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Product Details

  • Series: Batgirl
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401229247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401229245
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denny O'Neil was the guiding force behind the Batman mythos during the '80s and '90s. He has also penned, amongst others, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Daredevil and The Hulk. Gil Kane was one of comics' most prolific artists, with co-creation credits on Green Lantern and the Atom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Being a huge Batgirl fan, I knew I had to pick this up!
Brayden
As I said none of these are bad, some are forgettable and some are good, but they're not really great.
Kid Kyoto
Even though there are consecutive issues, there is no story continuity.
Zack Davisson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Invisiboy2001 on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having read the majority of Batgirl/Barbara Gordon stories, I was amazed at what a poor job DC did at choosing the "best Batgirl" stories from the character's 45-year history. Sure, there's a level of personal taste involved, but the stories DC chose are mostly negligible and not all that interesting. The '60s origin is a welcome slice of Batgirl's history, but the '70s stories (i.e., most of the book) DC selected are rather ... flat.

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".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John W. Dacey on January 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
To paraphrase Peggy Lee but really, Is this it?! After forty-six-plus years THIS is what DC COMICS comes up with as THE "Greatest" Batgirl stories ever told??!! EVER??! Puh-leese! I'll give you the first story, as it is an origin story but with the possible exception of the last two (FOLIE A DEUX, Parts 1 & 2), none of the other offerings belong here; I'm not even sure of the last two, for that matter. Also, the artwork: Don Heck???!!! Really?! What about Carmine Infantino and Gil Kane, two of THE ICONIC artists of DC COMICS in the Silver (or any other age, for that matter!) Age? Both, in all fairness, are represented here but not by much! DC COMICS could have given this collection a better effort, this smacks of a money-grubbing hustle; even the Alex Ross cover is not one of his better efforts. Clearly, this is one for the bean-counters, NOT the fans! Spend your money elsewhere.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
The poor quality of "Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told" is astounding. It is like no effort at all went into this collection. Far from the "greatest stories," many of the selections here barely qualify as mediocre. Ten minutes on an internet fan-board could have produced a better selection, more representative of a great character with a 40+ year history. The editor should be ashamed.

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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winter TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2013
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This collection of stories is well put together in that it contains some of the defining stories of the Batgirl character. The fact that the early stories run from the '60s through the '80s makes things at times a little awkward--early Batgirl was a strong woman in a man's world that gets more sexist the further back you go. The charm to reading this collection is that Batgirl stands strong: at one point she's near tears in frustration that the bad guy made such poor decisions to get where he is, but she's hardly breaking down and crying--he gets the pummeling he deeserves and off to jail he goes. In other story elements she's Barbara Gordon, political activist turned legislator, unafraid to forge her own strong career and try to change the system from within, a very '60s sentiment chock full of happy idealistic hippie kids. From time to time Robin teams up with her and the chemistry can at times be charming.

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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