Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Oh hey look, it's Cassandra Cain (for real...ish)
So, because I had other posts to do, you may have heard about this already, but whatever, why would you go to any other comic site? You don't, because you're not a jerk, and I'm super cool! Regardless, last week we kind of sorta got a Cassandra Cain appearance in The New 52, only it was clear that something had changed, so DC hastily recolored her to throw us off their track. Why draw her and then try and cover it up? Well, potentially it was due to this week's Batgirl: Futures End, where, as many guessed by just assuming stuff based on the cover, there's a sort of Batgirl Inc. thing going on, and both Cassandra and Stephanie are Batgirls in this version of the future.
Cool. It's Cass. Everyone loves Cass... Buuuuuuuuuuut...
When news broke about Cass showing up in today's issue, I made a joke tweet over at my Dastardly Dan Didio account about the event. As with many jokes, there's a nugget of truth in there. This is a dystopian future story that reflects events that'll never become the norm in the regular DCU, so I'm not exactly sitting here with a "Mission Accomplished" banner... or perhaps I should, I guess that joke fits... I digress. Sure, Cass is "back," Steph is a Batgirl, but what does it really matter? I mean, this is going to disappear just as fast as it showed up. It's cool for this one and done sort of thing, but after the emotional response fades, the question of "Where's Cass?" will return. Next month, the DCU will go back to normal, and Cass will be nowhere to be found again.
I certainly hope this isn't it on DC's efforts in regards to putting Cassandra Cain in a book, because if is, calling it half-hearted would be an understatement. Put Cassandra Cain in a book whose continuity isn't marked with an asterisk, and then we'll talk DC, because as far as I'm concerned, as soon as tomorrow hits, we're right back to where we started at the beginning of the New 52.