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Batgirl
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Issue 3
Year
Jan 2012
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Gail Simone
Artist
Ardian Syaf
Title:
"A Breath of Broken Glass"
Story Arc:
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After:
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Next:
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Summary:
Brief Summary Official Summary - It's the story you've been waiting for! As Barbara Gordon struggles to find her place in the world, Batgirl and Nightwing collide with the unstoppable force of a train wreck! Will it be sparks flying, or fists for this star-crossed duo? Also, the terrifying Mirror ups the ante in his bizarre war on the citizens of Gotham City!

Detailed Summary - Where do I start? Perhaps the best way to describe my reaction to this story is that I got half way through, could take no more and walked away! It is just so dreadful. At best, Dick is shown to be dumb and incompetent, and worst, it is a Mary Sue story that has the heroine kicking the butt of the guy she fancies.

Nightwing meets with Batgirl as she is 'stealing' back her motorcycle. He has come to check up on her having seen the doctor's report stating she needs to take it easy. The banter is all one-sided, with Dick shown to be outclassed wit wise, physically and mentally. The story is seen through Barbara's eyes as she reminisces about her feelings for Dick and about things that happened to them in the past. She takes offence at the fact that he cares and wants her to be careful. In my opinion, Barabara is shown to be ungrateful, self-centred, selfish and emotionally constipated. She proceeds to easily best Nightwing in hand to hand combat. Yes, a woman who has been in a wheelchair, whose background is ballet easily beats a man who has recently been wearing the Cowl. A man trained by the best in several types of martial arts and who is an acrobat. Need I say more?

This new version of Batgirl isn't believable. At least, pre-Flashpoint, Barbara was an accomplished gymnist. In this, the only background mentioned in ballet. The flashback section shows her to be reckless, careless and intent on proving herself... something that has not changed. I miss Oracle. While Barabara as Oracle was still bent out of shape emotionally, she was a trully strong and useful character. This new version is unlikeable.

Finally, I should say that I understand that this is Batgirl's book and that she should be the one to come out on top... I have no problem with that. I can accept that Dick wasn't fighting her and was simply trying to fend off her attack. But the hit on the back of the head was over the top. I see Batman shooting out a hand and catching the batarang in his hand mid-air. What does Dick do? He gets hit in the back of the head like some amateur. At the very least one would think his reflexes should be honed enough that he could sidestep it.

The whole 'I need to do this alone' thing was worn and old. The giving him a piece of her hair was tacky. Dick's final words "Fine... you're alone, Batgirl. You're all alone." is overly dramatic. All in all, I think you can tell, I didn't like any part of it.

Art - I don't mind the artist but the 'look' that is supposed to melt her heart looks to me like he's constipated. :)



                   


Issue 0
Year
Nov 2012
Character
Robin
Role
One Image
Rating
Writer
Gail Simone
Artist
Ed Benes
Title:
"A Fire in the Heavens"
Story Arc:
Zero Origins
After:
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Next:
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Summary:
Brief Summary Official Summary - How did Barbara first become Batgirl? What led to her to don the cape and cowl? • Witness Barbara Gordon’s shocking injury and her inspiring drive to recover and walk again!

Detailed Summary - This tells the story of how Barbara became Batgirl in New 52. My thoughts... Neithter here nor there. Of course, if Gordon doesn't recognise his daughter in the this costume, with her hair out like this, there is something seriously wrong with the man. Dick appears as Robin in one image.

Art - Beautiful. I like this artist.