Written by Gail Simone, Art by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes, Cover by Adam Hughes
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Yes, it’s really happening! Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl – and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite BIRDS OF PREY writer Gail Simone!
Bias: Meh. I hate to say that, as this title seems to be such a hot bed of controversy, but I honestly couldn’t care one way or the other. I’ve never been that big a fan of the Bat-family books (including the core Batman titles, but excepting Nightwing under Chuck Dixon), and whether she’s Oracle or Batgirl, I’m not terribly excited about this title. Nothing against it, but Gail Simone is going to have to really excite me to get me to pick up issue #2, and I just don’t expect that to happen.
What I liked: The art is beautiful, and the overall story was well crafted. I love the forest that Gail Simone is crafting, even if some of the trees bother me.
What I disliked: The devil’s in the details, and that’s especially true of this issue. It required a lot of suspension of disbelief. I would get to a point where I would simply go “wait…what?!” then try to accept the premise, only to find myself in another of these moments. I put them in the comments because they’re pretty spoiler-ific.
Verdict: I’m going to wait for the digital copy to drop in price to get the second issue – and will probably get the trade paperback if I like it.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.