The GeeksverseBatgirl #2

Batgirl #2
Published on Thursday, October 13, 2011 by

Written by: Gail Simone
Penciled by: Ardian Syaf
Inked by: Vicente Cifuentes
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Adam Hughes
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

I’m liking the tone that Simone is trying to establish with this new series. I like how Batgirl is rusty, overcompensating and making mistakes. I like that she’s still getting used to having her legs back.

It makes for good reading.

I like Mirror. Good angle for a man that snapped, finding people that “should” have died and putting them out of their “misery”. It’s an interesting side to take on the “man lives well family dies”. The Punisher became a killer of criminals. Mister Terrific, who survived his wife (at least in classic DCU) went out and used it as motivation to do good works using his genius. Mirror went and decided that these people should have died and they are hating life now, like he is.

The tense of the narration is off here and there. Sometimes it’s past, some times it’s present. And it changes during the same scene. It doesn’t greatly impact the overall story but it is noticable.

The way that Simone introduces a love interest for Barbara Gordon is a bit odd. The character is a blank slate. We really just have a name and occupation and know nothing about him. There’s no getting to know period, as we’re introduced to him in the middle of their first date. That Barbara first mentions the lunch date in this issue, and no time before, also seems odd. Wouldn’t there have been some mention of him in the first issue since it happened over a couple day period?

I’m not sure I like the talk about miracles and her getting her legs back. I’m hoping that in the end it won’t be anything that out there and will fit in with the street level idea of the series.

Syaf’s art is better then the first issue. He’s a good choice to illustrate this series. He’s got good flow to the action and does good with the perspective and proportions. The only problem is that Barbara’s height seems to vary. She seems way more shorter then she should when she’s with Gregor.

Batgirl #2 receives
4 out of 5

I still like the Stephanie Brown Batgirl better, but Simone is setting up a good book here.

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