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Stephanie Brown
Spoiler


Stephanie Brown is better known as the costumed vigilante (or non-powered super-hero) known "Spoiler". She served briefly as the Batman's sidekick as the fourth "Robin."


Below: Batman visits and then swing away from the church which is the location of a memorial to his recently killed sidekick, Stephanie Brown, a.k.a. "Spoiler" and (briefly) "Robin."

[Source: Detective Comics #810 (late October 2005): "War Crimes Part 3: A Consequence of Truth", DC Comics: New York City, page 2; written by Andersen Gabrych, pencilled by Pete Woods, inked by Tommy Castillo; reprinted in Batman: War Crimes trade paperback, DC Comics: New York City (2006).]

Batman visits church where Spoiler's memorial shrine is at

Discussion

From: "Religion in comic books" discussion forum started on 24 April 2006, on DC Comics official message board website (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000072787&tstart=0; viewed 1 May 2006):
dick_grayson_1
Posted: Apr 24, 2006 10:31 PM

Does anyone know if there are any DC Comics characters who are portrayed as being Christian or Catholic in religion?


brokenbatfan
Posted: Apr 25, 2006 1:34 AM

I remember seeing female character praying or something once in a pretty Catholic/gothic looking chapel. I was flipping through the comic but can't remember which one I was reading... I think it was stephanie brown? don't quote me on this please because I can't remember who it was, I just remember the picture very vividly.

From: "Gail's idea for Cass -- What could have been" discussion forum started on 29 May 2006, on DC Comics official message board website (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000077543&start=30; viewed 2 June 2006):
joshlowe
Posted: May 31, 2006 11:14 AM

re: "...circumstance exists with Cass [i.e., Cassandra Cain, a.k.a. Batgirl] where she never had a notion of God, and then all of a sudden she finds a preacher to introduce it to her. I find it hard to believe she could accept such a far-out idea like God (in her point in life)."

Which would all make complete sense if not for the fact that she talked to the spirit of Stephanie on several occasions.

Even if she was an atheist and believed she was usually hallucinating, the fact that Steph actually told her about events elsewhere would give her reason to believe in the afterlife at least.

And if you believe in souls that inhabit another dimension or plane of existence, god is not that absurd a concept.

I think you are right, Cass is an atheist in as much as she's thought about it, but the right words causing her to question what Stephanie is, where she's from, and if people live on so to speak, what the fear of the man who's eyes she looked into was, then I think she could very easily buy religion as real.


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