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The follow-up to the bestselling, critically acclaimed BATGIRL VOL. 1: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE! All-star creative team Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr continue their fan-favorite run in BATGIRL: FAMILY BUSINESS, featuring guest-appearances by Dick Grayson, Batwoman, Spoiler, the students of Gotham Academy and more! Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has The follow-up to the bestselling, critically acclaimed BATGIRL VOL. 1: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE! All-star creative team Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr continue their fan-favorite run in BATGIRL: FAMILY BUSINESS, featuring guest-appearances by Dick Grayson, Batwoman, Spoiler, the students of Gotham Academy and more! Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has made some big changes to her Batgirl alter ego. She has a new look, new support team and new home base in Burnside—Gotham’s trendiest neighborhood. But just when she’s hitting her stride, her father drops a bombshell: Babs isn’t the only masked crime-fighter in the family anymore. Jim Gordon is the new Batman. After the original Batman fell fighting the Joker, the former police commissioner was given a high-tech super-suit and asked to take up the mantle. With a team of G.C.P.D. officers watching his every move, Jim Gordon’s new law-and-order Batman has zero tolerance for vigilantism. He’s been ordered to arrest any unsanctioned superhero in Gotham—and Batgirl is next! Collecting: Batgirl #41-45, Annual #3 and DC Sneak Peek: Batgirl #1.


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The follow-up to the bestselling, critically acclaimed BATGIRL VOL. 1: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE! All-star creative team Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr continue their fan-favorite run in BATGIRL: FAMILY BUSINESS, featuring guest-appearances by Dick Grayson, Batwoman, Spoiler, the students of Gotham Academy and more! Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has The follow-up to the bestselling, critically acclaimed BATGIRL VOL. 1: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE! All-star creative team Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr continue their fan-favorite run in BATGIRL: FAMILY BUSINESS, featuring guest-appearances by Dick Grayson, Batwoman, Spoiler, the students of Gotham Academy and more! Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has made some big changes to her Batgirl alter ego. She has a new look, new support team and new home base in Burnside—Gotham’s trendiest neighborhood. But just when she’s hitting her stride, her father drops a bombshell: Babs isn’t the only masked crime-fighter in the family anymore. Jim Gordon is the new Batman. After the original Batman fell fighting the Joker, the former police commissioner was given a high-tech super-suit and asked to take up the mantle. With a team of G.C.P.D. officers watching his every move, Jim Gordon’s new law-and-order Batman has zero tolerance for vigilantism. He’s been ordered to arrest any unsanctioned superhero in Gotham—and Batgirl is next! Collecting: Batgirl #41-45, Annual #3 and DC Sneak Peek: Batgirl #1.

