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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Batgirl Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection

Title:
Batgirl Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection







ISBN:
9781401234751


Price:
$22.99


Publisher/Year:
DC,
2012


Artist: Ardian Syaf


Writer:
Gail Simone


Collects:
Batgirl #1-6





Rating:
3/5





After
Barbara Gordon was gunned down by the Joker, fans of Batgirl gave up the idea
of ever seeing her don the cape and cowl as the greatest female superhero
again. Leave it to DC Comics to find a way to miraculously heal Gordon and give
the wheelchair-bound character the ability to walk again.





The
publishing giant took their New 52 reboot as the perfect opportunity to get the
most famous Batgirl back in the game after being confined to helping the Dark
Knight and his many family members behind the scenes as the technologically
proficient Oracle. "Batgirl Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection"
collects the first six issues of her new adventures.





"Batgirl
Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection" is made up of two story arcs. The first
one pits the superhero against a revenge-seeking nemesis named Mirror. She must
stop the villain from killing people who lived through tragic events. Mirror
doesn't believe in miracles and plans to play the role of Reaper. Batgirl goes
up against a killer calling herself Gretel in the second tale. Gretel uses her
power over the minds of men to force them to do her bidding.





Gail
Simone is no stranger to penning tales about the females of Gotham City. Her
work on Birds of Prey led to the job of writer for Batgirl. She gives Barbara
Gordon the emotional layers the character deserves. They help to get you
attached to her and invested in the stories. Simone successfully brings Batgirl
back and shows her to be a vital part of the Bat-Family.





Ardian
Syaf's penciling adequately provides the images to accentuate Simone's words.
His illustrations aren't anything unique but bring the story to life in
pictures favorably. Syaf's art is strong visually and pleasing to the eyes.





Fans
of Batman's extended family will be pleased to see Batgirl back in action.
"Batgirl Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection" shows her in fine form and
ready for hand-to-hand combat. Her excitement shines through every page of this
book and proves contagious as you discover a craving for more adventures.

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