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Batgirl
by Gail Simone
Call Number: 741.5 qS598bg 2012

The third volume of DC’s New 52’s: Batgirl opens with a bang! Teaming up with Catwoman to take on the notorious Court of Owls, and then falling directly into the clutches of man she hates most, The Joker, forces Batgirl to show readers what she’s made of. The Joker once shot and paralyzed Barbara Gordon, confining her to a wheelchair until a neural implant procedure allowed her to regain her mobility. Batgirl is back, and after a mysterious absence, so is the Joker.  He already knows Barbara all too well so when he has her mother kidnapped, her father poisoned, and enlists the help her of psychotic serial killer brother the stakes are raised to their highest.

Here we see Batgirl indulging in her rage and hatred rather than fighting against it. Questioning her own feelings toward killing and what justice looks like has her breaking away from the black and white teachings of Batman; making her a far more interesting and in-depth character than her previous incarnations.  In this volume we really see Barbara Gordon become her own woman. No longer Batman’s protégé or the Police Commissioner’s daughter; Batgirl is a strong, smart, sometimes rage filled superhero who will stop at nothing to protect the people she loves.  

Other titles that relate to this storyline and are also made of awesome include: Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52’s) as well as Batman: The Killing Joke, before you read Batgirl Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52’s).  

Dawn M.
August 29, 2015
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