Review: Batgirl #31

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Mairghread Scott

Artists: Paul Pelletier & Norm Rapmund

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

 

Summary

In this issue, it’s Batgirl for Congress! Plus, masked assassins and awkward exes! Barbara Gordon volunteers to campaign for an up-and-coming reformer candidate who wants to take on the GCPD. That puts Barbara in a tough spot against her father—police commissioner James Gordon. And just when things couldn’t get any more awkward, a former flame reenters Barbara’s life. Personal angst and a masked super-villain hunting a mystery target. It’s gonna be a long day, Babs.

 

Positives

The cover by Emanuela Lupacchino and Dave McCaig is cool. I like the assassins’ to do board. It’s a fun image and it looks great.

The interior art is also solid. Babs is very expressive and the book has a lot of personality that I enjoy.

Mairghread Scott has a wonderful voice for Batgirl. I love her dialogue and inner dialogue. There’s a lot of fun banter. My favorite is when she uses her remote as a weapon and can’t think of a remote pun so she asks the villain for one.

The mystery takes a fun turn. The situation is not as simple as it seems and I really like this new reveal. This is a much more interesting story.

Negatives

The variant cover has Babs in her Burnside costume and I resent that. I would appreciate if DC didn’t tease me with that costume while Babs is still wearing a costume that is not as good.

 

Verdict

This issue is great. The story takes an interesting turn and I’m curious to see where it goes next. The book is full of personality; it’s a great marriage of writer and artists. The team is in complete sync with each other and it shows. The art matches the writing perfectly and it makes an issue that is a lot of fun.

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.