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A part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Barbara Gordon looks to add a new bullet point to her already impressive Batgirl resume: travel agent. Having just (barely!) survived the Battle of Burnside and verging on an Arkham-worthy breakdown, the star pulls a Kerouac and gets on the road to find herself. Follow Babs on her worldwide quest in Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside, with N A part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Barbara Gordon looks to add a new bullet point to her already impressive Batgirl resume: travel agent. Having just (barely!) survived the Battle of Burnside and verging on an Arkham-worthy breakdown, the star pulls a Kerouac and gets on the road to find herself. Follow Babs on her worldwide quest in Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside, with New York Times best-selling author Hope Larson and award-winning artist Raphael Albuquerque leading the way! Collecting: Batgirl 1-6


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A part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Barbara Gordon looks to add a new bullet point to her already impressive Batgirl resume: travel agent. Having just (barely!) survived the Battle of Burnside and verging on an Arkham-worthy breakdown, the star pulls a Kerouac and gets on the road to find herself. Follow Babs on her worldwide quest in Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside, with N A part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Barbara Gordon looks to add a new bullet point to her already impressive Batgirl resume: travel agent. Having just (barely!) survived the Battle of Burnside and verging on an Arkham-worthy breakdown, the star pulls a Kerouac and gets on the road to find herself. Follow Babs on her worldwide quest in Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside, with New York Times best-selling author Hope Larson and award-winning artist Raphael Albuquerque leading the way! Collecting: Batgirl 1-6

