Review: Batgirl #45

Review: Batgirl #45

 

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

Writer: Cecil Castellucci

Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Letterer: AndWorld Design

 

Reviewed by: Sean Blumenshine

 

Summary

As Gotham City’s renovations begin, mysterious metal statues begin appearing all over town, which leads Batgirl to believe they may be more than meets the eye. What’s even creepier is whatever is terrorizing Alejo’s constituents. Jason Bard doesn’t want to admit it, but his body doesn’t feel quite right after leaving Unearth. Did something follow him out of the portal?

Positives

The cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith and Jean-Francois Beaulieu is amazing. I adore how they work the “Who Owns Gotham” title. The buildings actually forming the name of the city is really cool. It’s a fun, unique and creative cover.

The interior art is also very good. It has a nice distinct flair to it. The characters are expressive. And it can conveys all of the emotion well while driving the story.

The villain is fun. She has an interesting backstory which is combined with just the right amount of over the top melodrama. It’s twisted in a fun way; it’s dark without being grim.

There’s a surprise appearance from a member of the Batfamily that I thoroughly enjoyed. I won’t spoil but I loved seeing the character. These two don’t team up a lot and they could potentially make a really fun pair. I hope this character is in the entire story.

Negatives

Jason doesn’t have a whole lot of purpose in this. He’s a quick misdirect that is very quickly proven innocent. After that, he’s investigating the villain as well but doesn’t share a ton of time with Batgirl. I think Castellucci is having fun with the dynamic of Babs’ secret identity. She can discover information as Barbara and, in a way, use it to her advantage in her potential relationship with Jason. And that is all fine; I’m just not that invested and I found his presence more intrusive than helpful in this one.

Verdict

This is a fun issue. A lot of Castellucci’s work so far has felt like really strong comics from the 1970s. A lot of the story choices and character dynamics feel like that. There’s a fun charm here with fantastic art.

 

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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.