Batgirl #2

Writer: Hope Larson Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 24, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 36
7.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

"Beyond Burnside" part two. Batgirl is off to Singapore! Following the mysterious advice of the ancient superhero known as Fruit Bat, Babs dives into the dangerous world of MMA fighting. But her first opponent may be more than just an adversary in the ring. Could she be connected to Babs' new travel-companion-slash-maybe-crush?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Aug 24, 2016

    This is a wonderful issue. Babs is as lovable as ever if not more so, the story is interesting and unique and the art and colors are spectacular. I highly recommend this issue especially for kids. If you have kids that have an interest in comics or you want to introduce them, this series is a wonderful place to start. It's colorful, fun and might be a little educational for kids. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Aug 24, 2016

    Looks like we're headed to yet another destination next issue, and it's another to look forward to seeing. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite titles on shelves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 24, 2016

    Beyond Burnside is the best Batgirl has been since Gail Simone kick-started her return to action in the New 52. Free of being bogged down by current events in Gotham and making sense of Batgirls somewhat convoluted continuity, Batgirl is one of Rebirths most new reader friendly titles. At this rate its not a stretch to see Batgirl well on its way to being DCs premier female headlining title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 27, 2016

    The new Batgirl Rebirth is off to a great start. It's got the same fun energy of the previous volume, while definitely sending Batgirl on a new and interesting adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 24, 2016

    Whether it's being kicked in the face or kissed, Batgirl has a ton of charm and you'll root her on all the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Aug 24, 2016

    The combined efforts of these four allow an intricate web to be woven as the mystery of this arc continues. There is some room for improvement when it comes to the relationship within the comic as well as the mystery itself, but it is the second issue of the run and Im sure all of that will be better as the series progresses. Beyond Burnside Part 2 is a good read and you should check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Stefania Rudd Aug 26, 2016

    The creative team behind this new Batgirl are taking Babs on a journey of self-discovery and reflection, important for any hero to do from time to time, simultaneously allowing us as the audience to reconnect with why we love a character like Barbara. I'm looking forward to seeing how she will recover from her fight, and move forward (and upward) like we are so used to seeing her do. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 25, 2016

    Batgirl continues her journey here and outside of a brief but amusing piece at the start she spends this installment outside of her costume. What we get here for the most part is an expansion on her physical fighting capabilities, some fun challenges for her to meet, and a lot of internal strife and confusion over her feelings that involves her trying to explore some of how her costumed side impacts her views of things. It's not a book that makes any sort of big statements or pivotal character moments, but it's issue two and we're getting some good foundations and exploration of the character with some slow growth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Aug 31, 2016

    Batgirl #2 feels like a worthy successor to Stewart, Fletcher, and Tarr's run on the character while blazing its own path. It's still a familiar take on Barbara Gordon but by grounding her in a new setting and recognizable emotional beats, Larson and Albuquerque make the character feel human and well realized, even when she's trading blows with school-girl themed ninjas and busting superhero obsessed peeping toms. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 24, 2016

    Born in Gotham some years ago/ A red-headed smarty named Barbara/ She loves to read, but what she loves more/ is fightin' 'round the world! She fights her friends and she fights her foes/ with feet and knees, fists and elbows/ If there's one thing that Barbara Gordon knows/ it's fightin' 'round the world! Learning moves and pummeling crooks and fightin' 'round the world! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Aug 24, 2016

    If you're looking for a smart and fun book, this may be the one for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Aug 26, 2016

    Another strong move forward for Batgirl in its second issue under Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque. She's away from Burnside, in another country and as far as away from the New 52.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Aug 24, 2016

    For the time being, Kai's a little too passive for the larger comic arc going on here, and while that doesn't sink the ship, it definitely rocks it. The creative team behind this book has brought about some exciting elements and now that they have them all laid out and running, I hope to see them find some steadier footing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Aug 24, 2016

    When DC announced that Batgirl would be leaving the charming town of Burnside, I had my doubts about changing a working formula. So far I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying Barbara's overseas adventure, and if given a chance you might enjoy it as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 29, 2016

    In short, this is fun, frenetic, cool Batgirl at her best, and while I'm nervous of how often her supporting cast has changed, this issue is exciting and engaging. Batgirl #2 features our hero out of her element but still awesome, with clean, exciting art. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Aug 25, 2016

    Barbara Gordon gets knocked out by a fighter nicknamed The Moth moments after describing her as such: "She flutters around erratically." Ironically, in many ways, that describes this issue of Batgirl, and while that could be seen as a criticism writer Hope Larson manages to make each and every frantic stop along the way entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Aug 31, 2016

    In short, this issue feels like a missed opportunity. For every good moment there seems to be one which lets the story down. Instead of investigating Kai and the assassin more thoroughly and doing actual detective work, she spends her time in a relationship crisis. After an interesting introduction to the problems plaguing MMA in Singapore, the relevance of it fades. It's problems like this which let it down. While the writing and art are both fine, the issue itself comes across as weak. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Aug 26, 2016

    Overall for those look for a refreshing comic that can lighten the load of the seriousness of other superhero books will find this anideal choice. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Aug 25, 2016

    What this book may lack in flash at the moment, it makes up for with excellent character development and a Barbara Gordon who really is starting to look like her old self now that she's as far away from Burnside as one could hope. The mystery of the killer schoolgirl clan is simmering on Hope Larson's burner as she navigates our Batgirl deeper into what is starting to look like a fringe fight club. This issue is rather low key, but here's to hoping it's building toward some explosive revelations and big Bat-action! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Aug 25, 2016

    Larson and Albuquerque bring us for an enjoyable ride in Singapore with Babs, moving between flirtation and fighting with ease. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Sep 1, 2016

    After the initial bombshell of Steve Rogers as an agent of HYDRA was dropped, Nick Spencer has done a decent job of settling this series' footing on solid ground. He is crafting a story that makes me want to read the next issue, if only to find out what Steve's endgame is and how it plays out, so that's a pretty big accomplishment. The artwork by Javier Pina and Miguel Sepulveda is fine, although it gets a little muddy in spots (specifically the scenes with the Red Ghost), with the scenes of Steve's childhood being standouts with an almost-ghostly feel to them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Aug 26, 2016

    Barbara stepping into the ring, actually seeing her training in martial arts and going up against people bigger than her, that's the sort of thing I want to see more of. The ongoing story is interesting too. The tattoos on the people she keeps fighting, whatever they might mean, that is something that still leaves me curious to see where this story is going. There's not much Batgirl in this issue, but the best thing it does is give a few much-needed moments of Barbara using the Batgirl side of her brain to investigate this mystery when she's not in costume. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Aug 24, 2016

    Batgirl #2 is a bit of let-down. There's still a lot to like here, so hopefully the series will pick up with the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Aug 24, 2016

    Never get too attached to fictional characters, kids. Read Full Review

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