Book Review | Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn & Nicole Goux

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Shadow of the Batgirl

Author: Sarah Kuhn & Nicole Goux // Published: February 4, 2020


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Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn’t exactly Batgirl material…not yet, at least. But with Batgirl missing from Gotham City, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own? She’ll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out.
After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she’ll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero-Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn’t been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass’s father threatens the world she has grown to love, she’ll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle-that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.
Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex and I Love You So Mochi, takes on one of her favorite heroes for a new audience of readers. Featuring the edgy art style of Nicole Goux, Shadow of the Batgirl tells the harrowing story of a girl who overcomes the odds to find her unique identity.




Thank you DC Comics for the gifted review copy!

Batman is one of my favorite DC characters and you can bet that Batgirl is too. This was one of my highly anticipated. All the latest graphic novels from DC Ink have been amazing and this was clearly no exception.

Cassandra Cain was one of those characters that you can’t help but love. She’s raised by a villain and that life is all she knows but we get to see her rediscover herself in the graphic novel. She shifts from being someone who is sent to take people out into a girl learning about the meaning of being a hero and inspiring others. This story feels like a tribute to all those out there looking for their calling and what life truly is to them. I adored every minute of this book!

The story was wonderful and had me emotional at times. The art was spectacular! so unique and I’m looking forward to more by Nicole Goux! I loved the characters that we meet along the way. There was also a lot of diversity in this and the story focused so much on found family. A lot of instances were heartfelt and others were funny. There was plenty of action too which is also just as important in a superhero comic! I read the comic in one sitting and just couldn’t put it down. I flipped the pages and before I knew it the story was over.


About the Author

Sarah Kuhn


Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book continuity, and Sailor Moon cosplay have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine,,, Back Stage, The Hollywood Reporter,, Creative Screenwriting, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award.


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