Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Comic Book Review: Batgirl #1
Peering once again at the newly relaunched line of DC Comics, today I turn my attention to a title I was particularly looking forward to, Batgirl #1. This was a bigger deal than other titles because this is the debut of the newly unparalyzed Barbara Gordon, who lost her ability to walk due to events in the one-shot comic Batman: The Killing Joke, my alltime favorite comic story.
Unfortunately, my curiosity as to how Barbara regained her ability to walk is still a mystery. Writer Gail Simone has apparently decided to keep the reason secret for awhile longer to add to the interest of the story, a decision that I believe is a mistake. Barbara has been wheelchair-bound for 20 years, and I believe to announce with much fanfare that she will walk again and then not reveal the reason in the first issue is a disservice to the reader. My disappointment in this decision severely limited my enjoyment of the issue.
This is a shame, because despite that, there is much to enjoy here. Batgirl gives some punk villiains a good ass-kicking, there is a tender scene between Barbara and her father, Commissioner Gordon, and a quirky new roommate for Barbara is introduced that could provide leaded levity in future issues. I also enjoyed the artwork by Ardian Syaf quite a bit, especially her newly designed costume.
However, the omission of Barbara's recovery was such a blow to me that the issue was difficult to enjoy. I will try the next issue, but if more substance isn't given as to Barbara's "miracle" (as Barbara calls it), I likely won't be back for issue #3.
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