Shadow of the Batgirl
Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...not yet, at least. But when Batgirl goes missing from Gotham, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own?Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn't mean she has to stay that way, right? She'll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. But how do you figure out who you're supposed to be when you've been trained to become a villain your entire life?After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she'll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero--Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn't been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass's father threatens the world she has grown to love, she'll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle--that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex and I Love You So Mochi, takes on her favorite hero of color for a new audience of readers. Featuring the edgy art style of Nicole Goux, Shadow of the Batgirl tells the harrowing story of a girl who overcomes the odds to find her unique identity.

Shadow of the Batgirl Details

TitleShadow of the Batgirl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401289782
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Superheroes, Young Adult

Shadow of the Batgirl Review

  • Jes Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. Will definitely be continuing.
  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    ARC via Netgalley. Slightly mixed feelings on this one. It's definitely one of the better if not the best of DC's new kid-friendly standalones. I'm really glad that DC's first (only?) Asian heroine is finally in the hands of an Asian writer! I think Kuhn did a good job of introducing Cassandra's backstory (brainwashed daughter of an evil assassin trying to escape her father and become a hero) to potentially brand-new readers and while I miss getting to see Cass together with her adopted dad and ARC via Netgalley. Slightly mixed feelings on this one. It's definitely one of the better if not the best of DC's new kid-friendly standalones. I'm really glad that DC's first (only?) Asian heroine is finally in the hands of an Asian writer! I think Kuhn did a good job of introducing Cassandra's backstory (brainwashed daughter of an evil assassin trying to escape her father and become a hero) to potentially brand-new readers and while I miss getting to see Cass together with her adopted dad and brothers, that is very much not a standalone introduction. Focusing on Cass's relationship with Barbara (and with a new surrogate mother figure, Jackie, an older Japanese woman who runs a nearby restaurant) makes sense. It's a very sweet, straightforward story. My one big hesitation is the way disability is (or, more accurately, isn't) portrayed. I know Cassandra's mutism is very important to a lot of readers, and it seems glossed over/quickly fixed here. I'm also a little puzzled by the way Barbara's wheelchair is presented. Don't get me wrong, I love that Barbara in her wheelchair is every bit as active as she should be! It's just that we never see very simple, necessary elements like... elevators? Ramps? Barbara is shown at the top of staircases; she's shown at the bottom of them; she's shown at Jackie's apartment, which is above the restaurant, and in Cassandra's hideout at the library, which is accessed either by a lot of stairs or by climbing in the window. We never see a single ramp or elevator or chairlift in the entire novel. It's a weird omission that could have been so easily fixed.
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  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    [I received an electronic review copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]I loved this! Loved the character, her journey from the start to the end, and the circle she develops with Barbara and Jackie. The art is good, but not my favorite style, which made it harder for me to get right into the story at the start. But once Cassandra is on her own trying to figure out her life, I was hooked. Lots of identity issues explored here, with lots of [I received an electronic review copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]I loved this! Loved the character, her journey from the start to the end, and the circle she develops with Barbara and Jackie. The art is good, but not my favorite style, which made it harder for me to get right into the story at the start. But once Cassandra is on her own trying to figure out her life, I was hooked. Lots of identity issues explored here, with lots of characters, not just Cassandra. Another reviewer raised some great questions about Barbara's mobility in the wheelchair around some of the story settings (some key settings are above ground level) - I didn't catch that at all but the reviewer is absolutely right. I hope DC will address those questions in future books.I wasn't familiar with the history of the character Cassandra Cain so I looked it up after reading. I was happy with some of the changes made in the development of this character, but I'm sure some readers will be frustrated that her story here doesn't stick close regarding some key story elements.
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  • D.
    January 1, 1970
    Received from Netgalley. Review to come.
  • Samantha Diaz
    January 1, 1970
    Totally amazing! I fell in love with this spinoff on Batgirl and the world of Batman. The art is gorgeous from beginning to end. The storyline works really well for a YA graphic novel. I want more! This would be great as a series.
