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Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection (The New 52) Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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“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
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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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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This is probably one of the better books of the New 52 relaunch. Gail Simone is perfect for Barbara Gordon's voice, and she fills the world with drama, wit, and gravitas while... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew
My fiance loved it! it went perfectly with her BATGIRL collection!Published 2 months ago by Zachary Carter
So good. It's a great storyline it has brief cameos of batman & nightwing so that's pretty awesome.Published 4 months ago by Hillary
the art,the story,the characters. all of them are good and if you read a few previous titles you can catch some continuity
but Barbra gorden back in action and walking... Read more
What she's thinking, what she's doing, what she's ssying...it's her journey from a miraculous recovery and I'm excited to be along for the ride. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Davitch
Gail Simone is amazing. I'm not a big fan of Batgirl but Simone has made me a followerPublished 6 months ago by robin