Kicking Assassins

Author: Andersen Gabrych
Artists: Alé Garza and Pop Mhan
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84576 203 7
Available 24 February 2006

It's a fresh start for Batgirl. Cassandra Cain is building a new life for herself in Bludhaven - a city more corrupt than Gotham City. But with the Penguin also moving to town and setting up a new criminal empire, can Batgirl keep the streets safe, or will she face something more sinister and vile than ever before? With the Brotherhood of Evil, Deathstroke and the Ravager coming at her one after the other, Batgirl barely has the chance to settle into her new neighbourhood before the fists start to fly...

Kicking Assassins is set at the start of Batgirl's reign in Bludhaven. Still new to the warped city, we get to see a slightly more human side to Cassandra Cain as she attempts to not only fit into her new night-time surroundings, but also blend into normal society during the day. But can she lead a duel life like Bruce Wayne?

Batgirl also manages to bag her first grass - a coward who keeps her informed on what is going down on the streets of Bludhaven. And that's exactly what she needs, as Penguin seems to be attempting to move in on the crime world of Bludhaven and is causing something of a problem.

But that's nothing compared to the headache that Deathstroke will bring on when he introduces his new protégé - his daughter the Ravager. Should Batgirl kill this trainee fighter now, before she learns to be a serious contender? Or send her away to lick her wounds, knowing that she will come back stronger in the future? Whatever she decides, one thing is certain, Batman has it a whole lot easier in Gotham City.

A neat, tight script is wonderfully complimented by a stunning collection of artwork. Whether you are a Batgirl fan or not, this release is worth picking up.

Pete Boomer

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