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Batgirl #40 ((DC Comics)) New 52 ((March 2015)) 1st Printing ((Regular Cameron Stewart Cover))
Batgirl #40 ((DC Comics)) New 52 ((March 2015)) 1st Printing ((Regular Cameron Stewart Cover))
by Cameron Stewart
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #40, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #40 is the final battle with the mystery villain, who has been revealed to be a rogue AI based on Barbara’s brain scan for the operation that fixed her spinal damage, which she then incorporated into her college project programme, and which ‘escaped’ during the events of issue #35. Everybody is involved, from flatmate Frankie on computers, Dinah on sonic interference with killer drones, Officer Liam on crowd control, Quadir in engineering on techie stuff, and Batgirl on cyborg fighting. This story ties up all the thread from previous issues.

Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)


BATGIRL #39 - DC New 52 - 2015 - 1st Printing
BATGIRL #39 - DC New 52 - 2015 - 1st Printing
by Cameron Stewart
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #39, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #39 sees the secret villain setting the people of Burnside against Batgirl by offering a 20-million dollar bounty for her capture… Flatmate Frankie (who works in IT for a prominent social media company) discovers something hiding in her servers that brings Batgirl to her building, only to discover where all the missing software went, which also included a copy of Barbara’s brain-scan that was taken for the operation to repair her spine…. This leads into the origin story in Secret origin #10, which ties everything together for next issue’s denouement.

Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)


Batgirl #38 ((DC Comics)) New 52 ((January 2015)) 1st Printing ((Regular Cameron Stewart Cover))
Batgirl #38 ((DC Comics)) New 52 ((January 2015)) 1st Printing ((Regular Cameron Stewart Cover))

5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #38, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #38 opens with Batgirl becoming a popular figure on social media in her new home. Meanwhile, Dinah has joined a band, Barbara is dating a local police officer (who doesn’t approve of vigilantes), and the computer programme for the college research position is still unrecoverable. There is also another social media sensation who has been up to no good, and Batgirl decides to take him down, with a little help from the engineering lab, which leads to a confrontation with Barbara’s boyfriend…

Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)


Batgirl #37 (Rare Darwyn Cooke Variant Cover, DC 52) 1st Printing
Batgirl #37 (Rare Darwyn Cooke Variant Cover, DC 52) 1st Printing
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #37, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #37 opens with Batgirl out on the town with some shallow friends, only for the real Batgirl to show up and spoil their fun. Barbara and friends then visit an exhibition by an artist who specialises in Batgirl paintings, but which somehow show real scenes from Barbara’s past. There is a message hidden in the paintings that send Batgirl to meet the fake Batgirl to fight for the right to be the ‘real’ Batgirl…

Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)


Batgirl (Vol 3) # 36 (Ref-265714487)
Batgirl (Vol 3) # 36 (Ref-265714487)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #36, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #36 introduces more support cast at Burnside College - including her research assistant (who I’m sure only co-incidentally looks like Kamala Khan) whose brother is a high-tech gizmo expert, which will come in handy during subsequent issues. This issue sees two villainesses at work, who have stolen souped-up motorbikes from the engineering lab, and are running amok in the guise of anime characters from Barbara’s childhood, who have also been hired to kill Batgirl.

Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)


Batgirl #35 (Regular Cover, New DC 52) 1st Printing
Batgirl #35 (Regular Cover, New DC 52) 1st Printing
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #35, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #35 opens with Barbara Gordon moving, with the help of Alysia, to a new flatshare in the borough of Burnside, which appears to be a hyper-trendy locale just outside Gotham proper, where she is off to become a researcher at the local university. She quickly discovers that someone is stealing phones and laptops and using the personal data to humiliate people on a popular website. Unfortunately, her stolen laptop contained her one and only copy of the programme that she was going to use for her research project. Using her photogenic memory, Barbara quickly works out who the likely thief was, tracks him down, and discovers the link to the website’s owner. However, she has also lost her van and Batgirl equipment in a fire which destroyed Dinah Lance’s building, so she has to create a new costume as well as give Dinah space in her flat.

This issue serves to establish the support cast and situation for the new series, as well as - unbeknownst to us - set numerous strands of the forthcoming story in motion.

Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)


Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)
Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52)
by Babs Tarr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The real Batgirl, 29 Aug. 2015
The stories running through issues #35-40 of DC Comics' latest Batgirl title are collected, along with a story from Secret Origins #10, as Batgirl TP Vol 01 The Batgirl Of Burnside (N52). I was a great fan of the previous run, which regularly got 5-star reviews from me, and I was horrified when I started reading this and found that it had been turned into Ms Marvel. However, I then remembered that my initial lack of enthusiasm for the first volume of Ms Marvel became 5-star reviews for the subsequent two; so I persevered and here we are with a 5-star review.

