Batgirl #3

Writer: Hope Larson Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 28, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 34
7.0Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

"Beyond Burnside" part 3! After Batgirl faces off against a second villain with the mark of "The Student," she must set off to Korea to get to the bottom of the mysterious attacks before someone close to her gets caught in the crossfire!

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Sep 30, 2016

    Every country would do that, and I think globetrotting would be both an easy and unique way to keep this series fresh. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Sep 29, 2016

    I shouldn't be so impressed that Batgirl strikes me as an actual mature crime-fighter in Hope Larson's takeover of this series, but I can't help it. I'm enjoying Batgirl again in a way I haven't for too long. I never thought I would find myself intrigued by a story like this with Babs so far from "home" and largely on her own, but it's just the break we've needed from what had become a weirdly overpopulated series full of deranged cartoon villains and too many BFFs for our Bat-hero. Larson and Albuquerque have made this book a true stand out"for all the right reasons. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Sep 29, 2016

    While the pace of this book still moves along at a break-neck speed, it manages to mostly maintain a certain charm and character that keep its flaws from becoming too much of a hindrance. Things will need to slow down just a little bit eventually, but not quite yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Oct 5, 2016

    While this is possibly the most satisfying issue of the series so far, it still has a long way to go before it hits the levels of greatness which Batgirl deserves. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 28, 2016

    Batgirl is quite possibly the most visually striking comic on the stands today. With a variety of artistic flourishes Albuquerque makes every panel and page a delight to the eyes. There's also great detective work at play too. This issue spins its wheels a bit though and feels uneven because of it, reducing its score. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Sep 28, 2016

    Even though this is one of the most visually accomplished books coming out at the moment, it doesn't work well at all in a monthly format. It remains to be seen whether this first arc reads better when collected but its flaws are amplified when reading it on an issue-by-issue basis. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Sep 29, 2016

    Batgirl swings back into action, both in her personal and heroic lives, and propels her title forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Oct 7, 2016

    With all the crazy monster madness going on with all the other Bat titles an issue like Batgirl #3 works as a refreshing pallet cleanser. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Sep 28, 2016

    Batgirl recoups from her butt-whuppin' by getting down to the mystery at hand: what is specifically happening in this book. The story seems told in broad strokes, with incidental stuff like character names dropped unceremoniously in some thought balloon. The art and motion in this comic book has been phenomenal, which is little surprise considering Rafael Albuquerque is at the board. This issue has good doses of story and action, but I am beginning to lose a little faith in this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 29, 2016

    The strength of the Batgirl series is fully in its character and that continues to shine through here. The smaller moments are solid and the action has a great flow to it as we see how she has her ups and downs but never gives up. Albuquerque shines once again here with his presentation of the book as it has some great flow to it and I love the angles it plays with when it comes to her moving about in costume. Larson's script is capturing the right nature of Barbara herself and that clicks really well but the journey story just doesn't have enough meat on it from issue to issue, especially on a monthly basis, to really pull it together with in a strong way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Sep 28, 2016

    Batgirl #3 is a well-executed table setting issue as Rafael Albuquerque excels at showing Barbara Gordon as a superhero, beaten down MMA fighter, and as a suspicious friend as she and Kai part ways. Hope Larson keeps most of the information about him hidden and spends most of the issue switching the setting from Singapore to South Korea. Her plot is connect the dots detective work and sets up a battle royale in an upcoming issue so don't sleep on this comic just yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Oct 3, 2016

    Some consistency on the art would be helpful as there isn't enough here to recommend this book to non-Batgirl fans. The story is strong, but this issue was far from the complete package. It isn't all doom and gloom as this series is in its infancy and just needs to find its solid footing.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Sep 28, 2016

    Ultimately, I just wish this issue stood on its own a bit more. I tend to want issues of a comic to be enjoyable on their own and I don't think this one quite accomplishes that. It does have wonderful art and Hope Larson is still writing Babs terrifically. The characterization is spot on with nice little flourishes. I recommend waiting for the trade on this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Sep 28, 2016

    I still like this Batgirl. I still like this premise but if superhero stories have taught us anything over their long convoluted history it's that a larger scale is an invitation for narrative incoherence. And that's putting it lightly. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 1, 2016

    This was a fine issue, and it moves everything forward a bit, but it seemed to lack that special charm I've been enjoying in previous issues. I can't quite put my finger on what went wrong, though. Scenes kind of cut to the next one pretty rapidly. Nothing of too much note actually happened. The villain is vaguely defined. Like, I'm not sure if Batgirl has been fighting the same person in every issue, or if there's a league of martial arts villains who all have the same tattoo. It's not that big of a deal, I suppose. This was a perfectly fine issue of the new Batgirl, but it's in the middle of a story and has a lot of moving pieces that could stand to be a little more clearly defined. Read Full Review

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