Thursday, August 14, 2014

Batgirl #34 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Gail Simone
Art By: Fernando Pasarin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 13, 2014


Last time in Batgirl we saw our hero team up with Huntress and Black Canary to get to the bottom of Knightfall's plans.  To do so they kidnapped one of her Lieutenants, Bleak Michael and sweet talk the information out of him.  In the end we find out that Knightfall has given all the criminals in the Cherry Hill section of Gotham a deadline to get out or be killed.  It seems she means it too, because she's hired mercs and meta humans from around the world to carry out her task.  In the end Batgirl calls in all the favors she has, to meet the challenge of saving Gotham.  Let's see how the siege of Gotham turns out as we check out this issue of Batgirl.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with Batgirl, Huntress and Black Canary borrowing Batman's boat to meet their enemy Knightfall, who's lounging on her yacht, waiting for her festivities to begin.  The fireworks begin when they try to stop our heroes with a bazooka, that Black Canary yells at and probably tells it it's faults and how it will never please a woman............  Wait... Wait, that's just me projecting again, what I meant to say is she used her awesome vocal powers to blow up the projectile before it caused any damage.  But the second shot completely takes down the Batboat, but luckily our heroes made aboard Knightfall's yacht before hand and the only real problem now is explaining to Bruce, what happened to his beloved boat.

So our team gets on the yacht, Knightfall runs off to get suited up and Bonebreaker monologues the bad guy's plans for the night.  Pretty much death to anyone that gets in the way of Knightfall's mercenaries and random DC bad guys.  Which really seems weird since she's trying to clean up Gotham with some of Gotham's worst.  But now we get to Batgirl's favors I was talking about in the recap.  One of them being more of a deal with her old college roommate now turned secret agent "Obscura" that wants Barbara to work for her.  The deal was that Barbara would go willingly with her, if she was given five minutes alone with Obscura's super secret rolodex.  But the two most important questions here are, how will Barbara's deal with Obcura affect her in her new story arc under a new creative team and who the hell still uses a rolodex?

It looks like Barbara has called in everyone to save Gotham, we've got Starfire, Fairchild, The Teen Titans, Bat Woman, The Movement, Strix, Katana, Zatanna, Red Lanterns, Catwoman, pretty much we've got a Gotham full of heroes kicking ass and taking names and the strangest part is there isn't a Batman to be found.  We've got a city under siege and the big bat himself seems to have taken the night off.  Makes me think about Forever Evil and where all the heroes of Gotham were during that fiasco.  So yeah, it seems that the city is in good hands so let's get back to Batgirl and her final confrontation with Knightfall.

In the end Batgirl takes out Knightfall by showing her an old picture of her and her murdered family and gives some spiel about what her family would think about what she's doing.  To say thank you for the photo Knightfall tells Batgirl that her brother is still alive and that she's not a murderer, which for someone who's such a computer wiz and who I'd like to think keeps up with criminal activity, I feel she should of already known this.  But this information seems to lift the weights of guilt of Barbara's shoulders and she finally feels free.  So Knightfall is arrested and the issue ends with Barbara going home and telling her roommate Alysia that she's moving and wants to know if she wants to come with.

That's it for this month's issue of Batgirl and with it we say goodbye to Gail Simone as writer and I really think that this was a fine way to do it.  Not only did Batgirl defeat the bad guys in the end, but with the information about James Jr., she also had a personal win.  Come back next month when we see that things go terribly wrong for our hero in the strange land of Five Years From Now.

Bits and Pieces:

I really dug Gail Simone's farewell to her run here.  Creating a massive scenario dealing with Barbara's primary big bad since the start of the run and leaving our hero with a new personal outlook on life.  It's just a wonderful issue and I'm really sad to see Simone go.  So if you've been a fan of this run, you'll definitely want to check this one out, because the feel is there and also some badass action that will keep your peepers glued to the pages.  Go get it!


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