Review by: Kzinti

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Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes
Cover by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

I started reading Batgirl when they restarted it with Stephanie Brown as Batgirl and was hooked ever since. Now with the relaunch and Barbara back as Batgirl, I was not overly excited at first. I stuck with this book, as I guess I am a sucker for sticking with books that I collect even when in down times (Hence my buying of back issue’s of Uncanny X-Men with really bad story and art).

I never disliked this book, but was so used to Steph that it was hard to like Bab’s as Batgirl.

I must say that this very issue was a strong issue for Batgirl, and though still love Steph, the writting on this book is bringing me into Bab’s.

I have really for the most part enjoyed the relaunch of the DC titles, and glad I stuck this one out. Next issue should be very good with the confrontation of Batwoman and Batgirl. Very much looking forward to how that goes.

Unlike the Supergirl Book, which to me has been a very strong book since the relaunch start, Batgirl seems to be picking it up another knotch.

DC has done a very good job in my opinion on the strength of their female hero’s. Not from an eye candy look, but from a very detailed complex make up of those heroins.

Back in the 90’s when I was collecting, I had always thougth of Marvel as being the Lead with DC kind of mucking about and not really hitting it with their characters. How much 20 years have changed that. DC has some very stong female hero’s as well as male, more so then Marvel at this current point in time. Look at what is out there from DC:

Batwoman, though this book is coming down a notch or two from it’s initial relaunch
Wonder Woman
Birds of Prey
and the latest new relaunch of World’s Finest.

All of the above are Female Centered books. Now to Marvel:

I spent the whole time writting this to think of a book that I collect that is female centered and not thinking of one. There are many female hero’s in Marvel books, many I like, but I don’t think they would be strong enough to carry their own book. Is this due to the character or the writting? Not really sure.

Spider Girl and X-23 were good books to me, but both have been cancelled, and Generation Hope has been either cancelled or put on suspension while the A vs X storyline goes on.

All I know is that DC is in the forefront on this area and the books are strong.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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