Review: Batgirl: Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside

Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (The New 52)

by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr
Graphic Novel, Superhero
Print/Ebook (176 pages, DC COMICS)
Barbara Gordon’s ready for a fresh start. She’s packing her bags, crossing the bridge, and heading to Gotham’s coolest neighborhood: Burnside. And when a freak fire burns up her costume and gear, Babs has the chance to become a whole new Batgirl!
But she barely slips on her new DIY costume before Batgirl starts trending as Gotham’s first viral vigilante — and attracting a new wave of enemies who want her social-media spotlight for themselves. Meanwhile, the girl beneath the gear’s got a whole new crew of friends, college classes that are kicking her Bat-butt and a dating scene that can make anyone want to swipe left on life.
This bat’s done living in the shadows. But will the bright lights of Burnside burn her for good?
Red-hot creative team Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr reinvent Barbara Gordon from the boots up in BATGIRL: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE (collects issues #35-40 and a story from SECRET ORIGINS #10). (Gr. 9+)

A great choice for a first timer. (5 stars)

I have a confession... I've never been a DC reader. But I kept hearing great stuff about the new Batgirl comics so I caved and checked this out and I was really pleasantly surprised. I love a great female protagonist comic and Batgirl goes one farther and rounds it out with supporting characters who are also women.

Babs is very relatable as she juggles her college life, friendships, and her role as a vigilante. It's an excellent starting point for someone like myself who has wanted to pull from the DC line but hasn't found a character/book to start with. Occasionally I could tell there was back story I was missing but it was written well enough that I never felt fully lost. The art is great and totally fit the story and I love the attention that was paid to Babs' costume being realistic. Can't wait for the next volume!

Notes: ARC received via Edelweiss.

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