Review – Batgirl #48
Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart
Artist: Babs Tarr
Cover: Babs Tarr
Best friends come back, and best friends are lost in Batgirl #48. This issue opens with a romantic scene of Batgirl and Batwing having a picnic on a rooftop (how romantic). A call breaks their merriment, and the two rush to break up a crime scene. Nothing Batwing and Batgirl can’t handle. The two criminals have met Batgirl before, but she doesn’t remember. Her memory is fading. Upon further research by Frankie, it would appear that someone might have hacked her brain. For now, there’s nothing they can do but go home. What a surprise is waiting for them when they get there. An angry Black Canary has Greg pinned against a wall. The poor guy can’t catch a break. Barbara is able to calm Canary down, and go for a walk. She explains her situation to Dinah, but a source leads them to an abandoned building and right to Batgirl’s nightmare guy. After some “singing and dancing”, the mask comes off, but no one suspected to see a familiar face underneath it.
This ending was the last thing I would expect. I like the direction this book is going. Family/friend drama is great when its not overplayed. Grumpy Black Canary isn’t really my thing, but I can deal with it. I do like our villain, Mr. Fugue. Not because of what he’s done to Batgirl, but because his costume looks really cool. I’m actually hoping he becomes a recurring villain. I have to give it to Babs Tarr for the good work on this book. The Canary Cry doesn’t look silly, the background effects are great, but I’m not feeling the costume. Fletcher and Stewart are doing fabulously besides Dinah’s attitude problem. However, it is an interesting read, and I’m looking forward to more team ups, but just not too many in a row.