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Batgirl Vol. 2: A Knight Alone Paperback – November 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563898527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563898525
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Title: Batgirl: A Knight Alone
Publisher: DC
Writer: Kelley Pucket
Artists: Damion Scott, Coy Turnbull
Collects: Batgirl #7-11,13,14
Price: $12.95

This is the second volume collecting the adventures of the new Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. This volume picks up where the first one left off - with Cassandra learning to speak, now, but with greatly reduced fighting prowess. Batman refuses to let Cassandra go out in costume because he does not believe she can handle it anymore. Cassandra, of course, believes differently, and goes out in black attire with face paint on to continue fighting crime. Eventually, she meets up with super assassin Lady Shiva Woo San, and the two tangle. After Lady Shiva effortlessly beats her to a pulp, Cassie wakes up in an ambulance. Cassie flees the medics, and, after a brief recovery, goes out looking for Lady Shiva again. She hopes that Shiva can retrain her more quickly than Batman can. After a meeting of the two, Shiva agrees to train Cassie if she will agree to a fight to the death in one year. Cassie agrees, and Shiva brings her skills back up to their former level. After this, Batman gives Cassie her costume and title back, and she's back on the streets.

A second part of this volume focuses on Cassie's attempts to rescue a government agent from a governmental conspiracy. This storyline seemed to be a bit disjointed from the previous one - kind of like filler material between larger stories. Maybe I'm too used to reading a single storyline in a single volume, because this second story made the entire volume a bit too broken up for me and made the overall volume less enjoyable.
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The second volume collects Issues 7-11, 13 and 14 of the Cassandra Cain Batgirl stories. Issues 7-9 focus on the aftermath of the events in the prior story where she lost her amazing skills that allowed her to anticipate her opponents moves when she was given the gift of communication. Her costume has been taken away by Batman who doesn't think she can be safe. These stories show how important being the best is as it leads her into a confrontation with a Lady Shiva and Batgirl shows there's little she won't do to be good for as long as she can. How her skills are returned is a bit of a cheat, but it's interesting.

The rest of the book is made up of one shots. Issue 10 features a frustrated man with a gun in an alley. Batgirl is kind of an ineffectual afterthought. Issue 11 focuses on Cain's lowlife father David who escapes from the hospital but not from trouble. Issue 13 sees her give a young criminal an opportunity to go straight by saving him out of costume and Issue 14 ends with a new milestone in Cassandra's life as a result of that decision.

Overall, despite some merely okay stories, I enjoyed the book because Cassandra continues to be just an amazing character.
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Cassandra Cain, the young woman that inherited the Batgirl mantle from Barbara Gordon, rose from the cataclysmic upheaval of NO MAN'S LAND. During the aftermath of the earthquake that leveled so much of Gotham City, she became a hero and caught the eye of the city's fiercest protector: Batman. Her origins were mysterious, and-upon discovery-just as debilitating as the murder of her mentor's own parents. Raised to be the world's most dangerous assassin, Cassandra was trained never to speak, never to think, only to act and react. In the second graphic novel of her adventures, Cassandra is dealing with the fall-out of having been given the "gift" of speech. Bereft of her usual fighting ability, she trains and trains, trying to get back what she once had and accepted so casually. Batman counsels Cassandra, and Barbara Gordon counsels her, but only when Batgirl steps into the field of fire of the dangerous living legend, Shiva, does she begin to come to terms with what she is, what she was, and what she wants to be. Only by agreeing to Shiva's terms can Batgirl reclaim what she lost-and those terms could mean the death of her. Even as Cassandra regains her old skills, they're immediately put to the test in the rest of the collected stories. David Cain, the man who raised Cassandra, steps back into her life as well, bringing more pain and tragedy as he tries to recover tapes of Cassandra's aberrant childhood and the training he forced on her. The last arc brings Cassandra under the watchful eyes of a government agency dedicated to bringing her down.
Kelley Puckett has been the regular BATGIRL monthly writer for years, with only a few time-outs for fill-in issues. He's also written for BATMAN ADVENTURES, GREEN ARROW, and LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE.
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I've been reading the name Kelly Pucket since he used to answer various DC letter columns. The first time I saw his name credited as a writer was towards the end of the last Green Arrow series. I approached his work with skepticism, but his writing proved more than adequate.
I approached the first Batgirl trade Silent Running with even more skepticism because I had read so many bad things about the series, mostly from the DC Commics message boarders. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually read the book that it was much better than I was led to believe. And in this second trade A Knight Alone, Puckett does even better.
Without giving anything away, I didn't like the way the last trade ended because it seemed like he took the easy way out after writing himself into a corner (this is regarding Batgirl's speach problems). But this trade proves that maybe I was wrong because rather than just wiping out her problem, her story is developed and now she has entirely new and more difficult issues to deal with.
The only thing I didn't like about this trade was the treatment of Cain, Batgirl's father. His portrayal here seems to turn him into a caricature of his former self. There seems little or no more menace about him anymore whereas previously he was portrayed as a very serious threat. This approach has ruined many characters in the past and I hope it doesn't happen here too.
The art is very suitable for the comic and Batgirl has one of the coolest costumes of any heroine in comics (even though it does cover her from head to toe!) I look forward to reading the third trade Death Wish soon.
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