30 review for Batgirl, Volume 2: Family Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 74% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Completely cotton candy, it's stakes and substance shy, bereft of bite and featherlight: all whipped cream top, no pie.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    2.5 stars Ok, here's the thing: I think it's great the DC has a book for teenage girls to read. But this version of Batgirl is not for me. She and her friend are too cutsie and silly to be alive, much less fight crime. Plus, despite all of her history as a formidable opponent, some of the things she does are just plain stupid. Hello? Did she just tackle a tiger? Come on, Babs! Don't you have a utility belt with some tranquilizers or something?! I don't care how hard you hit it, that tiger is going 2.5 stars Ok, here's the thing: I think it's great the DC has a book for teenage girls to read. But this version of Batgirl is not for me. She and her friend are too cutsie and silly to be alive, much less fight crime. Plus, despite all of her history as a formidable opponent, some of the things she does are just plain stupid. Hello? Did she just tackle a tiger? Come on, Babs! Don't you have a utility belt with some tranquilizers or something?! I don't care how hard you hit it, that tiger is going to tuck, roll, & then take a huge chunk out of your head. And most people need their entire head to live a full life, so... Oh. Wait. Never mind. I didn't realize the trick was to just toss the tiger across the room. You go, girrrrrl! *rolls eyes* Ok. I'll shut up. Obviously, the target audience is much younger than I am, and probably looking for something a bit lighter than I'm used to, as well. WARNING: SPOILERS First, I'm not a fan of this Jim-as-Batman thing. I think it's a stupid idea. And no matter how well it's written, I just can't wrap my head around the need to put Gordon in a Bat-Robot, while an amnesiac Bruce works at the Gotham version of the Boys & Girls Club. I just...no. Make it go away. But, of course, it's not going to go away. So, after some 'close calls' with this new RoboCop, Babs discovers who's hiding under all that armor. Heh. Well, discovers is a bit of a stretch. Jim just goes ahead and tells Barbara that he's the new Dark (police issue) Knight. Because. Because? Fuck if I know. I mean, according to him, he (a police officer) can't stand to keep secrets from his daughter. Even official secrets... Yeah. Ok, that's a totally believable explanation. For realsies, it amounts to an easy way to stir the Emotion Pot, and make Barbara feel bad about keeping secrets from her dad. Angst! Drama! Guilt! Phbbbbt. Who cares? You're fucking Batgirl! Suck that shit up. Running in the background of all of the superhero stuff & family drama, there's also the wedding of one of her best friends. And (naturally) her friend's fiancee also a connection to some bad guys, so Barbara has to save her ass while (for some reason) planning the wedding. But that's not the best part. No, the best part is when Dick shows up at the wedding & wants to talk to her. Now, remember, everyone..including Barbara...thought he was dead. Many tears have been shed for the loss of her first love & friend. So. When he shows up, her first reaction is to send him packing. I... That makes literally NO sense. None. I get that it's not the best timing, but wouldn't you at least want to know what happened? Whatever. They do finally talk. Sort of. Ugh. I don't know what to do. I love this character, so I'll probably keep reading these, but I'm just so disappointed by the storylines. It's readable & has cute artwork, though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Move aside wet paint, there’s something else to tediously stare at for a while: the new Batgirl book! The current Batman is temporarily (and stupidly) Jim Gordon sans moustache who’s been chugging the handsome juice. He operates inside a robo-Bat suit and doesn’t know Batgirl is his daughter Babs – but she knows its him inside the Chappie-esque outfit. Hello cheap contrivance! Need more non-story? There’s cheap knockoff villains galore from Co-Op (a pale imitation of Marvel’s Arcade), Live Wire, Move aside wet paint, there’s something else to tediously stare at for a while: the new Batgirl book! The current Batman is temporarily (and stupidly) Jim Gordon sans moustache who’s been chugging the handsome juice. He operates inside a robo-Bat suit and doesn’t know Batgirl is his daughter Babs – but she knows its him inside the Chappie-esque outfit. Hello cheap contrivance! Need more non-story? There’s cheap knockoff villains galore from Co-Op (a pale imitation of Marvel’s Arcade), Live Wire, an almost carbon copy of Valiant’s Livewire (who herself is a copy of Marvel’s Electro), and Velvet Tiger, who’s just a girl obsessed with tigers - wow, what a memorable character, I can’t wait to see more of this White Tiger dude! White what? Black Panther? Can’t wait to see Black Panther in the next Cap movie! What was that about a lion? Ah, doesn’t matter. But watch that racing heartbeat because then there’s pointless crossover after pointless crossover because that’s never a sign of a floundering title! Besides mecha-Batman, Dick Grayson appears (twice), followed by Spoiler (who I actually liked seeing despite the writers turning her into a clown – Stephanie Brown isn’t in the DCU nearly enough), Batwoman, and Gotham Academy. The whole thing’s topped off with a wedding for one of Babs’ buds because whatever the hell, eh? This whole comic feels as shallow as a kid’s Saturday morning cartoon which is the audience I think they’re going for with this new Batgirl. It’s meant to be aimed at younger/female readers, like a few of DC’s other titles like Gotham Academy and Black Canary and that’s fine. I can’t really fault DC for broadening their approach as one of the main criticisms of their failed New 52 venture was the lack of diversity in their titles for their audience which they’ve now changed. But it also means Batgirl’s not really for me. Irritating tropes like having the supervillain monologue about their motivations, explaining everything in one big info dump, are used as well as redundant dialogue like the tied-up person yelling “Let me go!” as if the supervillain’s suddenly going to say “Oh, well, since you asked…” – relatively small things but they show the unsophisticated nature of the writing making for an immensely boring read if you’re an adult. I couldn’t care less about the wedding crap and seeing Grayson risk blowing his cover (following Forever Evil he’s believed by most everyone to be “dead”) to try and woo Babs was so corny I almost puked. But like I said, I’m not the target audience – this is for the laydees out there. Girls like manga = Babs Tarr draws the book in a manga style. It comes off as that calculated and superficial. Hipster Batgirl’s obviously got her fans but I’m definitely not one of them. Batgirl, Volume 2: Family Business didn’t win me over in the least with its lack of a substantial story, uninteresting writing and weak characterisation. Though I’m not the target demographic and therefore less disposed to like this stuff, I can’t help but feel girls/younger readers deserve better than this condescending pap. After this comic, that wet paint looks more and more appealing…

