Batgirl #14

Batgirl #14

Event\Storyline: Death of the Family Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Ed Benes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 14, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 4
8.3Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

A DEATH OF THE FAMILY tie-in as Barbara tries to save her family from a fate much worse than death!

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Nov 14, 2012

    The I wasn't too impressed with the "Night of the Owls" issue of Batgirl, but if this is any indication of how the "Death of the Family" tie ins will go for this series, then I will tell you I am greatly looking forward to them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Nov 14, 2012

    I'm going to have a moment of honesty with you, reader. What Gail Simone is doing with the Batgirl series has me more excited for Batgirl than it does for Batman. There, I said it. That's not a dig on the Batman series as I believe it is truly top-notch, but Batgirl has me hooked. Batgirl is a likeable character with obvious quirks and character flaws that are matched by her strength of character and morality. The art is consistently some of the best that there is in the comic world. I can't say enough about how great this series is, and if you're really into Batman, I highly recommend you read this comic at least to tie in with the Batman arc Death of the Family. If you're not hooked by the end of it, call me up and I'll give you directions to my house, stand with my legs spread apart and let you kick me in the balls. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Nov 15, 2012

    In short, this is the best issue of the series to date, bar none. It should be quite entertaining to see how Batgirl deals with one of the greatest challenges of her life and how it affects those around her. Easily, a 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Talisha Harrison May 10, 2013

    Its obvious that the Joker has something extremely sinister planned for the Bat family all in order to test Batmans patience and sanity. But this time, it looks like the Joker has not only carefully planned and thought this crazy scheme out, but it looks like hes gone to a deeper level of craziness that we havent seen before. I cant wait to see what twisted schemes will occur in the next issue.   Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Nov 14, 2012

    Here's where Simone shines - dealing with twisted people. The shinola is hitting the fan, business has picked up, and when the Joker's involved, the stakes are always at their highest and we never know how things are going to shake out. That's going to make every book Death of the Family touches something you need to read. Batgirl #14 is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Nov 15, 2012

    Simone's Batgirl is kicking ass (in her nightshirt no less). I'd almost worry for the Joker. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Nov 21, 2012

    My one gripe is about the art inconsistency concerning Jokers should-be terrifying face. Its not that creepy. I mean, it was ripped off, tacked to a wall, and reattached quite barbarically over a year later. Why is it not scary? But beyond that, there is a lot of good to point out. Absurdly creepy proposal by the Joker after hes done talking more about everyone in the Bat family holding Batman back. And of course, this rant is after all skate at the roller rink he just killed a bunch of random innocent people at. And the threat to kill the former Mrs. Gordon, making that not one, but two wives that Joker has taken away from the not-so-pumped-about-his-return Commissioner of Gotham City. But again, this is still just the tease. I want the actual confrontation, which most assuredly is coming next month. Dont fail me now, Gail Simone. Youve finally got me hooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Nov 14, 2012

    I've been loving what Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are doing on the main Batman series, but when I heard the Joker was coming back, this is the confrontation I was most looking forward to. Luckily, Simone does not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 14, 2012

    Batgirl #14 is a must-read for any fan of Barbara's and a great tie-in to the Death of the Family event. But perhaps best of all, it's new reade Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 14, 2012

    Barbara Gordon should be a character that kicks all sorts of ass and that's exactly what she does in this issue. We've been seeing a bit of a roller coaster ride as she's been getting back into the swing of things since recovering from being shot and paralyzed. This is the Barbara I want to see. Gail Simone does a great job showing the inner struggle in coming to terms and facing her demons and the Joker. She was a victim once and that was the last time. We've all been waiting for round two of Barbara vs Joker and this is just the beginning of that. The art is a mix of being really great throughout most of the issue with a couple moments it falls flat a little. You would think the return of the Joker would be a bad thing for Batgirl but it's showing that she is ready fully deal with what happened and is now ready to take on anyone that gets in her way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Nov 17, 2012

    This was otherwise a very good issue, one that must not be missed Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - J. Skyler Nov 22, 2012

    A revelation dawning on various members of the Batman Family is that the Joker is now aware of all of their secret identities, not only that, but seemingly their entire life stories. To add insult to injury, James Jr. makes his allegiances perfectly clear. Through her inner dialog, one can infer Batgirl may have to consider giving up civilian life altogether; a prelude perhaps, to the new "status quo" described in solicitations for upcoming issues. The Joker is sadistic as expected in this issue, but this is clearly Barbara's story and the ramifications of the Joker's "proposal" to her as mystifying as they are unsettling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Nov 17, 2012

    Well, I managed to actually score a copy of this book without much effort, which is always a good thing. At any rate, Batgirl remains one of my favourite comics coming out of DC, and even being attached to the latest Bat Event hasn't diminished the quality at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 19, 2012

    This is a simple chapter with some simple, visceral thrills, but considering the baggage that Batgirl has been carrying with her return to the Gotham city rooftops, it's nice to get back to basics a little bit. Barbara Gordon is done moping, done being the victim, and uses that fury and hurt and rage to stage her own campaign against the Clown Prince of Crime. Not a bad tie-in for Gotham's latest crossover epic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jay Mattson Nov 19, 2012

    The final sequence is a bit confusing and disturbing at the same time. Honestly, it doesn't make much sense in it's own context, but after getting totally sucked in by Barbara's attempt at rescuing her mother. I'm confident Batgirl #15 next month will explain the Joker's actions. And really, on some weird level, I almost like being totally in the dark about where this tie-in arc is going. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Nov 21, 2012

    Batgirl #14 is a worthy component of the "Death of the Family" crossover. If the art could be stabilized, it would rate even higher. I'm not going to read every issue of "Death of the Family" because my wallet just can't handle it, butBatgirl might be making the cut. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Nov 14, 2012

    "Batgirl" #14 builds up to a great end sequence of pages, but the getting there is filled with a handful of problems. The issue can mostly be summed up as Barbara is attacked and then tracks the Joker down. Considering the scope of "Death of the Family" and how well the Joker was handled by Scott Snyder, this instalment is a little flat and easy. It feels like all lead-up, delaying the real issue until next month. Read Full Review

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