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The Comixalaxy Reviews: BATGIRL #1

July 29th, 2016 6:44am by ComicList Email

Eric Bradach's The Comixalaxy

Batgirl #1
Writer: Hope Larson
Artist: Rafael Albuqerque
Colors: Dave McCaig
Letters: Deron Bennett
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 07/27/2016

The long awaited Alan Moore graphic novel, "Batman: The Killing Joke" has been adapted to animation and is the first animated DC movie to be released in theaters since 1993's, "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm". Though only for a select number of theaters in limited days. Controversy has unsurprisingly ensued as many believe that it has degraded Barbra Gordon, Batgirl. The complaints have come about what was added to the story in order to hit a runtime of 76 minutes. Understandable as the original story was only 45 pages in length. The first third of the movie is essentially a Batgirl story and…..sorry, don't want to turn this into a review of the movie and a rant of the complaints I had about it. All I should say is that because of this movie, Barbra Gordon is in the spotlight at the moment.

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July 22nd, 2016 7:28am by ComicList Email

Eric Bradach's The Comixalaxy

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1
Writers: Julie Benson & Shawna Benson
Artist: Claire Roe
Colors: Allen Passalaqua
Letters: Steve Wands
Publisher: DC
Release Date: 07/20/2016

One of the common criticisms of DC Comics within the Marvel vs DC debates, is that Marvel has triumphed when it comes to embracing diversity. Marvel now has a high selling black/hispanic Spider-Man, a celebrated muslim Ms. Marvel, and a well received all female Avengers team, A-Force. DC Rebirth was DC Comics chance to catch on to the trend and they have done so with a relaunch of their flagship super-heroine team, the Birds of Prey.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batgirl #44

September 26th, 2015 1:39pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Batgirl #44Batgirl #44
DC Comics
Steweart, Fletcher, Bengal & LaPointe

"Batgirl" provides an entertaining read this month but not near the level set in previous issues. Batgirl takes on Velvet Tiger and some other plot threads see some advancement while new ones hatch. Overall, the comic book is on the same track it's been on. However, this issue has some clunky action sequences and some forced moments between characters that make the issue feel too ambitious for its page count. I recommend giving this a look but there have been better, more recent issues of this title.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batgirl Annual #3

August 1st, 2015 12:43pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Batgirl Annual #3Batgirl Annual #3
DC Comics
Stewart, Fletcher, Bengal, Lafuente, Doyle & Chen

The "Batgirl" annual weaves a story among four different creative teams and with four different guest characters. The comic is a fantastic read because the plot is interesting, the transitions between scenes is perfect and the guest appearances all feel natural and bring out the best characterization for Batgirl. Though the artwork has some wide variations they do not detract from the reading experience. The comic book is as good as they come in terms of a one-shot and dealing with mismatching ensemble casts. This is definitely a comic to pick up.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batgirl Endgame #1

March 21st, 2015 7:04pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Batgirl Endgame #1Batgirl: Endgame #1
DC Comics
Stewart, Fletcher & Bengal

The Batman storyline, Endgame, spawns a few tie-in comics, of which this is one of them. Batgirl gets a one-shot dealing with Endgame from her side of town. The book takes the unique approach of offering a near-silent issue that is basically art and a few captions. The book is okay but the loyal Batgirl reader may not be thrilled with this issue based on how Batgirl's main title has been constructed, even though Stewart is writing both. This is an okay read but could have been a real home-run with some tweaks.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batgirl #36

November 15th, 2014 4:37pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Batgirl #36Batgirl #36
DC Comics
Stewart, Fletcher, Tarr & Wicks

This issue of Batgirl continues a lot of the ideas we saw in the first issue of the new creative team. The book is focused on Batgirl and how she goes through day-to-day life and deals with her problems. She is faced with a couple of strange villains in this issue but the bulk of the book is spent with her investigating and the reader getting to know her mindset in the process. This is definitely an issue to pick up and a series to watch.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batgirl #35

October 11th, 2014 5:40pm by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Batgirl #35Batgirl #35
DC Comics
Stewart, Fletcher, Tarr & Wicks

The re-invention of Batgirl is quite a big shift with how the character had been portrayed under Gail Simone's guidance. The character is without question aimed at a much younger audience as much of Simone's work appears to be shelved. The question begs to be asked: why wasn't this re-launched? In any case, this incarnation is a lighter version of the character in a much lighter setting. The comic book is a good read and is definitely geared towards defining the character instead of the plot. The execution of the comic is good but fans of the Simone run or even those that were following that run are going to find this to be a drastic shift, perhaps too drastic.

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Geek Goggle Reviews: Batgirl Futures End #1

September 13th, 2014 11:33am by ComicList Email

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Futures End Batgirl #1Futures End Batgirl #1
DC Comics
Simone, Garron & Fajardo Jr

Gail Simone's run on Batgirl concludes in a very surprising and creative way with this comic book. The book is mostly set five years into the future and Simone makes the best of what little ground she has to cover in this issue. The story and the direction are surprising, but in a good way. The artwork has its high points but doesn't quite line up with the story in my opinion. I enjoyed this book and literally did not know what was coming next when I turned the page. This is a nice cap on Simone's run on this controversially rebooted character.

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