Batgirl #50

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Aneke, Emanuela Lupacchino, Marguerite Sauvage Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 28, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 21
7.2Critic Rating
4.0User Rating

Series finale! All good things must come to an end, as we wrap up this run of Batgirl with one final oversized celebratory issue! In the aftermath of “The Joker War,” Gotham is left in pieces that need to be picked up by Barbara and Alejo’s team-but is Gotham a city worth saving anymore, and how much longer does our girl have it in her to keeping fighting for it as Batgirl? Then, if Barbara is to ever give her relationship with Jason a chance, she knows she has to face him and finally make amends with the act that crippled him.

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Oct 30, 2020

    Now to the heroine with the red hair and the feisty attitude; keep kicking butt, keep being everything Gotham needs and everything you want, and never stop standing up for what's right. Be the Batgirl we know and love. We'll see you soon. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Nov 2, 2020

    This is a solid issue. I like anthologies and I'm always happy when they happen. I enjoyed the second and third stories quite a bit. The first story disappointed me; I don't think it has the room to properly breathe and develop. And as the finale, it didn't really give me any satisfaction. Overall, it's an enjoyable read but not the best goodbye. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson" Oct 28, 2020

    Overall, this is the kind of "finale" that Barbara deserved"while also injecting fans with a lot of hope about what the future holds for her. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 29, 2020

    It is sad that this series is ending with this issue. But what a way to go. Well done. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 27, 2020

    All of the artists bring something unique and intersting to the table. Lupacchino has a flair for character and movement. Sauvage delivers great action and interpersonal moments. Aneke utilizes great camera angles to emphasize skill and strength. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Oct 27, 2020

    Batgirl #50 is the perfect goodbye to Bab's series, it's bittersweet, empowering, and emotional all in one. Supported by bold art styles, this issue embodies many of the themes and messages of this iconic character. Read Full Review

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    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 28, 2020

    The character has an enduring appeal. Theres no question that shell be back for a sixth series. Too bad Cecil Castellucci isnt able to spend more time with her right now, though. Castellucci had a compelling connection with the character that found her able to twist and turn with the editorial demands of all the godawful crossover events shes had to slog through. With any luck, Castellucci or someone else similarly in-tune with Babs and her personality is able to pick-up the character whenever she inevitably appears in the first issue of her sixth series. And with any luck at all, thats not going to be too long from now.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Oct 27, 2020

    When all is said and done, Batgirl #50delivers a strong, socially conscious story. It melds Gothams struggles with the fictional realities of the super heroic, with many of the problems facing real world society. And through this format asks, how can we, like Batgirl, make things better. Even if the visuals dont land as well as the narrative this book remains a strong wrap up to a comic series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Oct 30, 2020

    If you have to go, go out on top. This book certainly does that. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 28, 2020

    Batgirl #50 is not an ending that nicely wraps things up. Instead this final issue focuses on showing what Gotham City post-Joker War looks like. In the process Cecil Castellucci explores how Barbara Gordon will be able to do different things to help shape the future of Gotham City in and out of her Batgirl adventures. The back-ups included in this oversized issue help make Batgirl #50 a satisfying conclusion to this volume of the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Oct 27, 2020

    Overall, Batgirl #50 is a loving celebration of the character, even if it does feel like Babs (and the creative team) has been shortchanged. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 29, 2020

    There has been a Batgirl book on the shelves since before Flashpoint, with Babs taking the spotlight from New 52 onwards. Since Gail Simone was writing Babs' adventures, I fear that Batgirl has lost her way; possibly never a top tier book, she has dropped down in peoples attention due a myriad of writers, change in tones and at times some god awful art. Despite all this issues flaws, Batgirl is going with a kind of high. I am looking forward to the next incarnation of a Batgirl book, if DC can find the correct tone. Otherwise, there is no real point to continuing with this character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Oct 30, 2020

    Batgirl takes the stand to face damning evidence that her legacy is held in contempt. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 27, 2020

    It's the last issue of Cecil Castellucci's run, and potentially the end of Barbara Gordon's time as Batgirl if rumors are to be believed. So for the finale, we get an extra-sized issue that tries to do a lot but is bogged down by many of the problems of the run as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 30, 2020