30 review for Batgirl, Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Better than the most recent bubble gum Batgirl, but still not all that compelling. I didn't hate it? shrugs So. Babs is in Japan. She manages to run into an old friend that turns into a (maybe) love interest and spends the rest of her time there trying to find out whether or not ninja schoolgirls are after him because he's doing illegal shit. Ok, so I'm kinda confused because I thought (after reading Nightwing) that she and Dick were sorta dating. Althoug Better than the most recent bubble gum Batgirl, but still not all that compelling. I didn't hate it? shrugs So. Babs is in Japan. <--taking a break from running her company She manages to run into an old friend that turns into a (maybe) love interest and spends the rest of her time there trying to find out whether or not ninja schoolgirls are after him because he's doing illegal shit. Ok, so I'm kinda confused because I thought (after reading Nightwing) that she and Dick were sorta dating. Although, there's nothing wrong with a girl keeping her options open, so... There's a weird chunk of the story devoted to Babs joining some sort of MMA fighting thing that just seemed crammed in there so she could have a couple of Fight Club scenes. Eh...whatever. It was ok. But the strangest thing (to me) was the introduction of an old lady and (ex?) superhero called Fruit Bat. I just...Fruit Bat? Am I missing something? Because unless there's something that I'm not getting, that is one of the worst names I've heard in a while. The last issue is a throwaway with Poison Ivy and Babs on a plane fighting monster plants. It shows that Ivy isn't a good guy, but she isn't a total douche, either. The End. My biggest problem could be that I'm old and set in my ways. I want Gail Simone and the more badass Batgirl back. But that's my problem, right? Right. sighs It isn't horrible, so I might keep reading this if I hear good things from friends.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Batgirl’s decided to get some martial arts training in Asia and squeeze in some backpacking at the same time. But blah blah is blah blah and Babs is gonna have to blah blah to blah blah - blah? Blah. Reblah. I would ell-yoo-vee it if just one of these Afterbirth books was halfway decent but it just ain’t happening! I’ll give Hope Larson this though: Batgirl is not badly written, it’s just not at all interesting. Babs is looking for some formula from generic bad guys who’re looking to make money Batgirl’s decided to get some martial arts training in Asia and squeeze in some backpacking at the same time. But blah blah is blah blah and Babs is gonna have to blah blah to blah blah - blah? Blah. Reblah. I would ell-yoo-vee it if just one of these Afterbirth books was halfway decent but it just ain’t happening! I’ll give Hope Larson this though: Batgirl is not badly written, it’s just not at all interesting. Babs is looking for some formula from generic bad guys who’re looking to make money - it’s so uninspired. And you could take Babs out of the equation and drop in any other hero and the story would be unaffected so it doesn’t feel like a uniquely Batgirl book. On top of that, I noticed in this one how poorly Batgirl’s mask actually conceals Babs’ identity. How her childhood buddy Kai doesn’t know it’s her instantly is ridiculous. I mean, she’s an American white girl with long red hair in places like South Korea, Japan and China - not exactly countries bursting with Caucasians! - and then Batgirl shows up at the same time as Babs, a superhero who’s an American white girl with long red hair and a mask with MASSIVE eye holes that obviously tells you it’s Babs, but they still talk like Barbara Gordon and Batgirl are two separate people?! I couldn’t buy it for a second. At least with Batwoman’s outfit, she’s wearing a wig of long red hair and out of costume she has short hair to throw people off (though there are like three people in Gotham with alabaster-white skin so, discounting the Joker and Harley Quinn, Kate should be quite easy to pick out!). Gah. And turning off her photographic memory like some kind of switch - how the hell does that work!? That major plot point was so stupid. The book closes out with some nonsense about Poison Ivy and a prehistoric plant on the flight back to Gotham. Bo-ring! Rafael Albuquerque’s art is fine but unremarkable which also describes Larson’s script and their Batgirl reads like a forgettable Saturday morning cartoon at best. That might appeal to some who aren’t looking for anything more than fluff with their superheroes but anyone looking for a gripping or substantial comic won’t find it here. Batgirl Rebirth is beyond blah.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    6/20/17 re-read for class on YA GN/comics with a focus on kick-ass girls. Rereading it, I liked it even less, maybe 2 stars. I had a chance to pick up the darker, Gail Simone version of Batgirl and think this pales in comparison. Then there's this disjuncture between Batgirl with PhD and CEO of a company (you can do it, girls, shatter that glass ceiling!) who goes on a trip to find herself and get in a relationship with a guy no CEO would hang out with. The tone tries for a mix of inspiring and 6/20/17 re-read for class on YA GN/comics with a focus on kick-ass girls. Rereading it, I liked it even less, maybe 2 stars. I had a chance to pick up the darker, Gail Simone version of Batgirl and think this pales in comparison. Then there's this disjuncture between Batgirl with PhD and CEO of a company (you can do it, girls, shatter that glass ceiling!) who goes on a trip to find herself and get in a relationship with a guy no CEO would hang out with. The tone tries for a mix of inspiring and "teen" that doesn't quite work for me. I am rereading some of the titles I mention below and it just seems like it falls shorter and shorter. 2 stars this time around. 3/30/17 Batgirl (Barbara Gordon, Babs, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, photographic memory, once paralyzed but recovered), is featured in this DC rebirth volume with a particular appeal, as always, for a YA or at least younger audience. But Batgirl is here a PhD student, taking a break, hitting the road to Japan to interview the world’s oldest living superhero, Fruit Bat, 104 years old. And to encounter the mysterious Teacher. Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time and other graphic novels for children and teens) and Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire) here create a neon pop Batgirl with hyper-caffeinated action, lots of jazzy martial arts, light and breezy. You’ve heard of the Dark Knight? This is the Light Lady, though she’s not a frilly type, she’s part of a growing list of kick ass women—Ms Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Nimona, Rat in The Nameless City. The first arc is all action all the time, with a side of (light) romance with an old friend. Sort of a journey of self-discovery through martial arts and meeting historic female superhero precedents and hanging out with a boy in Japan. I thought it was okay, though not quite so memorable or funny as some of the above titles. Pretty superficial, but lively and colorful, artistically YA. 3 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Well, at least this is better than Burnside Girl. A generic, uninspired story, Beyond Burnside is the sort of forgettable read that you'd expect during a series slump. I don't understand why DC are so insistent on pushing Batgirl in this new direction, especially with Rebirth offering them an easy way out. Barbara Gordon still fights crime in her stupid new costume, with everyone around her looking like idiots for not realising her identity. Her eidetic memory is treated like a superpower, albeit Well, at least this is better than Burnside Girl. A generic, uninspired story, Beyond Burnside is the sort of forgettable read that you'd expect during a series slump. I don't understand why DC are so insistent on pushing Batgirl in this new direction, especially with Rebirth offering them an easy way out. Barbara Gordon still fights crime in her stupid new costume, with everyone around her looking like idiots for not realising her identity. Her eidetic memory is treated like a superpower, albeit one that makes little sense. Oh, and let's not forget the obligatory, poorly-written romance angle! Rafael Albuquerque does a decent job on art (and I love how DC put him on this series after all the fuss over that variant cover) and there are some cool variants by Francis Manapul in the back. Aside from that though, there was little worth remembering about Beyond Burnside, never mind enjoying. From Barabara's search for 'Fruit Bat', through the random MMA issue, all the way to her return to Burnside (where she runs a clean energy company...what?!?), this was a swing and a miss. Ah well, at least DC are supporting Batwoman again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Okay, well, even though this says “Vol. 1” on the cover, and, according to the back cover, it collects Batgirl #1-6, this is clearly not the first appearance of this version of Batgirl. So did the original series get cancelled, or did they just decide to reset the numbering when Hope Larson started writing it? Makes you wonder how DC even has series that have reached issue #1000 … Still, this was a fun book. Barbara Gordon is travelling the world, seeing Japan and China and Korea. She's between j Okay, well, even though this says “Vol. 1” on the cover, and, according to the back cover, it collects Batgirl #1-6, this is clearly not the first appearance of this version of Batgirl. So did the original series get cancelled, or did they just decide to reset the numbering when Hope Larson started writing it? Makes you wonder how DC even has series that have reached issue #1000 … Still, this was a fun book. Barbara Gordon is travelling the world, seeing Japan and China and Korea. She's between jobs, apparently, as she's sending off a resume and crossing her fingers in the last story of this book. The main story involves her running into Kai, an old friend who she grew up with. It soon becomes clear that certain parties are after him, and Batgirl must come to the rescue. But what shady dealings is he involved with that make him such a target? The arc covers five chapters, and then the sixth is a standalone with Batgirl and Poison Ivy working to prevent a plane crash, and which ends on a scene that will have longtime Bat-fans itching to see the next issue. The tone of this book is interesting. Although it seems aimed at a current twentysomething type of audience, it also reminds me of an 80's graphic novel, The World of Ginger Fox, by Mike Baron and Mitch O’Connell. A large part of that may be that Rafael Albuquerque’s art reminds me of O’Connell’s in some ways, but both books also feature strong, young, female protagonists, and both Larson and Baron take a tone with the writing that, while lacking in depth, is breezy and fresh and compelling. Perhaps not the greatest comic ever, but it was fun. Recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. I simply don't like the "new" Batgirl/Barbara Gordon. Instead of the crime-fighting sidekick in the Batman family, the writers have turned her into a bumbling Nancy Drew-type character. I just don't get it, turning a strong female character into something like this. Sad. Anyway, this volume. I don't get the point of the "mystery" here.

