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OBNOXIOUS CRYING ABOUT BATGIRLS

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Robin/Batgirl: Fresh Blood
Batgirl
(2000-2006) #58

"Blüdhaven. My new home. Nightwing once called it… ‘Gotham’s Wicked Little Stepsister.’ I didn’t… get it. He was… surprised. He told me the story. Cinderella. He… acted all the parts. That made me laugh.” 

Guys, I’m sorry, but if it makes me a bad Dick Grayson fan to say that one of my absolute, definitive favorite moments of his character is a sequence that happens off panel thanks to a monologue of another character… I won’t care to retire my card.

Of course there are thousands of shown moments that show in tiny, little ways why I can say without hesitation that Dick’s my favorite comic dude, all of them showing amazing angles to his personality and charms. But this will always be my favorite. Always.

Big Brother Dick is the best, and he acted out Cinderella for his little sister so she would understand a reference he made. He is the heart of what it means to be a hero and I don’t care who thinks that’s silly for me to say.

And I’m a sucker for monologues like this starting a “new chapter/story” and Cass just seems so adorable saying all of this. I wonder if Bruce listened to all of these backlogs and recording. If Babs did. Did it make them smile while it broke their heart?

/feels/

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Robin/Batgirl: Fresh BloodBatgirl (2000-2006) #58

"This is my… Journal or is it a… uh What’s the — Oh, yeah, diary. Don’t understand the difference. Will have to find out. Batman calls it his ‘journal.’ So I will, too. I need to keep… Records of my cases. But mostly I want to learn to… think better in words, because… All I’ve ever known is 'movement.' And movement is fleeting. Flowing. Gone — No. Changed… Before most people can understand it. Really see it.” 
For a very long time, until I read the Kelley Puckett run for myself, Gabrych’s run was my definitive Cass. In many ways, she still is.
More than both prior runs, we will now investigate the relationship Cass has with language, how it effects her interaction with the world, and how it can help her both be alienated from and yet best understand people because of it. It is my single favorite aspect of her character: the ability to speak both with and without conventional language.
It’s true that this can, at times, conflict with how Cass acquired her ability to speak back in Puckett’s original run, but that was admittedly the weakest point of the story then. Cass’ understanding of language was immediate and yet at the same time her understanding of it and the rules to how far her comprehension held were at times amorphous and inconsistent.
Gabrych’s run portrays Cass learning to use words the same way many experience learning a new language — and not simply from one Latin based form to another, but like learning English when your one native tongue is Sino-Tibetan. It does not betray either the difficulty or the intelligence Cass has despite difficulties learning. As someone whose only a second-generation American from a family which had no basis in English before entering the country, I’m familiar with that isolation and insecurity by association.
This made Cass incredibly relateable to me in the same ways I think her relationship structures and aspirations made her relateable in the prior runs.
It’s why I firmly believe the recorder set-up for her now running monologue is one of the best additions to the series and is an insight that sets Gabrych’s run apart.

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Robin/Batgirl: Fresh Blood
Batgirl
(2000-2006) #58

"This is my… Journal or is it a… uh What’s the — Oh, yeah, diary. Don’t understand the difference. Will have to find out. Batman calls it his ‘journal.’ So I will, too. I need to keep… Records of my cases. But mostly I want to learn to… think better in words, because… All I’ve ever known is 'movement.' And movement is fleeting. Flowing. Gone — No. Changed… Before most people can understand it. Really see it.”

For a very long time, until I read the Kelley Puckett run for myself, Gabrych’s run was my definitive Cass. In many ways, she still is.

More than both prior runs, we will now investigate the relationship Cass has with language, how it effects her interaction with the world, and how it can help her both be alienated from and yet best understand people because of it. It is my single favorite aspect of her character: the ability to speak both with and without conventional language.

It’s true that this can, at times, conflict with how Cass acquired her ability to speak back in Puckett’s original run, but that was admittedly the weakest point of the story then. Cass’ understanding of language was immediate and yet at the same time her understanding of it and the rules to how far her comprehension held were at times amorphous and inconsistent.

