By Philip Schweier
Sep 5, 2018 - 12:50
What I especially enjoyed about this issue is the combined artwork of Pelletier and Rapmund. It reminds me a great deal of John Byrne’s work in the late 1980s. It has a energetic style that captures the speed of the chase, the flames of catastrophe, and the brutality of Grotesque’s beat-down.
But one of
the things that impresses me about all the artists that have worked on Batgirl while I’ve been reading it is
the attention to subtle details, specifically Barbara’s wardrobe. Too often we
suffer through lazy artists, who can draw all manner of space ship or
super-hero, but when it comes to a simple car or man on the street, they
flounder. They lack the imagination to render something they’ve been seeing day
after day for years.
Barbara’s day-to-day wear looks natural – something a 20-something would choose to wear – rather than simply putting a dress or jeans & t-shirt on a figure. It’s a minor detail, but it’s this level of attention that gives the visuals of the book (any book) veritas. It makes me sit up and take notice.