Saturday Issue Review: Batgirl Vol. 1 – Batgirl of Burnside


The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

Batgirl1Source: DC/Netgalley – I received this in exchange for an honest review. 
Publisher: DC
Series: Batgirl #35-40
Edition: Single Issues, 176 Pages
 Superhero Comic
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles! Collects BATGIRL #35-40.

First off I want to give a huge thank you to DC for approving me, because that has never happened before and it basically made my geeky little heart explode. Secondly, this graphic novel was so much fun!

Before I was huge into Marvel and same publishers DC was my main source of comic book goodness, that was pre-New 52 and I hung on for a while afterwards but the amount of comics I pick from DC have been few and far between since then. However everything I’ve read so far has been really great, and I think that Batgirl is one of the best ones!

Barbara Gordon is off to Burnside, to get away from Batman (like pretty much all the other Bat family members) and to start a new life in Burnside across the river. She wants her own experiences without the taint of Gotham, and she wants to make her own mark as Batgirl. First off, kudos to her for getting away from Bruce…he’s such a downer sometimes and his proteges tend to do a lot better without him. Secondly her new costume is very awesome! It’s functional ,it doesn’t have unnecessary clinginess, and it honestly looks like someone who is a college budget can afford to put together. This new story for Batgirl seems to be aimed at the teenage audience, so it’s definitely got a more upbeat vibe to it than one of the normal Gotham fare. She’s not just a crime fighter anymore, she’s a college student who is using her smarts to help fight crime during the day as well. It also gets points for explaining the whole walking thing after the reboot, because while I’m super excited she’s no longer confined to being Oracle it’s still a hell of thing to recover from.

The story is action packed and full of cool little twists and turns. Her amazing memory and thinking come into play a lot and we get to see some true Batman family style sleuthing. The bad guys are a little more down-to-earth in terms of reality, and definitely not on the same scale as Joker or Catwoman…but they are dangerous in a difference sense. Barbara’s personality shift is explained, and I feel that the way she acts in this one could rub some fans the wrong way. But I’m just glad that despite being able to run around and kickbutt again, she is still using her brain and computer skills to bring down the bad guys. And of course the ever important mortality issue around vigilantes comes up again towards the end, so it will be interesting to see how much that affects her in the next set of issues. And the art is fantastic! I really love the character models and shapes in this one, and it stands out when compared to the super detailed and saturated world of DC.

Overall I think it’s a fun series that would be great to reach new younger audiences, and maybe even some of the older ones. I’ll be keeping up with the series from now own, even if it’s only through trade paperbacks, because it’s too good to miss out on.

4 stars

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2 Responses to Saturday Issue Review: Batgirl Vol. 1 – Batgirl of Burnside

  1. Yippee! I think batgirl is awesome and totally kick ass, with her computer skills and everything, good to see you enjoyed this one Michelle.

  2. Lauren Becker says:

    Sounds like the start of a good series! I want to read more Batgirl. 🙂


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