Today’s review is of a comic that has one hell of a girl as a protagonist! It’s Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes!
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For some reason, I decided to start reading Batgirl from the beginning . After all the controversy regarding the cover of issue #41, I needed to see for myself what Barbara Gordon really is. The common knowledge is: she was shot by Joker (see Batman: The Killing Joke) and was left paralyzed. It seems that everything surrounding this character involves her accident and Joker. Most people know absolutely nothing about her besides that. So, this read is my research on this character.
After three years in a wheelchair, Barbara makes a steady recovery and starts fighting crime again. A new villain, Mirror, emerges and starts killing, what appears to be, random people. As Batgirl confronts the villain, her own problems and secrets start to take their toll on her own feelings.
I don’t quite understand the length of this volume. As I told in my synopsis, the main plot focus on the fight against Mirror but for some reason, when that is over, the story picks up another villain? This should have ended in issue 4, not 6. God, issue 4 ends with such a cliffhanger (not villain related)! I see no point in keeping it going , other than making it the TPB bigger. This definitely affected my view in the story.
Which I wasn’t particularly liking before. The pace is a bit slow and Mirror isn’t at all that interesting. The inner debates of Barbara, and her personality, were the only thing I truly enjoyed. She’s a great character. The writing isn’t that terrible but it’s not amazing. All the puns and bad jokes are normal and honestly expected in super-heroes stories but after a few, my patience runs out.
The art isn’t my favourite either. Maybe I’m a bit picky with artwork, I never thought of this before but lately I’ve been realizing that it’s hard to please me. This one is a bit too “normal”, if that makes any sense. I like drawings that completely pop out of the pages, making the story vivid and almost happening right in front of my eyes.
Anyway, this read was ok. It was a good introduction on Barbara and Batgirl. I think I’ll continue to read it because I want to get to the new issues, of Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr (one of my favourite artists ever). Did you read this volume? If so, what did you think? Let me know!
Hope to see you next time!