Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside (Rebirth)
Author: Hope Larson
Illustration: Rafael Albuquerque
Graphic Novel Released: 2017
Publisher: DC Comics
Free from Netgalley
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Follow Barbara Gordon on an incredible adventure in Southeast Asia as she meets one of Japan’s oldest crime fighters, the 104-year-old Fruit Bat. Barbara will use her detective skills, book smarts, and her new MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting skills to attempt to solve a mystery of an unknown dangerous individual. She will also have to figure out how to put things kindly to an old friend who desires to be more than just friends with her. Babs’ escapades away from her home, Burnside (a Gotham City neighborhood), feature plenty of MMA training, dressing up as The Bat, visiting the local library, and eating plenty of seafood. Will she find herself on this soul-searching experience?
The Fruit Bat is what you would expect in a wise old mentor- thought-provoking phrases and lightning fast reflexes. She has much to teach Barbara. However, Batgirl has some tricks up her sleeves with her eidetic memory. This skill allows her to recall memories from just a few moments of exposure in great detail. Batgirl can recall places, attack patterns, and even details of a villain’s tattoo. She will have to turn off that exceptional skill in order to learn what Fruit Bat is trying to teach her.
The Pros: The artwork was great. Some of the scenes had a lot of detail in the facial expressions.
The Cons: After the conclusion of her experiences in China, the story quickly picked up again with Batgirl getting involved with Poison Ivy on the flight home. This made for a longer than necessary storyline.
BG (Barbara Gordon/Batgirl) kicks butt and eats octopus all while on her lunch break.
Jer gives it 4/5.