[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artists: Paul Pelletier & Norm Rapmund
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Deron Bennett
You can take the Batgirl out of Gotham City, but you can’t take Gotham out of the Batgirl! Politics gets personal as the race for Congress in Gotham City heats up, leading to civil unrest in Barbara’s new neighborhood—as a new villain begins to make themselves known!
The cover by Pelletier, Rapmund and Bellaire is great. It’s colorful and exciting. I like that it’s depicting a scene from the issue and says everything you need to know about this story before picking it up.
The interior art is also strong. The team knows how to use Batgirl visually; there are a couple of moments in which they use her silhouette to the advantage of the book as well as a lot of eye catching action poses. There’s a lot of energy and style to the book.
I love that Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD are being investigated. While we as audience know that Gordon’s heart is in the right place, he still regularly works with vigilantes. That’s not exactly legal and I like that this story confronts that. And it makes a lot of sense to use Batgirl for that story; she crosses lines that she shouldn’t because it’s her father. But he doesn’t know her identity which gives Batgirl a weird tension with Gordon that I really enjoy.
I like the politics of Gotham. It’s such an insane city and I get a kick out of seeing how political races work. It’s also interesting that this race creates even more of a conflict between Babs and her father.
There are no negatives worth mentioning.
I love this issue. The art immediately gives it a fun style that sucks me in visually. And the story is really interesting. Babs is given some fun challenges and I’m excited to see where it goes. This is a great start.