Batgirls #5

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad Artist: Jorge Corona Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 13, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 15
7.3Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The Batgirls and Tutor face off again, but this time at the creepy, abandoned Arkham Asylum! Can the Batgirls stop Tutor from using his art to put all of Gotham in a mind-controlled trance? Let's hope the Batgirls found a way to avoid being put under his control...again! Meanwhile, Babs's hands are tied-literally-when she comes face to face with Spellbinder.

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Apr 13, 2022

    The illustration uses a youthful styling and bright colors to convey the mood of the story. The action scenes are impressive and I found myself completely immersed in the pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 12, 2022

    Batgirls continues to be DC's lightest blast of a book every month, combining high-octane action with top-notch banter featuring the three heroines. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 20, 2022

    Another month brings another wonderful issue of this fun and heartfelt but action-packed series that does justice to all the Batgirls, finally returning them to the proper spotlight they should always have upon them. Every element of this series is clicking and working together to create something unique within the myriad of Bat-related books, proving how much fun truly can be had in this part of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 12, 2022

    Batgirls #5 is another fine example of why this is a special title. It's not rocket science either. Babs, Cass and Steph are three women working together to help people. The series follows not only Cass and Steph's maturation as women and crime fighters, but it highlights what makes all three of them special. This issue is definitely focused on Babs, but we've seen that focus switch in the first five issues of the title. It's the characters, it's always the characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Priya Saxena Apr 13, 2022

    Batgirls #5 shows the Batgirls first working together as a team and then splitting up and preparing to face enemies by themselves. This issue is as dynamic and fun as all the ones preceding it, and it seems like the finale to this first story arc next issue will be thrilling. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 13, 2022

    Three women. A car. A motorcycle. A bat motif. It all works. Conrad and Cloonan have even managed to find a relatively novel group of villains for the trio to stare down in their opening story. It all fits together so well. Bat-based Gothamite heroes have been fighting crime and insanity on page and screen for the better part of a century, but Conrad and Cloonan seem to have found a new approach to the action that feels so pleasantly like starting all over again. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Zach B. Apr 15, 2022

    One way or another, the conclusion to the first Batgirls arc is going to set up a number of future threats and challenges for the Batgirl team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Apr 18, 2022

    This cannot be the second to last issue of the series! There's still so much to do with these girls, and so much more I need to know. I just don't understand how this will all be resolved in just one issue! Either way, I'm fully looking forward to it and can't wait to get my Batgirls fix next time. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 13, 2022

    Batgirls #5 is easily the best issue of this series to date. Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, and Jorge Corona work well to showcase how effective of a team the Batgirls are. Going from dealing with The Saints to Spellbinder and Tutor flowed well with the story that has been unfolding. With how things turned out by the end we are left in a spot wondering how the Batgirls will defeat Spellbinder and Tutor. That is a good spot for the final issue of this story arc to pick up at. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Apr 12, 2022

    Make sure to listen to our Weekly DC Comics Recap and Review Podcast to hear us talk more about this book.  Just look up "Weird Science DC Comics" anywhere you listen to podcasts, and make sure to rate, review, and subscribe! Bits and Pieces Batgirls #5 earns a gold star in the series for "most improved" by paring back the number of villains taking up page space and focusing on the conflict. The tone and style of the art are consistent with the previous issues, so this net issue turns out to be just okay, which is an improvement. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Hannan Mouawad Apr 13, 2022

    Ultimately, now we are left with one glaring question: what is Seer up to? Hopefully, those questions will be answered in the next issue and provide answers and a final resolution to the conflict and tension the story has been building up to! Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 16, 2022

    This is a very stylish and fun comic, but this issue really solidifies just how surface-level everything feels. There's no character depth and no weight to the story, even as it stretches on issue after issue. It's all style, no substance. All glitz, no glamour. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Apr 12, 2022

    From the rushed attempt at dealing with the Saints to the glacial pace at which the Tutor and Spellbinder plot is moving, Batgirls feels a little like it's running in circles. This issue loses some of the charm I've found in previous issues by not breaking to spend time with the Batgirls as civilians, or inject as much humor into the text as it's done before and it's confusing opening did it no favors. Despite that, there are aspects I enjoy like when it slows down to let characters investigate. I just hope we get more of that in the future. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Christian Hoffer Apr 13, 2022

    Coupled with the frantic narration and pace of the comic, the result is a comic that's has good vibes but a frustrating reading experience. Read Full Review

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