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    The best thing I can say about this book is "Meh". The best issues are the ones where the new Batman appears. At least then the book feels like it's part of the DCU and not a cutesy ONI press book. But them we skate back downhill into this ridiculous Velvet Tiger business. Velvet Tiger is just a stereotypical, hand-wringing, maniacal villain. All she needed is a mustache to twirl. No real motivations for being a villain. Just my company went out of business so I'm going to send tigers to eat all The best thing I can say about this book is "Meh". The best issues are the ones where the new Batman appears. At least then the book feels like it's part of the DCU and not a cutesy ONI press book. But them we skate back downhill into this ridiculous Velvet Tiger business. Velvet Tiger is just a stereotypical, hand-wringing, maniacal villain. All she needed is a mustache to twirl. No real motivations for being a villain. Just my company went out of business so I'm going to send tigers to eat all the former employees. Could this be any dumber?! Finally Dick Grayson shows up at Barbara's best friend's wedding because he's jealous of the new boyfriend. (Even though he's supposed to be dead and for some reason Babs isn't at all surprised even though they established earlier in the book that Babs didn't know he was alive.) It's time for this Josie and the Pussycats version of Batgirl to end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I just love Babs. Obviously I read this in single issues as the trade isn't out yet but it was wonderful and cute and funny and wonderful. I totally don't understand why people consider this Batgirl to be 'dumbed down'. Why can't she be ass-kicking badass and a savvy social media user all at once?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I thought the first volume was good, if uneven. (Again, I'm maybe unfairly comparing it with the earlier Gail Simone-penned series.) So I headed into Volume 2: Family Business with some optimism, but in the first story Commissioner Gordon reveals himself to be a Robocop version of Batman. Umm . . . no. Thankfully, things improved with the second story 'The Gladius Objective,' a multi-chapter adventure of contrasting art styles and Batgirl's amusing early interactions with Huntress, Spoiler, & Batw I thought the first volume was good, if uneven. (Again, I'm maybe unfairly comparing it with the earlier Gail Simone-penned series.) So I headed into Volume 2: Family Business with some optimism, but in the first story Commissioner Gordon reveals himself to be a Robocop version of Batman. Umm . . . no. Thankfully, things improved with the second story 'The Gladius Objective,' a multi-chapter adventure of contrasting art styles and Batgirl's amusing early interactions with Huntress, Spoiler, & Batwoman. *Also, how cool is it that the main artist is Babs Tarr? Just something pleasing about seeing 'Babs' on the artwork, like the 'Read Campaign' poster featuring BG reading a Wonder Woman comic, I think.* The volume wraps up with a lovely wedding (not Batgirl's, but for her former roommate; of course Babs is the best-prepared maid of honor ever), a surprise reappearance of long-lost Dick Grayson, and murderous tigers (?!) amok in Gotham. While it sounds a like demolition derby of plot ideas it actually all works. An adult can enjoy this series, but it seems perfect for teenage readers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    (Received from Netgalley for review.) At this point, I've more than given this new version of Batgirl a fair shot, and I feel fully justified in saying that I just don't like it at all. To me, this character simply doesn't feel like the Babs I know and love. She's an entirely different person trying to fill shoes she isn't ready for. I don't know, maybe I would like the character more if she were totally original, instead of an original character masquerading as a familiar one. And maybe I'd be m (Received from Netgalley for review.) At this point, I've more than given this new version of Batgirl a fair shot, and I feel fully justified in saying that I just don't like it at all. To me, this character simply doesn't feel like the Babs I know and love. She's an entirely different person trying to fill shoes she isn't ready for. I don't know, maybe I would like the character more if she were totally original, instead of an original character masquerading as a familiar one. And maybe I'd be more ready to like this new Babs if she had a good storyline. But that's a major miss. The closest thing to a big villain this books is a Cheetah rip off, a rich girl who likes tigers and... Yeah, that's about it. But probably the worst of it all are Dick Grayson's guest star appearances. Why, yes, Dick is indeed supposed to be dead, and is supposed to be deep under cover. That's why his first appearance is a hopelessly cliched "hiding around every corner!" gimmick, but it doesn't explain why he decides to blow his cover by approaching Babs at her friend's wedding. I couldn't believe that he'd risk his position so easily, and I still can't. It wasn't even in service of a good story, it's just a half-hearted attempt to put distance between Babs and Dicks. You know what would have done that even better? Dick not blowing his cover. I can see that a lot of people are really loving this book, but for me it's such a big no. I miss the old Babs.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Get out of here with your wedding planning, ya love triangle having, dumb and flaky version of Batgirl.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. Although enjoyable, this volume definitely does not live up to the first one. (review of Batgirl, Vol.1 over here). The graphics are still very beautiful and great to look at (this is important especially in comparison with the graphics of volume 3, which I'm not so crazy about). And I also kept having lots and lots of fun with the characters, their attitude(at least that of most of them) and the entire setting and the look of the book. However, the big Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. Although enjoyable, this volume definitely does not live up to the first one. (review of Batgirl, Vol.1 over here). The graphics are still very beautiful and great to look at (this is important especially in comparison with the graphics of volume 3, which I'm not so crazy about). And I also kept having lots and lots of fun with the characters, their attitude(at least that of most of them) and the entire setting and the look of the book. However, the biggest let down for me were the villains. I thought the majority of them were pretty weak and they did not really interest me, nor did they make me feel like they are an actual threat. There was not even some spectacular culmination to the volume. What exactly is bothersome about a lady who has two tigers and makes them attack people. Sure, death is death, but in the superhero world, that is very unremarkable. I still like Batgirl as a character very much and will continue the series, I'm not disheartened! Among the others, I think Dinah's presence could have been nice. I have issues with Frankie, she is very pushy and she has no respect for Barbara's wishes. Superhero-wanna-be sidekicks are a thing, but very few that I have read about so far have been this obsessed with it and this insistent when their superhero friend is clearly against it. Overall, I hope we'll see some fresh faces in the next volume and some more serious villains. The story about Barbara's nightmares is shaping up nicely enough so far.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura I.

