Martial Arts Week: Cassandra vs Slade Round 2 with Cassandra vs Rose as a Bonus for Added Flavor
The last time they fought Slade toyed with her and given she wasn't his job didn't follow her. Now in Batgirl #63 that has changed. With Cass now causing all sorts of hijinks against Penguin the fowl fiend has decided enough is enough. With his new Society alliance he's asked for Slade be the one to end Cassandra's life. Thus sets the stage for round two bombing a place in an area of Bludhaven where Cass frequents setting the stage for round 2:
Cass knows all too well the man she's up against is very much like Bruce. That he has plans in back of plans. So she tries to lead the fight away from the burning building and the crowd to a place where she can fight him with no innocent life in danger by his hand.
And she fell right into Slade's clutches. #64 starts out with a flashback. Slade come's to tell Penguin he won't take the job but has someone else in mind that will, Rose. The rest of this issue is all about Cass vs Rose and the former realizing how their relationship is eeriely similar they are to her own father and herself. It took me a bit to figure out what to scan and what to leave out. This is truly an awesome fight. It pains me to remove so much of it out. Before it fully begins though, Slade snatches the sword Cassandra took from him the previous issue and watches as the fight erupts:
Cass knows she's playing into Slade's hands so decides to take the fight elsewhere to her level in the underground tunnels of this fortress. Slade realizes this and finds Rose warning his daughter to be on high alert.
Cassandra removes the sword from Rose's throat and stating how long she has with that sort of wound to Slade. He carries Rose off quickly to seek medical attention. Thus Cass escapes the handicap match, but not Slade's wrath as we all know his ultimate revenge upon her right before the end of 52.