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Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection (The New 52) Paperback – February 12, 2013
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A New York TimesÂ Best Seller!As a part of the acclaimed DC ComicsâThe New 52 event of September 2011, Barbara Gordon is finally back as Batgirl!The nightmare-inducing brute known as Mirror is destroying the lives of Gotham City citizens seemingly at random. Will Barbara be able to survive her explosive confrontation with this new villain, as well as facing dark secrets from her past? A new chapter in the riveting adventures of Batgirl continue in stunning fashion, with script by fan-favorite Gail Simone and stellar art by superstar Ardian Syaf!This volume colles issues 1-6 of Batgirl, part of the DC ComicsâThe New 52 event.From the Hardcover edition.
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There are two villains in this collection. First, a new character named Mirror, and another by the name of Gretl--both "damaged" by incidents beyond their control, which causes Barbara to deal with them out of compassion rather than anger or just the raw power of Batman. She "cares", but not to the point of allowing them to continue their murder sprees. First, Mirror lost his family in a car accident, his wife and two girls burned while he was forced to watch, as someone pulled him from the car and he alone survived. This damaged him, caused him to begin killing people who were saved by miraculous means, which he feels goes against the natural way of things--no one should survive when they were meant to die. Obviously a self reflection--hence, the name Mirror.
The second villain, Gretl, was similarly victimized, but not by an accident but rather by mobsters. She was an aspiring reporter who infiltrated a gang lord's inner circle but was caught, and then murdered. Only, she didn't quite die, and the bullet to her head gave her the power to hypnotize/mesmerize men to do her bidding.
In both of these cases, writer Gail Simone takes the reader on a journey through Barbara's mind, exploring her misgivings and doubts about herself as someone who overcame her disability and was able to walk again. There is a moment when she is uncertain, and even one incident where she freezes and allows someone to die--very human frailties and weaknesses that are often lost on the reader of Batman, who seems all-powerful at times, and only taken down by the most powerful of foes.
Among all of the Bat-series, (and I read them all), I put them in this order by preference:
Batman and Robin
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Birds of Prey
We meet up with Barbara Gordon on her first night back as Batgirl, after being three years in the past shot through the spine by the Joker, and one year ago having had a surgery that repaired the damage but required a full year of physical therapy to undo the physical wounds, but leaving a bad case of PTSD in it's place as Batgirl tries to get back out into her city to help it's citizens against the criminals of Gotham.
This first volume was a joy to read, and it's so very clear the love and adoration that writer Gail Simone has for this character. The villians are a tad on the gruesome side at times, so I don't recommend giving this volume to any child under tween level, but anyone older as well as adults can enjoy and appreciate this entertaining book.
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