Batgirl - The Darkest Reflection Hardcover – 17 Jul 2012
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About the Author
Gail Simone is the fan-favourite writer of Villains United, Superman: Action Comics, Rose & Thorn, Deadpool and The Simpsons. She is currently writing Gen 13, The All-New Atom and Welcome to Tranquility.
Top Customer Reviews
But if anyone was going to do it it would be Gail Simone and she's just about pulled it off. In this new continuity Barbara was still shot and crippled by the Joker but now, over three years later and pioneering surgery, she can walk again and has just begun to take up the Batgirl mantle. But it isn't easy and she could, apparently, still undo all the good work. She's also still psychologically scarred by the shooting. It also seems that she was never Oracle (who isn't mentioned). There's a new character in the form of Alysia Yeo whose apartment Barbara is sharing. Alysia has a secret which is as yet unrevealed but as she was willing to quickly share it with her new roomie it can't be too dark. There's also the startling appearance of a character who is both old and brand new whose identity I won't spoil.
The art by Ardian Syaf is slick and very good.
But what stops me giving this a 5* rating are the two villains who, while effective at what they do, are rather poor characters. You'll have to take my word for this as to say too much would be to spoil it.Read more ›
When DC revamped its whole line of super hero comics in 2011 (The New 52) there were many critical voices regarding this decision, one in general that so all those characters with their long history were bereft of their history, the other especially regarding Barbara Gordon who was installed as Batgirl again, evidently not needing a wheelchair any more. (Coincidentally the most prominent wheel chair user of the Marvel Universe walks these days too, miraculously healed.)
Readers using a wheelchair themselves and having chosen Barbara Gordon as an idol felt cheated. They lived in a world where no miracles happened.
In defense of Gail Simone you have to keep in mind that it was editorial decision to make Gordon Batgirl again. And though hesitating Simone finally thought that if it would be done anyway she could be the one doing it in a decent way. And she did. The incident that brought Gordon into a wheelchair DID happen and somehow she got back onto her legs.Read more ›
Barbara is the best thing about the book. Getting to know her character, seeing her back in action as Batgirl, it's all handled superbly by Gail Simone who gives Barbara a genuine voice and depth. In a city like Gotham where Batman has such a firm grasp of the city, it's cool to see Batgirl carving out a niche for herself as another caped crusader while navigating the complexities of her own personal life.
That said, the book is let down by sub-par villains. The first is called "Mirror", a former army guy whose family died in a blazing car fire which he somehow survived. The incident snapped his mind leading him to somehow take revenge on anyone who'd miraculously survived a terrible event. It's not the most logical route to becoming a villain is it? I mean, if he was that distraught, wouldn't he just kill himself? Putting on an elaborate mirrored costume and enacting the "Final Destination" films is just too much of a stretch. The second is a villain who got her psychic powers over men after being shot in the head and surviving. Really?Read more ›