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Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection (The New 52) Paperback – February 12, 2013
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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 Welcome To Tranquility. She currently writes Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men and Batgirl for DC Comics.
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I wasn't completely satisfied with this book but the narrative and character development is very strong. It's nice seeing Barbara try to take on the Batgirl role again, we got to see her struggle but eventually manage to pull through. The first Villain that made an appearance was Black Mirror, I've never heard of him before but I found him really interesting, one of my confusions tho, he was mad at Batgirl because she saved him during a car explosion, he claimed he wanted to die, so why didn't he just kill himself? Why go and kill Batgirl? It just didn't make sense to me.
The second villain that appeared in this book was Gretel, I'm not gonna hold back, I found the story incredibly weak and forgettable. It was nice seeing Batman and Batgirl interact at the end tho. Nightwing also makes an appearance and I thought the love storyline they tried building up was pretty decent.
Overall this is a good book, it's not amazing and an essential for all DC fans, but if you're a Batgirl or Oracle fan then get this! The artwork is beautiful, one of the best from The New 52.
This book contains issues #1-6 of "Batgirl", and the story begins as Barbara returns to the Gotham streets for the first time after donning the cape and cowl once again. In the new continuity, Barbara was still shot and wheelchair-bound by the Joker, but she recovered the ability to walk after a few years. She has in no way forgotten the incident however, for while the physical scars may have healed, the mental and emotional scars are still very much healing. This is a Batgirl who is trying to fight crime while at the same time fighting the trauma of what happened to her, a Batgirl who is battling Gotham's baddies by night while battling the trials of moving into her own place by day.
The first four issues contain Batgirl's clash with a new villain called the Mirror. Immediately chilling from his first appearance, he is a strong antagonist, and is at times more than a match for a rusty Batgirl. This arc is well-written and action-packed, and is also a perfect beginning to what is shaping up to be a great series. The last two issues in the book are also well-done, and though the villain isn't quite as believable a threat, their motivations make a little more sense than do those of the Mirror.
But it's not just the villains that make this narrative work. The story in these pages is so compelling because Barbara, who is a constant narrator, has a strong, consistent voice handled perfectly by Gail Simone, the author of the book. It's great to see a Bat-family hero who sometimes sees things a little less seriously, who isn't afraid to crack a joke. Simone has indeed turned Barbara into witty and charming protagonist, but she is also one who feels wonderfully developed and fully realized. Batgirl is not simply going through the motions as she does battle with her enemies; she is struggling, she is hurting, and she is pushing herself every step of the way. Batgirl is a vulnerable character here, and her resulting victory is made much sweeter because of it.
The art is also extremely well-done. The action scenes have a wonderful sense of momentum and speed, and the colors truly pop right off of the page. The artist also understands that Batgirl's appearance can take on various shades depending on what's happening in the panel. When Batgirl swings from roof to roof for the first time since being shot, her golden costume is bright, almost joyful. But when she is ready to get down to business, when she quietly lays down the law, she becomes a dark spectre rivaling Batman.
I am so thrilled to see Barbara Gordon as Batgirl again, not only because she is the Batgirl I know and love from years of cartoons (Batman: The Animated Series, Young Justice), but also because this is one of the best comics DC is pumping out. Batgirl obviously belongs under the pen of Gail Simone, and it is supremely rewarding to see Barbara return to the streets desperate to start again, just as we readers are looking forward to getting to know her again. The other Batgirls are great, but nothing beats the original.
Gail Simone's obvious familiarity with the character of Barbara Gordon makes her the obvious choice to handle her return to the capes & body armor games, and her writing is complimented by strong artwork. Action and dialogue flow well, other characters make welcomed appearances.
With the relaunch, Barbara regains her ability to walk and resume her duties as Batgirl and the disabled hero, Oracle, would be no more. This is where Batgirl shines. Ms. Simone did not reboot Batgirl. Instead, the volume picks up with Barbara Gordon stepping back into the role of Batgirl, but not forgetting her past.
Never underestimate Gail Simone's ability to humanize and ground these "bigger than life" characters. Her writing brings a genuineness and vulnerability to Batgirl that doesn't allow the reader to forget the trauma of Barbara's past, and her desire to reclaim her position as Batgirl. Of all of the New 52s, Batgirl has been the most satisfying to read. Batgirl is given a fun but self-aware voice that is as interesting to read as the stories themselves.
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