Batgirl #3

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Ardian Syaf Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 9, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 17
6.9Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

It's the story you've been waiting for! As Barbara Gordon struggles to find her place in the world, Batgirl and Nightwing collide with the unstoppable force of a train wreck! Will it be sparks flying, or fists for this star-crossed duo? Also, the terrifying Mirror ups the ante in his bizarre war on the citizens of Gotham City! Featuring the eye-popping art of rising superstar Ardian Syaf!

  • 9.9
    A Comic Book Blog - Claire Smith Nov 16, 2011

    I'd be lying if I said this wasn't the best issue so far in this Batgirl reboot. Maybe I'm just a sucker for the tension between those two but it was an amazing dynamic and Simone owned it; her familiarity with these two shine through in the words and, coupled with Syaf's and Cifuentes' art, brought out a stark realness to the world of the Bats. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Nov 12, 2011

    In other words, this issue is darn good. Ive already read it through twice, and will probably read it one more time before the night is out. If youre looking for a fun, character-driven series, I definitely recommend picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Nov 9, 2011

    Ardian Syaf's artwork is incredibly detailed and flows perfectly alongside the story. Batgirl is constantly performing slick acrobatics and she looks great as she swings and tumbles across Gotham. He also pays special attention to her facial expressions, which help tell a great deal of the story by reinforcing the sentiments of her narration. The issue generally looks great, but there is one irksome element. The best formulas for storytelling are ones the reader does not notice, but Syaf and Simone have produced the same opening (a quick bit of action followed by a two-page spread of Batgirl doing something impressive) twice in a row now, and it is doubtful this is a clever wink at the villain named Mirror. With such a spot-on, entertaining book in their hands, the team should not be afraid to follow in Batgirl's footsteps by taking some risks. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Garrett Jan 18, 2012

    Of the three covers thus far I think this is the least successful. I'm not a fan of flat black on characters, I think human beings need shading and changes in value to better define their action. This cover doesn't work because Batgirl looks like an overweight middle aged woman as opposed to the 20 something sleek super hero she is. Without definition form runs together and the figure of a person is lost. Although Huges has a particular style, it's one I am growing tired of. I've looked ahead at covers that will be coming in future months and I am excited for the possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 10, 2011

    The A-story still hasn't sold itself, but the character work with the titular star and the interplay with her supporting cast and guest star almost make up for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 9, 2011

    The art is still quite good except for a few action panels and a shot of Batgirl pulling a tag off her bike. The coloring, as always is very vibrant with plenty of pink and purple highlights. I like that, but it's still not the level of color that you get from Justice League, which is the comic equivalent to Skittles. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 15, 2011

    Not too much action but more character development than anything else. I'm not complaining though. This was necessary to help fill in the blanks in the new 52. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 15, 2011

    I'm struggling to stay with this series through the opening story arc. Here's hoping for a strong finish, because otherwise - sadly - I'll be dropping this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 9, 2011

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I want more out of it. I liked the first two "acts" of this issue, and I love the two-page art spread towards the beginning. I also like seeing another character, who has his own book, make a cameo in the issue, but that last story really rubbed me the wrong way because Babs freaks out and seems so emotionally unstable. Overall, I mildly recommend the issue. Three issues into Batgirl, I feel the series is right down the middle for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 15, 2011

    It's not the character I want to see in the role, or the type of stories I want to read, but I wish Gail Simone luck on this Batgirl. I'm not sorry I picked up this issue but I have a feeling it might be a long time before I buy another. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 10, 2011

    Batgirl #3 was an improvement over the first two issues of the series. I want to love this book because Barbara Gordon is one of my favorite DC characters but Simone still has yet to deliver that one issue that knocks it out of the park. I will give Simone credit as she continues to show her understanding of Barbaras character and of the characters in the Batman universe, such as Nightwing. She also does a good job making this issue have a one-shot feel as it is one complete story. At the same time Simone continues to have problems with toning down how much dialogue and inner monologue boxes she packs into each panel. It distracts from what is really going on as she tries to seemingly compensate for artwork that doesnt complete get over certain scenes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 11, 2011

    I want to love this title. Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. A flawed and fresh hero that mixes some fun and some brains. The book isn't quite there but it is showing flashes of it. Outside of the opening of the book I found the issue to be a miss but it still might be worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 10, 2011

    I want to like "Batgirl." I saw a lot of potential in the first issue, but there's a spark that was present in Simone's original "Birds of Prey" run that just hasn't made an appearance. I love the gorgeous Adam Hughes covers, but at the moment it's hard to be excited about this series. Read Full Review

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