Review: ‘Batgirl’ #46
Writer: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Cover: David Lafuente
Art: Babs Tarr
Issue 46 of Batgirl brings us back to the cape and tights after the contrasting book that was #45. Its not clowns or monsters, but instead it street gangs. Turns out Burnside is full of them. Their sudden appearance may be linked to building developers pushing people out of their homes.
Barbara and her good friend, Nadimah, are taking a survey to figure out what to do. Upon hearing about the rise in gang numbers Barbara trades the paper and pencils for her cape and tights. She runs into a local gang and of course puts the good ol’ Batgirl smackdown on the teens. A man named Lewis comes from the shadows and tases one of the members, which is enough to disperse the gang members. He tells Batgirl that his name is Lewis, and that they must find a safe place to talk and then disappears into the dark alley.
Partnerships are a-brewing in Burnside. Barbara’s roomate, Frankie puts herself at risk with a nueral implant, which prompts Barbara to flip out. Frankie defends herself saying that Barbara risks herself everyday, so why can’t she risk herself too? Reluctantly Barbara agrees and now Batgirl has a new partner. I sense the team is only going to get bigger as Batgirl learns from her meeting with Lewis that Spoiler is in trouble with the Haisigawa family. More specifically: Eiko Hasigawa (if you want more on Eiko, the I suggest reading Catwoman). Batgirl makes a plan to help Spoiler, and does just that when she sees her in the middle of a fight with anither local gang and a masked man. Batgirl and Spoiler take them down and Spoiler is allowed to stay at Barbara’s safehouse.
By the end it is clear on how much of a toll normal life is for Batgirl. “Everything thats going on with Frankie, Jeremy getting kicked out of college, Alysia being away on honeymoon,…schoolwork piling up”. Lets not forget the nightmares. It the midst of it all, Barbara has a billion dollar tech idea stuck in her brain. A billion dollars is a lot of money in case you didn’t know. Too bad the reaction doesn’t last long. Through a text from Nadimah, we see a local gang member getting hauled from his home and his crying mother, who points the blame at “the red’haired girl”. Talk about a guilt trip.
This book was a roller coaster. One moment you’re sad for the tenants, and the next minute you’re excited to see Spoiler again. You can definitely tell that something big is going to happen. Not just from the dialogue, but from the emotion and drama that can be seen on each character’s face thanks to Babs Tarr. Keep in mind that Tarr’s style is very cartoonish, so almost any emotion will be exaggerated. Also, some of the facial structures aren’t my cup of tea. This includes sloping foreheads, very defined jawlines and chins, and very long, slender fingers. The cover of this book has it flaws as well. Just minor mistakes when Despite this,however, the big eyes, mostly normal anatomy, and bright colors are a boost. All in all, these details aren’t going to be a problem if you’re only focused on the story.