Batgirl #17

Writer: Hope Larson Artist: Chris Wildgoose Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 22, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 9
7.5Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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"SUMMER OF LIES" finale! After falling down the rabbit hole, Batgirl and Nightwing must face off against the Red Queen! How will our heroes survive this villain's vendetta? What could they have done in the past to inspire the queen's bloody revenge?

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 25, 2017

    Required reading for any Bat-Fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Nov 22, 2017

    A perfect ending of a very solid arc shows that with Hope Larson and Christian Wildgoose that every detail matters. These two are money and add a little of that flavor that Batgirl has been riding on for the past couple of years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 25, 2017

    Larson writes a really nice story about Babs Gordon and Dick Grayson to finish off her latest storyline. The emotional weight of the story, both good and bad, is really strong and helps make this one pretty special. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Nov 24, 2017

    Overall, Batgirl #17 is a friendship-inspiring conclusion to what is the most fun arc since the beginning of Larson's run. Whatever comes next for Batgirl, we will miss Dick Grayson. I vote for a tag-team spinoff series right away. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Nov 22, 2017

    I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this issue, especially jumping on at the end of a story arc. Hope Larson did a fantastic job of conveying the story and getting the major points across throughout the issue and just made it a really enjoyable read; I actually did not even know this was the finale to a story arc until the final page with the credits, for all I knew this was a one-shot story until then, which is a great credit to Hope Larson in my eyes. The art is wonderful and really helps enhance the storytelling with great pacing and cartooning all around. Batgirl #17 was just a good comic book and with the next story being entitled “Home for the Holidays” you bet I am sticking around! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 22, 2017

    The conclusion of the "Summer of Lies" arc, reuniting Batgirl and Nightwing as they chase the ghosts of a mystery of their youth, delivers a satisfying conclusion as the two heroes face off against the Red Queen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Nov 25, 2017

    This is a good issue. The art is great and there is cool action. I like the Red Queen's plot and motivations. I wish the initial premise of the story, Batgirl and Nightwing being haunted by a past mistake, paid off a bit more but it's still an enjoyable read. I recommend checking it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Christina Williams Nov 26, 2017

    The Summer of Lies arc draws to a rapid close, and my excitement can hardly be contained. This issue had a lot more emotional involvement than the previous ones, which was surprising to me considering how in touch with emotions the entire series had been. I am so interested to find out exactly why the Red Queen exists and why she is after Ainsley so badly. This is definitely one title I'm glad I picked up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 22, 2017

    Unfortunately, this book still sits below where loads of fans would like to see. After setting the standard for now, its about time for Larson and Wildgoose to raise the ante and deliver stories that can have an impact. This may be wishful thinking from me as DC may be happy with Batgirl's place as a marketing tool, rather than a character in her own right. Until then, despite the efforts of all involved, Batgirl's fans may feel a little disenfranchised. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Nov 23, 2017

    This arc wasn't groundbreaking by any means, but it was one of the better Batgirl stories since DC Rebirth began. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Nov 22, 2017

    The issue does a great job of showing the impact drugs can have on not only users but on everyone in the user's life. Edith was destroyed. Barbara blamed herself. Ainsley was a great character for this arc. Here you have this intelligent individual with a ton of potential, and because of drugs, all that potential goes down the drain. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 22, 2017

    Batgirl is in checkmate and the Red Queen holds all the cards! Dick rolls the dice and the devil's bones come up boxcars! Will our heroes pass "Go?" Will they collect two-hundred dollars?? In the end, it won't really matter, so proceed with resignation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Nov 22, 2017

    An uneven ending for a story arc that began with a lot of promise. After a great deal of build up we conclude in a hodgepodge of action and ideas that are tonally right, but seem to trip over one another toward the finish line. I can't help feel like the artwork isn't helping the storytelling on this one. Big moments feel too small here whether it's the result of trying to cram too much into the finale or just poor pacing in terms of the panels. There's a lot to enjoy here, even if the resolution is somewhat simplistic, but the execution makes it feel like we've been short-shrifted. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Nov 23, 2017

    The conclusion of the Summer of Lies doesn't live up to the potential I felt it had after reading the first issue. The storyline with Ainsley ended up being less emotional than I thought it would be because I still don't know why Barbara or Dick feel guilty or responsible for what happened. There also wasn't a lot of synergy between this story and what was happening in other DC titles. I also felt that including the flashbacks made the present day story feel too rushed for four issues. Since the flashbacks were an integral part of the story, it would have been beneficial to expand the arc beyond four issues. Doing so would have also allowed the creative team to explore more of the early Barbara and Dick relationship that was the biggest bright spot of this story. Read Full Review

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