Martial Arts Week: Cassandra/Shiva
The Fabled First and Second Meetings from two of the greatest Martial Artists in the DC Universe.
Dial Uppers Beware!!
I know this is less fighting then to be suggested. But I still love this meeting of two of the greatest martial artists in the DC Universe. It's funny in a way how connected Shiva is with the young people of the Bat Family. She was thought to be a suspect in being Jason Todd's mother, she taught Tim, and of course her relationship with Cassandra as shown here and the later revelations of an even more parental relationship with the later. Of course I'm posting the first and second death match in Batgirl #25. But anyone want me to post round 3?
Anyway, onto the show from Batgirl #7-9 (though from said trade of said issues aka A Knight Alone). Seven scans for the first two issues, six for the last. For context on why Cass isn't in her Batgirl costume during this encounter. In a previous arc, she and Batman protected a low level psyhic who restorted an area of her brain. The cost however was her ablities. Thus Batman decided she needed to relearn and put her out of the field.
Yet Cass can't help but continue with her vigilanting. Barbara finds out but doesn't report it Bruce. However, on the second outing of Cass's little vigilatne stint she see's someone familair. Someone from Batman's case files that Oracle has warned her TO STAY AWAY FROM, Lady Shiva.
Of course Cass doesn't heed the advice.
#8 picks up where we left off. After the smack Shiva take's a gun from one of the guards who where pointing it at her and now points it at the princess. Like she would sully her hands by using one, still what choice does Cass have. Shiva's forcing her to say those little words:
Given Cass isn't at full strength, Shiva easily bests her.
And then Cass wakes up alive in an ambulance, utterly stunned she's still among the living. More she see's an article of jewelry that belongs to Shiva. Busting out of the ambulance, Cass quickly heads to the rooftops. Still her thoughts are very much still on her "last" moments when:
Not soon after Cass grips her broken shoulder staring down the now out Shiva. Cass can't help but smirk a little that she pulled a good cheap shot on Shiva. Next issue, Cass still isn't making any progress with Bruce's teaching videos. She knows she can never be Batgirl at this rate. She decides only one person can help her. She asks Oracle to send a message:
Where's Bruce during this? Paying David Cain a personal visit on the mater of a film that was sent to him of young Cassandra murdering a man. Awesome father Bat moment when he confronts David with what he's shaped Cass into and watches another film of him "training" her. I.e. shooting her with a gun and not flinching or feeling any pain.