  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC. Because Cassandra Cain is not much of a talker, the artist, Nicole Goux, really does most of the heavy lifting here. There are some major departures from the Cass Cain we all know from the comics, in that she talks, but that is OK since this is supposed to be a new way in/a new origin story for new readers. Babs is the Oracle, Cass is a mess, teenage drama ensues. The problem here is that this book is not sure what it wants to be. There is swearing and death so Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC. Because Cassandra Cain is not much of a talker, the artist, Nicole Goux, really does most of the heavy lifting here. There are some major departures from the Cass Cain we all know from the comics, in that she talks, but that is OK since this is supposed to be a new way in/a new origin story for new readers. Babs is the Oracle, Cass is a mess, teenage drama ensues. The problem here is that this book is not sure what it wants to be. There is swearing and death so the YA elements are in effect, but the rest of it reads like a middle reader/J book. That uneven tone is the biggest problem. I was not expecting this to be an Orphan book. I know that INK is not dark, but if you want to make a kids book, cut the murder and swearing.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Shadow of the Batgirl in exchange for a fair and honest review. Shadow of the Batgirl is the latest in a run of series focused on a slightly younger audience. That being said, fans of Cassandra Cain will absolutely want to check this one out. This graphic novel is a new retelling on Cass’ origin story. So it’s not going to be quite what you remember. For that matter, Cass won’t be exactly what you remember or expect. There are some artistic liberties being taken here, but I received a copy of Shadow of the Batgirl in exchange for a fair and honest review. Shadow of the Batgirl is the latest in a run of series focused on a slightly younger audience. That being said, fans of Cassandra Cain will absolutely want to check this one out. This graphic novel is a new retelling on Cass’ origin story. So it’s not going to be quite what you remember. For that matter, Cass won’t be exactly what you remember or expect. There are some artistic liberties being taken here, but the end result is something fun and interesting. Cassandra Cain was born and raised to be an assassin. Until one day she stopped. She fled from her father – and her whole life, and instead sought to create something new for herself. What she found was Batgirl. It was the hope and inspiration she needed. Shadow of the Batgirl was a fun and interesting read. Cass is a tortured soul, one who has gone through so much, only to come out on top. What I especially loved about her origin here is that every positive change made in her life was done because of her choices. She chose to run away. She chose to create something new and better for herself. She chose to save people. There’s something beautiful in that. As I mentioned above, it’s an origin story. But it takes several unexpected twists and turns along the way. I imagine a lot of the changes were partially due to artistic license, but also partially due to the intended audience. On the whole, I honestly really didn’t mind the changes. Though perhaps it was a bit jarring to see a version of Barbara Gordon/Oracle who was so open and free – and so willing to share her secret. Okay, and the Cass talking bit too, let’s not ignore that. But I honestly felt like that was almost a natural extension to this story, so it was less jarring that one might expect. The artwork in Shadow of the Batgirl was a perfect blend, as well as being a thematic match for the rest of these series. It’s fun and bubbly, sticking with just a simple color palette to get the point across. It’s effective and forces us to focus more on what the characters are doing or saying.Cass is not a character who spends a lot of time talking. And thus the artwork, provided by Nicole Goux – had to do a whole lot of the heavy lifting here. I think she did an excellent job. She did a great job of showing how agile Cass is, and how quickly she was able to move around a room or any other obscure location. Shadow of the Batgirl was everything I was hoping it would be. It was entertaining, and yet also surprisingly dark (given the target demographic). I’m happy that they didn’t dilute Cass’ story for the sake of making it more palatable. I feel like that was an important decision made. I’ve now read several of these origin story retellings (again, with the intention of being approachable to a younger audience) and I’ve got to say that this is one of my favorites. So far, at any rate. I will be curious to see who will be next up on the list. For more reviews check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    PlotWith no clue of her identity, our heroine escapes from a life of training to be a fighter and killer. Knowing there are bad people after her, she takes refuge in a library. Inside, she watches as students below learn English from an excited woman in a wheelchair, Barbara. She meets Erik, a library intern who really likes poetry, romance novels, and Cassandra Cain! She's not ready for a crush or friends, so she takes her time to warm up to everyone. Jackie and Barbara work hard to get her out PlotWith no clue of her identity, our heroine escapes from a life of training to be a