INSIDE STORY: After showing Babs her superchops, Batwoman joins McKenna and Batgirl in taking on the The Disgraced, AKA Knightfall’s soldiers. After a few rounds, Batgirl slips away, in hopes of saving a car thief Knightfall caught in a bear trap. Knightfall stops her via knife-thrust to the belly.
Commissioner Gordon despairs to learn that his psychotic son James has escaped Arkham Asylum. James teams up with Knightfall, hoping to get his hands bloody.
RAMBLE: Love the juxtaposition of Batwoman, the proper and silent superheroine, and Batgirl, whose internal chatter brings Buffy to mind. I am fascinated that the two she-Bats have never met, given their shared mentoring by the Bat and devotion to keeping Gotham safe. (I am purposely avoiding back-story research until I've consumed a year's worth of story.)
Eager to read more about James, one of few characters in pop-color ink who freaks me out. Usually I delight in a good villain, but James is real-life disturbing. As in, stay away from my kids, bucko.
RAMBLING OFFSHOOT: The words fall like lead. Thunk across the page. Liked Batgirl #12, but my writing was uninspired, the process unfun. There is no joy in Leadville.
(I know it’s Mudville, people. Making a lame pencil joke. I persist in describing my writing as if I employ the simple tools of yore, rather than a sputtering Apple minus one “volume up” key, plus an impressive crack across the touchpad.)
I’ve been at my parents’ all week. I always expect I’ll sleep well, with no cats kneading my face at night, but I don’t. All the small guilts and worries that I squash down by making lunches, stacking dishes, and in general Tending To (I say this like a woman with a clean home), plague me when I’m not at home. The insomnia that at home kicks in at 3 a.m. alongside the cats, here keeps me tossing and turning from the get-go.
And so sludge floods the brain. My apologies to Barbara Gordon, who performed amusingly and well. Except the part where she got shanked.*
*The Urban Dictionary claims shanked is used by "gangsters and delinquents." Make that "gangsters, delinquents, and bleary-eyed housewives."
Who the Hell are These People?
Batgirl/Barbara Jordan: Former Batman trainee, along with Robin (now Nightwing). Shot by the Joker and left paralyzed. Regained use of legs after radical neural surgery. Now struggling to return to her former powerful self. Self-deprecating, clever.
Batwoman/Kate Kane: : Survived a brutal kidnapping by terrorists that killed her mother and turned her sister into a crazy villain. West Point student, lesbian, expelled under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Currently working with the Department of Extranormal Operations.
James Jr.: Batgirl's viciously insane, morally bereft brother, recently escaped from Arkham Asylum
Knightfall/Charise: Socialite; watched her family die OR murdered them; spent time being horrified in Arkham Asylum; busted out and now wreaks bloody justice on the baddies of Gotham; introduced issue 10
Detective McKenna: Police detective in the employ of Commissioner James Gordon, Batgirl's father husband murdered by Arkham Asylum inmates; temporarily strayed to the dark side in the name of vengeance; dislikes Batgirl
What the Hell is Going On?
Knightfall and her gang, The Disgraced, are trying to rid Gotham of all law-breakers by violent and torturous means. Batgirl is trying to take down the whole bloody kit and caboodle.