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June 30, 2004 – Batgirl #53

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Story by Dylan Horrocks
Art by Dave Ross
Inks by Jesse Delperdang
Colors by Jason Wright
Letters by Clem Robins

Published by DC Comics | $2.50

I feel like I just left a rocking good time out on the town only to hit a lame-by-comparison after hours party.

Okay, that analogy might be a bit harsh, but the high I was on after seeing Spider-Man 2 did not translate to this week’s batch of comics because the pickings were slim and what did come out did not knock my socks off.

I’m not exactly sure why, but I really like this “new” Robin. Stephanie Brown in the red and green suit just seems a natural fit. It’s nice to see someone enthusiastic about the job. I realize that the first official, in-continuity female Robin is probably going to be a very short lived scenario, so I’m trying to enjoy it while it lasts.

This month, Robin teams up with Batgirl to stop The Penguin from selling some especially deadly handguns in Gotham City. It’s a solidly written one shot that is made more poignant when the young daughter of one of Penguin’s hired goons gets involved in the arms dealing, which causes Robin to do a bit of soul searching (she’s the daughter of The Cluemaster).

On a Bat-related note, I have to say that I am really disappointed in Batman. Judd Winick — who I’m a big fan of — is not doing a good job at all right now. The current issue was just unreadable. This makes two A-list creative teams in a row that have completely dropped the ball on the flagship Gotham title. Oh, how I miss the days when Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker were knocking it out of the park every month on Batman and Detective Comics.

Conor Kilpatrick
Needs a sidekick.

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  1. I’ve actually been enjoying the Winick Batman. And I normally don’t like Winick’s superhero stuff. Does that make me a bad person, that I like giant scarecrow monsters chasing the penguin? My only thing is bring back the Jason Todd from Hush all the time.

  2. while I’m thinking of it, it would be nice to have a long term creative team to start building on some things. That being said, I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to the next multi bat book x-over. Is it going to be good?

  3. I don’t know. I hope it is. I think it’s about the mob or gangs trying to take control of Gotham. How bad could that be?


  4. how good was Bruce Wayne Fugitive though, or the cataclysm. I miss those days.


    How I miss thee.

    I can’t even talk about CATACLYSM.

    I just can’t. I’m not ready.

  6. I must say, we were treated to a really long and prosperous Bat period. Between Rucka and Brubaker, we got so much great Batman. Then outide of those books, there were a really good family of books. Dixon on all his side projects, the first couple Batgirl years, that Gordon mini, the big and oddly GOOD crossover events. Outside of the Larry Hama Batman run, things were damned near golden for more than 3 years.

    Now I don’t read a one of them. I tried all of them, for the most part, but nothing hooked me.

    I do however read Gotham Central with great joy, every time.

  7. Agreed on all points.

    1995-2000 were a great five years for comics in general.

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