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Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection (The New 52) Hardcover – July 17, 2012

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“This is a must-buy series.” – New York Times

Simone and artist Ardian Syaf not only do justice to Babs' legacy, but build in a new complexity that is the starting point for a future full of new storytelling possibilities. A hell of a ride.” – IGN

“Simone gets the wit and warmth of Barbara's voice…Syaf's art is terrific.” – Time Out Chicago

“Gail Simone, one of the strongest female voices in comics today….Brilliantly handled. It’s action-based super-hero comics with a heart and conscience, just as we would expect from Gail Simone.” – Daily KOS

About the Author

A multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed writer of comics and animation, Gail Simone began writing as a columnist for comicbookresources.com, producing the comics parody column "You'll All Be Sorry." She has since had fan favorite runs on such books as Wonder Woman, Superman, Secret Six, Birds Of Prey and the creator-owned Welcome To Tranquility. She currently writes Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men and Batgirl for DC Comics.

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Product Details

  • Series: Batgirl
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234751
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must confess something, When the new 52 re-launched, I had no intention of trying to read Batgirl. I was coming in for Batman and Catwoman only. But let me tell you that would've been a grave mistake, because Batgirl is one of the best comics rewritten in the new 52. She is a lot like her counter-part from the 1990's animated series, even going so far as to use words like "doofus" and it is really cute. If you liked the show from the 90's, you need to buy Batgirl's comic because it will be a refreshing taste of nostalgia and it might even get you into reading more comics. Batman is the Dark and Nightwing is the light and Batgirl fits neatly in between those two extremes making it appealing to just about everybody. The story is rich and real, and I actually liked both of her villains a lot. They aren't Batman's villains, but they could be. No other Bat Comic has bad guys anywhere near as interesting as Batman's so this is a huge plus for Batgirl and her Author. For the fans who got upset by Barbara being able to walk again, don't be. As soon as you read it you will see that Barbara "Was always meant to be Batgirl." One of my favorite moments of the book was the interaction she had with Nightwing for one issue. This story was definitely written for us girls and when Nightwing and Batgirl part ways so she can find her confidence on her own again you will be so heartbroken. Just as I Believe Batman and Catwoman were Made for each other, I Believe Barbara and Dick are practically soul mates and I Love Barbara's inner monologues. They are very sophisticated but still filled with emotion. The Story on it's own is already good, but Batgirl is definitely first and foremost about the character. What she does is only one part of it and that is how you keep readers engaged.
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Gail Simone is one of the freshest voices in super hero comics. Her career originated in an online blog where criticizing the victimization of women in super hero stories ("Women in refrigerators") brought new perspectives to a cliché genre. When she took over DC's Birds of Prey she wrote the character Oracle for years and gave her a depth rarely experienced in mainstream comics. Barbara Gordon was one of those victims described above having been shot by the Joker and using a wheelchair since. As the secret leader of those Birds of Prey she grew into a role model for people with disabilities never giving up and serving her best by use of her cunning abilities with computers. Simone, a redhead herself, said that it had been her dream to write Barbara Gordon since her days as Batgirl.
When DC revamped its whole line of super hero comics in 2011 (The New 52) there were many critical voices regarding this decision, one in general that so all those characters with their long history were bereft of their history, the other especially regarding Barbara Gordon who was installed as Batgirl again, evidently not needing a wheelchair any more. (Coincidentally the most prominent wheel chair user of the Marvel Universe, Charles Xavier, walks these days too, miraculously healed.)
Readers using a wheelchair themselves and having chosen Barbara Gordon as an idol felt cheated. They lived in a world where no miracles happened.
In defense of Gail Simone you have to keep in mind that it was editorial decision to make Gordon Batgirl again. And though hesitating Simone finally thought that if it would be done anyway she could be the one doing it in a decent way. And she did. The incident that brought Gordon into a wheelchair DID happen and somehow she got back onto her legs.
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Now this Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, the classic one everyone and their mother was harping for before the reboot and everyone was cursing when this was announced. First thing to note is that "The Killing Joke" did occur so she was paralyzed and she was Oracle (I'm guessing) but now she's been healed and it will not be known until second or third volume depending upon how generous DC feels like being with these trades. If you want to read in single issues it will be issue number 0 coming in September of 2012.

GOOD: Barbara Gordon is handle by the only person suitable to handle Barbara Gordon coming back, Gail Simone, the writer who made her name by establishing the modern Barbara Gordon. This Barbara Gordon is also one at a very interesting time as she's coping with getting out of the wheelchair, finally, and coming back into the crimefighting scene. Ultimately she's out of her game and trying to regain the confidence that was shattered by the Joker.

The first villain is decent and seems fitting, although Killer Moth would have been nostalgically nice, but nitpicking aside as a villain The Mirror does a great job at challenging the heroine on multiple levels, not just physically by being a tough SOB but mentally and emotionally by making her doubt her recovery. This makes the heroine interesting and the villain threatening.

The dialogue is well done and I can see that Ms. Simone is doing a great job at setting things into place for later stories. Artwork is also good with the mirror shots being really nice to look at. It also makes the fight scenes clear and interesting.

The development of Barbara's mother is building up and if you keep reading you are bound for a really great payoff.

BAD:The second villain is...
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