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Batgirl Year One Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140120080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401200800
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An enjoyable modernisation of Batgirls origins. Its always good to read original Batgirl graphic novels especially as theres so few out there.
The story is of Barabara Gordon struggling against the lack of equality and diversity found in "masculinised jobs" as shes constantly rejected from joining the Police and other occupation Barbara stumbles upon a new hobby of vigilantism while trying to irritate her dad. The story is built well with Batgirl facing suitable villains for her level of training (Instead of having a year one batgirl defeat major players like Joker single handedly). Fighting off hacks like Killer Moth and moving up in the world with training and gadgetry to deal with the likes of the power house Blockbuster and mad man Firefly. Overall the story is presented well and enjoyable for fans of Batgirl.
The characters are fun to explore as you watch the awkward relationship between Batgirl and Robin develop over the course of the book. Barbara is portrayed very well as you watch her struggle from the beginning to prove her worth and overcome others that doubt her and her abilities. its clear from the beginning she has the ability to be a major asset to any organisation shes a part of, but due to her gender and her height she is constantly underestimated and barely given a look in. The father daughter relationship seems pretty tenious with Jim Gordon acting over protective and showing very little trust in his daughter. You can easily sympathise with Barbara and even somewhat realte to some of the choices she ends up making. Batman is very much a behind the scenes player with only a little bit of page presence.
The art is pretty average with a cartoonish effect and little face definition but overall pretty clear and not blurry or stretchy.
Definitely worth a read for Batgirl fans as its so difficult to find Barbara Gordon Batgirl in books. (before new 52 anyway)
Collects Batgirl: Year One #1 - #9
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Proudly Fighting Like a Girl 23 July 2013
By Nathaniel Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic take on an inconic character who doesn't always get her fair due. Barbara Gordon was fleshed out much more in her role as Oracle, with her time as Batgirl being a bit more superfluous. This however fleshes out the character's origin in an exciting way that adds great depth to the character.

Knowing what was to happen later in her life there are many slight nods to future events, but these winks to the reader are a little treat and not some kind of cheap gimmick. The story is solid and it helps solidy Gordon's Batgirl as the rolemodel she should be.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Team of DC's Best 6 Jan. 2012
By Kels - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I was buying this comic for the fabulous combined art of Macos Martin and Alvaro Lopez- I was suspicious Batgirl's "girl power" story would be obnoxious- but I was happily mistaken! Writers Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon outdo themselves in the best Batgirl story ever told. The script is intelligent, clever, and compelling with some great foreshadowing. (Blatant perhaps, for those familiar with Barbara Gordon's history, but tasteful and in character.) Of course I was thrilled and awed by the the art too. Every panel is a story all it's own, a fine specimen of illustration narrative. This is a rare glimpse at a comic not dominated with bulging muscles and right hooks. But don't mistake me, this comic has some of the best dynamic fight scenes! I'm very impressed by what Batgirl: Year One offers to the die-hard and the comic-curious alike.

I would also like to pay a special compliment to letterer Willie Schubert for an under-appreciated job well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the hype! 4 July 2008
By Hoju Koolander - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is every bit as good as you have heard. Barbara/Batgirl has a very unique "voice" and the art has a beautiful, cinematic quality.

The villains are also very well crafted in that we see the real conflict and motivation behind their actions, which makes them both humorous and scary at the same time.

It would be great to see a follow-up series as long as they were able to re-assemble the same creative team from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batgirl Power 17 Mar. 2015
By Jerrod Porter - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to buy a comic for a young lady this is the one. Not because Batgirl is female, but because in this story she is a real relatable character for female readers. The art and story are amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 May 2015
By JW Appel - Published on Amazon.com
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A great story. The feminist undertones were a bit overdone at times but Batgirl is always a fun character/
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