- 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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Batgirl Vol. 2: A Knight Alone Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Writer: Kelley Pucket
Artists: Damion Scott, Coy Turnbull
Collects: Batgirl #7-11,13,14
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cass is such an awesome character, but I just can't get into these books. Something about the storytelling comes off as a bit disjointed to me, so even though I enjoy the character... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Laura
This is the best Batgirl book. If you are a Batgirl fan,you must buy this book . Thank you for the fast service.Published on August 25, 2014 by Machine