Batgirl #4

Writer: Hope Larson Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 26, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 28
7.5Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

"Beyond Burnside" part four! Batgirl realizes too late that she's fallen right into Teacher's trap! If she's going to get to Shanghai in time to save Kai, she'll have to track down this mysterious new villain and end things once and for all.

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Nov 6, 2016

    Overall, the fourth issue was a good read from beginning to end and brought something special to the current story arc. The main player's motivation were brought out and well defined. I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Oct 26, 2016

    Some silliness involving Batgirl's identity notwithstanding, this is best of Hope Larson's "Beyond Burnside" opening arc yet. As the story unravels, we get to see how this mystery is perfectly suited for the specific talents of Barbara Gordon: her tech savvy, her eidetic memory, her big heart, and all her fighting skill have come into play along this journey. Now she's about to take on an unexpected antagonist: not merely a deadly martial artist, but perhaps an undead one? Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Oct 26, 2016

    Overall, another solid issue for Hope Larson's Batgirl, and one that gave us some significant answers right on time. Come for the charm of Babs' travel, and stay to solve the mystery and see what Babs learns from it all before she returns home to Gotham a stronger person. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Oct 28, 2016

    This is a strong issue. The art is great throughout and a lot of fun to look at. Larson presents interesting motivations for the villains and ideas about the education system both of which work very well. As usual, Larson characterizes Babs very well. She is fun and upbeat but has her limits and can be tough. I recommend checking this issue out; it's a fun read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Nov 7, 2016

    Fans who stuck with this series are being rewarded with beautiful work from Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig. Hope Larson's story ooze with classic Batman-ish cheese and mysterious new characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 26, 2016

    Batgirl kicks butt and delivers one of the most refreshing comics when it comes to visuals in ages. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Oct 27, 2016

    In Conclusion: Barbara Gordon stakes out a place for herself as one of the Bat-Familys strongest members, both in mind and combat, as she rids Asia of a pernicious super villain's gang. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Oct 27, 2016

    A more conventional issue of a Batgirl book that isnt conventional at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 27, 2016

    The plot in this first arc has become a bit convoluted as Batgirl continues to bounce from one Asian city to the next. What began as a simple tale of Batgirl taking a vacation and getting in touch with her inner warrior has suddenly become an international romp involving wacky villains spawned by the horrors of cram school. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Nov 1, 2016

    It's things like this which bring this issue to a grinding halt at all the wrong moments. It's still telling a relatively cohesive story, but that story isn't particularly good. It looks okay on the surface, but the suspension of disbelief has crashed down with a dull thud. Because of that, at the end of the day the only thing keeping readers from ditching this series is a love of Batgirl as a character. But, as stated, there's no reason to care about her here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 29, 2016

    Batgirl is still a fine continuation of Batgirl of Burnside, though it's lost some of its spark. Larson and Albuquerque are telling a nice story in the new issue, with a lot of action, but they've already squandered the unique setting they've worked so hard to use. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Nov 9, 2016

    Now, however, what I want more than ever is a comic about a group of kids who flunk out of school only to be recruited and trained to be an international crime syndicate. Maybe a story about a bunch of kids donning masks for a life of international danger in the hope of a second chance and maybe a young girl still hopeful even in spite of the overwhelming cynicism of her coworkers. That sounds like it could be pretty good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 26, 2016

    There are too many convenient plot holes and unanswered questions in this story, and some of the answers given in this issue are incredibly stupid. I don't really mind the ideas behind this story, but the execution seems ham-fisted and sloppy. Rafael Albuquerque's art on the book is phenomenal, however, and lends a lot of drama to otherwise head-scratching scenes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 29, 2016

    At this stage I'm sticking with the book primarily to see if we get Barbara back into more familiar settings, give her something resembling a life, and provide more foundations for her. The world trip is an idea that works for some books and characters, and this is one of them, but with it being a monthly series and without the strong narrative that it needs, it all just comes across as uninteresting as a whole. The small slivers of enjoyment are there, particularly in the artwork, but that can't carry the book for very long and I know my interest is waning more than I'd like at this stage. Read Full Review

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