Batgirl #43

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Cian Tormey Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 22, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
7.5Critic Rating
5.6User Rating

After the disastrous dust-up with Oracle, Batgirl needs to regroup. But when a power villain's imagination takes the city by storm, she must go once more unto the breach of super-heroism. THE MAKER has come to Gotham to claim a prize from his past and Batgirl must stop him before she loses herself in the grip of his twisted tales come to life!

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 29, 2020

    The act of thrusting a gritty, earthbound hero into a fantasy world is often used as a form of distance from the heavier aspects of the characters life. Here Castellucci is using the fantasy world to explore the deeper elements of Barbaras life into a fantasy world. It makes her inner struggle that much more visually appealing.  Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 24, 2020

    The story is a lot of fun. Castellucci keeps things light but it also has a lot of adventure to it. I really like the art by Cian Tormey here. It fits this story very well and it feels fresh. This issue is a good start to this brand new storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jan 27, 2020

    If you were thrown off by the events of last issue featuring one rather eventful kiss between Jason and Babs, Batgirl #43 addresses your worries directly with a heartfelt look at the internal impacts of love torn across worlds and the true power it may hold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Jan 22, 2020

    Batgirl has some soul searching to do and, as per usual, some innocent bystanders to save. Until the next issue, keep reading folks! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Jan 22, 2020

    Batgirl #43 is a creative start to a new plot, one full of fantasy and striking artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jan 22, 2020

    This is an interesting issue. I definitely like the creativity involved. This is not like any Batgirl story I've ever read and that is a good thing. This book needed some shaking up. But it takes a second to adjust to what is happening in the book because it is rather bonkers. But the approach takes guts and who doesn't want to see Batgirl fight a dragon? Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Jan 22, 2020

    This might not be a perfect Batgirl issue, but it still has a lot to love. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jan 22, 2020

    This issue takes on the tropes of fantasy head-on, dissecting them in a way only a character who has read a ton of books can. Barbara knows the ins-and-outs of what would be expected of her in a fictional narrative, so it's interesting to see how she uses that knowledge to protect herself and others. This issue takes Barbara into a direction (and genre) I didn't expect, so I'm excited to see where the rest of this arc leads. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Jan 22, 2020

    While I'm still not sold on the relationship between Barbara and Jason, I also cannot help but be enamored by all the sword and sorcery elements going on in this book. It's a really fun idea to play with the romance of fantasy and drop Barbara right in the middle of it as she struggles with her own romantic woes. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 22, 2020

    Cecil Castellucci and Cian Tormey head back to Unearth and if that doesn't sound familiar, don't expect this story to get you up to speed at all.  Castellucci just throws the setting and characters at the reader and expects them to care, but nothing here seems interesting enough, even for those who do.  The "big moments" fall flat and Batgirl is left with little to do in her book.  You can add a point or two to the score below if you are familiar with Unearth and have been praying for its return, but I was left shaking my head in disbelief and disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 22, 2020

    After several runs that fleshed out Barbara's new supporting cast and setting, this run and especially this arc feel like a big step back. Read Full Review

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