Batgirl #40

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 10
7.8Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Oracle makes her move to confront the creator who abandoned her... Batgirl! But first she must get our hero's attention, and she's got her sights set on Burnside. With the help of her new minions, the Terrible Trio, Oracle's plans for revenge could mean the end for this hip Gotham neighborhood!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Nov 3, 2019

    This is a great issue. Oracle is a really cool villain for Batgirl; there's an interesting motivation behind her and a lot of menace. Burnside is burning to the ground around them; the stakes are obviously high and personal. The art is good as well. I really enjoyed this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 29, 2019

    Castellucci and DiGiandomenicos brilliant execution of Babs chronicles amid a big, oppressive multi-title crossover speaks to a very deft mastery of the street-level superhero genre that should be great fun to see develop further once the title wheels itself out from underneath the massive machinery of The Year of the Villain.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Oct 23, 2019

    Building off of old wounds and new enemies, Batgirl #40 is the strongest issue yet from Castellucci and Co. I can't wait to see where this leads. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 25, 2019

    You can't really ask for a better creative team than this. The story is pretty great and the artwork is positively stunning. I love what they are doing here and it is only getting more and more cool. I cannot wait for the next issue and this one had me at the edge of my seat from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Oct 23, 2019

    Batgirl #40 is an intelligent and foreboding tale, pitting Oracle and Batgirl against each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Oct 23, 2019

    I will be right here waiting with bated breath to get my hands on the next Batgirl. I do hope you'll be joining me in the chaos. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Oct 23, 2019

    Cecil Castellucci's narrative packs nearly all of the punch it sets out to, and definitely sets up a new potential status quo for Barbara going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 23, 2019

    There's a good Barbara Gordon in this story, and a good sense of tension, but I'm not sure the central plot is doing the character any favors. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Oct 24, 2019

    For all the forward movement that Carmine DiGiandomenico provides, it’s Jordie Bellaire’s colors that really make this issue “pop”. The burning of Burnside would only really work if the colors matched the tone and Bellaire makes you feel the flames coming off of the page and helps with the urgency of the situation. Really nicely done. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Oct 23, 2019

    TheTerrible Trio play comic relief in this otherwise meandering story. It iscertainly cool to look at. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Oct 24, 2019

    Batgirl and Oracle are both women on a mission. Barbara's goal is to stop the chaos, and find out just who set her beloved Burnside aflame, while Oracle is out for revenge. Everything she does in this issue is aimed at drawing Babs in for a confrontation. Through this it's made obvious she's as incomplete as she keeps saying, missing the one thing that really made Oracle work, Barbara Gordon. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Oct 24, 2019

    There is potential here, both with Oracle as a villain and with the background politics in this issue, but the story and character issues continue to cause this storyline to stumble. Read Full Review

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