Batgirl #25 (DC)


Rating: 4/5 – Exploring Barbara Gordon’s heroic roots.

I’ve been picking up a lot of the Bat-Family titles set during the “Zero Year” period exploring the time frame of Batman’s early career in  the New52 continuity.  Overall I’ve been fairly impressed, I’ll be putting out several more reviews this week on other books set in this period.

Here we get a story featuring Barbara Gordon set during the super storm that came on top of The Riddler knocking out power to Gotham.  James Gordon is out being a cop and Barbara is charged with looking after her younger brother and holding down the fort at the Gordon home.  As one might expect, things to not go according to plan and over the course of the night we get to see Barbara displaying initiative, foresight, courage, moral fortitude, all the things that set her up for following the path of the hero that would lead to her taking up the mantle of Batgirl.

There are no costumes in this issue, but there’s heroism aplenty.  Marguerite Bennett writes a really nice story that’s essentially a fill-in to the ongoing “Batgirl: Wanted” storyline, but it’s a great stand-alone issue so I didn’t mind the interruption too much.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for Bennett’s work.  I’m glad I picked this issue up.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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