You know what I like about “Batgirl” these days? It’s dependable. Not in any negative sort of “clunking along” sort of usage of the word, but rather that you know month after month that you’re going to get a solid, entertaining comic.
It helps that Bryan Q. Miller’s scripts aren’t bogged down (like so many comics these days) in artificial angst or gloom. That’s not to say it’s a book where Batgirl skips down a primrose path or sings songs to orphans (after all, she’s still got guilt about lying to her mother over being Batgirl). Rather, Stephanie Brown is a character who likes being a superhero, is relatively good at it, and ends up juggling her personal life at university with her private life of saving people on said university campus. Dare I say it? It’s fun in the way that so many comics are distinctly not fun right now.
This month’s issue is no exception to that rule. I love that Miller has introduced a new Grey Ghost (as in the character from the animated series) who’s trying to become Batgirl’s sidekick, and that she’s able to quickly deduce (with the help of Oracle and Firewall) his real identity and that it builds on an earlier “Batgirl” story. There’s also a mystery going on with a murder on campus, and there’s an opening sequence detailing the history of Batman that will have readers laughing their heads off. It’s enjoyable from start to finish.
That opening sequence gets part of its humor courtesy the new art team of Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, moving over from “Batman: Streets of Gotham.” (Although it does look like they’ve still got issues queued up for several months over there.) Their art on the book is predictably good; I love how Nguyen and Fridolfs draw their angular faces and bodies on characters, and the body language is good too. (Batgirl’s rueful expression when she asks Oracle if this is why everyone hated Spoiler is rather amusing.) And as for those first three pages of art, with Li’l Batman and company? Like I said before, it’ll have readers laughing their heads off. (Especially Damian Wayne’s depiction.) Lee Garbett did a nice job on “Batgirl,” but I’m rather psyched for Nguyen and Fridolfs coming on board.
“Batgirl” continues to turn out entertaining issues; in an industry full of doom and gloom, “Batgirl” will brighten your day. If you’re looking for a little light fun in your reading pile, you should definitely give this book a try.