fighter and killer. Knowing there are bad people after her, she takes refuge in a library. Inside, she watches as students below learn English from an excited woman in a wheelchair, Barbara. She meets Erik, a library intern who really likes poetry, romance novels, and Cassandra Cain! She's not ready for a crush or friends, so she takes her time to warm up to everyone. Jackie and Barbara work hard to get her out of her shell, but when trouble happens in Gotham city, Cassandra gets ready to fight.ReviewI like that the characters talk about their ethnicities. I noticed that one of the kids in the reading circle was black, had big glasses and her curly hair in poofs, and her name was Andrea! Little me. The students in the reading circle seemed to fluctuate between 10-18 years old [though at one point it says it's an early readers group], and I wasn't sure if the teacher was an adult, or an ELL teacher, or what was supposed to be happening there. (view spoiler)[Also, way to obsess over herself! The previous Batgirl has nothing to talk about other than how amazing Batgirl is! I think I'd be a little annoyed if my kid came home from English? class only knowing stuff about superheroes. ;D (hide spoiler)] Superhero stories aren't my thing, but I liked this backstory of how Cassandra ends up taking over the role of Batgirl.In the ARC I read, the library seems to morph all the time. The exterior view shows a steep staircase headed up to the front doors, seeming to be a one story building with a floor at street level with the stairs. But then inside, the library is four levels. At the end of the book there's a fight and it's in one humongous room that is probably 2-3 stories high. Maybe it was a different perspective, but it was confusing.Contains: kissingWashyarg December 2019for 7-9th
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  • Meredith Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another good addition to the growing collection of DC Ink graphic novels. As someone not really familiar with Cassandra Cain, I liked this look at her backstory and am interested in reading more about her. The pace of the book was a bit slow at times. I will admit I didn't realize she was mute till about halfway through the book but that could have been due to my reading of the character. The supporting characters were a delight though.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I first want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for this opportunity! I really enjoyed reading this comic. I have been wanting to give comics more a try and when I saw one about BatGirl I thought this was the perfect one to start with and it was the one I needed to give me the push to read them more. I really enjoyed reading her discovering who she is.
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  • Haley
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the different story lines and Interesting characters. Inspires you to be true to you. Very ready to read the next story in the series. Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read and review this book.
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    January 1, 1970
    review to come
  • Doris Raines
    January 1, 1970
    I LIKE THIS BOOK.
  • Krys
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.***Review to come closer to publish date.
  • Avery Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy Cassandra as a character and her journey. I do feel like the action could have been a little better placed and the end felt rushed. Overall I would read more if it were created.
  • Aftin Combs
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty enjoyable. I really liked Cass. The art was really unique and striking. The story was a bit predictable though
  • Kadi P
    January 1, 1970
    This book is coming out on my birthday!! I’m really excited to read this one! It looks and sounds great!
  • dennis
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 some really great artwork but the story is trite
  • Danny
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this new Batgirl Origins story from DC! It's awesome that we have an Asian super hero who was written by an Asian author. I am loving the diverse rep we are seeing more of in the reading community. Although the story line fell a little flat for me the illustrations were to die for. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. This is also child friendly so I can't wait to share it with my son.Merged review:3 stars I really enjoyed this new Batgirl Origins story from DC! It's I really enjoyed this new Batgirl Origins story from DC! It's awesome that we have an Asian super hero who was written by an Asian author. I am loving the diverse rep we are seeing more of in the reading community. Although the story line fell a little flat for me the illustrations were to die for. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. This is also child friendly so I can't wait to share it with my son.Merged review:3 stars I really enjoyed this new Batgirl Origins story from DC! It's awesome that we have an Asian super hero who was written by an Asian author. I am loving the diverse rep we are seeing more of in the reading community. Although the story line fell a little flat for me the illustrations were to die for. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. This is also child friendly so I can't wait to share it with my son. Thank you Netgalley!
