Batgirl #5

Writer: Hope Larson Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 23, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 24
7.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

"BEYOND BURNSIDE" conclusion! Batgirl faces down Teacher in the streets of Shanghai, but will fists be enough against the intelligence-enhanced foe? Babs will have to conquer the pathways of her own mind in order to defeat this vicious predator once and for all!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Nov 23, 2016

    This is an excellent issue witha fun conclusion. The action is engaging with great art and pacing. It's well written with great dialogue and narration for Batgirl; Hope Larson really understands Barbara and characterizes her well. I also like the discussion about the societal pressures of a college education. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Nov 23, 2016

    Batgirl #5 is a fitting end to an auspicious first arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Jan 26, 2017

    That said, I'm glad Batgirl has not been afflicted by that for this story arc. I enjoyed the aspect of Babs travelling to different countries and learning new techniques and tricks and meeting new friends along the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 23, 2016

    The character grows while the art dazzles combining to create a series you won't want to miss. If you're interested in reading comics that do things a little differently you'll want to read Batgirl. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Nov 23, 2016

    Overall, this was a fitting climax to a fun adventure. The fight scenes and panel layouts have been a consistent joy in the series, and the finally rightfully packed in the most of that in a single issue. And, as a travel adventure, it's only right to end on an introspective view of a horizon, a scene to capture the inevitable reflection that happens when your travels wind down to an end. Forget your favorite travel book, "Beyond Burnside" is the globe-trotting adventure you should read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Avi Weinryb Nov 23, 2016

    Rafael Albuquerques artwork is instantly recognizable, distinctive in its angular simplicity. Fight scenes, of which there are many, are visceral and gritty. There is an intensity that drives up the stakes of these battles. All in all, Batgirl is a chock full of heartfelt moments as well as heartfelt punches to the jaw. Something for everyone! While the characters nation-hopping vacation is over, the call of duty does not cease. We can all look forward to more from this dynamic character once she gets back to Gotham. But if you had the choice between traveling through East Asia or slumming it in dirty, crime-laden Gotham, which would you choose? I guess that's why this is fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Nov 24, 2016

    Hope Larson wraps up her first arc on Batgirl with the strongest issue of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Nov 29, 2016

    It's all good. Great for a teenage girl, decent read for middle-aged men. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Nov 29, 2016

    Things wrap up in squeaky-clean fashion as the only thing we're left wondering is where Batgirl is off to next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 26, 2016

    I'm still a little bummed that Larson and Albuquerque didn't spend more time visiting the various Asian locations that Babs went there to see. She went to Asia to enjoy a vacation and get away from the hustle and bustle of Burnside. But then she spent her whole vacation fighting yet more super-villains, and not even particularly noteworthy super-villains. Some vacation. What started as a potentially interesting story devolved into just another slugfest with a super-villain. At least the art and the writing were solid enough to keep it afloat and entertain. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Nov 24, 2016

    The first arc of the new Batgirl closes cleanly, setting Barbara up as an independent, admirable heroine in a world of potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Nov 23, 2016

    This conclusion of the "Beyond Burnside" Rebirth falls a mite short of my own expectations, even though it's a solid read and I appreciate that all the loose ends were tied off. I was really hoping to end with some whiz-bang revelations and an epic climactic battle of strength and will. We got both, but in smaller doses that I think we could have. Still, I'm calling it overall a success and looking forward to the Gordon girl's next adventure! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Nov 25, 2016

    Overall, this is a mostly satisfying conclusion to "Beyond Burnside" that falls just short of being something truly dynamic and memorable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Nov 26, 2016

    When taken on its own terms, Batgirl is a good book but while I've been a dedicated reader, there's an inescapable sense that we're two different travelers on opposite roads. The comic wants to do something that I'm not interested in and I want something the comic isn't delivering. Even though there are narrative aspects that catch my eye and draws my gaze to their side of the road"we could never really connect. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Liu Nov 23, 2016

    Batgirl #5 is the conclusion to the first arc of Hope Larson’s run on the title. Larson’s Batgirl is well-written and placed in situations that highlight her best attributes, but the weak plot, boring side characters, and underdeveloped villains make the story hard to emotionally resonate with. Does anyone really care what happens to Kai? Will people remember Teacher and her Students a year down the line? The result is a mediocre conclusion to a mediocre title that leaves me wondering if it was worth the investment by the end. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 23, 2016

    The "Beyond Burnside" arc comes to a close, and I can't say I will miss it. What looked like a promising story with new locales and traditions turned into a bizarre and badly-planned conspiracy to cheat on a country-wide standardized test, and this last issue that was supposed to tie up all the loose ends was very flat and underwhelming. The relationship between Babs and Kai never came across as anything meaningful to me, and Barbara's unlikely cluelessness is boring by now. If I want to read stories about someone who doesn't know what the hell they're doing, I'd check out the police reports filed against me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 26, 2016

    Though I had reconnected well with the Rebirth special that got this project underway, the Beyond Burnside arc just did not work for me, no matter how much I tried to get into it. Goofy villains that should never be seen again, awkward as hell regional exploits that landed with a thud, a dullard in Kai, and a lead character that felt lost within her own book. I'm going to give the book a couple more issues to see how things are when she gets back home to see how she's handled there and what kind of stories are going to come from it, but this book is pretty much ready to be dropped and I hate that I feel like that as I want to enjoy this character so much. Read Full Review

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