Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside Review

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Title: Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside
Author: Cameron Stewart
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: DC Comics
More information on Goodreads

Thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for providing me with an ARC.

The title of this comic is a little confusing. It says Vol 1, which I understand because it’s a new author and it’s a new chapter in Barbara Gordon’s life; but it’s technically Vol 6 of Batgirl The New 52. This comic holds issues #35-40. I have not read any of the other Batgirl’s, old or new, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Luckily it was easy to catch on to. The only things that would be beneficially to know from reading the previous comics is who knows that Barbara Gordon is Batgirl, and you would know who Dinah is.

That being said, the beginning of this book was kind of boring because we didn’t really get to know Barbara. We just get thrown into her world. It’s a little confusing at first but it’s easy to get your bearing.

From reading other people’s reviews, Batgirl is supposed to be for children. I think the illustrators and writers forgot about that because the were some images that were a little racy, not good for the eyes of a child. Also, all of the women had the same figure, which was disappointing. I thought they would put in some variation but I think they thought that since Batgirl’s suit is no longer skin tight that it would be okay. It’s not okay; not all women have long legs and stick thin figures! However, I did like that some of the characters were of different race. Aside from all of these flaws the illustrations are top notch.

Now I’m going to try to keep my rant on the villains short. They seemed to be the only element that were child-like. They were very flamboyant and over the top. They were all super colourful and super sparkle-y. Their technics were different but they all acted the same. Except for the last one, it was like reading the same issue over and over again.

Basically, the only things that saved this book was the artwork, Batgirl’s sass, and Dinah’s awesomeness. I wouldn’t recommend this; but if you are interested in reading, I would suggest reading the previous Batgirl comics by Gail Simone first.

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