The bigger they are... by MollyFootmanOpen full image in new tab
MollyFootman 1:35PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Thank you! I do enjoy me a little fan art once and awhile! =D
Radar_rad-dude 1:23PM | Sun, 13 November 2022
A most skillful assassin is she? She looks and means business! Big guy bad! Big guy fall big time! LOL! Excellent work!
MollyFootman 1:36PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Thanks, my dear Rad! The comic book artists always render Cassie as improbably small in relation to her foes but she is supposed to be invincible. I really tried for that here. XD
MollyFootman 1:38PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Thank you! Although I am not the biggest fan of post modern comic book stories that mostly feature tragic misfits rather than simple heroes I really, really like Cassandra Cain and the idea of her Batgirl. This is a bit of fan art that's been percolating in the background for a couple of years.
MollyFootman 1:40PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Thank you, Steve. I find action to be challenging. It was easier to portray the moment before she springs into action than to show her going all medieval on the big guy. Now... when I show the beat down and you think THAT'S effective, then I'll know that I've arrived! But that's for some other day; I'm done with Cassie for the moment! =D
MollyFootman 1:41PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Of course, I can't really take credit for characters in a fan art, but I'm delighted you enjoyed it and think I hit the mark with posing! =D
MollyFootman 1:41PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Thank you, Joe! This one's been in the making for a long time!
jdwtrxk 5:57PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Well written and portrayed. I too like tragic figures regardless of character arc, though the tendency for writers to use dark pasts to shape or highlight character development borders on trope.
Catgirl is lucky the thugs don't carry better weapons - martial skill is great unless the bad guys unload 15 rounds apiece coming at her at over 1000 FPS. If I were a thug - a big stretch - I'd shoot a costumed superhero on principle alone, and then worry little if I'd mistakenly drilled a cosplayer. That's why my villains suck.
Yours are better, Molly! Enjoyable as always!
MollyFootman 6:34PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Heh. In the comic books, efforts to shoot Batgirl haven't gone too well as she can anticipate aiming and firing. Since she does her best not to be seen until she assess a situation and commits to combat snipers don't seem to be much of a problem and that's pretty much the only way the bad guys are going to get her unless they, too, are somehow more than human.
Thanks for the comment, JD!
jdwtrxk 8:19PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Always a pleasure. Never read the comics - at least those. Just for curiosity - if Batgirl does get hit, will it have any effect beyond annoying her? A real question - not a spar.
MollyFootman 9:30PM | Thu, 17 November 2022
Oh yes, Cassie is human and is injured in the same way as any 18 year old girl would be. As her story progresses she gets involved with an autistic dude who is also gifted with telepathic powers. He senses Cassie's problem with speech and "fixes" her. Since her language centers are now no longer solely devoted to translating "body language" after she has been "fixed" she is no longer an invincible fighter which she learns to her dismay when she takes a walloping from a fighter she'd ordinarily easily dispatch. The upside is that she better understand speech, can speak herself (although she remains pretty terse) and begins to learn to read. What follows is a period of retraining with her mentor, Batman, and although she quickly becomes quite formidable she is never again the fighter we see in this picture.
These days she is hanging out with another girl who had worn the cape and cowl, Stephanie Brown.
As post modern comic books go, it's really a good story. =)
perpetualrevision 1:43PM | Fri, 25 November 2022
The very picture of small but mighty! She looks perfectly poised to provide this bad guy a walloping he certainly isn't expecting! Love her shiny/glowy belt and the drape of her cape! Thanks, also, for info on the story. I haven't read many superhero comics, but this one sounds interesting!
MollyFootman 10:59AM | Sun, 27 November 2022
I'm married to a person who LOVES comics. I hadn't read them much after the silver age when I was a little girl but lately have been reading some that get shoved under my nose. XD I'm truly not very fond of the angsty post modern stuff but I do love Cassandra Cain. She was a Vietnamese orphan raised by a psychopathic assassin to be a killing machine. She turns away from her stepfather when she realizes he is using her to kill and nothing more. Her relationship with Bruce Wayne, the Batman, fascinates me. She longs for a father she can love and respect and he fears commitment after many personal tragedies. Nice stuff but definitely angsty and post modern. XD
One of the things I find most visually appealing about her is her tiny stature. As she is unable to speak she sews a covering over the lower part of the Bat cowl. The whole thing touches something in me and I've been trying to put together a satisfactory fan art for a couple of years. =)
As always, I love hearing from you, Amy!