  7. 5 out of 5

    William Aicher

    Decent, but a little too "CW" for my tastes. Definitely not Gail Simone caliber, but still fun.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    ARC REVIEW Story: Parts 1-5 follow Barbara Gordon to Japan for a well-deserved “vacation” but what she is actually doing is trying to find a new edge. She has tracked down the oldest living Super-Hero, Fruit Bat, in hopes that she can learn something new. What she finds turns out to be even more valuable. Barbara runs into an old friend, someone she had lost contact with long ago, Kai. Quickly they rekindle their old friendship but this time with a bit of attraction thrown in too. Barbara realiz ARC REVIEW Story: Parts 1-5 follow Barbara Gordon to Japan for a well-deserved “vacation” but what she is actually doing is trying to find a new edge. She has tracked down the oldest living Super-Hero, Fruit Bat, in hopes that she can learn something new. What she finds turns out to be even more valuable. Barbara runs into an old friend, someone she had lost contact with long ago, Kai. Quickly they rekindle their old friendship but this time with a bit of attraction thrown in too. Barbara realizes that Kai is in over his head with whatever it is that he’s doing after they get attacked by a school girl costume wearing wacko with a Student tattoo written in Kanji only who was only defeated with the help of Fruit Bat, so Barbara decides to stick close to Kai. Barbara decides to train in MMA in Singapore where she meets yet another martial arts villain with a matching tattoo to the school girl. Kai says stuff that doesn’t sit right with Barbara and she finds out what Kai has been doing. Barbara meanwhile is struggling with her training and not being fast enough for the students, she tracks down Teacher in South Korea she has to figure out a way to defeat Teacher. Part 6 is a fun little story where Barbara runs into Poison Ivy on the plane trip home. Art: The art was nice not my favorite, the neon bright colors not my thing, I did like the halftone screen pattern and the gradient color backgrounds, gave it a nice touch. Albuquerque, I like. I like the very expressive facial expressions slightly over exaggerated, great action movement and the way Batgirls eidetic memory is visualized. Review: Overall this was a great read, the story arc was interesting and the villains quirky. Barbara has some growing up to do but I think this is a good start. I can’t wait for more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    review to follow soon★★★ While I knew the basics about Batgirl (Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, computer whizz and genius with an eidetic memory, has also been the Oracle, was paralyzed but got her mobility back), I've never actually read any Batgirl titles, which meant I came into this with a bit of a fresh perspective. Beyond Burnside is the DC rebirth of the Batgirl of Burnside storyline, which saw "Babs" attempt to start a new life as a PhD student in Burnside - the hip new ne review to follow soon★★★ While I knew the basics about Batgirl (Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, computer whizz and genius with an eidetic memory, has also been the Oracle, was paralyzed but got her mobility back), I've never actually read any Batgirl titles, which meant I came into this with a bit of a fresh perspective. Beyond Burnside is the DC rebirth of the Batgirl of Burnside storyline, which saw "Babs" attempt to start a new life as a PhD student in Burnside - the hip new neighborhood in Gotham. Having survived a major battle, Barbara decides to do a little traveling and soul-searching, so she heads to Japan to interview the Fruit Bat, a 104-year old granny and the oldest living ex-superhero! There, she has an encounter that leads her from Okinawa to Singapore to Seoul to Shanghai in search of the mysterious Teacher. New York Times best-selling creators Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time) and Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire) have created a young, hip, fashionable Batgirl. Stylish pop-art, drenched in neons and acid brights, contribute to the overall sense of this being a fun, upbeat interpretation of the character.  The stories are deft and light, though anyone looking for serious stakes or thought-provoking social commentary should head elsewhere. Like the flipside of the Dark Knight persona, this is a young woman living her dream job, dating, eating delicious food, kickin' ass and generally having a great time. Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Read more reviews like this at my blog!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Greyson | Use Your Words

    Batgirl, DC Rebirth Series Ratings: Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside: ★★★ Batgirl, Volume 2: Son of Penguin: Lost Interest in Series — I really enjoyed this but it kind of fell a little flat for me. I think the biggest problem was that this was the first Batgirl comic I have picked up so I think I'm gonna go back and start from the New 52 for all the DC series I want to read and see how I go. Other than that it was fun and I read through it pretty quickly. ___ │Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│ Batgirl, DC Rebirth Series Ratings: Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside: ★★★ Batgirl, Volume 2: Son of Penguin: Lost Interest in Series — I really enjoyed this but it kind of fell a little flat for me. I think the biggest problem was that this was the first Batgirl comic I have picked up so I think I'm gonna go back and start from the New 52 for all the DC series I want to read and see how I go. Other than that it was fun and I read through it pretty quickly. ___ │Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yasmine

