Thursday, August 22, 2013

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Batgirl #23

Batgirl #23
written by Gail Simone
art by Fernando Pasarin and Jonathan Glapion
cover by Alex Garner

Batgirl is a really fun book to read. Sometimes it's quite serious with it's themes, sometimes it's more lighthearted, and sometimes it's a bit of both like in this issue.

The funny side is seeing Barbara and her roomie go shopping for clothes. Barbara is trained to spot the creeps and the bad guys all around her so that she is able to take them down. I don't know if I would call what she did an over-reaction to those two guys that started up with them. Her friend thought she was. It's just that guys harass women all the time and think no big deal about it as if they're just paying women compliments. It all creates a culture of acceptable behavior when harassment shouldn't be acceptable, at all.

Barbara's... boyfriend? guy-she's-dating? gets into a bit of a pickle. He'd been trying to stand apart from his old ways and bad influences but he gets a phone call from some gang member that's holding his friend hostage. Barbara gets involved. She's gotta save her man. The police come to investigate. Then a terrible thing happens as a gun shot is fired by Commissioner Gordon and a body drops to the ground.

It's been really thrilling getting to this point in the story, what with Barbara still not wearing any Bat symbol and the bad blood between her and her father after killing her own brother, though Gordon doesn't realize Batgirl is his daughter. I, also, think the cover to this issue is great. The Bat-boots are distracting but the whole thing is dynamic and emotive. The anguish from these characters is so palpable. Batgirl #23 is a fantastic issue.


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