Artist Dustin Nguyen has always brought a little bit of pluck to his interpretation of Batman’s world – from the scrappy size of his Robin in his initial “Batman” arc with Judd Winick to the super cute characterizations of his occasional Lil’ Gotham short stories. Now starting in November, the artist has a chance to play that youthful thread of his work against the more traditional Bat Universe as Nguyen will take over as the regular artist on DC Comics’ teen heroine Batgirl with issue #15 of her series.
Announced on DC’s official The Source blog, the news of Nguyen’s new gig came both with his first “Batgirl” cover (at right) and with word from series writer Bryan Q. Miller, who said, “Dustin’s joining the team at JUST the right time, as ‘Batgirl: The Lesson’ begins. Steph’s world is going to get a smidge more gritty, a skosh more chaotic, and LOADS more dangerous – Dustin’s the perfect man to help tell this tale! And, as an added bonus, Dustin’s on the ground floor for the creation of Steph’s very own gallery of rogues (So, there’s that to look forward to, too!) Consider his cover to ‘Batgirl’ #15 one of the last truly quiet moments our Batgirl is going to have for quite a while. But she’s ready for it – you can tell from the look on her face. That’s Steph for you – always smiling!”
The artist himself added, “This latest incarnation of her has lots of the aesthetics of the original Babs that I love and some new ones. It’ll take me some getting used to drawing a female in horns, but i’m looking forward to putting away the “mean and moody” for a while and kick in the ‘fun and sexy.'”
The blog also noted that current “Batgirl” artist Lee Garbett will be moving on to other DC projects in the near future. For more, check out The Source, and come back to CBR for all your Batman news!