Batgirl #34

Batgirl #34

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Jonathan Glapion, Fernando Pasarin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 13, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
8.0Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Deadline concludes as Batgirl teams with Huntress and Black Canary to stop the evil of Obscura! After everything Barbara has been though to become Batgirl will she be undone by her demons?

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Aug 18, 2014

    I am really sad to see Gail and the others leave the title, but they had a grand time together, and that's what this issue is all about! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 14, 2014

    I really dug Gail Simone's farewell to her run here.  Creating a massive scenario dealing with Barbara's primary big bad since the start of the run and leaving our hero with a new personal outlook on life.  It's just a wonderful issue and I'm really sad to see Simone go.  So if you've been a fan of this run, you'll definitely want to check this one out, because the feel is there and also some badass action that will keep your peepers glued to the pages.  Go get it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 13, 2014

    While the cover claims that Batgirl has been "undefeated," I don't know if I'd go that far - indeed, I feel like her struggles have defined her character as well as this run in particular. For every step forward she makes as Batgirl, Babs ultimately winds up taking a step back personally, and it's that dichotomy that's made for some particularly effective melodrama in this series. While one could argue that sometimes Batgirl was too often stuck in a rut, she felt a lot more three-dimensional than some of the other poor dudes in the other Bat-books. This issue may have had its share of too-neat wrap-ups, but it does provide a clean wrap-up for Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher and Babs Tarr's highly anticipated run on the book. As far as goodbyes go, this may be the best way to wrap up this era of Batgirl. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Aug 16, 2014

    The transition between Simones run and the upcoming book is handled well. Towards the end of the issue you get a feeling that things will be heading towards a lighter tone and it should be very interesting indeed to see where things go from here. However, its safe to say that Simones Batgirl run will most definitelybe missed and its a series that certainly deserves returning to in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 16, 2014

    All in all, this issue serves not just as a wrap-up for this run of Batgirl, but as a coda for the no-longer-in-continuity Birds of Prey series before Barry Allen rebooted the universe in 2011, and is a satisfying way to end a run. Indeed, it's a good thing that they announced the new costume and premise early, as this issue could serve as a perfect jumping-off point for long-time readers, making a satisfying "last issue." Batgirl #34 is the end of an era, but goes out in style, looking good and giving the character closure and several amazing moments for the main character, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. I'm going to miss Gail on this book, but at least they went out on a high note" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Aug 20, 2014

    Simone is leaving Batgirl, gritty and dark, and Batgirl is returning without her, in a new costume and with a lighter touch. In her final issue, Simone points the way from here to there, from dark to light. She provides the space for the character to go, to start over. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 13, 2014

    Gail Simone brings her run on Batgirl to a close, offering a fitting, if not slightly convenient, finale. She manages to tie up a number of loose ends, and while not everyone gets a chance to shine, her portrayal of Barbara remains as engaging as ever, leaving behind a high bar indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Aug 20, 2014

    This was a nicely done wrap up, with call backs to almost all of Gail's run on Batgirl. It was a good ending o an occasionally erratic run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Aug 14, 2014

    It's a wrap for Barbara - and writer Gail Simone - as the fight against Knightfall reaches a quick conclusion. Simone has to take shortcuts to get to everything she'd like before the new status quo, and she does her best here, even if certain things (like the fate of her brother) feel thrown in. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Aug 16, 2014

    While not the best issue of this run, those last few pages are certainly a satisfying conclusion to this part of the story and do a fine job of getting me excited to see where exactly Barbara Gordons life goes from here. On the off chance that I dont end up covering next months Futures End tie-in, just let me take this opportunity to thank Gail Simone for what has been a superb run on the title. Before reading this series, the last time I actually cared about Batgirl was when I was a kid watching reruns of the Adam West Batman TV series, so clearly you did something right. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Aug 13, 2014

    Simone manages to wrap this up and doesn't limp off stage left without some grand pyrotechnic storytelling. Does it satisfy? Problems with the art and the fact that there's a definite sense of a rush to close up aside, the Knightfall saga comes to a sufficient conclusion (for now) and sets up the big changes pending for Batgirl No. 35. The buzz about Batgirl's life "blowing up", however, shouldn't be taken literally–not for this exeunt, at least. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Synthozoid Aug 25, 2014

    Not the farewell I had hoped for. Sad face.

  • 7.0
    Speeding Bullets Aug 16, 2014

    This final arc had a few too many plot holes for me but Gail Simone deserves some credit for her handling of Barbara taking up the cowl again and putting a bow on what was a pretty successful 3 year run. This arc tied up some loose ends, however I had few problems with how we got there. For starters it seems unlikely that Batman would let a showdown on such a scale play out in Gotham and not play a more active role than give Barb the keys to the "Batboat". Secondly, when did Batgirl acquire that vast network of people she called in for backup? And even though I'm willing to look past her newly found computer skills (only because it's a throwback to her days as Oracle)when did she acquire them? But perhaps the biggest disappointment for me was the final confrontation or lack there of. For a feud that built for so long it was squashed a little too easily for me. The final pages brought some closure and left a clean slate for the new direction/creative team which I'm looking forward to.

  • 10
    RedNightBatWingMan Aug 13, 2014

  • 9.0
    Tamère Sep 26, 2014

  • 7.5
    Redeadhood Aug 17, 2014

  • 6.0
    Demarcoa Aug 13, 2014

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