All hope truly does look lost for the Batfamily in “The League of Shadows”, with every member of the team falling. The last hope seems to be Cassandra Cain aka Orphan with the last page of issue 954 being in the sewers looking for some revenge.
The last issue I told you to be prepared for the rollercoaster ride TynionIV is taking us on and oh boy did he ever. With everyone on the team in captivity, minus Cassandra Cain, we find out Shiva’s masterplan. The League of Shadows has placed thermonuclearular device under Gotham right on a fault line. With the blast collapsing most of Kane county and possibly parts of Bludhaven aswell.
Who could possibly stop all of this? Batman? Nope try Cassandra Cain. In case you ever had a question or didn’t know Cassandra Cain, is ridiculously badass. Which is showcased in this issue, with tons of fight scenes with oh so much blood. We see her fighting her way through the sewer system to stop her mother, Shiva. Will she get there in time and can she defeat Shiva?
TynionIV has been building up Cassandra Cain since just before this arc. Having a lot of her story still yet to be told. Cassandra has been doubting who she is, what she is, even how she can fit in with the team and not just be a killer. Shiva being revealed as her mother gave her a chance to find out why she had abandoned her and maybe some answers. However, all she got was a disappointment. Shiva was only caring if she was a usable weapon on not. Throwing her to the curb when she wasn’t willing to kill.
In this issue, we see Cassandra Cain finally at peace accepting of who she really is. All of this is thanks to one of the Ballerinas at the ballet house that Cassandra lives above. With dialogue that cuts deep and can be used on many levels outside of just this comic book. There are a lot of people out there that can relate to how Cassandra Cain feels here. Living in a world that tells you are something that you know you’re not, feeling like you just can’t fit in. In the end, Cassandra Cain defines who she is as that is the only person that gets to do that.
The art here is good, it has it’s weaker moments here and there. Action scenes, in particular, don’t feel like they flow properly, with everything looking a bit rigid. Also, some scenes are just plain lacking detail. In all the art just feels rushed at times here, which is a side effect of a bi-monthly book. Maiolo’s colors are a highpoint here, making the panels jump right off the page.
Sure there was a lot more to this issue than Cassandra Cain. Like Ulysses really diving off the deep end and developing a twisted weapon that I’m sure we will see later. Yet at the heart this really all was about Cassandra and it was completely worth the journey, with the payoff giving me goosebumps. Oh yeah and that last page reveal, we are just getting started.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Detective Comics #955
Written by James TynionIV
Art by: Marcio Takara, Marcelo Maiolo, Sal Cipriano
Published by DC
Release Date: April 12th, 2017