This week, Comixology has launched a Batgirl sale, celebrating 50 years since Barbara Gordon first donned the cape and cowl in 1967's Detective Comics #359. If you're a fan of Babs, there's plenty there to choose from --- including Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr's critically acclaimed "Batgirl of Burnside" relaunch, the post-Rebirth world-traveling adventures, and even some underrated deep-cut classics like Batgirl Adventures and DC First in there, too.

But Barbara Gordon isn't the only character to ever take the identity of Batgirl, and if you're up for diving into the hazy years of the early 2000s, there's a bunch of great stories in there about the second Batgirl, Cassandra Cain.


Batgirl, DC Comics
Batgirl, DC Comics


Originally created during 1999's No Man's Land crossover, Cassandra Cain has recently rejoined the Batman family as Orphan after a pretty extended absence. It's certainly good to see her back, but those first few years of solo stories in the relaunched Batgirl, by Kelley Puckett, Scott Peterson, and Damion Scott, are the foundation that made her such a beloved character for readers at the turn of the century.

I'd even go as far as saying that they have some of my favorite stories ever --- especially Batgirl #2, in which the fact that she's incredibly good at fighting at the expense of not being able to speak or read well, is underscored in one of the most effective ways possible.

The collected editions of Batgirl vol. 1-3 are currently on sale for about $6, which means you can dive into three action packed years' worth of stories for under $20. There's enough good stuff in that sale that it's hard to go wrong, but if you want to see what all the fuss is about in Detective Comics these days, this is the stuff to grab.


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