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