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Batgirl #27 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on September 26, 2018

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Deron Bennett
 
This was just sublime. Batgirl is in such good hands right now, and the character is now at her best since the Gail Simone days all those years ago. Giving Batgirl a mature, focused, and in-continuity direction is a very solid and smart move. Moving her back to Gotham and involving this more interesting supporting cast is doing wonders for the book.
 
Despite her spinal implant acting up, Barbara is still determined as ever to find and stop Grotesque. She unfortunately has to appease her father, who's insisting she stay with him so he can take care of her. She uses this chance to use a prototype costume of hers, which looks fantastic. It was designed by Sean Murphy, and I think it's the perfect look for the character going forward.
 
I'm a sucker for quality narration and I think that's an aspect of the character that Mairghread Scott is nailing very well. If anyone in the Batfamily needs good narration, it's Batgirl.
 
In addition to Scott nailing the voice of the character, this is the best Batgirl art team in years. Paul Pelletier has been doing small amounts of work here and there since his Aquaman run in the New 52. He's doing great work here; his style seems to have changed up a bit, but this is likely due to inker Norm Rapmund and colourist Jordie Bellaire, the former likely not having worked with him before as far as I know. The pencils have a smoother and flowing look to them, and the whole package looks fantastic.
 
If anyone needs an interesting, often dark, but thoroughly entertaining DC book, then this is for you. Scott has nailed the voice of the character and is putting her through the ringer right now. The art is fantastic as well.
 

Our Score:

8/10

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