    I enjoyed these new stories about my favourite female superhero from Gotham! Review to come soon

  12. 4 out of 5

    nova ryder ☼

    all the stars for poison ivy and poison ivy alone. the book on a whole gets 3 stars. very meh again. hoping it picks up w/ the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Wow I couldn't even finish this. I guess it's my fault. I hadn't read ANY Batgirl since Gail stopped. So when I pick up this and in shock of how different (and worse it is) I guess I can only blame myself. So Batgirl is in Japan, a new fling, or old fling, is happening with a old lover. Then...yeah you guessed it, bad things happen. She's following some shady organzation of some sort? I dunno to be honest I was going in and out and Babs is so uninteresting in this little "cutesey cool" way I jus Wow I couldn't even finish this. I guess it's my fault. I hadn't read ANY Batgirl since Gail stopped. So when I pick up this and in shock of how different (and worse it is) I guess I can only blame myself. So Batgirl is in Japan, a new fling, or old fling, is happening with a old lover. Then...yeah you guessed it, bad things happen. She's following some shady organzation of some sort? I dunno to be honest I was going in and out and Babs is so uninteresting in this little "cutesey cool" way I just hate it. Nothing like the multi-layered Batgirl Gail gave us with questioning herself and being confident when need be. This is just...horrible. Good: I like the art at times? Bad: The dialog is goofy and not interesting at all. The art suffers from terrible designs. Like the suits in this, especially Batgirls, is HORRIBLE. I also hated the pacing as it's a slog to get through with the chit chat not giving us ANYTHING interesting. Also the plotline is just terrible IMO. Overall this is worth skipping in every regard. No Offense to Hope or the artist, I'm sure both are talented, but this is NOT Batgirl I enjoy at all. Even Birds of Prey was a MUCH better Batgirl featured in it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    While this wasn't that bad (however, it also meant that it wasn't that great) I felt like I was in the dark about whatever occurred prior to this volume 1. I mean, like a fair amount of unanswered questions - since I didn't read any of the Burnside stuff, but am familiar with character basics - that sometimes made it difficult to concentrate on the story. The final chapter, featuring an appearance by Poison Ivy, reminded me briefly of the (superior) classic Matheson short "Nightmare at 20,000 Fe While this wasn't that bad (however, it also meant that it wasn't that great) I felt like I was in the dark about whatever occurred prior to this volume 1. I mean, like a fair amount of unanswered questions - since I didn't read any of the Burnside stuff, but am familiar with character basics - that sometimes made it difficult to concentrate on the story. The final chapter, featuring an appearance by Poison Ivy, reminded me briefly of the (superior) classic Matheson short "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Still, BG in action is never a bad thing . . .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] After carving out a little corner of Gotham for her own, Batgirl decides to leave it all behind and go globetrotting as Rebirth takes her around the world, trying to track down the infamous Teacher. This first story arc of the new Batgirl moves at breakneck pace. Each issue takes place in a different country, and the plot moves so fast that it's easy to forget what happened between issues (at least in singles. I expect the trade will read much better). The ideas behind the [Read as single issues] After carving out a little corner of Gotham for her own, Batgirl decides to leave it all behind and go globetrotting as Rebirth takes her around the world, trying to track down the infamous Teacher. This first story arc of the new Batgirl moves at breakneck pace. Each issue takes place in a different country, and the plot moves so fast that it's easy to forget what happened between issues (at least in singles. I expect the trade will read much better). The ideas behind the story and the relationship between Babs and her friend is a good way to tie it all together, and it's a nice journey of self-discovery for Babs when she returns to Gotham. Rafael Albuquerque draws all six issues of this arc, and his art is perfectly suited for the martial arts intensive fight scenes that Batgirl finds herself involved in, kinetic and full of energy, and even playing into some more Eastern aspects of the setting in the visuals. This isn't as redefining a run as the Burnside stuff that preceded it, but I think it's a good mesh between what made that run so good and more classic Batgirl superhero stuff.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Gibson

    I wanted to love this, the same way that i have most all of the Rebirth titles, but sadly, I can only say I liked it. I have to admit that the art plays a big part in how well I can connect to a book and story, and I don't love this art- I don't hate it either, but it lacks something that makes me see these characters as real. That being said, I like Batgirl as a character, and I warming up on this take on the character, and this is a good story to help reintroduce this character, even though it I wanted to love this, the same way that i have most all of the Rebirth titles, but sadly, I can only say I liked it. I have to admit that the art plays a big part in how well I can connect to a book and story, and I don't love this art- I don't hate it either, but it lacks something that makes me see these characters as real. That being said, I like Batgirl as a character, and I warming up on this take on the character, and this is a good story to help reintroduce this character, even though it has a familiar feeling to it. The last book in this volume is a told throw away one off, that is pointless, silly, and hurts defiles the credibility of everyone involved. I already have Volume 2 from the library and hoping that now that the writer's have reestablished the character they can put her in a stronger story!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rick Hunter

