Batgirls #1

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad Artist: Jorge Corona Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 15, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 36
8.4Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

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Um, hello-you didn’t actually think we’d keep you waiting this entire year without giving you the Batgirls series we’ve all been wanting for forever, right? No way, we love you too much-just like Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, who are only able to navigate the dark, gritty, and oftentimes scary city of Gotham by leaning on the bright light that is their best-friendship. Mentored by Oracle, the Batgirls move to the other side of town where Barbara Gordon can keep a better eye on them while the hacker Seer is still invading their lives. Steph may be too rash sometimes, and Cass doesn’t speak much-but what they lack in simi more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Dec 14, 2021

    Batgirls #1 comes out of the gate at the top. It hits in places that many comics don't. Not enough comics focus on characters and their relationships with one another. Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo are doing this over in Nightwing and it's beautiful. And, that's what Batgirls #1 is- simply beautiful. This issue's filled with lots of positivity, and it stays with you. People are what are important in life and that message comes through loud and clear. This is the kind of comic that deserves to be a top seller and is of the quality to make good on it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 15, 2021

    Fans of every incarnation of Batgirl will want to pick this book up. Yet it will also appeal to new readers who might not be familiar with these heroes who are seeking an entry point into the new Gotham City. Either way, this is one book you won't want to miss! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Priya Saxena Dec 14, 2021

    Batgirls #1 superbly kicks off a long-anticipated series with a creative team that is doing outstanding work on all levels. Whether youre a longtime devotee of the Batgirls or simply intrigued by the hype, this comic is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 14, 2021

    It's clear that this creative team deeply loves these three characters, and this first issue makes it feel like the start of something great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 14, 2021

    So, when all is said and done, Batgirls #1 gets this new series off to a great start. With the next issue set up in the book's final pages, I look forward to seeing where this story will take our colorful trio next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Dec 16, 2021

    Batgirls #1 is a fun entry into a lighter side of Gotham with some of the city's most balanced heroes both in fighting and personality. If you like lots of action with some laughter mixed in, or if you're just a huge Batgirl stan, this is a book you're gonna want to check out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Dec 23, 2021

    At long last, the Batgirls are soaring high in their own series, taking to the streets of Gotham in their own way for their own line of adventures. There is a lot of care and love clearly showcased on each page alongside a lot of colorful bright and popping fun energy that gives the book a unique personality among the line. There are a lot of building blocks being set here that has the potential to create a very solid foundation for hopefully years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Dec 14, 2021

    Batgirls #1 is a brilliant read, with Barabara, Cassandra, and Stephanie's personalities shining bright " both through the writing and the artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Dec 14, 2021

    Overall, I like this first issue much more than I expected. The material and characters are probably most relatable to a tween girl audience with a tone and style reminiscent of DC's Super Hero Girls. Still, the story and character work are no less engaging. As a result, I'm interested in reading more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Brian Villar Dec 14, 2021

    Overall the issue is a fun, wild trip. The humor and action are well balanced with both the story and art. The visual gags are balanced and well placed throughout the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Reg Cruickshank Dec 14, 2021

    This is a book that has some growing pains, but is ultimately a fun experience that promises a lot, and I think it's gonna deliver. I look forward to see how this team irons things out as months go by, and I can't wait to see this come into it's own. As a longstanding fan of these characters, it gets a pass from me. Good work. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 15, 2021

    Batgirls #1 is a great balance of action, humor, and mystery. While it continues the back-up shorts, the first issue is a “fresh start” that new readers can easily pick up and enjoy and long time readers will want to see what's next. There's so much packed in a comic that knows what it is from the start and makes its vision and voice clear. One hell of a debut and great start to help wrap up DC's year. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Dec 15, 2021

    Conrad, Cloonan, and Corona put together a remarkably sharp first issue. Theres a good connection between what editorial seems to be looking for with the series, what the writers are putting together, and the visual style of Corona. The series would be served much better by a slightly tighter look with more of a solid definition, but that will likely come in time as the creative team becomes more familiar with the team adventuring around on-page and panel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Hannan Mouawad Dec 16, 2021

    Batgirls #1 is a fantastic start to the series, and I love practically everything about this issue. From the art and colors to the little sight gags (like Barbara's mug that says "world's greatest dad" and her book on teenagers) to Stephanie's fearlessness, Cassandra's steadfastness, and Barbara's tired mom vibe, the issue provides a lot of ground for the series to build off of, and I'm really excited for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Dec 16, 2021

    Do not sleep on this series. It's not too late, it's only just come out. You can pick this up and be one of the cool kids. Do it. DO IT NOW… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I will never not be excited when I see that I have the Batgirls series to read and review. I love Cass, Steph, and Babs, and I cannot wait to spend more time with them and figure out what is happening with the creepy people and the evil Seer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 18, 2021

    Really fun, really stylish start to this new series. Not as much out-of-costume stuff as I would like to see, but the superheroics are in a league of their own. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 15, 2021

