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‘Batgirl: Batgirl Rising’: a comic review

One year ago I wouldn’t have expected to find myself actively reading a Batgirl comic, but here I am, having read and reviewing one. For the longest time I have heard good things about Bryan Q. Miller’s Batgirl series, so I decided to check it out. It’s set out Dick Grayson takes over the role of Batman, with Stephanie Brown (a former Robin) becoming Batgirl. Now, what did I think of it?

Writing:

Unlike most Batman comics Batgirl feels far simpler in tone to its bat-counterparts. It doesn’t have the dark overhanging atmosphere of Batman, nor the backstory of the other troubled Batman characters. And this works for Batgirl because the hero is younger and doesn’t have the same issues as the others. It feels more like a teenage superhero comic without (thankfully) all the teenage angst. In this fashion it reminded me a lot of Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle. Because of this presentation of the character the comic can allow itself to be more light-hearted, but also fun. It’s an enjoyable read.

Art:

Lee Garbett and Trevor Scott do a good job with the pencils. Aesthetically it matches the feel of the teenage superhero comic, and less of a Batfamily series. It works for the comic. In terms of the art I really liked Guy Major’s colors. The darker tones give the feeling of the more gritty crime comics of artists like Alex Maleev, but at the same time he uses more vibrant colors which play up the more fun aspects of the comic. This mixture of color themes helps create the visual component of the Bat-verse, but also the more light-hearted tone of Batgirl.

Final Opinion:

Honestly, I was a bit surprised at how much I liked this. I typically like my Batman stories to be on the darker side, but Miller’s take on Batgirl won me over. It’s a fun, and well written, take on the character, with the occasional nods to the darker aspects of the character’s grouping. The penciling does its job, but I believe Guy Major’s coloring adds the most towards enhancing the narrative. Both adding the dark and gritty aspects of the character, but also the brighter and more fun aspects that take the focus of the comic.

Batgirl is owned by DC comics. Batgirl Rising is written by Bryan Q. Miller, with art by Lee Garbett and Trevor Scott.

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