First things first. HAPPY 2015! I’m SUPER pumped about this year. Mostly because last year was LAME. I think this sums 2014 up pretty well (stolen from trollxchromosomes). However, 2015 brings lots of potential happiness and opportunity! I am going to embrace it with open arms.
With the new year, I wanted to start a new series where I talk about what I am currently reading. I hope that this will open up some fun conversations about some of the new and already existing content out there! What a better place to start than with the new(ish) Batgirl.
Now, with this series, I’m coming in slightly late to the game. ACTUALLY, let me back up. I’m coming in VERY LATE to comics in general. I will openly admit that I am a fan of comic universes based off of their movies and TV shows. I am far from a purist, I know. Please still like me. With that said, I am surrounded by so many passionate comic book fans. In fact, I’ve been dating one for quite some time. I’ve always wanted to get into comics, but I think I was really overwhelmed with how to begin. So this past weekend, my boyfriend and I were looking for something to do, and we decided to go to our local comic book shop, Samurai Comics, to see if there was anything that caught my interest.
While browsing the walls of the comic book shop, I stumbled upon issue #37 of the new Batgirl. I had found something that caught my interest. If gold and glitter doesn’t do it for me, then nothing else will. My boyfriend decided to buy me my first comics ever as late Christmas gifts. Issues #35, #36 and of course #37. I was nervous about starting so far out from issue #1, but he told me it would be fine.
Starting from #35, I was instantly in love with the cast of characters. There was so much diversity represented, the art looked great, and the medium was really easy to follow. I really don’t have a lot of background with the original Batgirl (see confession above), so I am reviewing these comics as a brand new reader.
#35 was great. The VERY FIRST TALK BUBBLE included the phrase, “I’m gonna miss your face.” I meaaannn, yes. I want to read ALL of this. As the story goes on, Babs (Barbara, Baby Gordon, etc) has to figure out who’s stealing everyone’s phones/laptops/tablets and blackmailing people with the stolen data. She uses her super smart computer brain to solve the mystery and then #KILLSIT. There were definitely a couple of things that came up in the issue that I was a little lost on, seeing as I’VE NEVER READ COMICS BEFORE, but it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In issue #36, which I started about 10 minutes after I started #35Barbara goes to her university where she is basically the smartest person on the planet. It’s amazing, and I am all about girls being represented as super geniuses. She meets a super hot professor, who’s cool and all, but then right after meets a character named Qadir who is personally more my type (What’s up, Qadir…. you busy later?). Anyways, the lab Qadir works in has some stuff stolen, and Barbara has to go find it. THEN SHE GETS ATTACKED BY REAL LIFE ANIME TWINS THAT RIDE MOTORCYCLES AND IT’S AMAZING.They have capes and SPIKEY SHOULDER PADS AND OMG CAPS AND IT’S VERY EXCITING. Barbara eventually tracks down the villains and beats their asses with her impressive on-the-spot attack plan. Then she finds out there is an imposter Batgirl annndddd….. QUEUE THE NEXT ISSUE. I can now see why people are into this.
Issue #37. The cover that started it all. Now, I am aware of the controversy of this issue (although I was *not* aware of it pre-purchase), and I think this article from MarySue discusses everything really well. With that said, I do want to talk about my reaction to the issue. Dagger Type (the villain) looks FANTASTIC on the cover. I thought the intro was fun and intriguing. Basically there is an imposter Batgirl that goes around robbing celebrities. Real Batgirl will have none of it, which is fair. Eventually you find out there is an art show that has all these photos of “Batgirl.” The photos are provocative, and again, BARBARA WILL HAVE NONE OF THAT SHIT. So she hunts down the person behind it all, and BIG REVEAL, it’s the artist Dagger Type. Batgirl has a less-than-ideal reaction to the impostor’s big reveal, as well as the entire crowd of people that Dagger Type is performing in front of. The story ends on a cliffhanger, as Dagger Type reveals there is a higher level person after Batgirl.
All in all, I really enjoyed Batgirl and really, reading my first comics ever. I look forward to reading more in the future (my friend just let me borrow the first three volumes of Saga, soooo expect more on that later)! Have you read any of the new Batgirl? What did you think?