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  • Alice, as in Wonderland
    January 1, 1970
    ****Reviewing an egalley from Edelweiss****I often say that Cass is what got me into comic book reading. While I was growing up, for all the 90s had some standout comics, as far as I could see from the typical one I'd come across, inflated balloon chests on women and hulking men straining logistically impossible muscles within muscles wasn't my thing. It still isn't, but comics have gotten better these days. My sister recommended Cass Cain's Batgirl run and I picked it up specifically because I ****Reviewing an egalley from Edelweiss****I often say that Cass is what got me into comic book reading. While I was growing up, for all the 90s had some standout comics, as far as I could see from the typical one I'd come across, inflated balloon chests on women and hulking men straining logistically impossible muscles within muscles wasn't my thing. It still isn't, but comics have gotten better these days. My sister recommended Cass Cain's Batgirl run and I picked it up specifically because I had never thought there would be an Asian American superhero, and yet here she was. Needless to say, Cass is extremely dear to my heart, and I love what her story line does with what is essentially a disability that she's dealing with (her muteness and general inability to communicate with our language).There is a lot to love about this comic. I am in love with the art, and its fluid movements and ethereal lines. It's extremely expressive, which is good, considering the character it's portraying. The plotline is Cass discovering what she discovered off screen on the DC pages - her decision not to kill and the trauma she's holding from the way that she's grown up, and I think it's done well. I have a few questions about why she didn't read the deaths of the people she killed before, but they're minor quibbles. The shining feature of this comic is the character interactions, though. I will always stan the Cass/Barbara daughter/mother relationship they had in the comics (though I do miss the Cass/Bruce daughter/father relationship, but understandable why it's not included), and it's done really well in this! I did feel like they were friends more than a mother and daughter, but it wasn't enough of a focal point for me to feel hard done by it. Besides, with the new characters introduced, Eric and Jackie, who are awesome enough and loveable enough that I want to see them if they ever reintroduce Cass back into the main timeline as herself (hahahaaaaa /loud sobbing), the connection between all the characters is strong enough to hold everything together. Cass's dorky homemade costume is great, though I do miss her iconic costume, but I was always going to. Without the context of Year One, it's a cute and well done origin story.Overall, I did really like this comic! There's enough originality for newer readers to not feel confused, and Cass does feel like who she might have been a year before we actually met her in the original DC line. Perhaps a little bit more emotional and open, but I'm not one to criticize characters being changed to be more honest about their feelings for books aimed at a younger audience. Most of my criticisms I think come out of me being a huge Cass Cain fan, though I personally do think some of it just kind of erases the import of Cass' original situation with her language. In doing so, I'd argue, others could argue that this does erase her disability somewhat. It's really easy to forget that Cass couldn't or can't speak, and that it's something that she has or had to work at at all. I felt like the artist and writer could have been a little bit more creative with the dialogue in the first act of the comic because this is the point at which Cass can't speak at all, so how is she even thinking her inner monologue? Of all the mediums in which to be able to show not tell her thoughts, I would have thought graphic novels the most ideal. It does help the reader to have it in plain English, but I did think there could have been a more creative way to show this problem. In her original iteration, even her mind being adjusted to accommodate language is something that affects her greatly and still doesn't allow her to talk. I understand - this is not the same Cass, it's a redux in line with many many other reduxes of Batmen and Batwomen, and etc etc. However, if talking about things fundamental to Cass, I think that this would be one of them? I did feel like something was lost by removing this part of her. I suppose we could have a debate on whether this removes agency because she literally has no voice, but I would like to see some feedback from those who connected to Cass because of her disability rather than me having connected to her because of her ethnicity.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    A little girl raised to be an assassin by her villainous father has few speaking or reading skills when she escapes from him and starts lurking and living in the public library. Sensitive staff at the library all notice her lurking and make efforts to teach her and to connect. The story of Cassandra "Mouse" Cain slowly recognizing herself as a child and a possible hero is engrossing and memorable.The supporting cast is lovely: a sassy restaurant owner that I thought was white from the art though A little girl raised to be an assassin by her villainous father has few speaking or reading skills when she escapes from him and starts lurking and living in the public library. Sensitive staff at the library all notice her lurking and make efforts to teach her and to connect. The story of Cassandra "Mouse" Cain slowly recognizing herself as a child and a possible hero is engrossing and memorable.The