Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc…) and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters. Like everyone, I read The Killing Joke. I’ve also caught bits and pieces of Barbara Gordon as Oracle from time to time. I always thought it was a great way to keep such a pivotal character integral. The idea of her regaining the use of her legs as well as her need to be Batgirl with the relaunch didn’t really do much for me either way. After reading the book, I must admit I am extremely compelled to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed how Batman’s once-star pupil not only has to relearn everything she knew, but perhaps more importantly regains the confidence she once had. In her first mission back she almost blows it several times, from getting the hostages killed to getting herself killed. I also enjoyed how she is rediscovering herself, meaning who is and how to be Barbara Gordon. I think the dynamic with her father is intriguing and I can’t wait to read more. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Bobby – What I liked about Batgirl is that she was in the chair. They didn’t just pretend it never happened. It was one of the most important things to me when pondering about the relaunch but when learning Gail Simone would be writing, I worried no more. I also enjoyed that she didn’t just get out of the chair and start kicking ass again. Barbara Gordon has been such a strong character because of her ability to stare down any obstacle that is put in front of her and eventually overcome it. In the new Batgirl, they are giving us the opportunity to watch that transformation again as she gets used to walking and fighting crime again. There’s no doubt that she will get herself into some trouble and I can’t wait to read about how she gets out of it. I give this book 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
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