    **** I got a digital copy of this from DC through Netgalley in return for an honest review. **** Batgirl is one of my all-time favorite comic book heroes from any company, and she's only 2nd to Hal Jordan among the DC heroes. I was in love with Batgirl series in the New 52 while Gail Simone was writing the series. I was ecstatic when I found out she was writing the series and that Barbara Gordon was going to be Batgirl again. Gail writes Barbara Gordon better than anyone else. When she left the s **** I got a digital copy of this from DC through Netgalley in return for an honest review. **** Batgirl is one of my all-time favorite comic book heroes from any company, and she's only 2nd to Hal Jordan among the DC heroes. I was in love with Batgirl series in the New 52 while Gail Simone was writing the series. I was ecstatic when I found out she was writing the series and that Barbara Gordon was going to be Batgirl again. Gail writes Barbara Gordon better than anyone else. When she left the series and Babs moved to Burnside and adopted a new look towards the end of New 52, I couldn't even make myself pick up one of the books. The outfit on the covers looked so bad that I was completely turned off to one of my favorite characters. Because of that, I have no idea how Barbara got to the point where she is at the beginning of this book. I happened to see this book on Netgalley.com and requested to read it. I really wanted to check it out before spending some hard earned cash on something I may not like. The fact that Rafael Albuquerque was the artist on the book was already a turn-off, more about him later, but having a writer that I've never heard of on the book was a big warning sign that was keeping from from forking out the cash for the book. Luckily, I was granted permission to read this book, and here we are. Barbara Gordon/Batgirl has set off to Asia for some alone time to get herself together after something that happened as the New 52 books came to an end. I have no idea what that event was, but I just took things in stride. Babs starts out her journey in Japan where she is seeking tutelage under a legendary female hero name Fruit Bat. As soon as Babs arrives in Japan, she checks into her hostel where she has to share a room with another person. Her roommate conveniently turns out to be someone whom she knew as a child all the way on the other side of the world. The guy turns out to be a bad boy. So, not only is he conveniently planted old friend, but he also doubles as a love interest because what self-respecting superheroine could resist falling in love with a bad boy like what happens in every piece of YA fiction ever written that is aimed at females? With her new boy toy in hand, Babs sets off to meet the famous Fruit Bat. Alas, things do not go as planned because a Japanese girl dressed in a school girl outfit attacks Barbara's old/new friend. It turns out he has something the school girl, who happens to be named Schoolgirl, wants. As if the writing weren't bad enough so far, Barbara is saved from Schoolgirl by Fruit Bat, who then sends Babs on a mysteriously vague, clichéd journey like every single wise old Asian person ever written by Americans always does. As the writing becomes even more insipid and Babs journeys across Asia doing her Dora the Explorer impersonation, Batgirl runs into even more ludicrous characters like a evil construction worker called HardHat. The characters, and even some of the lines of dialogue in this book, are so cheesy that they wouldn't have even fit in on the Adam West Batman TV series of the 1960's. Reading Hope Larson's writing makes me envision picketers standing outside the DC offices with signs inspired by last year's elections saying things like "No hope with Hope" and "Make Batgirl Great Again". I know that I'm not in the target demographic for this series, but c'mon man, the writing in this series seems like something that would only appeal to tween girls that have never read a single comic before. I don't see how any male reader or anyone over 12 years old could get any pleasure from reading this. The writing gets 1 star. This is one of the worst written comics I've ever read in 38+ years of reading. Now, let's talk about Rafael Albuquerque's art. I am not, and probably never will be, a fan of Rafael Albuquerque. His art has a very juvenile feel to it which actually makes it fit this story. His characters make goofy faces like many cartoons I've seen aimed towards young children. His art always seems like it belongs in a really silly, madcap type of story like Amanda Conner usually draws. Albuquerque may be the perfect artist for Harley Quinn with how zany her solo comics usually are. His art is far from terrible, but it just doesn't look anything like the art I'd prefer to see in a comic. Usually, Albuquerque being the artist on a book brings the overall rating down. This will be the first time that his art has actually made the score go up. His art gets 3 stars. After you finish the last, there is a collection of variant covers that are drawn by Francis Manapul. These variant covers are fantastic. Manapul is such a great artist that he can even make this horribly designed Batgirl costume look good. After seeing the goofy looking artwork from Rafael throughout the book, these covers sit there taunting you and making you realize how phenomenal this book could have look had Manapul been the series artist. After averaging the writing and art score of the book together, I came up with an overall rating of 2 stars. This is easily the worst Rebirth title I've read to date. I can't really recommend anyone pick this book or this series up until the whole creative staff on the series is changed. Someone at DC really needs to plead with Gail Simone to come back to this series or at least to give a competent writer some pointers on how a Barbara Gordon book should be. As is, the character is being completely wasted as Batgirl. I don't want to see her go back in the wheelchair and become Oracle again, but even that would be better than how the character is being used now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cat (cat-thecatlady)

    this was... disappointing to say the least. I knew my first encounter with Batgirl after my dream team left would be wonky but I'm still sad. Batgirl is my favourite and I don't think they made her justice with this one. the story is kind of boring and the villain is one of the worst I've read in a long time. I kinda abhor the art and the colours used. this lacks all the fun, silliness and cuteness I liked about the previous run so much. sigh full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2017/ this was... disappointing to say the least. I knew my first encounter with Batgirl after my dream team left would be wonky but I'm still sad. Batgirl is my favourite and I don't think they made her justice with this one. the story is kind of boring and the villain is one of the worst I've read in a long time. I kinda abhor the art and the colours used. this lacks all the fun, silliness and cuteness I liked about the previous run so much. sigh full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2017/0...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Artemis

