Batgirl #35 cover image

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Plot

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes… so when a fire destroys everything she owned, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life — and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl… and discovers all-new threats preying on her peers! It’s a re-invention of Batgirl from the boots up, by the incredible creative team of Cameron Stewart (BATMAN INC.), Brenden Fletcher (WEDNESDAY COMICS), and rising star Babs Tarr!

Writer(s)

Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart

Artist(s)

Babs Tarr

Type of Comic / Genre

Superhero, Action

Age Rating

Teen

Batgirl can't say no to saving the day.

Batgirl can’t say no to saving the day.

Why:  Scott Pilgrim meets current day super heroine, Batgirl

When I first heard that there would be a new team working on Batgirl, I reserved my interest.  Then they said that Batgirl would have a new costume.  It looked nice and not overtly sexy.  I had renewed hopes that the new team would handle Batgirl well.  From the artwork, I expected it to look very manga-ish.  This book met and in some ways exceeded my expectations.  And I was surprised that the artwork was leaning more towards the Indie-manga style look like Scott Pilgrim.  They don’t explain why batgirl has a new custome but there’s a lot of story in this issue and a lot of characters.  Barbara moves to a new apartment with new roommates and parties.  Barbara tries to get to know her new neighborhood.  It is fast paced and there’s a good plot.  Even though its all Plot A and there’s no Plot B, it’s still a great read.  I’m liking all the new technology fads that resemble today’s website app-of-the-week that are used in the story.  At first, it was kind of annoying but it makes this book different.  I think the creative team is trying to cater to the young hipsters out there like the 20-30 year olds in San Francisco and New York.  And it just works.  Can’t wait for the next issue!

Two Things I Loved

  • Well paced, loads of story, even has a guest appearance from Black Canary that I wasn’t expecting.
  • Artwork is clean and more towards manga-style but not exactly.  Some super-deformity but it looks nice.  Like I said above, it resembles the art on Scott Pilgrim look, by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which is a good thing in this case.

One Thing I Hated

  • Have to be up-to-date on current technology app and website trends to understand all the Easter eggs.  For example, Hooq is a spoof on Tinder.

Made to Order Quotes

“Just… just don’t call my moms.” – Brad/Jason/Andrew (same person/typical henchman)
“Yeah, Yeah, YEAAAAAHHHH!  Take it off and get grabby, #ANGELS!  Do it!  Do it, and DM me the pics!” – Riot Black (badguy)

Should You Read Batgirl #35