Batgirl #47

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 22, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 26
7.6Critic Rating
5.9User Rating

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
The Joker.
The Joker who?
The Joker who’s here to have a nice chat with Barbara Gordon!
Don’t miss this devastating tie-in to “Joker War”! 

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Jul 22, 2020

    Even if you haven't been regularly reading Batgirl as of late, this issue absolutely, positively deserves your time and attention. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Jul 23, 2020

    With only a few issues until this run ends, I cannot wait to see what happens to our beloved heroine. (I would give this 11/10, but I'm not allowed!) Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jul 22, 2020

    'Batgirl' #47 rises above its event tie-in status to tell a harrowing story that feels utterly indispensable within the character's history. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jul 21, 2020

    A Batgirl tie-in to the Joker War tie-in could have been really tedious if it hadnt been handled correctly. The relationship between Batman and the Joker has been garishly over-rendered over the years. Batgirl could have been a pale reflection of that. An issue that pulls everything into a tight close-up in a run-down, little Gotham City apartment, transcends the crossover to become something far deeper and more satisfying than anything else in the Joker War crossover thus far. Anything else in the series is going to have a hell of a time topping the elegant minimalist appeal of this issues conflict. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 22, 2020

    This is another fine issue in a series that seems to be getting better and better each and every month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Jul 21, 2020

    Batgirl #47 is a brilliantly written tie-in, one that did justice to Barbara Gorden. Combined with beautiful artwork, this is an issue worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jul 23, 2020

    Batgirl #47 makes clever use of the Joker War tie-in, but just doesn't dive deep enough into the implications of the dramatic teamup to capitalize as successfully as possible, despite delivering plenty of awesome artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Donald Townsend Jul 23, 2020

    This was an excellent issue. I only wish this concept would be the final issue of the Joker War. It would have been so satisfying for Barbara to be the one to take him out, especially in this manner. The Batgirl series' tie-in with the Joker War begins here and continues to #50, so I admit I'm a little nervous when considering how this arc will go after this issue, but after the thought put into this so far, I'm on board with trusting Castellucci will land Barbara respectfully. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 21, 2020

    Robbi Rodriguez does an excellent job with the art. The style is kinetic and full of energy. Every moment featuring Barbara was great and she looked amazing in contrast to Joker who never visually seemed as scary as he does in other incarnations. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Jul 26, 2020

    Is Barbara Gordon the best equipped to take on the crown prince of crime now he has hundreds of millions of dollars, or will she be another statistic? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Jul 25, 2020

    Batgirl #47 isn't a perfect redemption story for the infamous '80s Batman tale, but it does allow Barbara to take charge of her Women in Refrigerators moment, making this a worthwhile pick-up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 20, 2020

    Batgirl #47 is not a necessary Joker War issue, but it's not a bad read for Batgirl fans.  Cecil Castellucci gives Babs a chance to kick the Joker's ass, and while it doesn't erase their past, it doesn't need to.  Overall, this is the best issue in Castellucci's run so far. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 21, 2020

    The problem is that this is a story we've seen before, and the way it's presented in this issue is deeply uncomfortable. And the ongoing subplot about Barbara's role in Jason being disabled"coming to a head soon"isn't holding my interest. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jul 29, 2020

    I didn't like this issue. The intentions are noble with interesting themes and commentary on both Barbara Gordon and violence against women. That's all great. But, personally, I'm tired of Babs having to face Joker and prove her worth over and over again. Combined with a version of Joker that I find dull and artwork I'm fond of, the issue falls short for me. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Jul 21, 2020

    If it's not clear, I did not enjoy Batgirl. Having Joker strip Barbara Gordon of her agency and ability to walk, then parade around her, puppet her, and eventually drive her to hurt herself to escape him is the exact opposite of what I feel a proper response to TKJ would be. Even outside of it being a response, its attempts at giving Barbara a chance to take back control over her body from Joker miss the mark, and make the reader so uncomfortable that any meaning is lost. While the art and colors are stunning, this book is in such poor taste, any redeeming qualities about the story are hard to appreciate. Read Full Review

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