    So, DC, how do you get a good 'Batgirl' story? Well, aside from the obvious - rehire Gail Simone, dammit! And stop firing female writers, and while you're at it fire your employees accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment! - another obvious thing to do is, yes, let a woman write for Batgirl. Hope Larson - of 'Goldie Vance' recognition - was a decent choice, as 'Beyond Burnside' is a mystery and Batgirl is a detective. The Rebirth titles continue to look promising. I, along with quite a lot So, DC, how do you get a good 'Batgirl' story? Well, aside from the obvious - rehire Gail Simone, dammit! And stop firing female writers, and while you're at it fire your employees accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment! - another obvious thing to do is, yes, let a woman write for Batgirl. Hope Larson - of 'Goldie Vance' recognition - was a decent choice, as 'Beyond Burnside' is a mystery and Batgirl is a detective. The Rebirth titles continue to look promising. I, along with quite a lot of people, am not a fan of Batgirl's 2015 run in Burnside (also known as "hipster Gotham", or "lamer Gotham or Bludhaven"). I do not like Barbara Gordon being 21 when all logic and continuity says she should be older. And wiser. Barbara, after everything she's been through, would not care about her alter ego's fame and reputation. She would not be obsessed with taking selfies after every crime she busts - that's just asking for your identity to be compromised. Heroes without superpowers tend to keep to the shadows and the night for a reason. There's separating herself from Batman and his ways, and then there's being an irresponsible, reckless, stupid woman-child. Her "villains" gallery in Burnside suck too. And Black Canary, Bab's oldest and dearest confidante and girl-friend, is suddenly an equally-childish arsehole to her. BC is also in a band. I don't think I will ever get over that. It all sounds like DC is trying too hard to be relevant; to appeal to the youth of the current generation, at the expense of the development of one of their most popular female superheroes. It comes across as desperate, tacky and dated. Thankfully, in 'Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside', Barbara finds herself - away from Burnside and in Japan and other countries in Asia. She fights crime, uses her brain whenever it is very useful and not contrived, works hard on overcoming her limitations, thinks outside the box (admittedly she does this in 'Burnside' as well, though the situations here are far more dire and the solutions are not ridiculously easy), and she doesn't use her technology to take selfies. Everything Babs does and thinks is essential to the plot and her character arc. Her eidetic memory is even used in a creative and shocking angle towards the end. She has a friend in Burnside, Frankie Charles, a woman POC with muscular dystrophy who is her information wizard and is a great friend - a positive in Batgirl's run on 'Burnside'. I do miss Alysia Yeoh, the transgender woman of colour from Gail Simone's New 52 run, however. It seems Barbara is back to her old self I know and love, or she's getting close. Another aspect I like about her character is how she dates multiple guys throughout her life - before, during and after her time as Batgirl - and this is treated just how it is: completely normal. In 'Beyond Burnside' her love interest is her childhood friend Kai Ma, who mysteriously shows up as her roommate in Japan. Their relationship is sweet and full of friendly banter (they both manage to avoid being too touristy while they're at it), and it concludes in a non-cliche manner. At least Kai has nothing to do with Burnside, and isn't an idiotic cop who treats Barbara like a spoilt, privileged kid. The baddies Batgirl fights in 'Beyond Burnside' are also a huge, memorable improvement on the past. They're threatening, somewhat sympathetic, can kick arse and are a real match for the caped crusader heroine. The last issue has her up against/teaming up with Poison Ivy; a fun callback to DC's old days and is what superhero comics should be read for. Batgirl truly saves the day here - brains all the way! The artwork is a mixed bag; simplistic with too many lines and shadows on people's faces, it's rather off-putting. The cover art is always better drawn. The dialogue is fun and witty, conveying what it needs to. Really, when it comes to my favourite superheroine of all time, aside from a smart story, all I want is a fun 'Batgirl' comic. 'Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside' delivers that. How relieved I am! Rebirth appears to be DC's apology for how badly it had treated its heroes in recent years - especially its female heroes - and I was going off the "darker-and-darker-for-darker's-sake" company until now. I'm anxious for what is in store for Barbara Gordon in the future, with fewer and fewer references to 'The Killing Joke' at a time. Final Score: 4/5

