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Review: Batgirl #23


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By Philip Schweier
May 25, 2018 - 14:10

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Unfortunately I missed last issue, so I’m coming in the middle of a two-part story. But that in itself is good, because a quick, tight story carries more weight with me than some drawn-out, overly long epic-that’s-not-so-epic. I believe that is the strength of this title – it offers something other books don’t.


Batgirl is trapped inside her own mind, where anything can happen. And she is desperate to bust out, but only if she can pierce the multiple layers of mental manipulation. But in order to do so, she’ll have to cast aside both Barbara Gordon AND Batgirl, and become everything she is not.


This issue’s artwork from Scott Godlewski is not as stylized as some of the book’s previous artists, but that’s okay. It remains consistent and comparable to previous issues, and Godlewski is clearly a superb artist.


Batgirl may be one of DC’s most under-appreciated titles. Not because of the strength of its starring character (which is considerable), but because its Hope Larson seems to have a simple strategy: tell good stories. Not great stories, not epic stories, but good, solid tales, and she seem to do it consistently. Many comic book series have ups and downs, but Batgirl has a consistent quality other titles should envy.


Rating: 7/10

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Last Updated: May 25, 2018 - 14:20

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