Written by Gail Simone
Pencils by Fernando Pasarin
Colors by Blond
Published by DC Comics
When we last left Babs and Strix, they were locked in a battle against Silver in the middle of the street. There was a problem though, Barbara and Strix weren’t in their costumes and the GCPD has arrived! Things have certainly gotten hairy for our Dynamic Duo. Will they be able to stop the deluded Silver? Can Batgirl stop Strix from exactly deadly vengeance against him? Will they find Cissy? Ms. Simone has definitely left us with a ton of questions in this crazy story in Batgirl’s corner of Gotham, but fear not folks! We get plenty of answers in this issue!
I love that Gail Simone is telling such a crazy story in Gotham. Usually we get a lot of realistic, gritty stories in the Bat Universe, but we’re definitely going supernatural in this arc! Even though Strix can’t talk, I really love the way they play off of each other. Hopefully we see them working together again soon. I usually love the way Gail tells her stories, but this one seemed to resolve a little too quickly for my taste. Babs and Strix have spent two issues looking for that little girl now, and they made it seem really personal; Babs even cashed in a favor with Knightfall, her mortal enemy. After all of that buildup it was a little disappointing to see it resolve as quickly as it did. That being said I really dig the idea of vampires in Gotham and I hope we haven’t seen the last of Silver because he’s a really interesting villain/anti-hero.
Fernando Pasarin and his team on the art did a bang-up job. Silver was obviously delusional, though not as much as we thought, and it was really interesting to see their take on how a deluded man viewed the Bat-family like Silver did. This book was also packed with action as well and all of the fight sequences were smooth and looked incredible. Silver used a machine gun turret to shoot up a bunch of GCPD squad cars and I loved how badass the entire thing looked. From the shots ricocheting off of the doors and windows, to the bullet-riddled shells of the cars, I absolutely loved those panels for some reason!
I get the feeling that this was more of a stepping stone of an arc to introduce us to a bigger story. I love Gail’s take on Babs and all of her adventures, so if this is indeed indicating something bigger to come…sign me up! I’d love to see the two stars of this issue in a team-up book…Birds of Prey maybe? Hint hint DC! Batgirl has quietly been one of the best titles over at DC since the New 52 re-launch and as long as Ms. Simone is writing it, I don’t see that changing anytime soon!
4 out of 5 nerds