Batgirl Balances Crime-fighting and College in New Reboot


DC Comics reboots the Most Noble of Gotham City by sending her back to school for plenty of perilous collegiate action with “Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside.” Although the hardcover graphic novel takes us back in time, it’s made up of issues #35 through #40 of the ongoing monthly series.

In “Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside,” Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes. When a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles!

Writers Brendan Fletcher and Cameron Stewart do a wonderful job of capturing the youthful spirit and bringing Batgirl into the 21st century. The character’s use of modern vernacular and technology gives the book relevancy younger readers will easily identify with. The stories are full of excitement and drama that will keep readers entertained as well.

Artist Babs Tar uses a contemporary style blended with a golden age flair that gives “Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside” a fresh look. The book will capture the imagination of new and more young at heart audiences because of its vibrant visual aspects. Did I mention her cool new costume?

“Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside” is rated T for Teen. It contains violence and adult situations. The girls talk about their “encounters” with boys and refer to partying. I’m sure this will cause some parents to keep their kids from reading it.

I really enjoyed “Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside” and would recommend it to anyone looking to take a fun trip back to Gotham City. It’s a great jumping-on point for new readers and won’t confuse anyone who didn’t read the first 34 issues of the series. Welcome to the Batgirl for a new generation!

“Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside” is available now in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.