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‘Batgirl #25’ (review)

Written and Illustrated by Various
Published by DC Comics


I was hopeful when I received this issue that it would be a bit of a turnaround for this character and this title.

I really loved it when Babs Tarr was on this book with Cameron Stewart. Sadly, when they left it feels like the creators never found a way to make her work.

And this issue doesn’t do much to change that. I love the costume design and character, but the various stories here all seem to fall flat.

The first story by Mairghread Scott and Tom Derenick feels like it should have been better than it was. It features Batgirl coming to the aid of students in need.

It’s rather flat and decides to tell us more than show.

I lost interest about four pages in. It had something to do with the victim of an attack and the mother dealing with it. It just didn’t grab me.

The next story is the keeper of the bunch. It’s by Marguerite Bennett and Dan Panosian. It explores in just a few short pages the relationship between Barbara and Dick Grayson. It’s the most interesting concept of all the stories though. It shows their fears and doubts and it’s involving. Plus the art is great as well.

Mairghread Scott is back with Paul Pelletier for a pretty lame tale.  It introduces a new story that’s going to lead into the next issue. It’s rather blah and I tuned out on this one too.

The last story by Paul Dini and Emanuela Lupacchino isn’t half bad. It has Batgirl going up against a villainess named March Harriet. It has some decent art and some funny moments though it feels a bit lame. It’s still better than the first and the third story.

Overall, this is a mixed bag with more dull stories than interesting ones. It feels like a missed opportunity sadly. Oh well.



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