Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Comic Book Review: Batgirl #1 (DC)

Batgirl #1 - Written by Hope Larson; Art by Rafael Albuquerque; Colors by Dave McCaig; Letters by Deron Bennett; Published by DC Comics.

By Kenny Howell

If Batman is the dark, Batgirl is the light.

For all the seriousness of Batman, Batgirl's Barbara Gordon has become the antidote with all her quirkiness. She is kind of DC version tonally of Ms. Marvel, obviously without Kamala Khan's cultural importance. But the fun, for sure.

For her rebirth, we see Barbara get away from Burnside and go to Japan to meet a retired crime fighter called the Fruit Bat. She was battling bad guys back in the 1940s, and Barbara wants to fangirl on her a bit, and hopefully learn from her.

Once she arrives there, she runs into her old friend Kai. He decides to tag along with her, and the two sample the local fare like octopus tentacles (which makes Kai horribly sick), have some beers, then go to hunt down to the Fruit Bat. They find the woman almost unresponsive in a wheelchair, Barbara professes her admiration for her, and then a new player and a surprise comes into the mix.

Batgirl #1 is really just the setup for the series, and doesn't really kick too much of the story off. However, like Batgirl's New 52 series, it's just kind of a joy. It's nice to still be inside the Batman universe, and not have to deal with Gotham and Gotham Girl, Two-Face blackmailing everyone, Papa Kane's army, or the Parliament of Owls. Those have all been great, but it's nice just to have fun. It's nice to have Batgirl back.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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