There's a new bat in town... and she's troubleBatgirl
, a DC Comics
monthly series published from 2000-2006, was the first ongoing series to star the character Batgirl
, who had existed in the comics continuity since 1967. The starring character was Cassandra Cain, the third woman to hold the Batgirl mantle
, which she assumed in the Bat Family Crossover Batman: No Man's Land
Cassandra Cain had been raised by her father, notorious assassin David Cain, in complete language deprivation. She was never spoken to or taught to speak or read, and as such became adept at interpreting body language, able to deduce complex thoughts and emotions from minute movements. This made her an almost unmatchable fighter, since she could predict where you would strike before you began to move, but also made her completely unable to communicate with other people. When her father had her commit her first murder (at the age of six
), she read the victims dying spasms and understood the horror of killing, and ran away. She wound up in Gotham during the "No Man's Land," when the city had been damaged by an earthquake and formally severed from support or authority of the United State government, and received tutoring and care from Oracle (Barbara Gordon), who had been the first
Batgirl before she was crippled. When they learned of her history, Oracle and Batman adopted her into the Bat-Family and gave her a costume as Batgirl.
The series focused on her ongoing adventures in crimefighting, as well as her relationships with the other Bat characters, as she attempted to adjust to her new life and heal from the abuse she received as a child. It was cancelled in 2006 and briefly revived for a six-issue limited series in 2008.