supporting cast is lovely: a sassy restaurant owner that I thought was white from the art though it becomes obvious later in the tale that she's actually of Japanese descent, and all of the folks at the library, including a white librarian in a wheelchair with a top secret past, and a Blasian (Black Asian for those who aren't up on this portmanteau) library aide everyone thinks is a jock ... except for him, because he loves nothing more than reading poetry and romance novels and dishing about them.Two things kept it from being a 5 for me. One: it was a little slow to start, but perfect once it became clear that Cassandra is essentially non-verbal at the beginning. It could lose some reluctant readers and kiddos with short attention spans in the beginning. Two: there was a romantic interest that I felt strongly detracted from the plot, kind of like when an action movie shoe-horns in a romance that seems completely irrelevant. The guy she likes is great and if more time had been taken to build their connection, I might buy it, but it just felt not only forced but maybe inappropriate. Between the art and context, I took the guy to be 16-18 years of age, and the girl to be 10-12 years of age, but I'm guessing that's not the reality and either Cassandra is both small and young for her whatever her actual age is, and/or he Erik is working underage and/or big for his age or ... yeah, I don't know. Was that just me?See other reviews for some issues with disability rep, esp. as relates to wheelchair accessibility.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Read as an ARC and it was fantastic. For the first two thirds of the book I was wondering where all the action was, but the end sequence more than made up for the less action-packed middle. If the author had tried to add in more action earlier on, I feel like it would have done a disservice to the story. And Cass’s journey of self discovery is an awesome superhero origin story as it stands.I’ve been a fan of Batgirl basically my whole life and this graphic novel didn’t disappoint. However, if Read as an ARC and it was fantastic. For the first two thirds of the book I was wondering where all the action was, but the end sequence more than made up for the less action-packed middle. If the author had tried to add in more action earlier on, I feel like it would have done a disservice to the story. And Cass’s journey of self discovery is an awesome superhero origin story as it stands.I’ve been a fan of Batgirl basically my whole life and this graphic novel didn’t disappoint. However, if all the batgirls, Cassandra is probably the one I know the least about from the comics. Having never read much of Cass, I can’t accurately compare this version of her to her comic self, but I thoroughly enjoyed this characterization. She was interesting and unique and her outfits were rad. I loved the idea of her taking refuge in a library and her friendship with Babs.They definitely left an opening to continue the story so I hope they are planning a sequel because I loved this version of Cass and Babs and sincerely hope to see them again.
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  • Akoss
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.SHADOW OF THE BATGIRLReleasing 2/4/20While carrying an assassination mission, Cassandra Cain hears one word from her target that turns her life upside down. Now in hiding from her past she tries to make sense of the world she used to know and the new one she is discovering.I wasn’t prepared for the emotional journey in this book. It grabbed hold of my heart till the end and I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.SHADOW OF THE BATGIRLReleasing 2/4/20While carrying an assassination mission, Cassandra Cain hears one word from her target that turns her life upside down. Now in hiding from her past she tries to make sense of the world she used to know and the new one she is discovering.I wasn’t prepared for the emotional journey in this book. It grabbed hold of my heart till the end and left me wanting to read more and know more. It’s quite straight forward but the ups and downs of the emotional journey are what made it a page turner.This action packed story will leave you grinning with satisfaction at the end.
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  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    Breathes new life into a superhero we all love .kuhn creates a new batgirl with a heart breaking back story . Fabulous ploy . Unique artwork . I hope for more in this series
  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun! Sarah Kuhn takes the Batgirl canon and creates characters uniquely her own and wholly embraceable. Nicole Goux's artwork contributes to the immediately accessible nature of this comic by being just the right blend of serious/teen-angst and sweet. I particularly gravitated to the reference Kuhn makes of Cassandra's heightened sense of observation even though she lags in her verbal and reading abilities. I found this clever since, for me at lease, observation (i.e. experiencing the So much fun! Sarah Kuhn takes the Batgirl canon and creates characters uniquely her own and wholly embraceable. Nicole Goux's artwork contributes to the immediately accessible nature of this comic by being just the right blend of serious/teen-angst and sweet. I particularly gravitated to the reference Kuhn makes of Cassandra's heightened sense of observation even though she lags in her verbal and reading abilities. I found this clever since, for me at lease, observation (i.e. experiencing the artwork as much as the text) is such a significant element of reading graphic novels. I really want more of these combos....writer & artist/characters & storyline. These were all win wins for me!
