Batgirl #52 Review
Writer: Brenden Fletcher
Cover: Babs Tarr (regular and variant)
Art: Eleonora Carlini and Minkyu Jung
Barbara’s adventures in Burnside may have come to a close, but Batgirl has many more adventures to come.
It has finally come time to take down the GLADIUS commander. Not a problem for Batgirl, Black Canary, Vixen, Spoiler, and Bluebird. Clean up is a breeze, and life keeps on rolling. After a while, Barbara is ready to pack her things and go. Well not necessarily ready. Its hard to leave your home full of warm and comforting family and friends, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Wonderful memories are make it even harder. Yes, I’m a little emotional over this. How dare these writers make me feel my own feels.
This issue is the start of a new chapter in Barbara’s life as well as her friends. Her company is being run without her, and can Burnside do well without it’s great superheroine? Change must happen. Speaking of change, I feel like this may be the last, or one of the last, issues of this series. If so, then I feel a bit sad. Up to this point the story has been great. Its fun, bright, light-hearted, and easy to read. I though a new creative turn wouldn’t be good for Batgirl, but I have since shut my mouth. I love the attitude of the characters and the personality of this book.
One tiny problem I have with this book is how some of the enemies get taken down very easily. I’m not expecting big, all out battles between heroes and villains, but maybe something a little harder. We have definitely had some tough villains down the line, but the villain featured in this issue felt like a rush job to wrap something up that could have already been done in a previous issue or two. It served its purpose, so I guess its not too bad. I do love how Batgirl now has a unique rouges gallery all for herself. Maybe we shall see them again.
This super powered team up has been fun to watch. Batgirl, and her team are just a dream come true in my eyes. If these wonderful ladies decided to come together as the Birds of Prey, my heart would melt. Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart have done a great work in bringing these ladies together in a fun and creative way. It would be an injustice if these ladies never teamed up again. They had something strong, not just as teammates, but as sisters. Fletcher and Stewart meshed these characters together in a great way. No petty rivalries, no questioning anyone’s authority, no backstabbing, and everyone is dependable. That is what makes a great team. Maybe some folks can take notes.
Eleonora Carlini and Minkyu Jung are great artists for this book. I really love their styles. I would have loved to see them take on more Batgirl (no offence to Babs Tarr) or maybe any other book. Although the styles are pretty different, they don’t clash. They may be because of their thin, clean lines and/or the consistent colors of Serge Lapointe. I don’t know why the colors remind me of disco or some party lights, but they do and I love it. This “cutesy” and fun look totally fits the direction Batgirl has taken and does not take anything from the character or the story. It actually a bonus. None of that dark and gritty stuff some folks are fond of. Its a good look.
I really can’t wait to see what the next step in Barbara’s life will bring. I’m sure it’ll be just as fun and excited as this series was. Although this issue had an emotional ending, it makes me happy to have kept up with the series thus far.