Barbara Gordon finds herself balancing bridesmaid and masked avenger duties in Batgirl #43. Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart deliver a contemporary superhero that feels culturally relevant within the framework of an entertaining and action-packed story. Babs Tarr's wonderfully animated artwork makes every panel of the comic bubble with youthful enthusiasm.
Tech genius Luke Fox has brought his startup to Burnside, and he seems to be hiring all of Barbara’s friends…but not her! Unfortunately, someone else is setting up shop in Burnside as well. They have fiendish plans that include murder and mayhem on a corporate level in Batgirl #43.
Issue #43 of Batgirl is rated T for Teen. The book is obviously targeted to high school and younger college readers and the content reflects that. The sidestory of Barbara helping her lesbian friend get ready for her wedding feels pretty heavy-handed and as if a certain agenda is being pushed here, especially since its only been a couple of months since the gay marriage bill was passed. This element of the comic will no doubt have conservative readers or their parents up in arms.
Batgirl #43 continues doing a great job showing the ups and downs of balancing a college education, social life, and crimefighting career. It's a given many females no doubt feel they have a lot in common with our superhero, albeit on a smaller level. A bizarre mystery thrown into the mix that includes murder will keep Barbara Gordon and readers on their toes along the way. Aside from feeling like I was having someone's social agenda shoved down my throat in a not-so-subtle manner, Batgirl #43 is an exciting and engaging journey from start to finish.
Batgirl #43 is available now in print and Kindle editions.