Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Why Gail Simone should write Batgirl

I was shocked with everybody else when Gail Simone was temporarily taken off Batgirl. She is one of the few comics writers that I will read anything that she writes.This book alone proves why she should continue to keep the job.

In the New 52, Barbara Gordon can walk again and is no longer Oracle. This is not as bad as it sounds, according to the new 52 only 3 years has passed since she lost her ability to walk. I, personally, look at it as an alternative time line story to make sense of it all. Anyway, on to the review.

The 2nd volume in this run Batgirl: Knightfall Descends starts with a flashback that tells you all you need to know to read this particular story. Don't worry if you haven't read Vol. 1, you don't need to. Barbara has to face her past and start to cope with the fact that she can walk again. There are some truely great character moments, and you really feel for Barbara. There's a couple of interesting bad guys, both old and new. The artwork is decent, and helps tell the story. This is one of those books that is hard to review without giving spoilers. However, if you always wondered what happened after 'The Killing Joke' read this book.

I think teenagers and above would like this, especially girls. It's great to have a strong female role model written by a woman, and that is rare in comics these days. A very good read, but warning, it does end on a cliffhanger.

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