Review – Batgirl #47
Writer: Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher
Artist: Eleonora Carlini and Justin Norman (Moritat)
Cover: Babs Tarr
I’m not quite sure how to feel about this issue. It was a whole lot of hype for small things. However, there were some things that were well worth the excitement.
The story continues as we see Spoiler and Batgirl on a rooftop talking about how Spoiler is safe to go back to her apartment. She’ll be okay because she has a cool roommate. Enter Bluebird! I was pretty excited to see Bluebird and was ready for some action. The three discuss their new mission, which happens to involve someone inside the GCPD who may be corrupt. Barbara tells them that she has a guy on the inside and races off the rooftop on her motorcycle (don’t know how it got there). Her guy on the inside is none other than Jim Gordon. They have a talk about him going against Mr. Bloom and not being certain at all of the GCPD. Its good to see him, but without his signature Gordon ‘stache and that military-style fauxhawk I was thrown off for a bit. In the end, Barbara “can’t just let injustice slide” and takes matters into her own hands.
After some roommate drama, Spoiler and Batgirl disguise themselves as members of the GCPD and go see what they can find. Frankie, Barbara’s roommate, acts as operator while Bluebird is handling wires. According to some files, Barbara was the one to hand over some kids in the Foster Lane Gang. It couldn’t have been Barbara, but it doesn’t say who it was. All a part of the mystery. Something goes wrong where the systems go on lockdown. Before Barbara and Stephanie get arrested, the lights go down, and they quickly change into costume. They run across to a room that isn’t supposed to be there and stumble upon the SWAT team, aimed and ready to fire. Luckily they don’t because some nanotube, musclebound woman comes charging through and knocks them all down. Calling herself “Corporal Punishment” (I know right), fighting breaks out, but not at all for long as Bluebird comes in and fries those fake muscles. They escape, and Frankie lets them know that she might have found something.
Remember that construct plan Barbara has in her head? Well she’s not so sure about it or herself with it. She tells Luke that the design could be bad, but Luke can only focus on the positive. I’m glad he’s around. When Barbara is asleep, that creepy dude from before comes back. He starts tampering with her memory, showing her that she’s happy to build the construct rather than what she actually wants. This creep must want it bad, so it can’t be a good thing.
So, what did I like about this issue? Bluebird showed up, lots of mystery, and Luke. What didn’t I like? That hair on Jim Gordon, overexcited Spoiler and Bluebird, the fighting, and cheesy villain names, which I can get over. On the rooftop scene, Batgirl drove her motorcycle off the roof. I guess it is interesting to see, but Spoiler and Bluebird’s reactions might have been over the top. The scenes in the GCPD could have been handled better. Spoiler fighting Corporal Punishment were condensed into small panels so you couldn’t see what she was hitting or kicking. The panels also covered up Corporal Punishment’s face, which would have been better if left open. Carlini and Norman did a great job with the art, but it was strange when it was changed up so suddenly. Also, speed lines are everywhere. Not such a bad thing, but they could have been spared in some places.Besides that, this cover is awesome. Couldn’t you see it on a poster or a t-shirt somewhere? I’m hoping that this isn’t the end of a Spoiler, Bluebird, and Batgirl teamup. If not, then it would be great if Spoiler an Bluebird could do a lot more.