Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: Silent Knight

Book Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: Silent KnightBatgirl Vol. 1: Silent Knight by Kelley Puckett
Series: Batgirl Vol. 1
on January 26th 2016
Pages: 328
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Coyer Summer Reading List

Cassandra Cain is a fighter like no other. At only 17, the teenage assassin takes down enemies three times her size without batting an eye. But her incredible skills come at a cost: unable to speak or write, Cassandra instead reads body language as naturally as breathing-an ability that makes her even deadlier.
After Batman witnesses her save the life of Commissioner Gordon during the events of No Man’s Land, the Dark Knight sees in Cassandra the successor to the Batgirl name. Now, under the tutelage of Barbara Gordon-the original Batgirl herself-Cassandra Cain must find a new purpose and make amends for her violent past.
But can someone who was born to kill ever be worthy to take up the cowl of a fallen legend?
Collects BATGIRL #1-12 and BATGIRL ANNUAL #1.

I was not sure what to expect when I chose to read this book, however, I did know a little about Cassandra Cain as Batgirl. I knew that she was mute and was raised by a killer. I didn’t know much more than that.

But the moment I started reading this volume I simply did not want to put it down.I enjoyed reading about Cassandra and her beginnings with the Bat family. I liked seeing her build a rather unique friendship and relationship with Barbara Gordon, who I at this point Oracle. Their communication with one another is unique because at the beginning Cassandra can not speak. Eventually, she is able to due to a metahuman who unsuspectingly “breaks” her for a short, but frustrating time.

Also during this volume will get a little back story as to who she is and what she has done. Batman does not want her to kill people and believes she hasn’t killed in her past, which is likely not a fact. He is out to learn the truth.

While Batman is searching for the truth, Cassandra comes into contact with Lady Shiva who is more powerful than she is and beats her. She vows to herself to take her down, even if that means she, Cassandra Cain, will die.

I definitely recommend this collection and I can’t wait to get my hands on further volumes of this particular Batgirl.

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