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    This is my first Batgirl. I look forward to reading more in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Yet another Rebirth book that isn't terrible, but I'm disappointed because I'd expected and hoped for so much more. Particularly on this book, with a character I love by an author whose work I've generally liked quite a lot. And yet, it just isn't doing it for me. The story is a bit generic, as in this could be just about any hero. I don't appreciate that Babs loses consciousness three times in six issues, because really? And I didn't like that she "turns off" her eidetic memory, because what do Yet another Rebirth book that isn't terrible, but I'm disappointed because I'd expected and hoped for so much more. Particularly on this book, with a character I love by an author whose work I've generally liked quite a lot. And yet, it just isn't doing it for me. The story is a bit generic, as in this could be just about any hero. I don't appreciate that Babs loses consciousness three times in six issues, because really? And I didn't like that she "turns off" her eidetic memory, because what does that even mean? And why would you want to lose one of her defining characteristics? Plus, the last issue, that guest stars Poison Ivy because it just does, ok, is kind of not very good. As a whole, it isn't bad, but it isn't great, and that's a let down for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Continues the Batgirl of Burnside version of Batgirl without being as cutesy or annoying. Batgirl goes on walkabout through Asia to determine what she wants to do with her life. While in Japan, she comes across an old friend Kai who's something of a bad boy. The story with the drug that makes you smarter feels very contrived, but all in all much better than Cameron Stewart's writing. Albuquerque's Batgirl looks great, even if he is too lazy to draw backgrounds. Received an advance copy from DC an Continues the Batgirl of Burnside version of Batgirl without being as cutesy or annoying. Batgirl goes on walkabout through Asia to determine what she wants to do with her life. While in Japan, she comes across an old friend Kai who's something of a bad boy. The story with the drug that makes you smarter feels very contrived, but all in all much better than Cameron Stewart's writing. Albuquerque's Batgirl looks great, even if he is too lazy to draw backgrounds. Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Beck

    I was just gonna give it a solid 3 stars because it's been enjoyable and I really like the art but I didn't see anything spectacular. But the last issue of this arc was so much fun!! Loved the addition of Poison Ivy and looking forward to the Penguin storyline. :) Beach read: #3

  24. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Better than the last Batgirl run, but will still continuing reading it? Not really!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    3.5 I 💖Hope Larson.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    It was okay. It definitely felt like it was trying to appeal to the concerns and sensibilities of young adults (think college-age) or even college-bound teenagers. Trying too hard? Eh. Hard to say. I have no idea what Batgirl's been up to, since I skipped the whole Batgirl of Burnside thing that was Cameron Stewart's run after reading how weak it was supposed to be. But she's certainly not recognizable as the character I last saw in Batgirl, Volume 5: Deadline by Gail Simone. Maybe that's not ent It was okay. It definitely felt like it was trying to appeal to the concerns and sensibilities of young adults (think college-age) or even college-bound teenagers. Trying too hard? Eh. Hard to say. I have no idea what Batgirl's been up to, since I skipped the whole Batgirl of Burnside thing that was Cameron Stewart's run after reading how weak it was supposed to be. But she's certainly not recognizable as the character I last saw in Batgirl, Volume 5: Deadline by Gail Simone. Maybe that's not entirely fair, but it sure seems like she was taken in a very different direction. (Is she running her own business now? Do any of these characters ever sleep?) I can't say that I find this version of her more interesting, but maybe I'm not the target audience? (Plus, her armored Batsuit was way cooler—my 8 year old daughter agrees.) My biggest complaint would definitely be the contrivances that kept the story moving, typically to new, exciting East Asian destinations. Characters running into each other on the other side of the world was ridiculous, though never worse than in the file issue's one-shot story with Poison Ivy. Actually, the whole issue was flat-out terrible and had plot holes you could fly a intercontinental airliner through. The art was pretty good if not exactly a style I'm a fan of, what with the occasional single-color backgrounds and such. What can I say, I'm a sucker for well-done "house style" art. Finally, it annoys me that I have no idea how the hell this meshes with Batgirl's appearances in Nightwing: Better Than Batman. In that volume, Batgirl was in Japan, so clearly it was supposed to be taking place at roughly the same time as this. But Barbara's interactions with Dick in that contradict what's going on here with this Kai guy ((view spoiler)[unless she's "playing the field" (hide spoiler)] ) and I don't see when she would've had time to (view spoiler)[jet off to help Nightwing and Raptor. (hide spoiler)] These sorts of continuity issues are the things DC Editorial really should be on top of.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Colona Public Library

