It is a question that has been asked since the dawn of time [editor's note: by dawn of time, Zechs means roughly a decade ago]: "Where the heck is Cassandra Cain?" Academics have theorized the question was first asked at comic cons in 2006 AD when the character who starred in the first Batgirl ongoing had her series cancelled abruptly. A mere three months later, the character showed up in a laughably bad story in another comic where she turned EEEVIL.
The usual answer from DC Comics, the company that refuses to acknowledge her existence due to her possible "toxicity," always claimed: "BIG PLANS! We have big plans for Barbara Gordon. BIG PLANS! Wait, who are we talking about?" In an effort to subdue Cass's pestering fanbase, DC decided it was just best to bury the toxic character and keep hoping everybody forgets about her.
Things changed earlier this week at Fan Expo (as reported by Bleeding Cool) when Ray Fawkes, co-writer of Batman Eternal, gave a new answer to the centuries old question: “Well you haven’t missed her,” Fawkes said before a DC Editor began to flap his arms vigorously, signalling from across the room that his comment was diastrous. Fawkes, realizing he was entering treacherous waters, clammed up, adding, “That’s all I’m gonna say.”
The panel then was unceremoniously ended, the audience asked to leave in a calm and orderly manner. The convention room was then quarantined and sprayed with neutralizing chemicals to counteract the possible exposure to hazardous toxins.
In all likelihood, the events that transpired were a catalyst. In this week's the Batwing: Future's End #1, this panel appeared (and was posted also on Bleeding Cool). On cue, DC hazmat teams were called to readiness. Check it out:
Just who is that mystery character back and to the left? Clearly she's modeled after Cassandra Cain wearing her Black Bat costume as shown here, drawn by Marcus To:
It's possible that, though the script didn't call for the character, the artist for the page, Julio Ferreira, unaware of the dangerous levels of character toxicity, decided to put the Cassandra in the line-up since she was in Batman Inc.. HOWEVER, it appears once again that DC Editors caught wind of the potential situation and decided to splash some colors, changing the character, and hope nobody would notice. And this wouldn't be the first time they've tried such a move. Maybe that's why the choice of colors resemble their first victim:
Thankfully, DC Comics has officially reported that there have been no known outbreaks of toxic character poisoning at any local comic book shop. It's quite clear the public dodged a close one and are in massive debt to the editors at DC. Sadly, once again, Cassandra Cain fans were cheated of their favorite character returning.
You won this day DC, but I'll be back at this again! Somehow and someway to plan anew! I'll be back DC!
I'LL BE BAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(WRITER'S NOTE: COME ON!!! Seriously. Can't we have even a minor cameo?!)