Babs Gordon Rebirth 1 – 8

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #1
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Ugh. I hate that here I am reading another series titled Batgirl not starring the one and only Batgirl named Cassandra Cain. Instead we had these purpley Batgirls Stephanie Brown last time and now we are back to Barbara Gordon. Don’t get me wrong I love Barbara Gordon…as Oracle…where she made sense. Why do we need a purpley Batgirl who has a costume that could not scare a fly. In this issue, Barbara Gordon heads on a trip to Japan to meet a former hero named Fruit Bat and I guess the old lady can still fight. She also meets an old friend from Chicago while in Japan. It was well-written and everything but I miss Cassandra as Batgirl so much. This was too bright and happy and purpley for a Bat story. Also, with so many Golden Age heroes around….why did Larson make one up for this story. Come on if you are a writer in the DC Universe sandbox…utilize it’s many toys!

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #2
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Okay so Barbara keeps mentioning Burnside and it has been mentioned in other books. What is it? A town or a neighborhood in Gotham? A quick google search made me realize it is a Hipster neighborhood in Gotham. Ha, like Logan Square or Wicker Park in Chicago. Babs’s new boyfriend Kai is a hunk! She should not be so worried about being with him.

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #3
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Babs leaves Kai after he is attacked by an MMA fighter named the Moth in this issue and that is clearly a mistake since he is behemoth hunk. Anyways, this was an okay issue. I still miss Cass. It has been almost ten years since she starred in a Batgirl comic and instead we are getting this art that hurts my eyes and Barbara Gordon running around Asia. I guess this was an okay comic.

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #4
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Ok Babs Gordon Batgirl tries to be all spooky Batgirl in the hospital room with Kai but she cannot pull it off with that goofy purple costume. What the hell DC. She doesn’t deserve the Batgirl name like Cassandra did.

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #5
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

This issue finally ended this long boring arc about “The Teacher” and this weird formula. Listen if this was Larson’s way of convincing me that Barbara Gordon Batgirl is interesting as a solo act, she failed. But maybe things will get interesting when she returns to Gotham. I don’t know.

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #6
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Babs teams up with Poison Ivy when one of Poison Ivy’s prehistoric plants returns to life and takes over the plane Barbara is flying on. What are the chances of that happening? And did Barbara change into her Batgirl costume in the airplane bathroom? In the end, they defeat the plant and they both wake up acting like it was a dream but then they show the plane was actually hit by the plant and if they really weren’t dreaming did Poison Ivy change Barbara back to her regular clothes and now knows she is Batgirl! The whole comic book made no sense at all! This was awful.

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #7
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Chris Wildgoose

Okay finally this was more like it as Barbara returns to Burnside, a trendy neighborhood in Gotham not unlike where I live in Chicago. It really addressed some of the realities of being a young adult in the city in 2017. Barbara talks about gentrification, the homeless, and tech start up in this issue. I am finally starting to like this book. Part of that might be the new artist.

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Batgirl (Volume 5) #8
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Chris Wildgoose

Barbara goes on a date with the Penguin’s son, Ethan Cobblepot in this issue while investigating his company Vicform who run an Uber-like service or multiple servies like it. Magpie appears as one of his employees. Glad she is back to the land of living. This was another good issue. Glad I am enjoying this series. That doesn’t mean I don’t wish it was Cassandra in the lead role.

 

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