This story is written in a very `modern' style, with the new technology and social media infesting everyone's lives, along with the problems of identity theft and lost/stolen hardware. However, this is the world that Barbara Gordon really would inhabit, being a computer expert and all. This new technology also infests the artwork, which is quite `cartoony' compared to the extreme realism of the preceding volumes; however, it exactly reflects the feel of the story, and once you begin to see through the surface differences, you will find that this is a superb Batgirl story.

The volume opens with Barbara moving to a new flatshare in the borough of Burnside, which appears to be a hyper-trendy locale just outside Gotham proper, where she is off to become a researcher at the local university. She is soon joined by Dinah Drake (or Lance, I can never remember), who has had her building burn down, and which also took Batgirl's van and equipment store with it. Anyway, everything that subsequently happens is all tied together, including the Secret origin tale, which itself ties the Zero Year origin with the subsequent Killing Joke and the experimental surgery that took Barbara out of her wheelchair, involving computer theft, rogue AIs, identity theft, revenge internet sites and modern art. There is also a whiz-kid at the local university who is able to whip up high-tech gizmos, just in case you were forgetting what sort of book this really was. New costume, new supporting cast, new adventures, new origin, but still recognisably Barbara Gordon and still recognisably Batgirl.

This really is a superb Batgirl story that seamlessly ties the old world in with the new. I was there when Barbara Gordon first became Batgirl - I even remember the FIRST Batgirl (and Batwoman) - and this is still her.


Lobo Volume 1 TP (The New 52)
Lobo Volume 1 TP (The New 52)
by Reilly Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

3.0 out of 5 stars Meet the new boss, 29 Aug. 2015
The story from issues #1-6 of the new DC Comics’ Lobo series is collected as Lobo Volume 1 TP (The New 52). This is a fairly uninteresting volume, despite the author, who has cornered the market in anti-heroes (he is currently writing both Sinestro and Magneto) doing his best to give Lobo a ‘big’ origin, a supporting cast, most of whom don’t make it to the end, and a quest or two to take him forward. The artwork is good, but the character doesn’t really have anything to make you care about him. The story is double-stranded, as we see in flashback Lobo’s life on Czarnia as an imperial bodyguard and part-time painter, and the story of the last days of Czarnia as the life of the planet and its culture is eaten away from within. In the present, Lobo is hired to assassinate eight other assassins, who have all been given the same target, and said target wants to stop them. During the course of this, Lobo comes across someone from the neighbouring planet to Czarnia, which was also destroyed, and said person claims to have been responsible for the destruction of Czarnia also.

Now, if you like well-choreographed mayhem and destruction - wittily scripted mayhem and destruction to be sure - then you will likely find this entertaining. However, despite the past and present stories being intertwined, Lobo is just not an interesting character, though he may be built up to be one; but unlike the above-mentioned Sinestro and Magneto, he doesn’t have the depth of back-story that they have to build upon.

And I almost forgot: this is the ‘new’ Lobo; the old hairy biker appears in the opening panel, but is quickly relegated to the dustbin of history with no explanation of who he was.


LOBO #6 - DC New 52 - 2015 ((Regular Cover)) - 1st Printing
LOBO #6 - DC New 52 - 2015 ((Regular Cover)) - 1st Printing
by Cullen Bunn
Edition: Comic

3.0 out of 5 stars Issue #6 - “First Kill, Final Kill”, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #6 - “First Kill, Final Kill” - reveals the end of Czarnia and how Lobo became the “Lobo” on Czarnian legend. In the present, he and his team hunt down Pariah, the last Xrexian, who has the key to stopping an automated alien armada from attacking Earth.

Lobo Volume 1 TP (The New 52)


Lobo #5 ((DC Comics)) New 52 ((February 2015)) 1st Printing
Lobo #5 ((DC Comics)) New 52 ((February 2015)) 1st Printing
by Cullen Bunn
Edition: Comic

3.0 out of 5 stars Issue #5 - “Myths and Legends”, 29 Aug. 2015
Issue #5 - “Myths and Legends” - opens with a quick visit to target #6, before finding that someone has beaten Lobo to #7, and it is the last Xrexian who did it. Then we have another flashback to the last days of Czarnia, where we learn that many people were fleeing the planet to its twin/neighbour, Xrexia. The last Xrexian has plans for repopulating their lost worlds…

Lobo Volume 1 TP (The New 52)


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