Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Batgirl #1: Futures End... and there she is!
Well, there's (for the most part) the Cass we all know and love. In Batgirl #1: Futures End, written by Gail Simone and drawn by Javier Garron, we find a very Batman Begins/The Dark Knight Rises-style story unfolding that takes place 5 years later in the current New 52 narrative. I don't want to spoil the main thrust of the book (which I found effectively shocking and then moving in the way it's meant to be), but since everyone has already seen the preview art showing a team of younger Batgirls-- which a number of Cass and Stephanie Brown fans have clamored for over the past few years-- I feel it's safe to at least show you this. Which you've no doubt seen. I'm not a regular New 52 buyer or even an occasional one at this point, and I rarely if ever keep up with anything that goes on at DC due to the absence of the person this blog is all about.
When I do look into anything at DC, it's either old stuff or I'm doing a Google search for "cassandra cain." That's the extent of my involvement. But a comment here piqued my curiosity, as did that preview so I took a chance.
And there's Cass. Also Stephanie Brown and Tiffany Fox. We know this because they use their names, and this time we get several Cassandras and Casses. Note, however, we don't get a single Cain. This cagily leaves open the New 52 Cass' origins. It's unlikely she has the exact same background as the original Cass (but I'm frequently wrong in my guesses), but Gail Simone peppers the dialogue with a few hints many of the important things remain. You have to read it to understand what I'm talking about.
We may not see Cass again for a long time after this Futures End stuff winds up (haven't the faintest idea what their plan is; I take my DC one Cass at a time), but a team of these three Batgirls makes for a little lighter, more enjoyable fare than a lot of the stuff I've seen that put me off so much of DC's current product. Simone gives each Batgirl her own distinct voice, works some chemistry magic between them all. And if you're more of a Steph person, I think you'll dig this even more than this Cass fan did. I'm not jumping up and down screaming, "SHE'S BACK SHE'S BACK SHE'S BACK!" Not yet, anyway. But I did pay 3 bucks for this and that should tell you a lot.
That's right-- I'm recommending you read a New 52 book rather than just go back and read the original Cass series. I feel confident the rest of you Cass fans will enjoy this (but please also read the original Cass series if you haven't and prevent her fade into obscurity). I never thought there would come a day.