The skull-shaped Snapdragon Flower Dragon(Antirrhinum majus) seed pod. The Antirrhinum, commonly known as the snapdragon has been a popular garden plant for many years. Also known as the dragon flower, its common name derives from the resemblance of the flower to a dragon’s head.Yet once the flower has died, leaving behind the seed pod, something a little more macabre appears. The dragon – just a visual metaphor after all – appears to have a skull.
30+ Days of DC - Day 41
Favorite Quote: Batgirl (2000-2006) #8
I don’t kill… But I don’t lose, either.
The moment I read this quote in its context, my mind suddenly snapped. And I got Cassandra Cain.
Cass had always been my Batgirl, and I really did like her character before I had the ability to go back and read the first issues in order. While many fans say that Dylan Horrorcks isn’t their favorite, it was that run that I read originally and fell in love with. But Cass wasn’t my favorite character as a result of that run.
It was back when I was reading Cass’ series from the beginning that I began to realize what a perfect gem of a character she was and how sorely she was needed in the DCU at large.
But Batgirl #8? That is when I paused and knew that not only was Cass one of the strongest characters I had ever read, she was the hero I had always wanted to be. Because she’s not perfect - far from it. Her life is complicated and riddled with adversity. She is guilty of the one crime she has dedicated her life to preventing - but those don’t make her unrelateable or hypocritical. They inform her, make her stronger.
Her struggle to speak without impediment makes her words all the more harsh and important.
There are plenty of amazing, amazing Cass quotes that fill me with joy and longing to reread those comics (“Instinct. That’s… who you are.”, “Nobody dies tonight.”, “Don’t worry. I’m… a detective.”, “You can change. You can." to name a few). But this quote is the clencher for me. It’s the one that always makes me say definitively "Yes! This is a girl I need on my side!"
Batgirl (2000-2006) #8 is available for digital purchase on Comixology.com, as is the entirety of her original series (minus the Annual for some reason). Please give it look! I know I’m glad I did.
Batgirl (2000-2006) #25
"Oracle. I want to… Thank you. For everything. You were… Like… Like a… Mother…"
This is one of the most heart wrenching moments in comics. Cass tries desperately to leave recorded messages for the two people who have made her new life worthwhile, Babs and Bruce.
Despite her trademark stoicism, she is unable to complete her message to Barbara and chooses instead to move on to Bruce’s. But the recording to Barbara is so… vulnerable and hard. It parallels with the harshness and acceptance in the recording for Bruce. And I believe that’s a showcasing of how different the relationships are. She can continue to preform the act of a strong soldier in the face of death for Bruce, but Barbara allowed her to be human. To be a child. And it was Barbara who allowed her to see, however briefly, that there was much more in the world for her. Barbara allowed her to feel for and love her, and gave her that love and respect back in a way Bruce has yet to show any interest in doing. And that’s what makes this sequence so heartbreaking.
I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!
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