Well this should be interesting…


One of the biggest appeals of the new Batgirl series is seeing Spoiler turned Batgirl Stephanie Brown as she makes her way through her first big crime mystery, while trying to make Oracle happy and avoiding the disapproving frown of Batman. Luckily, for now at least, Tim Drake is out of the picture so that should make things less complicated.

Or so one might think.

Batgirl_Cv6.jpgBatgirl #6
Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Lee Garbett and Trevor Scott
Cover by Phil Noto

The best part of the last issue was seeing Robin and Batgirl bicker and fight amongst themselves, as it lead to some great comedy moments.  The worst part of the issue was seeing Stephanie Brown get shot in the head while attempting to save Francisco Stefano, a boy she’s recently become interested in.  It’s a reminder that she’s been nearly killed before, and with the upcoming relaunch of Birds of Prey, it felt like deja vu all over again.

Fortunately, the bullet just grazed Stephanie’s head, but Bryan Miller does reference the Black Mask assault on the heroine in the opening pages, as Stephanie starts to come around.  Oracle, does an excellent job of tracking Stephanie down and allowing her to make a clean get away without compromising her personal or superhero identity.

Batman makes an appearance as he meets up with Commissioner Gordon to discuss the Francisco kidnapping, but he’s quick to note that Batgirl is near by reading everyone’s lips.  If the Batman appearance is nice, having Damien once again pop up to torment our female heroine is the icing on the cake.  Before formal hellos occur, the two are sparring, once again trading quips.  I think Stephanie wins this round by asking Oracle if she beats up Damien would it be considered child abuse.  Batman breaks up the fun just in time, but instead of telling Stephanie and Oracle to back off, he teams Batgirl and Robin together to follow leads.

I can’t think of a better way to get this series into high gear than to pair two people who really hate one another.  The pairing isn’t lost on Oracle, and the relationship between Dick and Barbara appear to be softening not too long after Dick kicked his former love to the curb.  I really hope all the other Bat writers are checking in with one another, because the interactions between characters in this issue are superb and those dynamics need to carry over into the other books.  This really is some of the best writing  the Bat titles have seen in recent times.  It’s not filled with metatextual messages that are supposed to warp your mind in trying to rethink the superhero genre, nor is it the odd to heroes past, or the girl team atmosphere as troubled psyches try to mend in a group environment. Instead, this is simple storytelling that has a great deal of humor mixed with an interesting story.

And it will all come to a head as the kidnapping is revealed to be a hoax and simply a way to trap Batman in an elaborate Internet gambling plot set up by Roulette in order to make a crap ton of money.  Instead of the Joker, Penguin, Two-Face or other big league rouges, Roulette is going to pit Dick Grayson against the likes of Roxy Rocket, Riot, and Dr. Phosphorus.

Who will win?

Seriously, you’d be crazy to bet against Batman.

I loved every page of this issue.  From the stellar writing to the wonderful art by Lee Garbett and Trevor Scott, each pages has me wanting more, more, more!  Batgirl is still in the Top 100 comics, so I hope the Batman and Robin guest star isn’t some attempt to boost ratings, and I really hope Batgirl sticks around for a while.  If the title is cancelled, DC would be wise to make sure Stephanie becomes a core member of BIrds of Prey.  Until the next issue of Batgirl hits, I’m giving Batgirl #6, 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Rating: ★★★★½

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. BiffordMichael
    January 18, 2010 at 7:07 am — Reply

    HOW did this rise to the top of my read pile? Seriously I think it’s one of THE BEST books out there! I’ve dropped Gotham City Sirens, Red Robin, and if Manhunter leaves so does Steets Of Gotham but there’s NO WAY I’d lose this. AMAZING art, awesome writing filled with great plots and big character moments, it has it all!


  2. ~wyntermute~
    January 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm — Reply

    That bit about how you hope other bat-scribes are checking this title for characterization tips and tactics? Friggin. Right. Like, I was prepared to give Stephie the most critical opinions I could possibly contrive, and here we are after a half-dozen mags, with me hoping she gets on the new Birds team…. W. T. F? Like, I dunno how they did it, but StephGirl is fine by me. Her character’s cocky, but appropriately “humble” considering all that’s happened to her, and only serves to demonstrate (imho) that she’s actually GROWING as a person/character. Whoa! Imagine that!

  3. Ed
    January 19, 2010 at 8:03 am — Reply

    I am really liking Batgirl also. I think it is great to have heroes that are not perfect, like Bruce was (is). Seeing Stephanie learning to be Batgirl and her interaction with Robin make the book one of my favorites. Also, when Stephanie mentioned that heroes should bring hope, did anyone else think “Blue Lantern Stephanie Brown?” Probably not. But Yellow Lantern Damien Wayne…

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