Tuesday, February 4, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Shadow of the Batgirl By Sarah Kuhn, Illustrated by Nicole Goux

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Shadow of The Batgirl
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: Feb 4th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating:  
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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.
I've been really liking the new DC Comics that have been coming out aimed at the young adult audience. I like them because they are an easy way into comics without assuming you have read like 25893859485 of the other comics.

This was was cool because it's basically a passing of the mantel of the batgirl persona. As soon as Barbara showed up I was like, "Ohh...I know what's going to happen." I did love the relationship between the three women and it was nice to see Cassandra find kind people who wanted to help her. Also Jackie was ridiculous and I loved her! She was such a cool older lady!

There is a little bit of romance in this one, and I thought it was cute first love kind of thing. Cassandra is really struggling being in the real world, so it was a journey for her. She made mistakes, but she owns up to them and feels bad about them.

This was a cool story, and I think if you never read any of the DC books, you can still get this story and enjoy it. The art was very blue and dark, which I liked and thought made sense for this book.

*I received a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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