Gabrych’s run portrays Cass learning to use words the same way many experience learning a new language — and not simply from one Latin based form to another, but like learning English when your one native tongue is Sino-Tibetan. It does not betray either the difficulty or the intelligence Cass has despite difficulties learning. As someone whose only a second-generation American from a family which had no basis in English before entering the country, I’m familiar with that isolation and insecurity by association.

This made Cass incredibly relateable to me in the same ways I think her relationship structures and aspirations made her relateable in the prior runs.

It’s why I firmly believe the recorder set-up for her now running monologue is one of the best additions to the series and is an insight that sets Gabrych’s run apart.

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Batgirl (2000-2006) #53

"Batman’s busy. I think we can take care of this ourselves… Can’t we, Girls?"

BUHHH. My Team Batgirl. Forever.

Man I’m such a sap. But I can’t help my feels, guys. I just can’t. I love this team of awesome ladies. I hate that it didn’t last more than a handful of issues of Batgirl altogether.

Ugh. Just feels. So many.

And yeah, no, I wouldn’t touch Bruce’s books with a ten foot pole during this time, ladies. Stay out while you can! He’s just screwing around and making everyone’s work with the GCPD a thousand times more difficult because… OH THAT’S RIGHT NO REASON AT ALL

If Bruce bothered to read Gotham Central, he’d know those cops don’t need his additional shit making their work even harder.

Ugh, SAME. I love the fleeting moments where Steph, Cass and Babs were a team. I love these three as a powerhouse. The idea of these three women just kind of having their own small little squad and sisterhood.

Absolutely my ideal version when I think of these guys is Batgirl!Cass, Oracle!Babs and Steph!Robin  which is hilarious because it was a single issue. I just…really wish DC had sincerely made Steph Robin instead of just making her one to be killed off. I hate it so fucking much she wasn’t even getting a chance. Think of how cool it could have been for there to be a sincere effort made toward a girl Robin. So I just stubbornly cling to this issue and fantasize about what could have been. A magical world where there is a “Batgirl and Robin” book published or something. 

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Batgirl (2000-2006) #50

"No. Not you. This.

I… love every second of this.

For all of the Horrocks’ runs faults, this moment was perfect Cass. He really, truly, completely got her character here. And this moment is just beat for beat fantastic. I love everything about it.

While the previous moment in the water was everything I love about the silence in this series, right here we have an A+++ example of everything I love about Cass’ honest and true voice. About the way she speaks to the heart of the matter.

And, again, I don’t think this would have worked or felt nearly as rewarding after so many issues of taking us along Cass’ emotional upheavals if Bruce and Cass hadn’t been allowed to express so much of their frustration and anger physically first.

Yes, it’s a bit irritating that Bruce tries to make this a situation about Cass’ relationship with him vs. her relationship with Barbara — and what a terriblething to ask putting Cain even in there as an option because that really shows a lack of understanding Cass on his part — but I don’t really think it’s that undeserved. He feels completely at loss with Cass for the first time in their relationship.

She has grown and moved beyond the girl dedicated to his every whim. She has become so much more and so much better for it. And her answer is perfect. I really think her insight blew him away and earned just that much more respect from him than she already had.

Which is saying something.

This. It’s just awesome. Truly it’s the growth and development both of them and their relationship needed.

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Batgirl (2000-2006) #52

"It’s okay, Barbara. It’s okay."

This relationship just… I’m incredibly devoted to stories about families, especially families of choice. And I’ve always sought out parental relationships to latch onto in narratives — those are almost always father-daughter stories by default. In comics, where it seems like parents are an endangered species, that goes even more so.

But the love between Barbara and Cassandra, the relationship of a mother-daughter between two women who are strong and independent but learn to lean on each other to make the best for one another? And to do so without blood being a factor?

It caught me off guard when I was young, and being older and able to better appreciate it in a time where I’m looking to adopt in the future? It… means a lot to me. I love them.

