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Comic Review: Batgirl – Future’s End gives Simone’s Babs a powerful end

September 10, 2014 Leave a comment

batgirl future's end
I’ll be up front about this: I haven’t read Gail Simone’s full Batgirl run, and I can’t be the one to sum up all the good work she’s done with the character.

But I’m a big fan of girl power in comics, and Batgirl: Future’s End #1 is positively bursting with girl power done right.

The premise alone of a bulked-up, Bane-inspired badass Babs running a team of Batgirls should be enough to make you buy this comic, but the way it’s all pulled off makes it worth double the price you’ll pay for a copy.
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Comic Review: Ventriloquist #1

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Ventriloquist Gail Simone DC Comics Villains Month
Gail Simone sets the bar for all Villains Month comics to come by giving the lesser-known Ventriloquist a superstar story in Ventriloquist #1.
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Comic Review: Batgirl #16

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Batgirl #16 Ed Benes Barbara Gordon in the Church New 52 Joker

There’s another spider in the porridge, and his name is James Gordon, Jr.

Gail Simone’s Batgirl #16 brings the Joker’s wedding plot to a climax by inserting the volatile James Gordon Jr. into an already explosive situation. The result is another outburst of absolute fury from Barbara as all her psychological pain turns into pain for the Joker and his henchmen.

Batgirl #16 can never be the revenge fantasy readers might want it to be – Joker has to survive, after all – but it does allow Barbara to let off some steam by turning the Joker into a punching bag.

Simone continues to find a lot of the same notes she hit in her previous Death of the Family tie-ins, and while she doesn’t bring the story to any new levels, she does maintain the momentum she has coming into issue #16.

Unfortunately, the art is about as slapdash as the Joker’s strapped-on face. Ed Benes and David Sampere take turns aping Greg Capullo’s Joker, rather than doing their own takes. They switch up duties halfway through, and the break is obvious in the sudden change in the Joker’s look. Add to that a weird-looking James Gordon Jr. and one of the worst split-kick Batgirl shots you’ll ever see, and the art quickly takes the wind out of the story’s sails.

Batgirl #16 is worth it for Gail Simone’s finish, but the art definitely hurts the experience.

7 out of 10

Comic Review: Batgirl #15

December 12, 2012 1 comment

Batgirl #15 New 52 Joker DC Comics Barbara Gordon bowling alley

Seeing Batgirl fight the man who crippled her is reason enough to pick up Batgirl #15, but now that longtime writer Gail Simone has been unceremoniously dumped from the series, her Death of the Family storyline will be her swansong with Barbara Gordon.

Though DC Comics didn’t give her a choice (or fans a reason), Simone couldn’t have picked a better story to leave on.

Simone takes the story exactly where it needs to go. The Joker has Barbara’s mother hostage in a bowling alley, and he’s got wedding bells and murder on his mind. Now Barbara gets to face the man who shot, crippled, and tortured her four years ago. She knows the Batman no killing rule, but there are degrees of violence she’s ready to live with where the Joker is concerned.

Daniel Sampere really makes the art work in concert with Barbara’s rage. Her face – when we see it – is filled with rage and brimming with tears. When she’s at her angriest he obscured her face in shadow, making her the glowering, dark bat figure we rarely see out of Barbara. This is Batgirl cranked up to full intensity. No fun. No quips. Only hatred.

In between Batgirl’s confrontation with the Joker at the bowling alley, we get flashbacks to an earlier Joker undergoing psycho-evaluation at Arkham. The pre-cut Joker face here is fittingly reminiscent of Brian Bolland’s work on The Killing Joke – the graphic novel where the Joker crippled Barbara. The old school Joker is suitably creepy as he shares a journal of his ideas with one of the doctors. Inside, he’s got plans for his wedding (among other things).

The whole wedding concept is a strange way for the Joker to try to get at Barbara, but there are hints that he’s trying to twist her into a more vicious version of herself. If that’s the direction the wedding takes, then it will be well-panned. If not, then it’ll merely be the vehicle through which we get to see this great confrontation played out.

James Gordon Jr. is the real joker in the deck here. He’s on the edges, following Barbara’s confrontation with the Joker, and it’s unclear who he’ll side with.

With Barbara Gordon back in costume and the Joker back in Gotham, this is the story that had to be written, and Gail Simone absolutely does it justice.

8.5 out of 10