The Batgirl series starring Cassandra Cain is a series I never read before. I'm not exactly sure why. I'm guessing it was because Batgirl FINALLY got her own book, but she wasn't Barbara Gordon. It might also be because I wasn't reading any of the Batman books at the time. A little of both, probably. But the good thing about living in the age of collected editions is I now have my chance to see what I've been missing. And I really did miss this. I find that I actually like Cassandra as Batgirl. She's nothing at all like Barbara Gordon (who is a supporting character here) and dances to the beat of her own drum. I love the tone of the book. Cassandra started off not speaking at all, but has slowly started building a limited vocabulary. It's really interesting to watch the stories develop from her mostly mute perspective. She's all movement, all action. Little speaking, no thinking. Just instinct. It's fun watching her relationship with Stephanie Brown develop. Cassandra has no societal norms and seeing her confused and confounded by some things is really refreshing.
The art suits the book so well. I don't know if Damion Scott continues on beyond this volume, but I can hope. And Kelley Puckett seems to have a firm grip on who Cassandra is. As grim and gritty as Cassandra is supposed to be, there's a lot of joy and light in this series. It's a delicate balance, but it works.
Batgirl Vol 3: Point Blank
Writer: Kelley Puckett, Chuck Dixon, Scott Peterson
Artist: Damion Scott, Vincent Girrano, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Robert Campanella, Jesse Delperdang, Klaus Janson, Wade von Grawbadger, Cameron Stewart