Batgirl #42

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 1, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
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With Oracle calling the shots in Burnside, Batgirl must figure out how to survive her nightmare opponent. But how do you defeat a nemesis who does you better than you? Does the answer lie within? Our hero just might have to forget everything she knows in order to beat these impossible odds!

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 6, 2020

    Batgirl has liberated herself from the relentless discipline shes come to expect from herself. The change in her personality came about out of necessity. From here, her story could potentially cascade into several different directions now that shes free and clear of the year of the Villain crossover event. As good as Batgirl has looked throughout much of 2019, Castellucci and DiGiandomenico certainly seem to be casting her in a direction that appears to be a substantial improvement over last year.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jan 6, 2020

    Batgirl #42 is an issue packed full of unpredictable action and drama, but it's true success stems from it's willingness to explore the impact of consequence in both Bab's journey as a hero and her own personal relationships. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Jan 1, 2020

    What a way to end this six part arc. The writing was great, the artwork was stunning and the ending was dramatic, which we always enjoy. There are so many places the story can go now with Batgirl and her life. We can see where she might be trying to reach out and reconnect with some people. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the next issue of Batgirl. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 3, 2020

    I can't wait to see where they take us next which is a really great feeling, especially on this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Jan 1, 2020

    Batgirl #42 was a vibrant and fascinating conclusion to the Oracle Rising plot arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jan 1, 2020

    "Oracle Rising" sticks the landing with a bang and a hopeful final note. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jan 4, 2020

    This is a solid issue. It's a lot of fun to see Babs force herself to push her own limits and work out of her mental comfort zone. She got to play to strengths she didn't know she had. However, I do think Oracle ended up being a fairly dull character and that killed some of enjoyment by the end. I still would recommend reading the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson" Jan 1, 2020

    Even amongst the fiery turmoil, this issue celebrates so much of who Barbara is, and it sets up an interesting new normal for the issues that are to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 1, 2020

    Batgirl sends Oracle packing and even makes things right with Jason Bard in the process.  Cecil Castellucci ends the Year of the Villain story she was thrown into and sets up some stuff for her own stories coming up, but I wish it was a little more engaging.  I do look forward to seeing what she has in store for Babs and am so glad to leave Oracle behind. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Jan 1, 2020

    As an arc Oracle Rising never really found its stride or its theme. It floundered from issue to issue trying different themes and ideas, and landed this time on changing Barbara's personality. Additionally, instead of attempting to resolve the relationship between Batgirl and Oracle the story focused on Barbara and Bard's relationship, totally backtracking everything Jason Bard did last issue to do so. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jan 2, 2020

    Writer Cecil Castellucci gets lost in a plot point of her own design as this arc wraps up with a messy and bewildering conclusion. Read Full Review

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