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  • Kate Waggoner
    January 1, 1970
    @Kidlitexchange #partnerThank you to @dczoombooks for sharing an advance copy of Shadow of the Batgirl with the #kidlitexchange network. This middle grades graphic novel will be released February 4, 2020. All opinions are my own. Cassandra "Cass" Cain is the daughter of a super villain assassin kingpin. She has been raised to kill and nothing else (she wasn't taught to speak, read, etc.). After her most recent assassination goes differently than planned, she experiences a life-shattering moment. @Kidlitexchange #partnerThank you to @dczoombooks for sharing an advance copy of Shadow of the Batgirl with the #kidlitexchange network. This middle grades graphic novel will be released February 4, 2020. All opinions are my own. Cassandra "Cass" Cain is the daughter of a super villain assassin kingpin. She has been raised to kill and nothing else (she wasn't taught to speak, read, etc.). After her most recent assassination goes differently than planned, she experiences a life-shattering moment. She then begins a journey of self-discovery and change as she realizes that she doesn't want to be a killer. While staying at the library, she develops a fascination with Batgirl and wants to be a hero like her. With the help of some new friends, will Cass be able to change herself and strike out on a new path?I liked that this graphic novel focused on the topics of self-discovery, transformations, and choices. I really appreciated that it talks about the fact that its the choices we make that make us who we are and Cass was choosing to change when given the opportunity. I also like that this includes an Asian protagonist and hero. The color scheme of the graphic novel fits with the plot and title (it's very dark and reminiscent of shadows). Overall, I personally struggled with this book. There was just something about it, I can't really put my finger on exactly what it is though maybe it was some of the predictability, that didn't hold my attention and pull me in. Because it is a graphic novel though, I know my students will eat it up.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely LOVED this graphic novel. In fact, as soon as I finished reading it I sent the cover picture to my comic book loving dad and told him to look out for it in the spring. I will admit that at first I was confused about what was happening, especially before Cassandra started to talk. I was worried that the entire novel was going to be that way. Once Cassandra found her voice I fell in love with the story. I loved that Barbara was a supporting character in the novel and I loved the I absolutely LOVED this graphic novel. In fact, as soon as I finished reading it I sent the cover picture to my comic book loving dad and told him to look out for it in the spring. I will admit that at first I was confused about what was happening, especially before Cassandra started to talk. I was worried that the entire novel was going to be that way. Once Cassandra found her voice I fell in love with the story. I loved that Barbara was a supporting character in the novel and I loved the addition of the character Jackie. This is sure to be a book that young readers are going to enjoy. Both those with and without knowledge of superheros and the world of Gotham. I hope that there will be more to come from Sarah Kuhn when it comes to Cassandra being Batgirl. Merged review:I absolutely LOVED this graphic novel. In fact, as soon as I finished reading it I sent the cover picture to my comic book loving dad and told him to look out for it in the spring. I will admit that at first I was confused about what was happening, especially before Cassandra started to talk. I was worried that the entire novel was going to be that way. Once Cassandra found her voice I fell in love with the story. I loved that Barbara was a supporting character in the novel and I loved the addition of the character Jackie. This is sure to be a book that young readers are going to enjoy. Both those with and without knowledge of superheros and the world of Gotham. I hope that there will be more to come from Sarah Kuhn when it comes to Cassandra being Batgirl.
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  • RedPoppyReading
    January 1, 1970
    “Shadow of the Batgirl,” by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux, is a fresh, action packed Young Adult #graphicnovel . Cassandra Cain, daughter of a supervillain, has been trained since birth to be an assassin. She wasn’t even taught to speak or read. After a mission shakes her to the core she finds refuge and friendship in the library. There she learns about the crime rate going up in Gotham and Batgirl has disappeared. Cass must face her past to determine who she wants to be. I love the role friendship “Shadow of the Batgirl,” by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux, is a fresh, action packed Young Adult #graphicnovel . Cassandra Cain, daughter of a supervillain, has been trained since birth to be an assassin. She wasn’t even taught to speak or read. After a mission shakes her to the core she finds refuge and friendship in the library. There she learns about the crime rate going up in Gotham and Batgirl has disappeared. Cass must face her past to determine who she wants to be. I love the role friendship plays in this story- gone are the days of the lone superhero. Recommended for ages 13-17; although I would recommend it for high schoolers because of a bit of adult language and a romantic plot line. Pick this book up when it is released on February 4, 2020. Thanks to @dccomics for sharing this #yagraphicnovel with #kidlitexchange and thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of this work in exchange for an honest review. This was such a great story about how Cassandra Caine becomes Batgirl. This was such a great story line and the art was amazing. I loved the use of darker colors to represent Gotham and the darkness/sadness Cassandra is feeling, while the more colorful areas usually feature the characters/places she feels safest. Cassandra's story in the DC universe is so interesting and Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of this work in exchange for an honest review. This was such a great story about how Cassandra Caine becomes Batgirl. This was such a great story line and the art was amazing. I loved the use of darker colors to represent Gotham and the darkness/sadness Cassandra is feeling, while the more colorful areas usually feature the characters/places she feels safest. Cassandra's story in the DC universe is so interesting and I feel like this graphic novel conveys it really well.
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  • Amanda Arkans -
    January 1, 1970
    Shadow of the Batgirl breathes new life into a classic hero. I could not put this down! The graphics were fantastic and the plot line was exactly what Batgirl needed to be relevant in the modern world.Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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