Batgirl #4

Batgirl #4

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Ardian Syaf Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 14, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 7
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Batgirl's secret past finally catches up to her as she races to a final confrontation with the deadly sociopath Mirror! All the answers start right here in this thrilling issue!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Dec 20, 2011

    Batgirl plans something special and merciless to end the Mirror. The scheme exemplifies just how far Babs will go to see justice done and just how cruel this kind person can be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Dec 14, 2011

    Ardian Syaf's artwork makes Batgirl cool, sexy, and dangerous. He gives scenes with Barbara the perfect amount of heart and strength, especially when the lights from the Christmas tree play in her big blue eyes. But when she dons the costume to stop a group of muggers, she transforms into a dark, faceless creature of the night. It is some incredible stuff that allows the reader to sense the danger on the street, feel the impact of a hard blow, and cheer wildly when it is all over. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Dec 17, 2011

    In conclusion, if youre looking for a well-written, character-driven story that gives you value for your $2.99, pick up Batgirl #4. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Amanda McDonald Dec 19, 2011

    If further issues continue the momentum of this one, this book may be on par with my love for previous incarnations of Batgirl. Just one issue isn't enough to say it is quite yet, as I've been kind of tentative on my feelings about any of the New 52 " but this issue really stands out as a fine example of Gail Simone's creative talent. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 19, 2011

    Again, the art from Ardian Syaf is first rate. I love that this man can draw human forms and face correctly. I also love his panel placement and use of the whole page to dictate the story. Syaf uses the entire space of a page and it helps the movement and action immeasurably. Simone writes with a forward motion style and it dictates a need for this kind of art. The opening dream sequence is a perfect marriage of art and word. It creates a powerful series of images that leap off the page. Syaf is also good at solid old-fashioned knock-down drag-out fight panels as well. Batgirl #4 is awesome and belongs amongst the current stellar line of Bat Books. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Dec 21, 2011

    This comic is on the verge of being one of DC's BETTER books, but it's still timid and playing it safe enough to the point where it just hasn't broke out in excellence like Suicide Squad, Swamp Thing, Action and Detective Comics have. However, Batgirl has reached my "4 issue" trial period and is definitely staying on my pull list. I can't wait to see how Barbara's story behind her mysterious recovery is unveiled and how she uses her new found strength in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Dec 16, 2011

    The art is gorgeous, but still flawed in a few places. Not that things are drawn badly, but they are done in such a way as to not make a lot of sense. One scene has Batgirl breaking into the abandoned amusement park where her trap is set, cutting the chain on the fence with huge bolt cutters. Batgirl is certainly good enough to get in without destroying the chain, and where would she keep such a large tool? It's shown as one of the large style about as long her arms. There's also a scene in the fight with Batgirl leaping down from something above Mirror, getting ready for an elbow strike as she descends behind him, yet somehow the blow hits him dead center in the chest. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Garrett Jan 24, 2012

    I love this book, the whole thing (minus the covers thus far) works for me, the story is solid, the art is intriguing and right now Batgirl is a top 3 pick in my pull. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 17, 2011

    This comic has a lot of potential, but it's apparently going to take more patience than I have to see it through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 17, 2011

    It hasn't been an entirely smooth ride, but having Barbara back in costume has been enjoyable nevertheless, and it feels like she's finally figuring out her stride. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 16, 2011

    The final battle between Barbara and Mirror isn't going to make anyone's jaw drop, but it gets the job done and brings about a satisfying conclusion. And get ready for a surprise appearance on the final page that's sure to make fans of The Black Mirror raise an eyebrow as to whether or not their favorite Grayson as Batman tale has been retconned, already. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Dec 14, 2011

    While the fight scenes in this book seem plentiful, I never really feel like Barbara is in any danger; she seems to have the fighting skills of a black belt without the attitude to back it up. It's getting to the point where I want to fast-forward through the fights and get back to the meaty character development, because without a diverse array of challenges for the character to face, the story becomes stale. Read Full Review

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