By Philip Schweier
May 11, 2018 - 13:08
So when a freakish snowstorm – hey, we had one in the Southern U.S. last January – immobilizes Burnside, Batgirl can’t help but believe that the Penguin’s presence is more than mere coincidence. This leads to a series of puzzles as to why the weather forecasts failed to predict it, and who is responsible. Mr. Freeze? The Penguin? But he’s being so generous, opening his club as a shelter from the storm.
Rather than simply be a female version of Batman (no, that job belongs to Batwoman), Batgirl does some subtle character exploration here. It’s not preachy, nor is it obvious in a-very-special-episode sort of way. It’s simply there as thread running through the story, but in the distant background for you to appreciate. Or not.
The art is wonderful. I really enjoy the illustrative styles of Chris Wildgoose and Sam Basri. They are comparable but not identical, giving Batgirl (the comic) a consistent visual appeal, while enabling the talents of both artists to shine.
This is a fun comic book, but it also has some meat on its bones that elevates it above the typical audience-targeted title. Well worth checking out.