    I wasn't totally convinced by the first trade of this new Batgirl, but the creative team has really hit their stride and, even though this isn't MY Babs and probably never will be, I really enjoyed this volume. The fact that they did a really sweet wedding issue, when I thought at first they'd just dropped Alysia entirely, really did a lot to win me over, and this run so much heart and is so cute it's hard not to like. (Although what was up with Dick in that issue? I love him normally but he was I wasn't totally convinced by the first trade of this new Batgirl, but the creative team has really hit their stride and, even though this isn't MY Babs and probably never will be, I really enjoyed this volume. The fact that they did a really sweet wedding issue, when I thought at first they'd just dropped Alysia entirely, really did a lot to win me over, and this run so much heart and is so cute it's hard not to like. (Although what was up with Dick in that issue? I love him normally but he was such a douchecanoe here, does Cameron Stewart really hate him or is jealous of how popular Grayson is, or what?) Even the tongue-in-cheek jokes about "maybe I should have finished those library science courses" now feel like cute nods to past versions of Babs instead of jabs/reasons for me to be bitter about the weird retconning going on. I know it's not saying much because I'd read almost any batgirl book on the shelves no matter what, but I'd happily stick with this creative team for a while, see what else they have up their sleeves.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hailee

    I'm so conflicted with this run. I love the artwork, and I enjoyed the last issue with Dick (but I was even conflicted with parts of that issue). I don't like what they've done to Batgirl. She's gone from a super intelligent badass to a dumbed down version of Batgirl. I'll still read it because Babs has always been one of my favorite characters, but I continue to be disappointed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    nova ryder ☼

    meh, just meh. that’s all i have to say.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maija

