Batgirl #38

Writer: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher Artist: Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 14, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 15
7.3Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

Things are going surprisingly well in Batgirls new life! But nothing good ever lasts long in Gotham City and the other yellow boot is about to drop...hard!

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Jan 19, 2015

    I know, Ive probably done a terrible job here of telling you what goes on in this issue and why its awesome, but the important point here, is that it is awesome. This issue on its own is good enough to make me glad I stuck through the past three and to make me really look forward to the next issue. Its a very strange place for me to be in to actually hate the character that Batgirl/Barbara Gordon has become, but absolutely love the narrative that is going on around her, but thats where I am with this title, and i think Im okay with that. I just hope that when the villain of this arc is ultimately revealed, he/she is as creepy and terrifying as Ive built them up in my mind to be reading this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jan 14, 2015

    Batgirl #38 is another winning issue of the series that heads in a rather surprising direction. While Batgirl's behavior might raise some eyebrows, all of the writing, development, and characterization is just so good and well developed that it doesn't matter. Definitely worth a look if you have been enjoying the series thus far. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jan 16, 2015

    As an entire experience, the story here comes across, even with the reliance on the same general theme for storytelling. There are a lot more directions in which to point this series while still staying edgy, and the creative team is talented enough to do so. There is no sense of immediacy yet, because they are still keeping the story relevant, well paced and full of strong characters. This issue is proof of what the ensemble is capable of, still ending up being a good finished product, even if there is a minor cause for concern. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 17, 2015

    Stewart-Fletcher falter a bit in straightening out Babs' motivations, but eventually get her in a good place by the end of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 17, 2015

    The honeymoon phase for the new Batgirl is over " for some more strongly than others " and now it's time to see if Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr can produce a quality comic on a regular basis. I definitely think they're up to the task, and this week's new issue proves it. We know the characters, we know the concepts, and now the team begins telling bigger, more thematic stories about the Batgirl of Burnside. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jan 14, 2015

    The new Batgirl run by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher continues to grow into its own in entertaining ways. The story that has been building since the new team's debut issue is clearly seeing some forward momentum here. This leads to interesting consequences for our hero on both a personal and heroic level and the final page reveal will definitely lead Batgirl forward on her mission in the issues to come. Artist Babs Tarr continues to please with her unique style perfectly fit for this new take on our hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Jan 15, 2015

    If you are a dedicated reader of this series then Batgirl #38 probably won't blow your socks off, but it looks good and there are enough nice, small moments to sustain readers who are really invested in Babs and her cohorts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Donovan Grant Jan 15, 2015

    Overall this was a surprising story. It revealed the depth of perception the writers have for the story their telling and the character theyre portraying in a way I dont see often with a lot of modern DC Books. Four for four thus far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jan 15, 2015

    I like the clear social statement here: actions, even superheroic, have consequences. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 14, 2015

    It's nice to see some of the plot threads (the destruction of Dinah's possessions as well as the loss of Barbara's thesis project) starting to weave back in, especially when it comes to the cliffhanger at the end of the issue. Stewart and Fletcher have laid enough hints at this point to give us a good idea of what's happening even as I'm eager to see how their first multi-part story plays out next month. "Batgirl" #38 is, once again, a winner. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Jan 14, 2015

    This issue has built upon the various issues and we are beginning to see where this story is heading. I am really enjoying the social statement and undertones used in this arc. This run has been intelligently written and continues on an upward trend. We are going in a direction that is sure to be good. The art has also been fantastic and really adds to the story. With such a strong story and beautiful art, this issue of Batgirl is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jan 15, 2015

    Grow up, Babs Gordon. And do it quick. After reading this issue, I have a much better appreciation for Stewart and Fletcher as writers: they've delivered solid book full of very clear (though occasionally wordy) storytelling. Maybe with all the exposition and set up out of the way, they can relax and get this series kicking some serious Bat-butt. If you've been hesitant about whether to get on board with this, this might be a good issue to give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline Jan 14, 2015

    Still,with a fresh design and a fresh outlook should also come fresh material. I will absolutely pick up the next issue and Im willing to wait and see if the creative team has any more to say on these themes, but I do think this is, narratively, the weakest issue of the run thus far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 18, 2015

    I'm liking this fun, fresh take on the character - though I'm not sure I understand it sometimes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jan 16, 2015

    Some lingering questions about the series direction are brought up, but it's hard to care when the artworks is this beautiful Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Jan 14, 2015

    The bottom line is, Batgirl is still loaded with promise, but the creative team needs to right the ship and start building a bigger picture very soon. All the potential in the world does no good without a strong direction. The soap opera elements are in place, with Barbara's relationships with Dinah, Liam, and Qadir providing a solid foundation. It's the capes 'n' cowls aspects that need to fall in line for Batgirl to feel like a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jan 19, 2015

    Barbara Gordon's "I'll do whatever the hell I want, thank you very much" attitude " in lieu of this latent narcissism " becomes too insufferable to bear for most of the issue. (The dialogue-heavy word balloons certainly don't help matters, either.) Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 15, 2015

    There has got to be some grand design to this series where the writers will bring Batgirl back to her former glory at some point because as of right now it seems that she keeps getting worse and worse and I never thought that I could hate Batgirl.  Everyone seems to love this new take on the character and how young and carefree she's become but all I see with each issue is another way to show how Barbara has become a thrill seeking, selfish, celebrity wannabe brat.  There's no redeeming quality to this issue and all it seems to accomplish is to alienate the people that loved the character and the idea of a strong female lead. Read Full Review

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