Saturday, 28 January 2012

Batgirl #4 Review

Last month I hoped that the Batgirl vs. Mirror storyline would come to an end - this month my wish was granted and yet still I'm disappointed. Not only was it not made clear what Mirror's costume actually makes people see, but also the "final showdown" between the two was just a bit lame.

This isn't helped by the fact that Barbara Gordon/Batgirl's narrating is used too much! In almost every panel she's saying something unnecessary, meaning throughout the comic I just wanted her to shut up.

One redeeming feature of this book is the art. From the beginning the series has been a nice one to look at, making the few good action sequences exciting to read. But some OK art just isn't enough to save the mediocre story and weak main character.

It's a shame too, because this story actually started off well, but in the past few issues has trailed off and ended up just a little tedious. Mirror turned out to be a dull, weak villain who verges on nonsensical and Batgirl just ends up looking like an insecure woman not ready to be in a costume. At first this made the character interesting, but now you just want her to get over it and stop whining.

#4 is a disappointing end to a disappointing story arc. In 4 month's Gail Simone has quite efficiently turned me off both the character of Batgirl, and her comic. There's a chance the next arc will be better, but infortunately I won't be reading it.


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