Batgirl #22

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Jonathan Glapion, Fernando Pasarin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 10, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 4
8.0Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Following the recent massive trauma shes suffered, Barbara Gordon tries to move on with her life without Batgirl!

  • 9.1
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jul 10, 2013

    Where buttons have been pushed up to now, things are only going to get worse for Batgirl. While not good for her, story-wise this is great. This is the kind of situation you like to find her in. It's as they say, anyone in the Bat Family is at their most dangerous when backed against a wall. I believe that is what we will see very soon and even so it won't be a position Barbara finds comfortable to be in. The dark tone that the art gave off is what I really liked in this issue. Mainly that of the confrontation between Gordon and Batman, I feel that that specific part was drawn very well. Aside from that I enjoy the detail put into their emotions and expressions, that's what I expected to see from this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jul 10, 2013

    One of the issue's more emotionally resonant scenes focuses on Commissioner Gordon and Batman, as the two face off atop the GCPD building. Simone situates the issue in the greater framework of the Bat-universe with just a few sentences, spoken by Batman as he tries (in vain) to console a mourning Gordon: "The grief. It can break a man. Fathers aren't meant to survive their sons." The moment subtly refers to Bruce's own struggle after losing Damian, as seen in the last few issues of Batman and Robin. Gordon's grief, like Bruce's, needs a target, and he finds one in Batgirl, the vigilante he blames for his family's implosion. Witnessing her father's worsening emotional state, Barbara makes a decision that has the power to change everything. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 11, 2013

    If you've been waffling on this book, Simone and Pasarin have delivered a reason for you to give Batgirl another shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jul 12, 2013

    Overall this was a really solid book and helped expand on all the emotional stuff that's gone down in the last several issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jul 10, 2013

    While there are quite a few hiccups and the Gordon vs. Batgirl plot is kind of clunky, there's more good than bad in this issue of Batgirl and I'd prefer to look on the sunny side. Yes, Barbara will cry at some point in this issue, but it's not as overwhelmingly gloomy as previous installments nor is it a gory episode either. We actually get some tender and humorous moments here and if there's more of that to come, well that is an encouraging thought. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jul 17, 2013

    In reading Batgirl #22 you can see that Simone loves Barbara Gordon's character. There a lot of nuances to how Simone writes Barbara that you will not find anywhere else. This is most apparent in the great scene between Barbara and Commissioner Gordon that's shrouded with the dark cloud of recent events. Now while the date between Barbara and Ricky was fine it would have been more effective if Simone allowed Pasarin to tell the story with his artwork in a silent date sequence. That aside, Batgirl #22 worked effectively to push the new status quo for the Gordon family forward and continue Barbara's evolution as a character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jul 10, 2013

    Despite being lukewarm on the issue as a whole, it did offer some good character moments, matched with some strong art. This hasn't left particularly psyched on the "Batgirl: Wanted" story, but I'm curious nonetheless of how you continue a book called Batgirl when Batgirl refuses to be Batgirl. Read Full Review

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