Batgirls #9

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad Artist: Jonathan Case Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 10, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 16
7.6Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

After what happened with Seer, there's no time to waste for the Batgirls as they go Batgirling back into detective mode! And this new murder hits even closer to home-literally! As Steph, Cass, and Babs are racing to put the clues together about who might be the Hill Ripper, they get an unexpected visit. Who doesn't love a killer fight scene? Yet with all this murder going on, Steph still manages to get her flirt on!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Aug 9, 2022

    There is a broken record that plays throughout my reviews of this title, and that's the emphasis on character. Ultimately, it's what makes or breaks a title. Batgirls #9 is a perfect example of how characters drives a story and keeps a reader engaged. It's these characters' lives we here for, right? That's what counts. That's what keeps readers coming back. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Aug 10, 2022

    Nine issues in and the team finally gets something of an extended breather before barreling straight into the jaws of one of its darkest, most earthbound threats. Once again, Conrad, Cloonan, and company manage to balance an unsettling number of plot elements into a single, cohesive narrative that feels every bit as substantial as anything that any Gotham-based hero has managed in the past. The larger-than-normal bat ensemble adds a sense of community that embraces a much more satisfying bigger picture of Gotham City than what often finds its way into a single issue of ANY series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 9, 2022

    It's still one of the most enjoyable Bat-books on the stands right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Aug 19, 2022

    A deep focus on character is one of the things that makes many people fall in love with comic books, and ‘Batgirls' is one of those series that nails the delicate dance of filling an issue with tons of character moments alongside the superhero action in all the right amounts. A vividly colorful and fun series that is a delight from the first page to the last with each and every single issue so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Aug 11, 2022

    This feels a bit like a filler episode of your favorite TV show, as not much happens until the end, but we still enjoy the ride and love spending time with the characters. Batgirls #9 sets things up for the next arc, but also just lets us settle after the previous high-action, fast-paced issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Aug 10, 2022

    The best issue yet and I'm excited to see the comic tackle a new arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Aug 9, 2022

    Batgirls #9 takes the scenic route to set up the conflict with the last mystery left in this series - the identity of the Hill Ripper. The pacing, dialog, and overall execution are fine, but there are no stakes, no urgency, and no drama. If you're looking for some airy, disposable, forgettable comic entertainment, this is it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Hannan Mouawad Aug 10, 2022

    This issue provides a stepping stone into the plot that's been brewing since the very first issue, and already it's showcasing itself to be a bigger puzzle than the Batgirl's first presumed. Mr. Greene, although a grouchy and unpleasant-looking man, was a victim in an ever-growing series of deaths, and just goes to show that assumptions can be ever misleading. Despite their hardships, each young woman continues to tackle their challenges head-on and support the other. Chances are good that the next issue will continue to demonstrate those good qualities and reveal other hidden secrets about the Hill! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Aug 9, 2022

    While the series is settling into a more reasonable pace, it's also still floundering in some areas. The characters are changing and growing, but we're not getting to see as much of that as we could. And while the stories are focusing more on individual villains, it feels like they're cutting through them faster than the narrative can develop more conflict. While I do enjoy reading this series, the problems are piling up and starting to really take away from it's charm. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 9, 2022

    Batgirls #9 is such a frustrating comic book to read. There are hints of a fun comic book throughout this issue. Unfortunately, Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad consistently get in their own way with how they insert themselves into the story. There is absolutely no need for their constant narration as a key narrative direction for the story. That narrative decision impacts everything from the character development to the enjoyment of the artwork. At this point I'm strongly considering dropping this series all together even though Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain are among my favorite DC Comics characters. Read Full Review

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