Batgirl #26

Writer: Mairghread Scott Artist: Paul Pelletier Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 29, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 12
8.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"Art of the Crime" part one. During a high-speed chase with murderous art thief Grotesque, the villain K.O.'s Batgirl with a souped-up stun gun that temporarily fries the device implanted in her spine. (That thing that helps her, you know, walk and be Batgirl?) Babs finds herself in for a whole new world of hurt now that old wounds have been opened up-and so does Grotesque.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Sep 2, 2018

    This is a great issue. The action is dynamic, well-paced and fun. The art is creative and exciting. And the story is an exciting idea that will really challenge Barbara in a good way. I recommend checking this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - C. A. Wylie Sep 3, 2018

    This is the best issue of Batgirl I have read in a long time. The new creative team is on point. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Aug 29, 2018

    Beyond fun! One of the best books to come out of DC Comics in 2018! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Aug 29, 2018

    A familiar foe, a surprisingly high-octane adventure, and some major changes for Babs make this one of the best Batgirl issues since the Rebirth launch. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Aug 29, 2018

    Batgirl has been a comic shifting with sand for too long, but Mairghread Scott throws down some super-solid tracks in this arc-opener in which art thief and serial killer Grotesque gets the drop on Babs in a worrying way. I honestly haven't been this excited about a comic book and its new direction in far too long. This is a great time to get on board. I think we're going to see some amazing thing from this new team! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Aug 29, 2018

    In fact, Grotesque's M.O. is not unlike the Joker scene with Barbara in The Killing Joke. In that famous scene, Joker takes photographs of Barbara after she has been shot, turning her broken body into "art" to later torture Jim Gordon. Upon reflection, Grotesque is kind of the perfect villain for this arc, and it's no wonder why Batgirl is more vicious than usual. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Aug 29, 2018

    BATGIRL #26 is an amazing issue from a wonderful writer who bears watching. If this first chapter is any indication, I'm all for this creative team sticking around for a while. It is a great place for new readers to start and old readers to return. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    On Comics Ground - Joanna Robinson Sep 1, 2018

    Batgirl is facing an old nemesis, Grotesque, but he is readier for her then ever and deadlier. Worse, when he messes with the Chip in Barbra's spine she has to find a way to keep herself sane and standing! Scott's writing is fresh and vibrant and Pelletier's art compliments every page. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Aug 30, 2018

    There's something I enjoyed about this issue I didn't spot until my second read. Batgirl is determined and focused on fighting crime. Finding a hero these days who isn't racked by thoughts of a relationship, villain messing with their mind or existential crisis is quite refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 29, 2018

    I really enjoy how Scott is writing the two leads, and I hope we see more of the supporting characters in future issues. But Barbara might have more pressing concerns, as the chip backfires at the end of the issue and seemingly causes a stroke. Hell of a cliffhanger to leave off on " but this isn't the only time we see Batgirl this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Aug 30, 2018

    There wasn't really all that much to go on in this issue. But that being said, it was a fantastic read, something I find myself saying constantly aboutBatgirl these days. Scott has done a brilliant job laying down the foundations to a great story. The artwork in this issue is beautiful too, really adding to the overall feel of the comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 5, 2018

    Barbarasday-to-day wear looks natural " something a 20-something would choose to wear " rather than simplyputting a dress or jeans & t-shirt on a figure. Its a minordetail, but its this level of attention that gives the visuals of the book(any book) veritas. It makes me sit up and take notice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Aug 30, 2018

    Overall, if I wasn't reviewing this title I would still want to be reading it.Barbara Gordon gets into trouble. The stakes are high and writer Mairghread Scotts Batgirl has my attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 3, 2018

    Batgirl #26 is a solid beginning for Mairghread Scott creative run on this series. Scott does a good job creating a compelling villain in the form of Grotesque for her first story arc. What the villain does in this issue along with the hook ending as Batgirl's chip implant shorts out creates interest in what happens next. Adding in Paul Pelletier great artwork made Scott's story even better, especially in the few areas where the story ran into some problems. If your a Batgirl fan this issue will be a satisfying continuation of her adventures and a good entry point for those who weren't previously reading this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 29, 2018

    Continuing right from where the story in the last issue left off, this one offers no great details about the new baddie, but plenty of potential for Batgirl to go in a new direction...including a new costume? The story offered here isn't complete, but it does make me anxious for the next issue, and that's a pretty good sign. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 29, 2018

    I fear Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose have forever spoiled me on this series. Batgirl #26 is not a bad comic but I found no joy or sense of hope in reading it. Perhaps those who missed the tragic bleakness of the New 52 run on Batgirl will be pleased by this book, but I was not. As far as I'm concerned, this is a step back away from what Rebirth was meant to accomplish. Read Full Review

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