Release Date: OUT NOW!
Publisher: DC Writers: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher Artists: Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart
Simone departing after her lengthy recent run on Batgirl, it would have been easy to maintain the same dark, action- packed style as before. Instead, DC have handed the title to a creative team headed by writer/ artist Cameron Stewart. Tapping into the same kind of bright, accessible fun that’s made recent hit Ms Marvel such a delight, the result is a lively and colourful approach that’s a relaunch in all but name.
Relocating Barbara Gordon to Gotham’s hip Burnside neighbourhood, the story follows her attempts to go back to college. An unexpected fire means an all- new costume as Batgirl tackles criminals like Riot Black and the sword- wielding Jawbreaker twins. However, there’s also a mysterious, so- far unnamed adversary who knows her secret identity, and is out to ruin her reputation…
The move from intense drama and serial killer villains to breezy comedy- drama is one hell of a tonal swerve, but Stewart and his collaborators make this an enjoyable and fast- paced comic. Artist Babs Tarr helps immeasurably with this, showing a deft hand with character while also giving the title the requisite action and humour. There are a few wobbly moments in these first three issues where the new version of Batgirl is trying a little too hard to be hip and happening, but otherwise this is thoroughly entertaining stuff. Saxon Bullock
Luckily the new costume made Batgirl impervious to broken glass.