Batgirl: Gail Simone, Vicente Cifuentes, Alitha Martinez, Ulises Arreola, Dave Sharpe
So holy crap this was incredible. If you missed my #7 review (because I didn’t do it), then you may not know that one of the goons working for the new masked villain, Grotesque, is none other than Danny Weaver…one of the people who stood by and watched while the Joker shot Barbara through the spine. What a revelation…what a twist. This is excellent, and what’s better…is that Batgirl lets him go! She has him pinned down, but she doesn’t turn him in! We don’t quite understand why at first…but we get it by the end of the issue. Danny tried to turn over a new leaf after getting out of prison, but as we can see it didn’t work out quite that way. Before Batgirl goes after Grotesque again, she decides to face her mother - finally. We learn that she ran away in order to save the family from the even-then psychotic James Jr. (who would grow up to be quite the disgusting little killer). This whole aspect felt a little flat, mainly because we don’t learn why James Jr. wanted his mother out of the picture. Perhaps we’ll find out soon (especially what with what happens at the end of this issue!). Batgirl is still facing her demons concerning her devastating injury, and it comes out strong as she fights Grotesque and comes to terms with Danny. Her talk with Danny at the end was really heart-wrenching, actually. Very well-written. Also excellent in this issue is Cifuentes’s art. I love the panel of Batgirl snapping her arm back to strike the oncoming attacker while she holds Danny in the beginning of the issue. The book is so detailed, it’s great. I’m pretty excited to see what happens next!
Batgirl #8, the verdict: A surprising hit. I have to admit that I’ve stopped pulling this title every month, and I believe this is the last issue I have. But it’s issues like this - and a couple others so far - that really stand out with some powerful moments that make me want to read more. If only every issue could promise emotion like this…but that wouldn’t necessarily be fair to ask. Would it? In any case, the creative team on this book is pretty much killing it. Next issue is the Night of the Owls issue, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Gail builds and handles her personal Talon.
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