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Written by Gail Simone
Art by Alitha Martinez
Cover by Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

In a lot of comics you get an oversimplified version of the good guy and the bad guy. The good guy is on the side of law and order, whilst the bad guy wears a silly mask, is a member of a ridiculous evil empire (Hydra etc) and plots from outside of the system to pervert and destroy it. If nothing else the Occupy movement has show that our financial, legal and judicial systems have already been infiltrated and taken over by the ‘bad guys.’ The bad guys in the real world are shadowy banking families who run the private central banks. They control our money supply, and because they can create money out of nothing they control all of our all political parties. Their agents are everywhere (regulatory boards, courtrooms, pharmaceutical companies, large corporations, etc) and they use these agents to control politicians who step out of line. Go against the real powers and you’ll see your face plastered on the front cover of the newspapers in some manufactured scandal that will destroy your name, family and career. This is how it really works, and deep down we all know it. Therefore I was delighted to see that tucked within Issue 10 of BatGirl our eponymous heroine had to bail out one of her friends who had just spent forty-eight hours in a holding cell after being arrested for taking part in an ‘Occupy Gotham’ demonstration. How refreshing it was to see a demonstrator portrayed as a normal person who can see that there’s something wrong with the system itself, and not just a crazy drug addict who wants to punch the peace loving Police officers in the face for no apparent reason. The plot gets even better from there with BatGirl herself questioning just what she is doing, ‘We can’t just be protecting rich people and things. I’m tired of fighting for things.’ Here is a comic that is actually questioning who is being protected, and why they are being protected. Brilliant stuff, and so refreshing to read. I won’t spoil the plot, as I want you to track down this wonderful comic and enjoy it for yourself. The art it beautiful and the inker Alitha Martinez really knows how to make the girls in particular look wonderful. Strong, confident, pretty, and above all, very feminine. I loved this book. Jump on board before anybody higher up notices what they are really tackling here.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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