For the past four months I have been quietly reading Batgirl by Gail Simone and I have been loving it! I jumped in at issue #7 and was instantly hooked in with how they managed to tie in Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” into the story line.
In the new 52 Barbara Gordon is no longer paralyzed. She actually managed to recover from the shooting and the new 52 picks up with her getting back into the crime fighting game. One of the things I have really been enjoying is how Batgirl manages to get so emotionally tied to whats happening around her. Batman is as cold as ice. Emotionless. Gail Simone manages to present Batgirl as every bit as deadly as Batman but with emotions.
Batgirl #10 is supposed to introduce Batgirl’s major nemesis which at this time I am not sure who exactly it is. There was an all female group of women in the story known as the “Disgraced” but Gail hasn’t made it clear which one will be the real problem. Issue 10 we do get two fight scenes and see Batgirl’s fighting skills tested at the very end by a Hawkwomen knock off. This is the beginning of the Knightfall story line so I expect things to heat up early next issue. Gail Simone has been on the money from the four issues I have read of Batgirl while this issues artist Alitha Martinez drew some beautiful fight scenes.
Bad: Not one complaint from me.
Good: Great opening issue to kick off the Knightfall story line. Either one of the “Disgraced” women in the issue have the potential to be Batgirl’s new main nemesis as advertised by DC. All three are very distant in their own way. Gail manages to strike a very good balance between dialogue and action.
Verdict: Who else would know better how to write a Batgirl comic then another female Gail Simone. I am hooked. Pick it up.