Review: Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart , Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr (Illustrator)

Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (The New 52)Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ouch. That was awkward.


I was crazy excited to read this, and Barbara Gordon is one of my favorite DC characters, so to say I’m massively disappointed right now would be an understatement. What. A. Letdown.
I’m not sure what Fletcher was going for here?
It’s got too many adult situations in it to be a comic for kids. In the first issue alone, Babs gets drunk, can’t remember that she was all over some guy the night before, and pukes some hangover juice into a trash can after taking out a thief. The language isn’t suitable for the younger set either. Well, it’s not like she’s calling other chicks cunts, but words like asshole & damn are peppered into the dialogue.


So, not for the little kiddies. Big Deal.
Except the the story itself felt like it was geared towards tiny people.
The villains were so lame. So, so lame. Like, Moral of the Story lame.
Don’t bite your friends, kids! Hyuck, Hyuck!

Everyone who just got the Yo Gabba Gabba reference is entitled to a nap and some animal crackers.
Everyone else? Count your blessings, and remember your birth control.

Here’s a rundown of the baddies Babs fights over the course of this volume.
A guy that blackmails people using social media.


Cosplayers who are waaay too into an old anime cartoon.


An insane artist who wants to ‘impersonate’ Batgirl.


A reality tv star who gets drunk and goes drag racing on the street.


And my personal favorite:
A computer algorithm that Batgirl defeats by channeling Matthew Broderick.




The worst part? All of those untrained dorks gave her a run for her money.
What the actual fuck, Mr. Fletcher?!
That losers like that could get the jump on Barbara Gordon can only mean one thing. She’s starring in a children’s comic book, and you need to keep the bad guys toned down to a level that isn’t frightening.


Black Canary is in this as the ‘adult’ figure. Well, to keep with the WhatTheFuckAreYouThinking theme, Dinah is an unlikable bitch.
Because adults are unapproachable, mean-spirited, unforgiving, and judgmental. Duh.


Oh, and she’s in a band now. Because all of her stuff caught on fire, and between the album & the tour this will be a great way for the kick-ass crime fighter to get back on her feet!
Josie? Are all of the Pussycats going on tour with you?!


The art is fantastic, and the high point of the whole thing. Honestly, I’d buy this just to look at the pictures. I just wish there’d been a better story to go them. I don’t like this new inept, pouting Batgirl, but maybe she’ll be a huge hit with everyone else.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a digital arc.

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