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Gor­don’s grin

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: DC Writ­ers: Cameron Ste­wart, Bren­den Fletcher Artists: Babs Tarr, Cameron Ste­wart

With Gail

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.

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