There is a campaign to message DC comics today and buy the first issue of Cassandra Cain's Batgirl run digitally at Comixology. DO IT TODAY, PLEASE, OR AT LEAST AS SOON AS YOU CAN. THE INCREASE IN SALES OF THIS ARCHIVE ISSUE NEEDS TO BE RAPID, UNEXPECTED AND CLEAR.If you can't spare the money, that's ok. Just write to DC on Twitter and Facebook. All the details are in the above link.Who is Cass Cain?
Cass Cain is the ex-second Batgirl and currently The Black Bat (the Batman of Hong Kong). The successor of Barbara Gordon (Jim Gordon's daughter - might ring a bell for the people who only know Nolan's stuff). In the recent universe reboot she got completely benched, and even before that her character got some terrible treatment by hack writers. Why is this NOT okay?
- Cassandra is an awesome and badass character whom young people relate to
- she was the first Batgirl with her own ongoing title which sold consistently well even though she had very little promotion and merchandising and NEVER appeared in animated or live-action adaptations
- she has been voted fan favourite several times in various polls - fans love her and care about her
- being a POC and a woman who had to struggle with a disability she is a great role model for the less privileged, showing that DC comics doesn't care only about cishet white dudes between 18 and 34 and that comics are for everyone
- being the daughter of two villains, trained to be an assassin from her youngest years (and not even having been taught how to speak, only how to kill by her father!) she gives a hopeful message - no matter your upbringing you can still turn your life around and be a good person and even a hero
- she used to be a key member of the Batfamily - she is the adoptive daughter of Bruce Wayne. SHE IS BATMAN'S DAUGHTER.
- And whereas her adoptive brothers (the male Robins) have all appeared in the reboot, some of them in very prominent roles, her and the female Robin (Stephanie Brown, Cassandra's friend and successor - you can be both Robin and Batgirl, it's a long story) have been erased in all possible ways. This is offensive to the fans of those characters and to women in general.
- Batman titles were more female friendly in the mid nineties than they are now! We've had several Gotham based women (not just Cass and Steph) erased or depowered, for them not to overshadow Batman.
-whenever they ask about her fans are answered by the executives with scorn and dismissal - they are trying to discourage us but we won't let them
Buying this archive issue means you care about women and POC in media. Plus you get a good comic in the bargain which may be a good entry point for you :)
More on Cass http://comicattack.net/2012/07/spotlightcascain/