We all remember how the internet was set aflame by the release of the new Batgirl costume. The costume came along with the announcement that the ongoing comic was getting a new creative team–replacing the pretty much irreplaceable Gail Simone–and a “fresher” look and tone.
Batgirl #35 was released today, and it has held up all of these promises. I’m just not sure if I like the change.
Barbara’s personality, sense of purpose, and companions have all changed. So has her challenges–instead of taking on big-named super criminals, Barbara first goes up against a douchey hacker. It goes along with the book’s new tone, but it’s pretty underwhelming. With the underwhelming baddies, Barbara’s new lifestyle, and the new art style, it just seems like DC isn’t taking Babs seriously anymore. It also seems to be pandering a lot more than the previous Batgirl iteration–it has a lot of girls in no pants.
While I think the art style shows a different take on Barbara Gordon that I’m not quite keen on, I do like it. It has a webcomic vibe that I enjoy. I also like the way they draw Barbara’s thought process–you can actually follow the way her mind works. Still, though, I don’t think that they show how smart Babs actually is. Unfortunately, it seems that the comic has been dumbed down since Simone left.
Overall, I’m disappointed with the turn the comic has taken–no matter how cute the new Batgirl costume is. Others may like it, though, especially if you weren’t as attached to Simone’s Batgirl as I was. If I were being objective, I would have to give it a 3/5. If I let my personal feelings color things, I’m more inclined to give it a 2/5. Have you picked up the book yet? What do you think?