Batgirl #18

Writer: Ray Fawkes Artist: Daniel Sampere, Vicente Cifuentes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
6.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The first of two issues by guest writer Ray Fawkes! Batgirl must face the man who sold her out to The Joker during DEATH OF THE FAMILYher own brother, James Gordon, Jr. Can Barbara help him, or will this conflict be the final nail in her familys coffin?

  • 9.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Mar 13, 2013

    Daniel Sampere creates one of the more iconically heroic visions of Batgirl we've seen, as she soars over a city that slowly sees itself falling apart at the seams. Together, Fawkes and Sampere create a sense of tense escalation as the Gordon children find themselves approaching what is sure to be a bloody, violent crescendo. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 15, 2013

    This last two issue by Ray Fawkes have really been great. Barbara's brother, James Jr. is one of the creepiest most fulfilling villains she's had to face in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Mar 13, 2013

    Daniel Sampere continues to improve with each issue and this one is his best yet. His facial expressions and clean, traditional style is refreshing and his action scenes flow well. The four inkers helping him out do a lot to improve the look of the pencils and add just the right touches, as it all could have easily gone wrong. The colorist, Blond, also does a phenomenal job, balancing just the right amount of shadows and hues. I was fully prepared to hate Fawkes' brief run in Simone's absence, but he's actually managed to fill in quite nicely, creating a compelling and fascinating story. He's a writer to watch and his two issues on this title should get him noticed even more. 8/10 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Mar 14, 2013

    Visually strong, Batgirl #18 is still held back by narrative uncertainty " one that I hope will pass soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Mar 14, 2013

    And because of this, the news feels shoehorned in. It's an ok issue, definitely suffering from now having regular writer Gail Simone, who I can't help but think would of given the issue the humanity it misses. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Mar 13, 2013

    The This was a solid, well told issue, which was personally bogged down for me with my James Jr. fatigue, and feeling that the style of story telling doesn't quite fit the title.  Overall, I wouldn't say anything is wrong with it, I just don't think it was a great fit. I will say though that I genuinely enjoyed how strong of a character Fawkes portrays Babs as, intelligence is key to her, and he definitely showed that off in his two issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 13, 2013

    Ray Fawkes takes over and we get to see Batgirl thrown into some heated action. As she takes on Firebug, her brother, James Jr, continues to plot her demise. It's a crazy game of cat-and-mouse mixed in with some fallout from BATMAN INCORPORATED #8. We get a nice outside view of the tragic events which leaves you craving more. It's great seeing a superhero comic where the hero actually shows signs of being in a fight. With Firebug being the main threat in the issue, it almost feels like his story is getting in the way as we want to see more on James Jr or on the fallout. The stage is being set and we should have an interesting showdown next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Mar 14, 2013

    Batgirl #18 is just another reason why Gail Simone should have kept writing it. The intense characterization is gone, the inside perspective of Babs is gone, and the writer shows no connection to the story with only two issues. If DC can't get someone dedicated to keeping Batgirl a great, strong and dark character this title is going to slip very quickly. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Mar 19, 2013

    Batgirl #18 was an improvement over the previous month's issue but not by a lot. Ray Fawkes does a good job continuing the rivalry between Barbara and James but the story is starting to feel as though we are running around in circles. There needs to be more to the story between the two siblings than what we have been shown so far. The addition of Robin's death to this issue was unnecessarily shoehorned in and only broke up the momentum of the main story in a negative way. Hopefully Batgirl can find her identity once Gail Simone returns to series. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Mar 13, 2013

    I don't recommend picking it up. The art by Sampere, Hunter, and BiOND is good and the final three pages are important for what's to come, but overall this felt like filler to me. The narration was a chore to read, the villain Firebug was very uninteresting, and if you're picking it up for some sentimentality due to “REQUIEM” being written on the cover you're going to be very disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 14, 2013

    Batgirl deserves better than this. Hurry back, Gail. Read Full Review

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