Batgirl #25

Writer: Marguerite Bennett, Mairghread Scott, Paul Dini Artist: Dan Panosian, Paul Pelletier, Emanuela Lupacchino, Tom Derenick Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 15, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 10
8.1Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

On her return to Gotham, Barbara must come to terms with her complicated feelings about the city that made her Batgirl and turns to her friend, Dick Grayson for help. Does Dick have time for a heart-to-heart while subbing as Batman when Bruce Wayne is out of action? This extra-sized anniversary issue also offers a look at the next arc of the series by Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier as the monstrous villain Grotesque returns to murder wealthy art owners and defile their bodies to create his own "art." And since this is the issue that keeps on giving, also look for a special backup story by Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini and artist Eman more

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Aug 15, 2018

    A trio of terrific tales that peer into Batgirl's constant quest for good in a city gone oh so very bad! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Aug 15, 2018

    Sure, the issue is occasionally clunky, but it's largely too delightful to ignore. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Aug 17, 2018

    I love this issue. I always tend to like these oversized anthologies. It's fun to have more than one story from a wide variety of creative people. The four stories are all interesting and celebrate this character. I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - C. A. Wylie Aug 23, 2018

    Bennetts tale does a good job of showing what Babs and Dicks on and off relationship is like. Paul Dinis tale of Batgirl versus the March Harriet was really well done and gives an origin for Harriet, who Dini created. The art in all the stories was well done. This issue had some great artists in Derenick, Panosian, Pelletier, and Lupacchino. I would have to say that I enjoyed Pelletiers work best, but is probably because I am a longtime fan of his like I said earlier. The series appears to be in very good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Aug 15, 2018

    We get four entertaining Batgirl stories in her anniversary issue, and while the thematic elements could have been a bit more cohesive, it makes for a wonderful celebration of the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Aug 15, 2018

    Batgirl no. 25 is everything a special issue should be: it's actually special! For this anniversary celebration, you get four stories by three strong writers, two interesting villains, a bit of romance, some shocking violence, some tragedy, some sweetness, some standard action fare, and great art all around. This is a well-balanced package that highlights what a great book Batgirl can be in the right hands with the right tone. Let's hope this sets the stage for the next 25 issues! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 15, 2018

    The latest anniversary issue for DC delivers a big package of stories more associated with annuals, weaving together four narratives by three writers into one semi-cohesive but highly compelling story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 15, 2018

    If you look at the book as a celebration of the various styles that Batgirl can possess, then you may feel its a resounding success. For me, whilst I totally applaud the efforts, that fact that there is an iteration that I could happily live without kind of wanes (no pun intended) my overall enthusiasm. Hopefully with a new creative team jumping on, this book can start to get out the unintentional funk that I think it has been in for a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Aug 15, 2018

    This issue boasts an extra-sized anniversary issue. Two year anniversary? It is #25, but I'm not sure two years is all that laudable in the wake of Action Comics #1,000. Regardless, it does offer four stories of varying quality. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 15, 2018

    As it is, I did enjoy this issue, but I find myself dreading Batgirl #26 more and more. This issue shows that Paul Pelletier is a competent artist and that Scott can write stories I enjoy. I'm just not certain that I want to buy what they are selling if all we have to look forward to is more stories like Value. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Aug 17, 2018

    I really enjoyed the first two stories in this issue, with the third feeling like a throw away. The first two stories were so compelling, with fantastic plot lines and excellent characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    On Comics Ground - Joanna Robinson Aug 20, 2018

    Batgirl is back from Gotham and the wedding that never was and has no time for breaks with all the Madness going on in Burnside. From funerals, costume parties, and murderous art thefts, it's no wonder Barbra needs a little down time with her old friend and flame Dick Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Aug 15, 2018

    Had it not been for the Hopeless Romantic story arc this would have been near perfect. Batgirl Vol 5 #25 will have to covers; the Cover A Regular was drawn by Rafael Albuquerque; but my personal favorite is going to be theCover B Variant drawn by Joshua Middleton(Estimated print run approx 13k). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Aug 16, 2018

    This book is a number of short stories that serve to show the emotional state of Barbara Gordon. Also, a story arc is set in motion. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 15, 2018

    A suprise four-story anthology yields some tantalizing threads for future issues of Batgirl, and a couple of stories that don't do a whole lot else but fill pages. It could be worse. Fans hoping for a return of the more familiar Batgirl from her pre-Burnside days could be enticed by this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 15, 2018

    Overall, this is a mixed bag with more dull stories than interesting ones. It feels like a missed opportunity sadly. Oh well. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 16, 2018

    This isn't the most polished anniversary issue of Batgirl, but Mairghread Scott and Marguerite Bennett deliver a nice one-two punch with their short stories, featuring Batgirl grappling with the aftermath of Batman and Catwoman's cancelled wedding. Read Full Review

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