I just need some leisure time to give it my full attention and draw more conclusions other than Beechen shows an amazing amount of good humor and puts an awful lot of thought into his responses, especially when you consider how reviled his writing of Cass has been over the years.
One of my favorite things is when two people disagree and discuss said disagreement in a completely rational, friendly way. I'm not very good at it. I'm a bit too... shall we say... passionate. So as a frothing-at-the-mouth loony, it's neat for me to see their ideas batting together like colorful helium balloons at a party rather than like two boxers slugging it out inside the square circle and all those tough guy cliches.
Have I grown up? Or has this whole getting married thing softened me? I'm like Cass when she first learned to understand spoken language and it fritzed up her fighting skills! Oh no!