Batgirl #48

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 26, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 20
7.3Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

“The Last Joke” part one! Why is Barbara in the hospital and what is James Gordon Jr. doing here? After an encounter with the Joker leaves Barbara temporarily handicapped, Babs is determined to find the technology she needs, but her journey’s cut short when a redhead-serial killer is on the loose! Who’s the obsessive freak? And will Gordon Jr. prove to be the changed person he claims to be?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Sep 2, 2020

    This is a solid issue. I enjoyed the follow ups to previous stories involving Luke Fox and James Gordon Jr. Those were both interesting and engaging. But I don't love the art and I'm a little tired of Killing Joke follow ups Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 26, 2020

    This issue is extremely well done. The story is strong. And the artwork by Robbi Rodriguez is really great. The art is surprisingly emotional, yet full of hope. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 25, 2020

    Robbi Rodriguez does a brilliant job with the art in this issue. The characters looks amazing and the art creates an engaging atmosphere as it matches the tone of the story. A great looking issue from the first surreal dream sequence to the awesome cliffhanger final page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Aug 26, 2020

    I don't want it to end. We're definitely coming up on something big, I can feel it in my bones. I really hope, from what I've seen of Castellucci's writing, that she'll do right by Batgirl. There's so much that can still happen. There are so many different angles the plot line could split off into. Right now, all that's needed is Batgirl kicking the Jokers' face in. Now that, would be doing right by her. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Aug 26, 2020

    Cecil Castellucci seems to be inadvertently borrowing Chris Claremonts beautiful red-headed doppelgnger element for Batgirls latest mystery. Though it clouds the triumph of Batgirls recovery a bit, the mystery DOES propel the issue in a new direction that should prove to be every bit as fun as what Babs has been tumbling through throughout the rest of Castelluccis run thus far. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Aug 25, 2020

    Batgirl #48 is an intricate issue, one that has several elements woven together, alongside bright artwork and intriguing plot arcs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Aug 26, 2020

    It's a shame that Batgirl is nearing the end of its run, but this issue proves that it's doing so in an excellent way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Aug 25, 2020

    This was a great tie-in story and doesn’t seem to interrupt the flow of the series. Castelluci writes Barbara well and has set up an interesting premise for this arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Aug 25, 2020

    Despite all appearances to the contrary, Batgirl #48 reminds readers (and Barbara) that there are no easy answers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Aug 25, 2020

    Batgirl #48 has some odd places, and parts that don't seem to make sense, but generally it's an interesting start to the title's final arc. It fixes the issue of Barbara removing her implant, and introduces Luke Fox to the narrative. At the same time it also brings back the whole Gordon family as protagonists as they deal with family drama, and a new murder that looks like it will involve all of them in some way or another. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 25, 2020

    We now know that Batgirl is ending in only two issues, and based on some Joker War promo pics it looks like the mantle might be in for a shakeup. Given these two tie-in issues, I can't say I'm opposed to a complete revamp. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 24, 2020

    Batgirl #48 is hardly a Joker War tie-in, and really, it's just a convoluted mess.  Cecil Castellucci throws characters at the reader without thought of proper setup or characterization and while Robbie Rodriquez's art is good, it can't save this sinking ship.  I am sure that Batgirl fans will stick it out until this series ends at #50, but they deserve something...anything better than this. Read Full Review

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