Batgirl #44

Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart Artist: Babs Tarr Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 23, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 10
7.6Critic Rating
5.9User Rating

Velvet Tigers got her claws around Luke Foxs throatand only Batgirl can save him!

  • 10
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Sep 24, 2015

    Given a full regular issue of the series, Bengal absolutely explodes onto the page. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Becca Tyrrell Oct 2, 2015

    Great character development and fantastic art! A must-read! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 24, 2015

    This is a great, action-packed issue, and perhaps even more importantly, Bengal seems to really be hitting his groove, subtly fitting in his style to flow more seamlessly from Babs Tarr's work. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Sep 23, 2015

    Yet again we have a great example of how to write diverse women and characters. Babs is in true form and this issue reminds us of why she is so great. Her supporting cast point to how comics can seamlessly and organically create more diverse characters and should be an example of what it means to change the face of comics as we know them. Batgirl #44 was a great adventure and Im excited to see Babs world expand as her story evolves. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 30, 2015

    Extremely fun to read, balancing action with relationships. If only the coloring had been more consistent. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Harry Roachford Sep 25, 2015

    Batgirlas a whole continues to be a breath of fresh air from most of the DCU lineup. It is by no means a perfect book, but it's certainly one of the best books they have out of the moment, and with each week the creative team continues to deliver dramatic, fun and engaging storytelling that leaves the reader wanting to come back for more. Not just that, but it manages to constantly have shocks that the fans don't see coming, which for comic fans is a pretty big deal.The ending of this issue features a dramatic scene focusing on one of the core characters that will shock the fans, most likely excite them too, will make Barbara Gordon'slife even more complex than it already is, and also most likely infuriate her. Which at the very least means that the next few issues will make for some really good storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Sep 25, 2015

    The romance between Luke Fox and Batgirl may seem a little rushed even though they spent some time together last issue investigating a mystery and may have had a conversation or two in Batman Eternal, but Bengal's flirty facial expression and some sparkling dialogue from Fletcher and Stewart helps make it more believable. Some awkward (A chronometer is mentioned and then left hanging during the fight between Batgirl and Velvet Tiger.) techno-exposition aside, Batgirl #44 is a showcase for Bengal's skill with faces and panel composition, gives Frankie and Alysia some character defining moments, and continues to masterfully meld cyber thrills with relationship drama. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 24, 2015

    Though this issue of Batgirl is marred by some some overly expository dialogue and weird pacing, the fundamental appeal of the series is as strong as ever. Stewart and Fletcher continue to put the supporting cast to great use, building a storyline that offers compelling drama, lighthearted fun and charming romance in equal measure. Even the absence of Babs Tarr this month does nothing to diminish the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 26, 2015

    Bengal's art did a great job of carrying the Babs Tarr load. It's fun, colorful and very friendly, just like Tarr. So I say DC should consider Bengal the official fill-in. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comicsverse - Brian Delpozo Oct 6, 2015

    Overall, BATGIRL #44 is not a bad comic book. It features an entertaining story that moves along several key plots, though admittedly weaker characterization than normal and art that, while very good, doesn't quite live up to the (admittedly insanely high) standards. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 26, 2015

    This issue ends the short reign of the Velvet Tiger, but I enjoyed the character development of the main characters more than the fistacuffs.  Barbara's personal life is getting even more complicated going forward, but with Luke Fox involved and Frankie stepping up her game, it's all good to me.  Bengal steps in this month on art and this book looks so good.  While I want Barbara to deal with more than the villain of the month, I can't wait to see what happens next...including the wedding fans have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 24, 2015

    The Velvet Tiger storyline wraps up in "Batgirl" #44, but the ongoing subplots continue underneath it all, shaping Batgirl's cast and seeding future drama. Other subplots pop up in this comic, including new developments for Frankie and Luke Fox. Fletcher and Cameron have done a grand job building up Burnside and the inhabitants around Barbara, and "Batgirl" #44 is a sharp sample of everything this title can be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Sep 28, 2015

    Okay art from Bengal who is solid but not as “pretty” as Tarr's work marks a slightly different feeling this issue but nice color palettes save this from total mediocrity. As does Frankie, who is, without a doubt, quite cool. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 27, 2015

    The "new" Batgirl series has been pretty strong up to this point, but it was about due for a stumble - and here it is. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Sep 25, 2015

    Ultimately, Batgirl #44 continues to drive the series in the right direction and is definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Sep 23, 2015

    This clearly isn't the best issue of Stewart and Fletcher's memorable run. A fumbled splash page and stuttering pace hamper the overall issue, but a memorable baddie, rock-solid drama and a carefully chosen guest artist show that this creative team's dynamic take on Batgirl is still one of the best books that DC currently publishes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 26, 2015

    "Batgirl" turns in an average issue. The detective work and the deep plot make the comic a nice read. However, the shift at the end to get Babs a boyfriend feels forced. The comic also struggles with one of the scene transitions as it appears to leave too many unanswered questions when the one scene ends. Overall, the book is a decent read but nothing close to the level of more recent issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Donovan Grant Sep 24, 2015

    So yeah, overall this was really disappointing. Not an awful issue, but not great when reading the series for the past year. I dont know how this happened, but Im hoping this is just a blip in the creative teams batting average. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Sep 23, 2015

    Batgirl foils Velvet Tiger and rescues Jo with the help of her friends. It's what you expected and not much more. Bengal's art is serviceable, but the action choreography is often muddled with complex minutiae. Velvet proves to be about as formidable as a woman in a tight tiger miniskirt would be and the writers try to convince us that the fisticuffs were epic by having actual battle-trained characters say things like "you look like you've been in a war zone." This issue definitely marks a low point in the series since it switched over to the new team. Read Full Review

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