    Cecil Castellucci uses this Batgirl finale as a personal soapbox, and I hated it.  It's not the message but the execution, and even after a dismal run on Batgirl, this is hard to swallow.  Leave your politics for your Twitter feed and give Batgirl fans an ending they deserve or at least would like! Read Full Review

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    The Batman Universe - D.M. Grant Oct 28, 2020

    Cecil Castellucci's run on this title is not one I'd recommend to people looking to read Batgirl, but it's also indicative of the core problem with the “Babsgirl” topic to begin with. The main story was full-speed ahead in either having Barbara retire from the role or reveal herself to Jim and Jason, yet she does neither. James Jr. is forgotten about after the first scene, and nothing is fundamentally different, aside from his death. The illusion of change, like the use of real-world social issues, is a time-honored tradition in comic books, but the transparency of that illusion is demeaning to everyone involved. Like with Simone and Maigrhead Scott before her, one wonders how much editorial influenced this run to its detriment. Nevertheless, it is symbolic of how aggressively this final issue tries to punctuate the need for Barbara and Batgirl, and it results in the complete failure in relaying that need. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Oct 30, 2020

    After reading these three stories, all I can hope for is that the new BATWOMAN television series sparks some interest in this issue on eBay, so I can flip it quick -- and flip it off, giving it the same F-you that Castellucci has given Batgirl fans the world over. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    fenixalasnegras Oct 28, 2020

    Can someone explain to me what that was? That was like Sandra Bullock on Two Weeks Notice. I don't know why it is but there is an exaggerated presence of African-American people, I confess I am not from the USA, I do not understand if they wanted to convey a message like look at DC or Batgirl is not racist, or there is something in the background that is not a socio-political situation. Anyway, something strange and forced was seen.

    Well really this whole number was kind of forced. Now let's talk about the new Barbara who is not the first time that she has been made to look like a self-centered woman, judging everyone in her path. I clarify at all I love Nightwing, he is a character that is not interesting to me, but Barbara judg more

  • 2.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Oct 27, 2020

    Woof, this issue is not good. The main story is trying its best to be meaningful and to say something important, but like with Female Furies, the message is tarnished and lost by Cecil Castellucci's lack of ability. I don't disagree with a lot of what is being said in regards to social strife, but Babs is an asshole at points for no good reason and Jason Bard continues to get away with what he did. For a refresher, he staged a legitimate bomb threat during a public event. That is the type of thing that leads to riots. There's actual evidence to suggest that in many of the George Floyd riots, the inciting incident was caused by the cops, and also that cops have participated in those riots themselves as a form of disinformation. So when you h more

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  • 1.0
    Yam09 Oct 27, 2020

    I was nuetral about Batgirl before. Now, I do NOT like her at all. Not a tiny iny bit.

  • 6.0
    Swift Planet Nov 18, 2020

    The first story was alright, aside from some characterization inconsistencies. The second story is not believable because I don't see why the JLA would be requesting Batgirl so much. The third was just page filler.

  • 4.0
    Watchtower022 Nov 1, 2020

    Castelucci struggles to get her point to land here. Clunky dialogue, poor characterization certainly are the big issues here. The art is very good though.

  • 1.0
    mike531 Oct 28, 2020

    The problem for me isn't the character, it's the writing. She's a damn good character. The real problem is, Cecil Castellucci. She's a bad writer. A comic book character is only as good as their writer.

    She doesn't understand Barbara and hasn't been able to find her voice. Which is probably why the character's actions and words have been so OOC. You can compare the way, Castellucci writes Bab's to the way others who understand the character do.

    At the end of the day, I'm not sad this volume of Batgirl is ending because at least that means Castellucci will no longer be writing Babs. She writes a very poor version of the character. The irony of all of this is they had a good writer, they treated her badly and this write more

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Oct 29, 2020

    What garbage!

  • 7.0
    daspidaboy Jul 1, 2021

    While the issue is bad, the series is decent for me.

  • 4.0
    Arsenal29 Oct 27, 2020

    While the issue has decent artists working on it, the story suffers from Castelluci’s desire to write about what’s going on in the real world now. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it makes the comic feel more like a PSA than a finale to this characters series. This ultimately drags the issue down and made it unenjoyable for me. 4/10

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