Saturday, May 9, 2015

Review: Batgirl of Burnside Vol 1

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I received a complimentary download of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

This  new take on Batgirl has inspired a generation of young fans. When Artist Babs Tarr’s  designs of Barbara’s new look hit the internet fans quickly made it their own, flooding the social media sites with their fan drawings. This volume collects issues 35-40 of the current series and shows us Barbara’s move from Gotham to its trendy suburb of Burnside.
I picked up issue 35 of this book when it first came out and though I loved the art I didn't really connect with the story. However reading the first five issues gave me a a larger sense of the creative teams style and the stories the are trying to tell.
Starting over is never easy but for Barbara its a necessity.Part of her is running away but she is also enrolling in college and making a a whole new group of friends. When Barbara’s friend Dinah stops buy she discovers that all her possessions have been destroyed, so we get a cool montage of Barbara designing a hip costume and interacting with the public in whole new ways.
This book really will appeal visually to younger readers but their are some story elements that are appropriate for teens. A very solid beginning, I’m looking forward to seeing how this series develops.

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