Book Review: Batgirl volume 1: The Darkest Reflection

51qjwpw6JTL._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vincente Cifuentes

DC, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-4012-3465-1

DC’s Batgirl reboot is only a partial one. We pick up sometime after The Killing Joke, where the Joker brutalized Barbara Gordon and broke Barbara’s back. Babs is recovered, thanks to tons of physical therapy and a spinal implant. But she’s still a fledgling, unsure of her abilities and scared to hurt herself again. Barbara struggles constantly with survivor’s guilt, worrying that super-heroing might not be the best use of her second chance.

Giving her plenty of motivation is the Mirror, a new villain systematically hunting down and killing people who were supposed to die in tragic ways. What to do with second chances, and if people even deserve them, is a constantly gnawed bone in this volume.

Recommended for public and private graphic novel collections

Contains: violence

About Michele Lee

Michele is hard to define probably because the only dictionary nearby is English to Latin. Bibliothecam edot. A former stable hand, PTA president and bookseller, now she's a reviewer, writer, and editor. Her stories have appeared in Dark Futures and Horror Library, among others, and she recently sold her first novel, Wolf Heart. Her son and husband are very proud of her, her dog, cat and fish don't really care and her daughter has taken this as proof she, too, can be a writer. She pretends to keep a web presence at michelelee.net
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