Batgirl #31

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Jonathan Glapion, Fernando Pasarin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 14, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
7.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

In this issue, written by Gail Simone, with art by Fernando Pasarin and Jonathan Glapion and a cover by Alex Garner, an ordinary day takes a turn for the worse when Barbara Gordon must find a way to save her roommate Alysia Yeoh from fan-favorite villain Ragdoll!

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain May 15, 2014

    So much to love in this issue and it is pretty much as awesome as Gail's previous creepy story two-parter that involved the Ventriloquist, issues 20 and 21 if I recall correctly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington May 17, 2014

    In short " I enjoyed the story very much. The writing was solid and the joint effort on art by Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion and Blond on pencils, inks and colours was first class. Simone's words built their world but it was the art team that made it come to life. Great moments for me where the stairwell scene when the girls are hiding from Ragdoll and the rooftop scene with Batgirl. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Brandon Stines May 15, 2014

    There really isn't anything to knock in Batgirl #31, save from the aforementioned odd faces. Simone's writing is sharp, exciting, and visually rendered beautifully by Pasarin. It's extremely nice to see Batgirl return to form, and proves that Simone is far from out of ideas for this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie May 18, 2014

    I may be alone in this thought, I dont know, but this issue confirmed, in my mind at least, that its only a matter of time before Barbara reveals her alter ego to Alysia, Id guess within the next couple issues. If nothing else, Alysia is at least going to have to question how Barbara was so easily able to contact Batgirl (Im betting on the commissioners daughter excuse). Whether or not my predictions are right though, this is still one of the best titles DC has going and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl one of the most interesting characters. If you arent keeping up with this one, you might want to do something about that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith May 15, 2014

    I thought this was a great issue. The done-in-one is a rare thing these days, and it's done well here. And yay for Ragdoll's return! And he still likes monkeys! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies May 14, 2014

    Gail Simone has impressed with a string of consistent shorter story arcs lately on this book rather than going for massive, seven issue blockbuster arcs and it works, allowing here to get the best use out of the Bat-family Rogues Gallery as well as developing Barbara and her supporting cast. This book continues to shine, but not only that – serves as a good jumping on point, so if youve fallen behind on the series or want to jump on board because of Ragdoll then this is a good place to start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 19, 2014

    While you might say that this is leaning on a tried-and-true premise, who's to say that doesn't describe superhero comics as a whole? Gail Simone is able to flex some long-dormant muscles with Batgirl #31, injecting this series with some energy as she delivers a menacing and malevolent bad guy. But at the heart of it all, we find ourselves cheering not for Ragdoll as a bad guy - but almost as the return of a friend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel May 15, 2014

    Batgirl #31 is a beautifully drawn, engaging issue, and also serves as a pretty solid jumping-on point. Go for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Andy Hamilton May 17, 2014

    Overall, this was not a bad story but it wasn't the best in the series. It still held its own and Babs was still charming as ever (her increasing phobia of hospitals was a great little character touch). It was definitely worth reading and Batgirl fans shouldn't hesitate to pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 19, 2014

    I think my favorite part of the issue comes in a brief cellphone conversation that Ragdoll has with an unknown party who is clearly Vandal Savage, but all of his dialogue is wonderful, leaving me wanting to take a shower in most cases. Alysia getting a romance is nice, as are the complications in Barbara's thing with Ricky, but DC's editorial schedule has led to this issue feeling a bit odd. Ricky's shooting took place at least six months ago, real-time, which makes it difficult to put all the pieces in place this time around, but the excellence of the artwork makes up for a number of those oddities. Batgirl #31 gets the job done with charisma, but still has a few rough edges here and there, with well-crafted dialogue and wonderful art, shaking down for 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Here's hoping a full-scale reunion/revival of the Secret Six is in the cards soon… Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 19, 2014

    Now I enjoyed this issue, but it seemed a bit to cut and dry.  Now this just might be the beginning of things, but reading the issue it just comes off more of a one shot then something to get excited about in the future.  But I enjoyed it, and hope to see Ragdoll again some time soon.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 20, 2014

    It's a so-so story, but it's a good jumping-on point for new readers and it features a fun villain. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 14, 2014

    The high point of Batgirl #31 is the return of Ragdoll, and for good reason, because he's as twisted and entertaining as ever. But Ragdoll's presence doesn't do much for the actual story other then giving a wink and a nod to fans of Secret Six. When you take the lovable twisted freak out of the picture, the rest of the issue is just pretty middle of the line stuff. Nothing terrible, nothing great either, just a pretty standard issue of Batgirl, if I'm being honest. Read Full Review

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