It’s a fun time, for the reader if not the characters. To save a bunch of innocents, two old enemies must reluctantly ally themselves in an environment that’s not even close to ideal…and Poison Ivy hardly merits unconditional trust, especially where plants are involved. An excellent scenario for a single-issue story.
Where the book truly succeeds is with the spot-on characterization of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. Her most important weapon is her intelligence, which becomes all the more potent when combined with her courage. But courage and fearlessness are not the same thing—she’ll experience fear, then do what needs doing anyway.
So far, the series seems geared toward young adolescents, which is how a Batgirl series should be. She’s a great role model for kids. I don’t feel like I need to read any further in this series, but I’d happily recommend it to younger readers looking for fast-paced action/adventure with a terrific leading character. And I’m glad it exists for them.
I also appreciate the judicious use of the retro thought balloons. Nice touch there.
Writer: Hope Larson
Penciler: Rafael Albuquerque
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: recent back issues; Comixology; included in Batgirl vol. 1: Beyond Burnside (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 11 and up