    2.5 stars The stories are still meh & very simple (2 stars), but Babs Tarr's artwork brings the quality up. There's less of it in this volume, though so not by very much. (view spoiler)[I get the feeling something happened in the Grayson comics between Barb & Dick, since in one issue Grayson is doing everything he can not to be seen by Batgirl (who thinks he is dead), but in a following issue he is climbing in the window to see her like it's nothing. (hide spoiler)] 2.5 stars The stories are still meh & very simple (2 stars), but Babs Tarr's artwork brings the quality up. There's less of it in this volume, though so not by very much. (view spoiler)[I get the feeling something happened in the Grayson comics between Barb & Dick, since in one issue Grayson is doing everything he can not to be seen by Batgirl (who thinks he is dead), but in a following issue he is climbing in the window to see her like it's nothing. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Terribly inconsistent art: there is no reason or excuse for random panels to break out into giant-eyed anime faces, and no one - male or female - has individual thighs or biceps thicker than their waist. The villains are nonsensical and uninteresting. And the supporting cast consists of a PC checklist rather than well-crafted characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Ugh. I just can't. Dropped about halfway in. Not my cup of tea anymore, sadly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    **I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This was a bit more different than what I expected, but I really enjoyed reading about this new Batgirl! First of all, the art in this is just precious and had a very cute style to it, especially when we're seeing things from Barbara's perspective, a full combination of vibrant colors, as opposed to the darker ones we see when she's Batgirl. There are also a lot of different characters showing up. Like Bar **I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This was a bit more different than what I expected, but I really enjoyed reading about this new Batgirl! First of all, the art in this is just precious and had a very cute style to it, especially when we're seeing things from Barbara's perspective, a full combination of vibrant colors, as opposed to the darker ones we see when she's Batgirl. There are also a lot of different characters showing up. Like Barbara's dad as Batman, Batwoman, and Dick Grayson, who has some explaining to do about his "death"... Did she really recognize him because of his butt, though? And there's even a moment when La Tigresa del Oriente makes an appearance. Well, all right, it's Velvet Tiger. But close enough. Since this is a collection, we get to read about many different stories, and they were all very enjoyable. We see Batgirl fighting alongside her dad, trying to rescue kidnapped diplomats and even being a maid of honor. Girl's been busy! I think that girls who are not familiar with comics, but have some interest in starting reading them, could start with this one :) It's very light-hearted and the style is really cute. More reviews on my blog: Lipstick and Mocha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annye

    Batgirl, Volume 2: Family Business is series of one-shots about the current Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, and her team of young sidekicks. The back of the book tries to make it seem like the whole thing is about the fact that Babs’s dad, Jim Gordon, is the new Batman, but it’s (disappointingly) hardly relevant. The stories in this volume are generally good – they’re short, and don’t really progress Babs’s story at all, but they’re cute and make sense. Frankie’s arc made the most progress – I want to k Batgirl, Volume 2: Family Business is series of one-shots about the current Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, and her team of young sidekicks. The back of the book tries to make it seem like the whole thing is about the fact that Babs’s dad, Jim Gordon, is the new Batman, but it’s (disappointingly) hardly relevant. The stories in this volume are generally good – they’re short, and don’t really progress Babs’s story at all, but they’re cute and make sense. Frankie’s arc made the most progress – I want to know if she’s still in the New 52, and if she continues to pursue heroics! The artwork is generally pretty and very cute, but the guest artists stick out like a sore thumb…especially the ones that try to make Babs and her friends sexy. That’s not what this book is about and it’s extremely jarring. The final issue has gorgeous artwork and coloring – it takes the cute style and ups the ante. I loved this issue a lot, and would like to read a whole comic with this artwork. So overall, this was a good trade. The stories were generally good and the artwork was generally great with a few duds. I’m sad to see that the cute style has been scaled back a bit for the New 52 – for that reason, I’m not sure if I want to follow this book in its new incarnation. Read more of my reviews (plus cat pics!) on Her Little Book Review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    I'm enjoying this happier version of Batgirl. I really like the bonding moments that Barbara Gordon has with her father and her support crew. The facial expressions are drawn well, so the emotion of these interactions comes through well. The only negative for me was the one issue included in this collection which had Batgirl meet other members of the Bat family. The gimmick was that when she met a member, that part of the book was drawn by the artist who normally draws that character. The sudden I'm enjoying this happier version of Batgirl. I really like the bonding moments that Barbara Gordon has with her father and her support crew. The facial expressions are drawn well, so the emotion of these interactions comes through well. The only negative for me was the one issue included in this collection which had Batgirl meet other members of the Bat family. The gimmick was that when she met a member, that part of the book was drawn by the artist who normally draws that character. The sudden switches between art style were jarring. On top of that, the art for the Batwoman part was pretty terrible. Keep it consistent, DC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lawrence

    Didn't particularly enjoy the first two issues in this volume but LOVED issues 43, 44, 45 and annual 3. Definitely glad I continued on with this series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    3.5 liked the first volume a bit better

