Batgirl #19

Batgirl #19

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Daniel Sampere, Jonathan Glapion, Marc Deering Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 10, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 4
7.9Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

Will a battle of sibling rivalry lead to a death in the family?

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Apr 10, 2013

    If chapter one of Batgirl's journey in the New 52 was overcoming her encounter with the Joker, then chapter two definitely starts here with the spectre of James Jr. A beautifully rendered issue, from start to finish, from dialogue to art, and a magnificently tight plot throughout, Batgirl #19 is my book of the week, and perhaps even year. Thank you, DC Comics, for your commitment here to complex storytelling that raises the reader up, probes the unknown, and provokes emotional thought. It is not unappreciated by any means. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TaliAdina Apr 13, 2013

    Batgirl has been a favorite of mine since the new 52 began and this issue is why series continues to be. I'm looking forward to what's in store for Batgirl in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Apr 13, 2013

    Artistically this book is perfect, minus Barbara's Bat-boots. Sampere brings even the kitchen sink out, designing a perfectly sculpted set a visuals. Don't you dare think for a second that, simply because she isn't Batman, Barbara can't be just as intimidating and menacing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Apr 11, 2013

    James Gordon Jr.'s particular brand of psychosis has haunted Babs over the course of several issues and in Batgirl #19, we finally get a peek at what makes this monster tick. Unfortunately, the rationale for his cruelty is almost too pedestrian given how chilling a villain he had become. Simone's detour into James' head might be the issue's weakest link, but she still manages to provide three of the strongest pages in the series thus far with a powerful conclusion that elevates the Gordon family saga to Shakespearean heights. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Apr 10, 2013

    Batgirl #19 welcomes Gail Simone back with open arms and she's obviously out to prove that she's the best at writing this character. The dialogues are great, the narrations are revealing and the overall direction is very satisfying. The dark mood of the story is back in full force with Simone back in charge; and that's what makes this series so appealing in the first place. If she can keep all of that up and keep advancing the suspense found in this issue then I can see this series only continuing to succeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 13, 2013

    Batgirl #19 is a good one, successfully navigating what could have been an awkward PSA moment in less-skilled hands, transitioning seamlessly into a satisfying confrontation that was much more than just the fighty-fighty. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Apr 10, 2013

    Overall, Batgirl #19 is a very strong return with a flourish for Simone, and we're glad to have her back. Perhaps we hadn't appreciated her prior run as much as we should have, but now we've seen how bad it can get, and we'll trust her instincts going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Apr 10, 2013

    The This was a particularly strong issue of the series. Sure, I wasn't always too hot on the use of James Jr., but he should be gone for a while now, so I can't rag on that anymore. I think the real story here is that Gail Simone is back, and it shows. We got a taste of the title under someone else, and the differences were pretty big. Good or bad, I just generally enjoy the aspects Gail brings to the book more than the alternative, and I'm glad she ended her long simmering arc with a big bang, that's not going to be brushed under the table. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 12, 2013

    Batgirl has had some ups and downs. The fill in issues all but killed the character development of the lead character in hopes of building up her brother's but it just made for bad storytelling. With Simone back in the driver's seat she sticks the landing for this long running arc in a very good effort all around. This is worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Apr 11, 2013

    This is one of the strongest issues of the series despite the minor problems that plague the title. Batgirl gets a new status quota and the next evolution of Babs as a character is underway. Hopefully Simone will stay on the title for a long time because the character is still finding her footing amongst the other titles in the New 52. Stabilizing an artist on the book is a must if this title is to have a sense of longevity. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Apr 16, 2013

    Small nitpicks aside, Gail Simone returned to deliver the most memorable issue of the series thus far with her work on Batgirl #19. From beginning to end Simone packs a lot of emotion into this issue as Barbara tries to get her life back to normal only to be placed in a no-win scenario. Her final decision changes her status quo in an intriguing way that shakes both her personal and Batgirl life. The artwork by Daniel Sampere is also at its best in this issue as he captures the emotional moments that furthers your investment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Apr 11, 2013

    I'm glad to see the James Jr. thing finally come to an end (it's been going on for far too long and I never got the sense he actually wanted to do anything. Too much talk, not enough action) and there are some pretty interesting new developments that should lead to more complicated Batgirl stories in the future. But I have a great distaste for this portrayal of James Jr. and how overly violent this and Batman: The Dark Knight have been. I'm happy to see Simone back on the title, but I wish the series would lighten up a bit. Judging by the cover of the upcoming blood-soaked Ventriloquist arc… I don't see that happening. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Apr 11, 2013

    I really like what Gail Simone wants to do with this book and character, I just wish the title could find it's center before throwing us around. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Apr 14, 2013

    Sigh" What a terrible comic. Other than the art, it is almost completely without worth. Gail Simone to is to scripts what Rob Liefeld is to pencils. If you think I'm being too harsh, well, obviously we've been reading different comics these last almost two years. So this is not really a review, so much as it is a simple fan's plea. Please, O Great Higher Ups at DC Comics. Do what needs to be done. Get rid of this woman before she singlehandedly destroys the legacy of your great universe and the integrity of your honest company. Read Full Review

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