And to see Babs able to lean on Cass now after being so strong for her? It’s… really beautiful. Because I believe there is a time in the relationship of a mother and daughter where the daughter can be the pillar for her mother, too.

sweeties

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Batgirl (2000-2006) #48

"Oh. Oh, Bruce. I’m really sorry. I shouldn’t have— " 
Yeah… this isn’t forced at all.
Ugh. All those brownie points from the previous issue? Wasted.

i forgot this was the issue immediately after this one. One of the most major examples of everyone acting like his angst was the Specialest after an issue where the same person called out his pain as not being the Specialest? Like you said, makes you wonder if editorial noticed and had to restore the status quo.
(he fucking does his vanishing thing after this too just to make Babs feel worse, like are you five)
HEY BABS INSTEAD OF APOLOGIZING, WANT TO POINT OUT TO BRUCE YOUR BIOLOGICAL PARENTS DIED WHEN YOU WERE VERY YOUNG TOO? like they were gone by the time you were eighteen? Yet you didn’t feel the need to make this about that?
 Like Bruce probably sassed off to Alfred, his adopted guardian when he was 18. Like Babs sassed off to Jim, her adopted dad. Same fucking difference.

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Batgirl (2000-2006) #48

"Oh. Oh, Bruce. I’m really sorry. I shouldn’t have— "

Yeah… this isn’t forced at all.

Ugh. All those brownie points from the previous issue? Wasted.

i forgot this was the issue immediately after this one. One of the most major examples of everyone acting like his angst was the Specialest after an issue where the same person called out his pain as not being the Specialest? Like you said, makes you wonder if editorial noticed and had to restore the status quo.

(he fucking does his vanishing thing after this too just to make Babs feel worse, like are you five)

HEY BABS INSTEAD OF APOLOGIZING, WANT TO POINT OUT TO BRUCE YOUR BIOLOGICAL PARENTS DIED WHEN YOU WERE VERY YOUNG TOO? like they were gone by the time you were eighteen? Yet you didn’t feel the need to make this about that?

 Like Bruce probably sassed off to Alfred, his adopted guardian when he was 18. Like Babs sassed off to Jim, her adopted dad. Same fucking difference.

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Batgirl (2000-2006) #47

"Of course I’ve noticed. I keep telling you — You’re pushing her too hard. Look — Cass had a worse childhood than anyone I’ve ever known — including you, Bruce. I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like, growing up with that kind of abuse… And now what are we doing? Instead of trying to ease her back into something like a normal life, we’ve drawn her into our own dark and crazy secret world. You can’t try telling me it’s healthy to live in a cave — only coming out at night, dressed like a bat to beat people up… Sometimes I don’t know if we’re helping that girl or just adding to the abuse…”

This is pretty much stuff I’ve been screaming alongside Babs since the start of the series, so the fact that it has to be spelled out for Bruce probably shouldn’t surprise me at all. And you know what? Thank God someone finally looked Bruce in the eyes and said “PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT WORSE THAN YOU.”

Again, not that growing up after watching your parents died in front of you is something that shouldn’t be traumatic as hell. It just gets a little grating when it’s like “YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND MY ANGST, ARMY OF CHILDREN WITH VARYING TAKES OF THE SAME BACKGROUND I HAVE.”

On the other hand, Babs is a little too happy about hearing about Cass’ recent run-in with Dick X3 So what? Did Dick immediately go to Daddy!Bats about Cass kicking him through a wall? But fail to mention how Blockbuster’s systematically destroying his life? eh. Priorities.

But one thing I suppose I should also note is that Cass is becoming more reckless in her behavior. This is a major concern for Babs and Bruce because it’s not been like her since Cass overcame her death wish and it’s a pattern that rightly raises concern.

someone give Babs a fucking medal.

I think this is like the only issue in Cass’s run i didn’t manage to get wow.

Oh god did Dick really go immediately tell Bruce that happened. I find that weirdly adorable. “DAD SHE’S PICKING ON ME.” 

(I like to think Babs is just kind of touched Cass got so angry on her behalf, hence the smile. I dunno, if she really wanted to see Dick get punched through a window it basically happens every day. It’s just special that CASS did it ~for her~)

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