So, Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside was my first ever experience with a DC comic. Yes, I know…shame!
I have considered myself a Marvel chick, falling in love with the films then taking the obsession further with the comics. I will also admit that I personally enjoy reading comics that feature a female protagonist (Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Lumberjanes, etc).
The geek-world started buzzing about The Batgirl of Burnside when the first issue came out in October 2014. Fellow AGtM writers Tricia Ennis and Monica Piluso are fans of this take on Batgirl and Tricia is a HUGE DC geek, so I thought “what the hell” let’s give Barbara Gordon a chance.
Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside is 160+ pages and features issues 35-40 of the series. I read the whole volume in one sitting – which I find impressive – and loved every minute of it! Babs is surrounded by strong female characters who help her along her journey. She is fearless, smart (like really smart), and strong both emotional and physically.
Barbara recently moves to Burnside – which seems to be the Brooklyn to Gotham’s Manhattan – she’s taking up a research position at a college working on some kind of computer mapping stuff and moves in with a roommate who codes (#GirlsThatCode) for a new popular app. The two girls share a past when they were both in physical therapy. Babs and her gang of friends really are bringing the “hipster” element to the superhero world. The first five issues are filled with topical references and interesting characters. DC – much like other comic book publishers – has finally started to include more diverse characters. The five issues with in the volume share an enagaging and page-turning journey where Babs has to deal with some past demons. The volume features a beginning, middle, and end while leaving the reader wanting to head to their local comic book shop and pick up issues #41.
With it’s captivating writing and visually appealing illustrations, Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside is very much worth a read, and that is coming from a Marvel chick. Barbara Gordon I am picking up what you are putting down.
Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside is currently available to own.