    I love this Bat Girl so much. I've been very impressed with Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside series and I'm glad they are continuing with this one. You really take a journey with her as she is visiting Asia to learn some more things about herself including some martial arts. I love the idea of Fruit Bat but I wish they did some more background stuff on her because she's quite the mystery and they just kinda put her in there. She's believable as a wise teacher character with a very simi I love this Bat Girl so much. I've been very impressed with Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside series and I'm glad they are continuing with this one. You really take a journey with her as she is visiting Asia to learn some more things about herself including some martial arts. I love the idea of Fruit Bat but I wish they did some more background stuff on her because she's quite the mystery and they just kinda put her in there. She's believable as a wise teacher character with a very similar sounding history to batman. Honestly, with her even getting special training reminds me of batman and now with her having her own company I'm hoping that's where they take her. This book has a lot of characterization on Babs and is a great read. The couple of things that bother me... Some characters I think either need more work or not to be there at all. Like, I NEED to know more about fruit bat. Instead of having her in there for a brief moment they could have made the whole book with her instead of this Kai nonsense. A fresh young superhero pairing with a elderly one that has the skill to teach but needs the help would be amazing. I can even imagine her having moments with her family that they have no idea she's still doing hero stuff thinking she's a helpless young lady now vs. her being a hero and teaming up with bat-girl...GIVE ME THAT! I like the villain in Batgirl, Volume 3: Mindfields because when a character you don't know arrives out of no where that we don't know but Babs claims they were friends as kids comes in you kinda have to take it on her word. Later you find out this out of the blue character is the villain who altered Babs mind and the Villain is actually crashing in our heroes' apartment was really unique and good...Kai is a childhood friend who happens to be the criminal she's after. It's kinda the same formula except bad because Kai is POINTLESS. Who cares about him? Throw him away and bring in Fruit Bat! Seriously, I also feel it's out of character for bat-girl to be I'm suspicious of this dude then I think I'm in love with him. Boo! The art is good...but I really really really miss Babs Tarr. ~Ashley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    2.5/5 Hmmm, okay. So, I'm not the biggest fan of storylines in which Westerners go to Asian countries in order to train from some reverent martial artist. The portray of my culture as exotic and mystic is incredibly damaging and hurtful and really should stop being a part of Western media, especially in graphic novels. (Seriously, I thought we were over this). This is the second graphic novel that I've read in the past couple of months in which this has happened and I can't help but think this na 2.5/5 Hmmm, okay. So, I'm not the biggest fan of storylines in which Westerners go to Asian countries in order to train from some reverent martial artist. The portray of my culture as exotic and mystic is incredibly damaging and hurtful and really should stop being a part of Western media, especially in graphic novels. (Seriously, I thought we were over this). This is the second graphic novel that I've read in the past couple of months in which this has happened and I can't help but think this narrative will take a lot longer to go away than I would like. Additionally, the vilification of Chinese women goes a long way back, and it's disheartening to see that the dragon lady archetype is still being used in modern day graphic novels. Outside of the character/setting scope, I felt that the pacing was a bit off and the transitioning was disjointed. It took me a little time to get from point A to point B at several moments as I was reading this. On a positive note, I really liked the art style and the coloring. The last chapter was great in comparison because it didn't take place in Asia, and therefore wasn't using Chinese culture as a mere backdrop at this point. Also!! Poison Ivy was in it!! She's one of my favorites so that was a plus. I also really liked the introduction of one of the main DC villains as a cliff hanger. Mayyybe I will continue reading but we'll see. I just think this was a really weak introduction to Batgirl in the Rebirth series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    I really want to like new Batgirl. I really don't. Part of the problem is that DC obviously wants to write a YA Batgirl, but she's the CEO of a major company and a PhD? She acts way too young for her position in life in these books. In fact, she feels very similar to Ms Marvel who is 16. She's supposed to be wonderfully amazing, but she acts like a self-righteous teenager most of the time. It's frustratingly incongruent. This volume wasn't anything special either. Barbara goes backpacking in Asi I really want to like new Batgirl. I really don't. Part of the problem is that DC obviously wants to write a YA Batgirl, but she's the CEO of a major company and a PhD? She acts way too young for her position in life in these books. In fact, she feels very similar to Ms Marvel who is 16. She's supposed to be wonderfully amazing, but she acts like a self-righteous teenager most of the time. It's frustratingly incongruent. This volume wasn't anything special either. Barbara goes backpacking in Asia, learns a valuable lesson from an old Asian lady (ugg), and has an annoying love interest that gets her in trouble. Meh. The art, particularly the inking and colours, are terribly weak. The plot twist on Barbara's eidetic memory makes no sense, and it's just so... boring. There's nothing clever about this Barbara. It doesn't feel like she's earned what she has, and she should be in a far less developed position in all aspects of her life given her attitude. If you want to write a 16 year old Barbara, stick her in Gotham Academy and be done with it, DC :l

  30. 5 out of 5

    Geppis Baltimore

    Batgirl goes international! In the first half of the trade, we find Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl, on a trip to Japan to train under one of the greatest superheroes of the Far East, Fruit Bat. Along the way, she runs into an old friend from childhood, Kai, who's also traveling to visit family in China. As the two catch up, Kai is attacked by mysterious fighter bearing the mark of the 'Student'. This leads Batgirl on a journey from Japan, Singapore, Korea and Shanghai as sparks fly between her and K Batgirl goes international! In the first half of the trade, we find Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl, on a trip to Japan to train under one of the greatest superheroes of the Far East, Fruit Bat. Along the way, she runs into an old friend from childhood, Kai, who's also traveling to visit family in China. As the two catch up, Kai is attacked by mysterious fighter bearing the mark of the 'Student'. This leads Batgirl on a journey from Japan, Singapore, Korea and Shanghai as sparks fly between her and Kai, but all is not as it seems with her old friend. In the second half, we find Batgirl on a flight back home after her adventure in China, but unfortunately for her, it's not a smooth flight home. Trouble caused by an unexpected stowaway, Batgirl must team up with Poison Ivy to stop the tangled mess on board or them and the plane will crash and burn. Even though it's a comic book, it felt a little like a manga in some points, which I felt helped the story, especially with where it's set in. The story draws you in and paces evenly throughout without getting tiring or repetitive. If you're a fan of Batgirl, this is the book for you! -Petra

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