Friday, September 16, 2011

Batgirl #1

This is the first time Barbara Gordon gets her own ongoing series. Overdue.  Batgirl is written by Gail Simone and pencilled by Ardian Syaf.  After a thee year absence due to a spinal injury, Batgirl is back in action, and there is no dull moment with her.

Cover by Ardian Syaf
I can't find anything I didn't like about this issue; it was great.  For those who were concerned with her being de-aged too much, I say: "be at ease, she is not a teenager!"  She is still smart, strong, and has that charming willingness to protect the helpless she has always had that makes her so adorable.  This issue was full of story and rich in panels -which you don't see much of nowadays in comics with their wordless double spreads,- Ardian Syaf's art was dyamic and detailed.  Gail Simone loves Barbara, and it shows in her writing.  She is so respectful to the character, even when showing us her weaknesses and insecurities, which by the way are going to be very important in this new phase of her life.

Also, while I am not one for humor in comics, I couldn't help but laugh at that couple of awkward -and very natural- situations Batgirl found herself in; very well played Ms. Gail.  We also get to see the initial steps for the creation of a suppoting cast and a rogues gallery that will keep Batgirl busy and us entertained.

Overall, the return of Batgirl was everything I expected and more.  All the longing for Barbara back as the dominoed daredoll was worth it, and I know that she is safe in Gail Simone's hands.  If you are the one person who was living under a rock that did not buy this issue, do yourself a favor and get it, either online or at your local comic shop; you will not regret it... and you're welcome!

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