ARC | Manga/Graphic Novel Review #50 – Batgirl, Vol.1: Beyond Burnside, by Hope Larson and Raphael Albuquerque

Hey everyone!

Here is my review for Batgirl’s latest trade paperback! This is Batgirl, Vol.1: Beyond Burnside, by Hope Larson and Raphael Albuquerque.

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A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Barbara Gordon looks to add a new bullet point to her already impressive Batgirl resume: travel agent. Having just (barely!) survived the Battle of Burnside and verging on an Arkham-worthy breakdown, the star pulls a Kerouac and gets on the road to find herself.

Follow Babs on her worldwide quest in Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside, with New York Times best-selling author Hope Larson and award-winning artist Raphael Albuquerque leading the way!



  • Barbara is still great



  • terrible, cheesy villain
  • the art is a real let down
  • something that make Batgirl’s story the best is her relationships with her friends and their absolutely not present in this volume
  • this is overall boring



I had a feeling I wasn’t really going to deal well with the new run of Batgirl. Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr were my dream team so I was reticent for this one. Unfortunately, my doubts were justified. From page one, I was disappointed with the art and the colours used. It’s more comic book-y than what I am used to in the titles I pick, and the use of faded oranges, browns and greens were just not my thing. So, that left a sour taste in my mouth but I was still willing to give it a try. But not even the story was worth it. It was mostly boring. I missed Bab’s friends and her relationships with them. She’s pretty much alone but for a love interest that wasn’t really interesting or engaging. It’s just there for plot sake. At least I was interested in understanding the villain’s plot. Until it’s just told to you in the most cheesy way. Their reasons are terrible and it’s just so lame, something out of a pulp comic. It’s literally laid out in some speech. Urgh, I hated it! I rolled my eyes to the back of my head and I was still pissed. Actually, the more I think about this title, the more I start to dislike it. I might continue this series but probably just because I love Batgirl too much. In fact, I’ve read other Hope Larson works but I wasn’t really blown away by them so I’m really not that surprised.

Has anyone read this new run? What did you think of it?

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