    Batgirls #1 establishes a new location and mostly sets aside any plot to give Cassandra and Stephanie time to shine. It's not an explosive premiere, but it puts all the pieces in place, and I hope we get to see more of this area of Gotham, along with improved handling of Barbara Gordon, in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Dec 14, 2021

    As an opening issue, Batgirls hits many of the right notes. It's a fun and exciting story featuring three characters I've been dying to see more of for a really long time now. The aesthetic is gorgeous, the story is funny, and sets a strong foundation for the rest of this series with a variety of mysteries and character moments. Despite some of my reservations about the whole context of the narrative, it's still something I'd heartily recommend to any Batgirl fan out there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Dec 15, 2021

    Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, with art by Jorge Corona, the new comic quickly establishes a new status quo spun from of the "Fear State" crossover event, but struggles to provide a central story hook separate from the event. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Dec 16, 2021

    The Batgirls are back in action, and you love to see it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jan 23, 2022

    Really enjoyed this.

    Loved the art, the plot was basic setup but had a lot of fun and good interactions. Its cool to see Steph and Cassie and Babson all get to be Batgirl. I think its something that should've happened a while ago.

  • 8.5
    cincyfan Dec 20, 2021

    This is a very fun read. It focuses on the charecter's relationships with one another while still providing some action. The writing is great as it really makes you feel like you know the charecters and their quirks by the end. On a personal note as a huge fan of Cassandra Cain I am very happy they are making this and look forward to the next issue. This is a very good start

  • 8.5
    Another_fans Dec 15, 2021

    Pretty decent debut. Art is really cool and characterization is correct. Hope that it will remain that way

  • 8.0
    Jawsh Dec 28, 2021

    Enjoyed this quite a bit, and it was sooooo much better than the Fear State/Nightwing stories, maybe because finally they get to exist in their own space as opposed to taking over another title's.
    Jorge Corona gives the book a fun animated look that comes alive combined with Conrad and Cloonan's writing. (I haven't read anything with Becky Cloonan since AMERICAN VIRGIN way back in the late 2000s, its kinda crazy to see her writing stuff now - I do wanna read The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys).
    On the comic, it's fun and I'm interested to see where this goes. Welcome to The Hill, girls!

  • 8.0
    Gaius Dec 14, 2021

    Thought this was solid/decent first issue. I mainly checked this out as I've been enjoying Cloonan and Conrad's WW work. Barbara's the only Batgirl I really have any attachment to due to pop culture but thought Steph and Cass come off interesting here.

    Only have that barest clue of an idea of what "The Magistrate" is since I've not been following any of the other Bat books going on.

    Art style won't be for many (I've been in that boat too) but I'm digging Corona's work here.

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Dec 28, 2021

    I liked this more than the backups. Which I think further validates my sentiment of hating DC's backup strategy. This was fun. I think the tone fits much better here when there's not a need to rush through as much information as possible. Really not feeling a continued use of the Magistrate, or the Seer for that matter. The sooner that's done with, the sooner Fear State leaves my mind.

  • 7.0
    daspidaboy Dec 14, 2021

    Its not bad, its just fine thats all.

  • 5.0
    Quinn Dec 22, 2021

    This is a difficult review to write. I really wanted to like this issue, but I had issues. I have been a huge fan of Stephanie Brown for years. I never really got Cassandra Cain, but I enjoyed the Cain/Brown friendship and a book built around that has huge potential to be great.

    But this first issue didn't do what a first issue is supposed to do - set up the world and characters so that we know what the book's mission statement is.

    Let me break it down using the classic "Who, what, where when, why and sometimes how" paradigm of explaining a story.

    Who and what- Steph and Cass plus Babs all move in together. Where - in a semi-seedy Gotham neighborhood. When- after yet another tedious Gotham crossover event th more

  • 5.0
    Lal Dec 14, 2021

    Cass and Steph's characterization was fine and even fun, but the story made Babs act and feel like a 40+ mother, a characterization that came out of nowhere and doesn't remotely resemble what we've seen of Babs in recent years.

    Since I like Babs, I don't think I'll continue reading this series.

  • 3.5
    Zazikarion Dec 15, 2021

    Bad art, and a very bland story.

  • 3.0
    SenpaifenixJäger Dec 16, 2021


    And this they are hitting the new target? art is ugly and what follows. I don't understand why putting everyone with freckles, is it to make them look more childish? well we all know that DC thinks that making all books homogenized for readers of thirteen will be bought for all. The story is very random, personally I got bored.

  • 3.0
    Merlyn Dec 14, 2021

    Utter crap but it's to be expected from Cloonan and Conrad.

  • 2.5
    Dc Fan of Sorts Dec 16, 2021

    The art wasn’t for me, but the story, or lack of one was a bit annoying. This feels like cloonan and Conrad trying to tap into the Batgirl of Burnside vibe from 2016-ish, but that ended up getting old fast so I don’t know why they would go there.

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Dec 14, 2021

    Awful art and an uninteresting story.

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