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Sadly, this comic has very quickly lost its luster. Much of the problem is that Stewart and Fletcher already feel like they're coasting. This volume doesn't have the innovation of the original, it leans too hard on its art, and it's largely discarded the wonderful focuses on Babs' intelligence that we saw in the first volume. The other problem is that there are two real clunkers in this volume. There's an annual that's interminable and feels like a bad excuse to spotlight the rest of the Bat fami Sadly, this comic has very quickly lost its luster. Much of the problem is that Stewart and Fletcher already feel like they're coasting. This volume doesn't have the innovation of the original, it leans too hard on its art, and it's largely discarded the wonderful focuses on Babs' intelligence that we saw in the first volume. The other problem is that there are two real clunkers in this volume. There's an annual that's interminable and feels like a bad excuse to spotlight the rest of the Bat family. Then the wedding in the last issue is almost derailed by Grayson acting like a total stalker in a really creepy way. Basically, it feels like the authors need to stay away from anyone but Batgirl herself. On the bright side, when the comic manages to find its supporting cast again, after the first few issues, they're great, especially in the lead-up to that wedding. And, the art remains terrific. But after a great first volume, this was much more mediocre.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lenny

    Fluffy teen ridiculous. So disappointed. Don't get me wrong: it's good for DC to have some teen books. This is not my problem. You can have interesting stories and great characters in a YA book, and there are tons of examples. My problem is, even as a teen book, it's fluffy, ridiculous, and just outright stupid sometimes. The storylines are full of D list supervillains, weird tiger shenanigans, and Jim Gordon is now Batman? What? But can't recognize his own daughter is Batgirl? MORE what? Dick m Fluffy teen ridiculous. So disappointed. Don't get me wrong: it's good for DC to have some teen books. This is not my problem. You can have interesting stories and great characters in a YA book, and there are tons of examples. My problem is, even as a teen book, it's fluffy, ridiculous, and just outright stupid sometimes. The storylines are full of D list supervillains, weird tiger shenanigans, and Jim Gordon is now Batman? What? But can't recognize his own daughter is Batgirl? MORE what? Dick makes a whole thing out of avoiding Barbara in one issue, than returns with a swagger emulating his name to try to win her back? Art full of overly emphasized pouts and miniskirts? I'll return when the creators are willing to take Batgirl as seriously as she deserves. until then, I'll continue to miss the days of Gail Simone and Birds of Prey.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maria Kramer

    This volume is like those '90's movies that use a ton of rapid cuts. It's hyperactive. I appreciate the idea of having young Babs crossover with the other Gotham titles - Batwoman, Gotham Academy, Grayson - but it just feels disconnected, like there isn't a real story. I couldn't get into it. Also, the art is too bubbly-tween.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    DC Comics needs to desperately stop trying to make Batgirl cute, and let her be the awesome, intelligent, crime fighter that she is. This going back to college schmaltz is ruining her as a character, and having her continually at odds with her father is both forced and contrived.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I want to like this series, but it feels disjointed and uneven as it is forced to deal with all the tedious plot developments happening in other books in the Batman universe. Wasted potential.

  26. 4 out of 5

    sabrina ✨

    The synopsis was pretty misleading, but I did enjoy it, I loved all the cross overs that happened, and I can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd volume. I can't lie this wasn't as good as the first volume but I love 🦇 batgirl and I genuinely enjoyed this.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    The Batman Universe has gone all weird on me (though I knew that since this is the second 'Volume' since the change). Batman is dead or gone (I'm not sure if I ever knew). Batgirl's father is the new Batman in an ultra power suit. Batgirl herself is a hipster, and surrounded by a bunch of people I do not recognize (other than Nightwing - who is supposed to be dead (though I've read the series where it came out why he is pretending to be dead - he is working as a spy); despite being 'dead', he su The Batman Universe has gone all weird on me (though I knew that since this is the second 'Volume' since the change). Batman is dead or gone (I'm not sure if I ever knew). Batgirl's father is the new Batman in an ultra power suit. Batgirl herself is a hipster, and surrounded by a bunch of people I do not recognize (other than Nightwing - who is supposed to be dead (though I've read the series where it came out why he is pretending to be dead - he is working as a spy); despite being 'dead', he sure pops up a lot - and is super icky creepy around Batgirl, interrupting her date, being all clingy, trying to kiss her - then the ending made it look like (view spoiler)[he was about to kidnap her, though book ended before we find that out (hide spoiler)] ; Batwing (though he is operating as Lucius Fox - opening his own company, retiring Batwing); and Papa Gordon (though he is acting as Batman instead of police commisioner). Plus there was a lesbian wedding. Considering everything, I should have been all over that, right? Lesbian wedding in comicville? But . . . I've no clue who these people are - other than one or the other are supposedly friends of Barbara Gordon (though neither know that she's also Batgirl) - and I believe one is an ex-roommate). The wedding involving two women (or just a wedding in general) should matter more to me. But I'm too disconnected to the people in this series and I kind of had a meh feeling. Meh, two people getting married - Dick Grayson is interrupting it and acting like a dick; oh they married now (the two lesbians) and . . . fade to Batgirl in bed sleeping. Meh. Several 'mysteries'/'crimes' are investigated by Batgirl. The one that sticks in my mind is the one involving a tiger wandering around killing and eating people. And I've a vague idea that Batgirl wandered over to Gotham Academy for a spell or too for whatever reason. Meh. If it hasn't come across yet - the whole thing was kind of meh to me. I doubt I'll continue this series. Then again, I know they just had yet another reboot (DC Comics) so if I did continue, I might find yet another new version of Batgirl. Not actually sure - haven't been paying attention. August 21 2016

