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Batgirl Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends (Batgirl(DC Comics-The New 52)) by [Simone, Gail]
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Book 2 of 8 in Batgirl (2011-2016) (Collections) (8 Book Series)

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"This is a must-buy series." The 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
"It's good to see Barbara Gordon kicking ass in the cowl again...Ardian's Syaf's artwork is enjoyably dynamic." io9"

"This is a must-buy series."--The 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

"It's good to see Barbara Gordon kicking ass in the cowl again...Ardian's Syaf's artwork is enjoyably dynamic."--io9

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 BATGIRL for DC Comics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 128410 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC; 52nd New edition edition (12 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAYS6YM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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Excellent volume. Good story and excellent art work, would have given this 5 stars on their own. What makes this even better is Batgirl's internal monologue. I like the fact that even when she knows she is in trouble, (in her internal monologue), she still show her toughness and defiance by telling her opponents she is going to kick their @$$.

I have to mention a couple of issues in this volume are a tie in with the Court of the Owls story line in the Batman. The continuation and conclusion of that story line is not in this volume for that you will need to either get Court of the Owls book itself.

What was slightly missing for me in Vol 1 was Batgirl really dealing with the trauma of what happened to her 3 year ago this is covered in this volume. As well as giving Batgirl her own distinctive villains to deal with. This volume starts what Batgirl issue 0. This show how Barbara Gordon got her first taste of action as a Bat, sowing the seed of her brothers career path, and when she through it was all going to end in The Killing Joke. The next couple of issues apart from introducing a new villain for Batgirl also allows Batgirl\Barbara to deal and get some (not complete) closure to her past as well as some "psychical therapy" with the Black Cannery. Then we have the Court Of the Owls (the best batman story in recent history) tie in story. The we have Batgirl introduced to a new nemesis and some major set up for Vol 3.
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Bought on Kindle, good read!
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The stories running through issues #7-13 of DC Comics' New 52 Batgirl title are collected, along with issue #0, as Batgirl Volume 2: Knightfall Descends (The New 52). This is a brilliantly scripted and spectacularly illustrated volume. It is much more interesting than many of the Batman titles, and as good as the best of them and the Batwoman series (who coincidentally guest-stars in one of the stories).

There are two `big' stories, a Night of the Owls tie-in and the issue#0 `flashback' story, which leads off the collection. However, the `personal stuff' is as big a part of the story, if not bigger (in interest and importance anyway) than the acrobatics, though both strands are expertly intertwined, as with the best comics, and the structuring is superb, as the last panel of issue #0 is Barbara opening the door to the Joker, and the (almost) last panel of issue #13 is Barbara's mother opening the door to an almost identical view that leads into the Joker Death of the Family TP (The New 52) (The Joker) storyline.

Issue #0 is the story of Batgirl: Year One, for want of a better description, looking at how she became Batgirl (and giving us a warning shot about her younger brother), a bit of her career, and the final panel is her opening the door to the Joker in that Hawaiian shirt...

The next two-issue story sees her having what we expect to be her Joe Chill moment when she recognises one of the Joker's henchmen from `that incident' now working for the villain of this particular piece.
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Barbara's return to the cape and cowl of Batgirl continues and what a great second volume it is. Gail Simone continues as writer here, and quite rightly too. Gail captures Barbara's inner dialogue to a tee, revealing Barbara's inner doubts about her return as Batgirl, as well as genuine funny moments in Barbara's humour. Not just that but the story arcs are well paced, and contain one or two surprises and at the end of it all you just want more. The main villain in this section is a great and different character for Barbara to battle. I would like to see Knightfall return in later issues and I really hope Gail stays as writer as she suits Batgirl perfectly. This volume includes the Zero issue and also Batgirl's involvement with the Night of the Owls.
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After reading the pleasant volume 1, I was blown away by volume 2.

Gail's writing is superb, excellent capturing Barbara's witty, somewhat sarcastic humour. And, although it is stating the obvious a bit, having a woman write Batgirl gives her a sense of realism that, unfortunately, isn't there in her brief appearances in Snyder's Batman. The book can really be split into two halves, with an interval set in the 'Night of the Owls' (see Batman Volume 1 and 2 for the main plot).

The first half deals with Barbara finally overcoming the doubt in her since Joker had her shot and caused her paralysis (see 'The Killing Joke' cos...it's awesome). Batgirl spends much her time dealing with a masked madman called Grotesque. I'm not entirely sure what Grotesque's deal actually was, which is what let down Mirror and Gretel in the previous volume, but he seemed to have this murderous obsession with beauty. The real meat here is Batgirl's interaction with one of Grotesque's cronies; the man that shot her when Joker attacked. The only thing that let that down was there was too little interaction between Barbara and Danny to make the ending as...emotional as it should have been.

The Night of the Owls segment is interesting, it deals with Batgirl's fight against one of the Court of Owl's Talons, and sheds insight into why the GCPD were nowhere to be seen in the main plot. It wasn't as chilling as Snyder's main plot (I couldn't be alone for a couple of hours after that) but it was enough to give you goosebumps, particularly what the Japanese balloons embodied.

The REAL thrill is the second half of the book, the titular 'Knightfall Descends'.
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