Batgirl’s relationship with the Penguin’s son is reaching its limit. It seems the Cobblepot may not fall too far from the tree. It’s truly a shame a world-class detective can’t pick up on some red flags.
This issue delivers on the promise of the previous edition’s concluding page, picking up where it left off; namely, a ping-pong game between the Penguin and Batgirl. It’s a funny, absurd sequence that sets the tone for this breezy series. The rest of the proceedings are rather tame in comparison, with genteel sequences in which Batgirl seeks to solve a crime, spend time with friends, and rendezvous with Mr. Dick Grayson.
Hope Larson invested time in crafting a relationship between Batgirl and the young Cobblepot that will pay off as events escalate. The idea of a heroine caught between a former paramour and his villainous father is a novel one. It’s sort of like she has her own R’as al Ghul situation. OK, so maybe it’s not entirely novel…
The book is more than capably illustrated by Chris Wildgoose. The consistency of his output is at times machine-like in its uniformity and consistency, with instances in which multiple characters in a panel have the same nose as if they were the women of Riverdale rather than Gotham (or Burnside). For the most part, he performs exemplary work. Jon Lam’s inking is excellent; his light touch doesn’t drown the pencils and we instead see a layered harmony that makes the panels quietly pop. Once the story begins to do the same, which it no doubt will in the coming issues, readers will have a lot to enjoy.