Batgirl #1
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Batgirl #1

Writer: Bryan Q. Miller Artist: Lee Garbett Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 19, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
5.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

In the wake of "Batman R.I.P." and BATTLE FOR THE COWL, a new heroine has emerged in Gotham City, and as she begins her nocturnal crusade to take back the night, she will truly learn what it means to wear the mantle of the Bat. But who is this young woman, and why has she donned the cape and cowl?

  • 7.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Aug 24, 2009

    I enjoyed the book. It was nothing to write home about, but if you like the Bat Family and you’re a Batgirl fan, you’ll probably dig it. Heck, if you’re a Birds of Prey fan you’ll probably dig it too since Barbara Gordon is going to be playing the same sort of Oracle role in this book too. All-in-all: even though the issue didn’t leave me feeling like I had to buy the next one, I probably will anyway. It was a decent set-up issue and was promising enough that I’ll give the next few a shot to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Karyn Pinter Aug 23, 2009

    I'm going to give it a shot--at least for the first few issues to see if it's got any legs. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Aug 23, 2009

    Batgirl #1 was a good start to the new Batgirl series. Though it was nothing special Miller does a nice job establishing who the new Batgirl is and her supporting cast. Miller did enough to make me at least stick through the first arc in this series. If you have any interest in this series I would recommend getting this issue as it is new reader friendly. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    IGN - Dan Phillips Aug 19, 2009

    But by and large, arguably the biggest flaw of Batgirl #1 is that there's no real logic or firm reason given for the new star and change in direction. Like with Red Robin, the change feels more like a room full of editors randomly deciding to swap some characters' costumes around rather than natural story progression. On a positive note, however, Miller does seem to write his protagonist well (I'll refrain from naming her in this first review), and artist Lee Garbett delivers the same sort of solid artwork found in his recent Batman and Outsiders work. And considering just how laughably bad some of the writing is on Smallville, I suppose this comic could have been a whole lot worse Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 21, 2009

    Going in with low expectations, this issue certainly delivered more than I anticipated, but in the comic marketplace today, books have to aim a whole lot higher to earn a reader's money. DC seems to be banking on their readers' sense of nostalgia as well as the symbol of the bat. Surprisingly, the bat icon plays an important role in this issue, offering a sense of duty to the character wrestling with her decision in this issue. If this book featured OWLgirl instead of BATgirl, I'm not certain it would have seen print. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 19, 2009

    Mild complaints aside, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this issue. One of the stronger Batman Reborn relaunch issues. Wanted to see more on Cassie and why she quit, but will with hold judgement on that for a few issues as they establish this new status quo. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Aug 19, 2009

    This is an enjoyable book, but entirely average. I think something remarkable will have to spring from this title, something that makes it relevant to the DCU or unique enough to be its own draw, or Batgirl will have an easily forgettable short run. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Aug 23, 2009

    The problem with the art is the same as the downtime scenes: It's boring. There's no flair or artistic virtuosity to Batgirl #1--though I wasn't expecting flair and virtuosity coming into the issue. Still, a bone thrown to the faithful Batman fans who are following everything related to Batman: Reborn would have been appreciated. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 23, 2009

    However, there are more than likely enough clues in the reviews to work out who she is. Regardless, the mystery of the title character's identity is revealed five pages into the issue, so it's not like figuring out who she is before you read the story is going to spoil the ending! Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Aug 23, 2009

    In the last month we have had an offhand slanderous remark about Huntress and Lady Blackhawk in James Robinson's Cry for Justice, and Oracle seems to be on a road that is extremely unfortunate. If no one has approved this, then the editors need to start taking control of this situation now before it continues. Read Full Review

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