Batgirl #37

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 13
7.4Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

Eager to prove himself as a guardian for the criminals of Gotham City, Killer Moth has set his sights on taking out one of Gotham's finest heroes...Batgirl! Does this insect menace really stand a chance against Batman's smartest ally? Meanwhile, after their daring escape, the Terrible Trio is on the hunt for new ways to cause trouble for Batgirl. Little do they know, Lex Luthor has already beat them to it and is about to bring Batgirl's worst possible nightmare to life! Oracle is back online. And she's angry.

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jul 24, 2019

    Its pretty rare when one creative team can take over for another this smoothly. Writer Mairghread Scott had done such a good job with her run aided as she was by artist Paul Pelletier. They had a very satisfying end to their run last issue. Castellucci and Di Giandomenico take over this issue and take over without the usual sort of awkward disappointment and stiff acclimation that has to occur with a new art team. Castellucci and Di Giandomenico  have hit the page ready to go right away on the first panel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jul 26, 2019

    Batgirl has become one of my favorite books. It's not entirely beholden to decades of continuity the way Batman is. Much of that has to with Batman's marketability in other media, but Batgirl's modest success in that area leaves her free to do as she pleases. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 26, 2019

    And it can only get better from here. I'm very excited to watch where this one might be going. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Jul 24, 2019

    Batgirl #37 had some clever ways of handing the standard tie in, while also having room for a brilliant fight and the introduction of something new and different. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Jul 24, 2019

    Carmine Di Giandomenico's art brings a bit of new life into the issue as well, with the fight scenes between Barbara and Killer Moth rendered in a way that's equal parts stylish, tasteful, and a little cartoony. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Jul 24, 2019

    While Castellucci tackles all of this content well, it does feel like a lot for one issue. It could have definitely been split into two, but as I said previously, DC wants their event to kick off and everything needs to happen in specific order with specific timing or things will get thrown off. Hopefully that means next issue will be able to either split up or more effectively combine these three plots. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jul 24, 2019

    Batgirl's new creative team hits the ground running with a solid Year of the Villain tie-in that will have you afraid of Killer Moth for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jul 29, 2019

    This is a really good issue. The fight between Batgirl and Killer Moth is a lot of fun with good dialogue. Its well paced and interesting. The art is solid. Im unsure about the motivations of Vulture and Fox but other than that, this is an enjoyable issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 24, 2019

    The subplot involving Jason Bard apparently developing feelings for Barbara".pass, given the significant age gap and just how many times he's screwed over her family. It's not a pairing I'm particularly interested in. But as a first issue, Batgirl #37 is showing some good characterization for its lead character, so there's promise here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 24, 2019

    While I found the art lacking during the action of this book and want to know more about our character receiving Lex's offer.... or how that character is even a thing, I did enjoy myself during Cecil Castellucci's first issue of Batgirl and enjoy that she's easing us into her run by showing us the familiar.  There's definitely some room for improvement here, but overall I look forward to see where this series goes for this writer's run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Jul 24, 2019

    This issue has set in motion a whole new story with some rather interesting implications. I really want to see where Castellucci goes with this arc. That ending was an absolutely mind melting moment. I had to re-read it about 3 times before everything that was happening properly sunk in. I think there is some promise here. As long as Batgirl keeps the villains off the streets, I'll be here to read about all her feats. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jul 24, 2019

    Castellucci and Di Giandomenico step into Batgirl with some interesting ideas, but an overall poor execution. The plot is something I'm interested in, and I love the idea of Oracle becoming a sentient, artificial intelligence, but I can't say I have confidence in this creative team to deliver. The dialogue comes off as juvenile, while the script and art both contain rough transitions. Castellucci and Di Giandomenico appear to be on different pages half of the time, and that's never a good sign. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jul 30, 2019

    Cecil Castellucci's tenure asBatgirl scribe unfortunately doesn't get off to a good start, whether it's the blatant disregard for recent events, a padded script, a weak plot, or the lackluster art. Barbara deserves better, and I hope this is just some jitters Castellucci has to work out of her system here at the start - or this run will be doomed to fail. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Jul 25, 2019

    A decent, yet unremarkable first issue for this new storyline. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Spacey Medicine Sep 3, 2019

    Sometimes weird dialogue. Not the worst thing ever.

  • 7.0
    Darkseid24 Jul 24, 2019

    After Female Furies Castellucci thankfully does a better job with Batgirl ( at least in the first issue). We are seeing the trio from the last issues, Batgirl fighting Killer Moth& Jason Bard hanging out with Bea. I’m wondering, if that’s Bea from Nightwing run, since her boyfriend is called Ric as well.
    The ending was quite promising too, but I’m not sure what to think of the Oracle idea yet.
    However what is really sad, that this issue confirms, that another cool Pre52 story never happened: Underworld Unleashed. Year of The Villains basically copied the entire idea from that event & mixed it with a crisis story, but Underworld Unleashed sure is the better& more entertaining event so far. Castellucci gets Killer Moth‘s cha more

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  • 8.0

    A pretty good start.

  • 6.5
    AdmiralWhiskers Jul 29, 2019

    Cecil Castelluci takes over the writing with this issue, and she offers a refreshingly fun and genuine Batgirl character in action against a surprisingly upgraded Killer Moth. We're just getting started, but it looks like groundwork is being laid for a nice long run as secondary characters are given a little time to breath and grow.

    Art is solid. I especially enjoyed the action scenes.

    The future is bright for Batgirl.

  • 5.5
    Psycamorean Jul 24, 2019

    Bleh. At least it's not Female Furies bad. The Oracle thing looks like it'll be another Technology Bad story, so I'm not too interested in that. The stuff with Jason Bard is also completely throwaway to me. I don't care about their budding romance. The Killer Moth stuff was probably the best part of the issue, but that was just a thing that happened.

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    Lock Jul 24, 2019

  • 8.5
    ComicNerd96 Jul 24, 2019

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Jul 26, 2019

  • 7.5
    Watchtower022 Jul 28, 2019

  • 7.5
    Bananaknight Jul 30, 2019

  • 7.5
    BlueAndEvil Jul 17, 2020

  • 7.0
    Jason The Dude Aug 1, 2020

  • 6.5
    Radar Jul 27, 2019

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