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Not so sure what to think about this one. This was very different as the first volume. The first volume had one artist doing all the drawings and therefore it had a very cohesive look. This one on the other hand was all over the place with its artwork. At the beginning it changed between stories but then it changed in the middle of it. Not that any art work was bad but it was just a little bit odd to see a whole different style all that sudden at the next page. And in the next moment they also h Not so sure what to think about this one. This was very different as the first volume. The first volume had one artist doing all the drawings and therefore it had a very cohesive look. This one on the other hand was all over the place with its artwork. At the beginning it changed between stories but then it changed in the middle of it. Not that any art work was bad but it was just a little bit odd to see a whole different style all that sudden at the next page. And in the next moment they also had different hair styles/colors etc. Imagine this would happen in a movie. In the middle of the scene you would have different actors come out.... The colors are also more bright and overall it had more of a "bubbly" feel probably to appeal to a younger audience. In the first volume batgirl was fighting different villains but the same time it had also things going on in the background (romance, old friend came back, where she was living etc.) so it really felt like reading a connecting story. But this one was very odd. There is one short story after the next. Basically Batgirls fights villain after villain. There is no build up story or anything just one highlight after the next. Characters come and disappear all that sudden with no explanation. Not sure what the editors were thinking, that people don't have an attention span and don't need any type of story? But it gets better once the tiger story starts which is the last third of the book. Then it finally feels like one ongoing story with more personal stuff happening as well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends

    This is my first comic of Batgirl and I LOVED IT! It was funny, full of action and the different stories were very cool. I was laughing my a** off when the new batman appeared!! Especially because I just read the comic when he became the new batman... Anyway, you all know what I am talking about when you read this one and Batman Superweight. The illustrations wer very colorful and sometimes there wasn't contrast between the bubble texts and the background, so it was hard to read, but it was This is my first comic of Batgirl and I LOVED IT! It was funny, full of action and the different stories were very cool. I was laughing my a** off when the new batman appeared!! Especially because I just read the comic when he became the new batman... Anyway, you all know what I am talking about when you read this one and Batman Superweight. The illustrations wer very colorful and sometimes there wasn't contrast between the bubble texts and the background, so it was hard to read, but it was mostly fine. Overall great comic, characters, superheroes and all. Can't wait to read more about this awesome heroine.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cat (cat-thecatlady)

    I didn't find anything weird on this Batgirl story, for once! I thought the plot didn't really have a sense of a bigger thing, since each issue doesn't really connect to each other. which was a shame, in my opinion. the use of the cover led me to think it was going to be more about this new Batman but nope, only a few issues. then it goes back to one villain per chapter. but that wasn't really a problem to me. there were so many good moments in this book! I'm very much in love with Barbara. and I didn't find anything weird on this Batgirl story, for once! I thought the plot didn't really have a sense of a bigger thing, since each issue doesn't really connect to each other. which was a shame, in my opinion. the use of the cover led me to think it was going to be more about this new Batman but nope, only a few issues. then it goes back to one villain per chapter. but that wasn't really a problem to me. there were so many good moments in this book! I'm very much in love with Barbara. and the art style of this, ugh I love Tarr's work so much. definitely a good improvement from the previous title! full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2016/0...

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