Batgirl #22

Writer: Hope Larson Artist: Minkyu Jung Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 25, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
7.4Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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"STRANGE LOOP" part one! After a routine mission to save the day, Batgirl realizes she's been spending a little too much time in costume. Her life as Barbara Gordon is in a rut, and it's time to focus on changing things for the better. Can the sudden reemergence of her former love interest, Kai, be a sign of good things to come? Or is he bringing all kinds of trouble with him? Things are not what they seem in Burnside, and it's up to Batgirl to figure out why!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Apr 29, 2018

    This is a great issue. The art is solid and gives the book a lot of energy. I like the story and the situation it puts Babs in. There's some good character work and it all makes for a fun read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    That's Entertainment - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Apr 25, 2018

    To be perfectly honest, I wasn't looking forward to another short story arc; especially once I discovered that 'Strange Loop' would be Larson's last. I like meaty stories, but the twist at the end pulled everything together for me. I've always called this title a perfect model for a Batgirl TV series on the CW. And while it still could be, this issue feels a bit different. Not necessarily darker, but definitely more adult than the CW typically goes. If you've been a fan of Larson's work in the past, be sure to soak this in"it's one of her best Batgirl issues yet! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - C. A. Wylie May 3, 2018

    This was a strong, well-executed issue. The art was good and the writing was on point, with it connecting to earlier arcs in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Apr 25, 2018

    This was an interesting issue. At first I thought they were being a little heavy handed with the 'blasts from the past' they kept pulling up, but once I realized there were all connected (both in the issues they appear in and in Barbara's mind) it all started making a bit more sense. I'm hoping we get more answers in the next issue " like what that gun was, or who that guy is, for that matter. I'd also like to know if Fruit Bat is another figment of Barbara's imagination, or if something bigger is going on there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 25, 2018

    This arc is calling back to plotlines from the entire run, and it's a solid combination of the strengths of both Gail's run and Batgirl of Burnside. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Joanna Robinson Apr 29, 2018

    As always with a new arch, I'm interested to see where this goes. As I said, Babs goes through constant mental struggles with the chips in her head and her life. To see where her brain has taken her during this one is interesting though, imagining a day in her life like its nothing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Apr 25, 2018

    Hope Larson returns to her opening arc as she brings Batgirl full circle"but perhaps only to a point. Things are not entirely as they seem and, not surprisingly, it may be that there's some creepy tech involved to make it so. It's interesting to revisit characters like Kai and May, whom we haven't seen for a very long while, and especially Fruit Bat, who felt like a wonderful sage who may even have been underused in her original appearance. It looks like Larson wants to give her run on the title some proper closure and that would be pretty cool. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Apr 27, 2018

    We'll see where this goes, because while the story has promise in terms of overcoming a psychological struggle, there are also things that feel a bit silly, ranging from a ridiculous looking gun and the person who owns it. We're moving back in the right direction though, so at least for that, this reader is hopeful. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 28, 2018

    A really neat twist ending saves this issue from being a dull superhero comic, but it's still a dull superhero comic before arriving at the twist. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Apr 29, 2018

    It's hard not to feel invested in the series; by the end of this issue, readers will feel like Babs is one of their long lost friends. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Apr 25, 2018

    From the very first panel, I would've sworn this was going to be a Ready Player One parody. Turns out the guy just wears a goofy visor and shoots electricity at people. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Apr 26, 2018

    A good story that puts Batgirl in real danger but also shows us a Barbara Gordon revisiting people from her past. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Apr 25, 2018

    But overall, Larson weaves a story that has enough energy and life through it to satisfy readers, especially when paired with Jung's absolutely delightful art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 25, 2018

    It's worth muddling through for the sake of the story but just barely. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Apr 25, 2018

    Here's a little trip down memory lane for those that have been reading Batgirl since the Rebirth issue(s). We should probably set up some kind of support group. A common, yet unforeseen twist at the end of this issue piques my interest to give #23 a look. I mean, I review the title, so I was going to read it anyway. But the end of this issue genuinely intrigued me. Read Full Review

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