Batgirl #19 Review

After the odd firing and re-hiring debacle, Gail Simone is back to writing Batgirl. This issue has a lot of character development moments.

Barbara has a much-needed conversation with her roommate and reveals everything about Joker and her past except that she’s Batgirl. The moment where Barbara’s roommate Alysia reveals she’s transgender was handled nicely. It did not feel forced, and it was an important step to their relationship.

The other focus of the issue was the continuing storyline with Barbara’s psychotic brother, James. The reasoning of why James is a psychopathic killer was a letdown. Basically, he felt like the rejected child compared to child prodigy Barbara. It’s something we’ve heard before and degraded James to a common villain.

The issue hinted at Barbara possibly crossing the line, and becoming an “only child.” James and his mother met at Gotham Bay

ImageAquarium, the last place James smiled. Bargirl was already there and protected her mother. It appeared she’d crossed the line when she threw a batarang at James’s eye and he fell into the river. Although, Simone and the artist, Danie

l Sampere emphasized he’ll be back, this time in a wheelchair, in cruel irony to his siste
The next couple issues should prove intriguing with how Barbara and her dad, Commissioner Gordon’s relationship develops. He saw Batgirl “murder” his son and now, wants her arrested. He’s the only family member still left in the dark about Barbara’s identity.r’s history.

Daniel Sampere’s art felt cinematic and kept up with the pacing of the issue. Jonathan Glapion and Marc Deering and Blond inks and colors kept with the mood changes in the issue. Darker colors and tones when it came to James, and a lighter atmosphere when it came to Barbara and Alysia’s conversation.

It was a welcome to see Gail in the writer’s seat again. Minus, James’s reason for killing, it was a solid issue, elevating the Batgirl mythos another notch.