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Batgirl The Greatest Stories Ever Told TP Paperback – December 21, 2010
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Why didn't DC include the great story of when Batgirl was shot by Cormorant and had to overccome her fear of him to save Batman? And what about when Batgirl single-handedly defeated Dr. Phosphorus while saving Batman's life (yet again). Or when Batgirl's friend was murdered by Zsasz and she tracked him and took him down while Batman watched silently from the shadows? Or how about any of the marvelous '80s Batgirl stories by Barbara Randall? Nope. DC decided against those classics and instead chose some dumb stories, like when Batgirl fought Benedict Arnold and Satan. DC took the easy/lazy way out with this collection. There's no rhyme or reason to what was chosen, and these stories are by no means the greatest batgirl stories ever told.
If you want some great Batgirl reading, pick up "Batgirl: Year One" or "Batman: The Cat and The Bat".
The vast bulk of the collection, seven of eleven total stories, are from the 1970s "Barbara Gordon as Congresswoman" period. I think one of those stories would have been interesting, but too much is too much. Even though there are consecutive issues, there is no story continuity. Many of these stories could only barely be called "Batgirl stories," as Robin is often the main crime-solver with Batgirl only pitching in.
What is really shocking is what is missing. Not a single story from the 1980s. Not a single one of the many Batgirl/Supergirl team-ups. Nothing from her retirement in "Batgirl Special #1" from 1988. The only real "greatest" in this collection are Batgirl's origin, and the 2-parter "Folie A Deux." The rest is filler at best. It is almost like the editor willfully wanted to create a bad collection.
The stories included are:
The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl - Detective Comics #359 - 1967
The Orchid-Crusher - Detective Comics #396 - 1970
The Hollow Man - Detective Comics #397 - 1970
The Unmasking of Batgirl - Detective Comics #422 - 1972
Candidate for Danger - Detective Comics #423 - 1972
Batgirl's Last Case - Detective Comics #424 - 1972
The Invader from Hell - Batman Family #1 - 1975
Startling Secret of the Devilish Daughters - Batman Family #9 - 1977
Photo Finish - Batman Chronicles #9 - 1997
Folie A Deux Part 1&2 - Legends of the DC Universe #10-11 - 1998
There is one ridiculous story that stands out and I have a hard time figuring out why it's "one of the greatest" because it involves Benedict Arnold returning from the dead determined to take over America with a flaming magical sword and mind-control powers. When it doesn't stray this far into the bizarre though, "The Greatest Stories Ever Told" is a fun read.
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I may not have read every single Batgirl comics that has ever been published...but this was a very enjoyable read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A Little Bird
Being a huge Batgirl fan, I knew I had to pick this up! This collection features her original 1960's debut, along with some team ups with Robin in the 1970's and some outstanding... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brayden
This is an odd book in DC's 21st century "Greatest Stories Ever Told" books. It stands at 160 pages which is 32 pages less than the other books in the series. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
After reading Birds of Prey by Gail Simone, I was really interested in the backstory of Oracle, and so I thought to give the older ones a chance. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Priscila
It really seems that the "Greatest Stories" line of books was best in the late 1980's early 1990's. Anything post 2000, really seems hit or miss. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by GSD
Who does not love Batgirl! This is a great book. I wish you got to see the full image of Batgirl by Adam Hughes - but it is great.Published on April 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer