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Batgirl Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection TP (The New 52) Paperback – 21 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition (21 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238148
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.8 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a must-buy series." -" New York Times"

"""Simone and artist Ardian Syaf not only do justice to Babs' legacy, but build in a new complexity that is the starting point for a future full of new storytelling possibilities. A hell of a ride." -" IGN
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"Simone gets the wit and warmth of Barbara's voice...Syaf's art is terrific." -" Time Out Chicago"

"Gail Simone, one of the strongest female voices in comics today....Brilliantly handled. It's action-based super-hero comics with a heart and conscience, just as we would expect from Gail Simone." -" Daily KOS
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"This is a must-buy series." -" New York Times"
"""Simone and artist Ardian Syaf not only do justice to Babs' legacy, but build in a new complexity that is the starting point for a future full of new storytelling possibilities. A hell of a ride." -" IGN
"
"Simone gets the wit and warmth of Barbara's voice...Syaf's art is terrific." -" Time Out Chicago"
"Gail Simone, one of the strongest female voices in comics today....Brilliantly handled. It's action-based super-hero comics with a heart and conscience, just as we would expect from Gail Simone." -" Daily KOS
"

This is a must-buy series. " New York Times"
" "Simone and artist Ardian Syaf not only do justice to Babs' legacy, but build in a new complexity that is the starting point for a future full of new storytelling possibilities. A hell of a ride. " IGN
"
Simone gets the wit and warmth of Barbara's voice Syaf's art is terrific. " Time Out Chicago"
Gail Simone, one of the strongest female voices in comics today .Brilliantly handled. It s action-based super-hero comics with a heart and conscience, just as we would expect from Gail Simone. " Daily KOS
""

About the Author

A multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed writer of comics and animation, Gail Simone began writing as a columnist for comicbookresources.com, producing the comics parody column "You'll All Be Sorry." She has since had fan favorite runs on such books as "Wonder Woman, Superman, Secret Six, Birds Of Prey" and"Welcome To Tranquility." She currently writes "Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men "and "Batgirl" for DC Comics."


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Good story, great are work. I became a fan of Ardian Syaf's art work from his work in Superman Earth One vol 3, and the Batman Superman recent issues. His art work every bit as good here.

Barbara Gorgon is back as Batgirl. This is not a complete reboot in the new 52. The events of the Killing Joke did happen. The Joker did shoot her in the spine, she was wheelchair bound for a number of year. Now finally through a mix of physiotherapy and an experimental new surgery she is back on her feet. However the psychological effects of her ordeal are still very much present. I like the contradictory thoughts that go through he head in the middle of a fight, but outwards she has the make jokes and quips to project confidence she does not feel.

She also has come back with something to prove to herself, and her closest colleagues. There is a good side trip story of her and Nightwing. Batman makes a guest appearance in the last story (final 2 issues), but he lets this stay Barbara's stroy. The title is well named because as Barbara is making her own comeback she is facing 2 villains who were one heroic people in their own right, but their own violent traumas have turned them bad. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is because I felt things in Barbara's personal life were a bit rushed. However a really did enjoy the series and am looking forward to the next volume.
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Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl! As most people know, her character was shot in the spine and crippled by the Joker in Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke" and for years afterwards was in a wheelchair, becoming Batman's tech support as Oracle. With the New 52 relaunch last year, she was controversially taken out of the wheelchair to become Batgirl once again. Interestingly, the events of the "Killing Joke" still happened but 3 years of physiotherapy and pioneering surgery has taken Barbara from the wheelchair back onto her feet. Mentally though she's forever scarred and she's still not 100% physically fit and this book re-introduces her character for a new audience to get to know her.

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?
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Although I love my Kindle Fire I've been very hesitant about using it to read graphic novels. Frankly I shouldn't have been! The artwork in HD quality really enhances the experience. The Kindle Fire also has a facility which allows you to view the page in its entirety whilst also highlighting and bringing to the fore the pane you are reading which I thought was really clever!

I'm generally drawn to Graphic Novels with strong female protagonist and was really happy when DC issued `The New 52' as a way of giving readers a start point when this is a market that seems, on occasion, to be impenetrable. You don't need any prior knowledge at all to come to this GN and enjoy it.

Batgirl is returning to a life of crime-fighting after two years worth of rehabilitation (from where she was shot in the spine by The Joker.) She isn't fully fit, either emotionally or physically, and she comes across as a brilliant character because of these flaws and her lapses in confidence. In this edition Batgirl comes up against two villains, The Mirror and Gretel, and whilst neither are particularly strong as adversaries there was enough to keep me coming back.

Of all the `New 52' books I've read, this has been one of my favourites and a great deal of this is because of the potential for future character and plot developments.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2014
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The stories running through issues #1-6 of DC Comics' New 52 Batgirl title are collected as Batgirl Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection TP (The New 52). This is a very entertaining read, and the scripting and artwork are excellent. This is still the `Old 52' Batgirl, as is continuously emphasised throughout these issues, with references and flashbacks placed when required - they are not forced, but flow with the story. I assume that Issue #0 - not reprinted here - showed us the (possibly clandestine) operation that returned Barbara Gordon to full mobility, lost when the Joker shot her "three years ago", not long after she had become Batgirl; .but long enough for a relationship to have developed with Dick Grayson - though that might have started well before she took to wearing a cape.

Anyway, Barbara is now up and about in costume, though still not fully back to full strength and agility. She is also (successfully) flat-hunting, quickly establishing the first member of her new supporting cast, and the second new member quickly arrives on her doorstep - her mother.

The experienced writer of the series quickly establishes the character, situation, cast and relationships of the `new' Barbara, though no doubt some of the `old' cast will be making appearances in due course. As well as a new villain and new (?) obsessive Police detective looking into Batgirl, guests include Nightwing and Bruce Wayne (and not just as Batman), as the nervous Barbara works to re-establish herself as Batgirl. This is an excellent start to the new - but still familiar - Batgirl series.
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