Review – Batgirl: Death of the Family

Cover of Batgirl: Death in the Family by Gail SimoneBatgirl: Death of the Family, Gail Simone, Daniel Sampere

There’s a lot of individual elements I like in this book — Barbara’s bravery, her struggles with her anger at the people who put her in a wheelchair, her sheer ferocious intelligence (and yet she spends so much time punching her way through problems, sigh), some of the family issues that are brought up… But where it ties in with the other Batfamily books, it feels clumsy. I don’t know what’s going on with Damien, with Nightwing, etc. Nor do I really get chance to care, since it’s all a whirlwind of action.

The art is good, expressive, etc, but ye gods, I forgot how dark DC comics can be. Grit, grit, and more grit.

I do like Alysia’s coming out; I like the casual way Barbara takes it, and yet how important the moment still feels.

Rating: 3/5


2 thoughts on “Review – Batgirl: Death of the Family

  1. Hah! The Batman comics I’ve read have that dark and gritty atmosphere while putting some dry humor (or was that because Joker was there every time I cracked open a volume?) I’m here wondering if the same applies to this one (because seriously, dark humor can be pretty cool) and if so, I would probably get it, even if the connection to the other/original comics is lacking.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • There is some humour, yeah, and the Joker is in this one. I’ve enjoyed Gail Simone’s Batgirl mostly, but this volume seemed too taken up with the tie-in.

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