Review: Batgirl #35

batgirl_495x767Did you miss the news? Batgirl is moving…. and getting a new look, and some new friends, and a fresh new direction.

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes… so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it!

Following the rest of Gotham’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl… and discovers all-new threats preying on her peers! Batgirl #35 is a re-invention of Batgirl from the boots up by a new creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and artist Babs Tarr.

Barbara has a chance to have some fun and live the life of a young, single girl in the city and to focus on grad school. But try as she might to live a “normal” life, Barbara very quickly finds herself drawn back into the world of crime fighting.

First thing about the new team, and the new feel of this series is the look. I LOVE the new design for Batgirl and the art for the issue feels, like much of the book, it’s breaking the mold of what we should expect from a DC Comics series. The art is fresh, solid, and there’s some spreads and pages that look fantastic. Look at the spread of Barbara trying to remember what happened at a party and not enjoy and linger on the page.

The writing itself is interesting. I stopped reading Batgirl a bit after the second story arc. There was a lack of specialness to make it stand out for me. This new vibe, and voice is fresh, almost too much. Hashtags are dropped in conversation. Technology references are there. Internet dating plays a significant role in the comic. It’s almost too much at times. But, the character is also about 15 years younger than me, and this isn’t a world I’m familiar with. Listening to my coworkers, this actually is close to their lives (minus the hashtags, cause who actually talks like that!?).

Also, gone is costumed crazies, in is battling a pervy website and tech thieves. It’s different, a lot different, but the ending says we might be moving to a happy medium of what the series was, to what this issue is, as the series continues.

This comic is a change, a massive change, breaking what feels like every rule from DC Comics. The comic is fresh, fun, vibrant…. and another example of what we need more of. Batgirl is dead. Long live Batgirl!

Story: Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher Art: Babs Tarr
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review