Batgirl #49

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 23, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 20
7.1Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

“The Last Joke” part two: in the finale of this killer two-part tale, Babs traces the Batgirl-obsessed redhead murders back to their source and realizes the real culprit is…closer than she expected! Will James Gordon Jr. step up to the plate and prove his new loyalty to his sister by taking out the killer?

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Sep 23, 2020

    This is absolutely worth your time"and your praise. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 23, 2020

    The story here is great. The art by Robbi Rodriguez. however, is out of this world. There are some pages near the end that just blew me put of my seat. This is a fine issue overall but man, the art in this issue is something else entirely. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Sep 23, 2020

    Due out the week of Halloween, the next issue is the final issue of this series's run. It's arduous to imagine Castellucci ending on a more impressive note than the one she nails in this issue. The plot might merely be playing about with themes that have been explored in the superhero genre for decades. Still, Castellucci does a brilliant job of bringing it together in a powerful finale to a two-part series.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Sep 24, 2020

    What do you mean this is coming to an end?! No it isn't. Not in my heart or my feelings. This run of Batgirl is going to stay with me for a long time to come. The way Batgirl herself has been written, and the wonderful stories we've been gifted with will always remain in my head, and my heart. I have precisely no scooby-doo (Cockney rhyming slang) as to what's going to happen in the last issue. However, I can't wait to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 26, 2020

    Reading this book, my knee jerk reaction was to wonder why this series hasn't been this good before! Problem is, the subject matter can only be used once or twice before losing its impact, those in DC who always want to use the Joker should take note. It may seem that Batgirl is only readable when its dark, when in fact Bryan Q. Miller gave us a fun, hopeful Batgirl prior to the New 52. Still, judging this book on this arc shows that Castellucci is far more talented than working on a lame duck book may intimate. You never know, DC may keep her around for whatever the next (Batgirls led by Oracle maybe?) step in Babs journey will be. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Sep 29, 2020

    Batgirl #49 succeeds at being an interesting story about family and how Batgirls double life not only puts her in danger, but also her family and even people that look like her when the wrong person sets their sights on the hero. Though, its rushed and anticlimactic ending as mandated by an editorial cancellation knocks down what could have been an amazing five-issue arc if it needed to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Sep 22, 2020

    When all is said and done Batgirl #49 delivers a strong, emotional story. Its end hits hard and feels like it will have a huge impact on where Barbaras story goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Sep 22, 2020

    Batgirl #49 is a bold issue, taking on a dark plot and throwing Babs into danger like never before. Working alongside the plot you'll find bright artwork, carefully portraying the events in a way that increases the impact of it all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Sep 28, 2020

    This is not a bad issue at all. It's a solid story. But with everything going on in the real world and the knowledge that this series only has one issue left, it left a bad taste in my mouth. I was never that invested in the story; it ends up feeling unpleasant and mean-spirited. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Sep 24, 2020

    Awkward pacing keeps this issue from reaching the heights it's going for, but hopefully next month's final issue will stick the landing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 22, 2020

    I was looking forward to this issue after the last issue's cliffhanger, but the Batgirl murders hit with a thud, and while the ending is significant in the Babs-verse, the clunky and convoluted route to it lessened it by a ton.     Robbi Rodriguez's art was good, but this book has been on a downward spiral since Cecil Castellucci took it over, and while I am sad Batgirl is canceled, I am not sad this one is. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 22, 2020

    With only one issue to go before the end of the run, it feels like a summary of the entire Babsgirl run " a few interesting ideas, but critically flawed and a less-than-ideal use of a great character. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Sep 22, 2020

    While the idea of a serial killer dressing victims up like vigilantes is not a new one, I had hoped that at the very least this would be an enjoyable mystery. Unfortunately Batgirl is full of contradictions and ends up falling into a number of badly chosen tropes. It's character motivations, don't feel fully explained, and any emotional connection it's trying to develop is not given the time it needs. Everything feels rushed and over too soon. As it stands, I have little desire to return to Batgirl for it's finale. Read Full Review

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