Why Stephanie Brown is Awesome

Posted by batmannflash (6187 posts) - - Show Bio

Dedicated to @cara_hunter :)

I'm going to really busy starting from tomorrow until the end of 2013, so I decided to make two more of these tonight! This time, I going with someone who is easily the least known character that I've done so far. I've done Aquaman, Wolverine, Bane, Captain America and you'll see me do another one 5-10 minutes after I post this one! Yes, I tend to keep the ideas flowing.

Stephanie Brown is incredibly underrated and here are reasons why she is awesome:

1. Light in the Bat-Cave

Batman is depressing. Yeah, that's a shocking revelation...in fact, most of the Bat family is dark and depressing. What makes Stephanie Brown totally shine is that she's easily the happiest character of the bunch. Read Batgirl Volume 3 by Bryan Q. Miller and you'll understand. Brown is among a very select view that can make me laugh or at least smile in every scene she's in. She's cocky, funny, and gives off a cute-girl vibe. Above, I have quite a few scans to make your day.

Dang it Cass why won't you let her fight 'serious' thugs?

2. Weakness

Unlike Dick, she wasn't trained in the circus at a young age. Unlike Tim, she wasn't blessed with high intelligence. Unlike Cassandra, she wasn't trained by the greatest assassins in the world. Unlike Damian, she wasn't bred to be the perfect replacement to Batman. So why does that make Stephanie Brown awesome? She's like us (except I'm not a teenage girl). She's just a normal teenage girl who wanted to arrest her criminal dad. She dawned the Spoiler outfit and tried to fight crime. The Bat family did not want her doing that. Batman, especially, did not approve. Cassandra Cain knocked her out a couple times just so that she doesn't get herself hurt. Tim Drake let her, because let's face it, he wanted her real bad. What's my point in all this? She's relatable and weakness can add greatly to character depth. Despite all the disapproval and lack of skills as Spoiler, she still wants to bring justice to Gotham City.

I will also add, that she has obvious human flaws that a lot of us can relate to. Unlike quite a few comic book characters, we're able to see her frustration, anger, and her...teenage pregnancy? Yeah her problems are alive and realistic.

3. Redemption

Must read. This motivating speech always gives me chills

This follows-up on the last point on weakness. Stephanie worked real hard to gain approval as a vigilante. Despite not having such amazing abilities, she trained and trained and never gave up. She was given her chance to shine when Darkseid "killed" Batman and Bruce let her take up the Batgirl mantle. And she did not disappoint. She showed great improvement, much to the amazement of Barbara, Tim, and even Bruce. In her fight with Scarecrow (see scans above), she sums it all up. She talks about second chances, redemption, and facing herself. Stephanie Brown should be an inspiration to all. My words of wisdom is this: Even when times get hard and people say that you can't succeed, try and try again!

Tim Drake is utterly shocked at how kick-ass Stephanie has become

4. Personality Can Keep You Alive

Okay how does this girl survive all that she's been through? Her personality. Wait what? No really, her tough girl, confident attitude and her strong willpower is what makes her special. One would not expect someone like her to be so tough, but she totally is. This is extremely similar to last point, so I'll keep it short: her mentality makes her a strong ally.

5. Relationships

She made Damian smile...how?

One of my favorite things about Stephanie is how she interacts with others. She's funny, kind, and has entertaining conversations. Two notable relationships I want to point out are Tim Drake and Damian Wayne. Tim, in a romantic way, and Damian in a brother-sister type of relationship. In Tim Drake's legendary ongoing Robin series, Steph was a frequent member and soon became his main love interest. His serious personality is always a nice contrast to her fun personality. As for Damian, she's probably the only one (except Dick, later on) who tolerated Damian. In one issue in "Batgirl," she noticed that Damian didn't know how to play like a child. So she got him a bouncy house! (See scans above). Brown was easily the love of Tim Drake's life (no jokes about Superboy and Tim, please) and for a good reason. She made serious Tim happy. Way than when Tim was with Ariana Dzerchenko, that insecure attention craving-- Sorry.

In summary, I recommend that you give Batgirl Vol. 3 by Bryan Q. Miller a try. And please DC please bring back soon and don't change anything about her!

If you ever need a history lesson on the Bat family, here's Stephanie Brown with a little education:

So what do you think? Any characters you want to see me do?

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#1 Posted by Wolverine08 (38532 posts) - - Show Bio

She is pretty hot. Another reason she's awesome.

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#2 Posted by batmannflash (6187 posts) - - Show Bio
#3 Posted by Cara_Hunter (3687 posts) - - Show Bio

awesome :D!

#4 Edited by batmannflash (6187 posts) - - Show Bio

@cara_hunter: thanks! Hope I didn't miss any reasons why she's awesome

#5 Posted by Wolverine08 (38532 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey, I'd like if you could do a blog for why either Daredevil, Black Panther, or The Question are awesome.

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#6 Posted by batmannflash (6187 posts) - - Show Bio

@wolverine08: all three of those are a given, so expect to see them one day. Some of favorite characters. I'll try to get at least one of them done by this week! I have a Wonder Woman one that I'm finishing soon so I'm working on that first

#7 Edited by EuniceGalaxy (103 posts) - - Show Bio

she is awesome! i like to see a blog about black canary,emma frost,daredevil,iron man

#8 Posted by SupBatz (1690 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to see some Steph appreciation. Her Batgirl series was great. I loved every minute of it. And I agree with every point you made.

#9 Posted by The_Tree (7200 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes! My favorite Batgirl.

#10 Posted by batmannflash (6187 posts) - - Show Bio
#11 Posted by 2cool4fun (1358 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait why don;t those last scans have anything about Cassandra?

#12 Posted by batmannflash (6187 posts) - - Show Bio
#13 Posted by DjBest02 (155 posts) - - Show Bio

I absolutely love Steph! She is so fun!

#14 Posted by deaditegonzo (3624 posts) - - Show Bio

Best stuff featuring Steph and Cassandra? Im really interested in looking into them.

#15 Edited by batmannflash (6187 posts) - - Show Bio

@djbest02 said:

I absolutely love Steph! She is so fun!

She is!

Best stuff featuring Steph and Cassandra? Im really interested in looking into them.

Hmmm let's see.

I don't remember specific issues that they appear together in and what happens in the issues.

But according to Comic Vine,

Cass appears in Stephanie's series in issues 1, 6, and 24. But I don't remember those being big appearances. (though I highly recommend reading Stephanie's series, Batgirl Vol. 3 by Bryan Q. Miller. Simply amazing)

Steph appears in Cass' series in issues 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 38, 53, 54, 55, 61, 62

If I remember correctly, Steph's appearances in Cass' series are way more major than Cass' appearances in Steph's series, so that's where I would go.

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