Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Batgirl #40 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Terribly Annoying Trio

Writer: Cecil Castellucci 
Artist: Carmine Digiandomenico 
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire 
Letterer: Andworld Design 
Cover: Carmine Digiandomenico & Ivan Plascencia 
Variant Cover: Javi Fernandez and Matt Lopes 
Editor: Brittany Holzherr 
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 23, 2019


The Oracle-bot is unleashed! The Terrible Trio might be anthropomorphic beasties! Barbara…had time for a costume change? Let’s see how things are going in Batgirl #40, which I’ve reviewed right here!

Explain It!

Barbara Gordon has a headache. Not only has she been contacted via explosions around Burnside arranged in the shape of a Bat symbol, but she doesn’t know who is after her, and there’s now a big Legion of Doom symbol hovering in the sky, as is de rigeur around the DC Universe at the moment. Meanwhile, Cyborg Oracle is doing her (?) best to lure Batgirl into conflict…but she’s just not getting noticed. This is like that nerdy girl trying to act down with the cheerleaders by laughing at all their jokes. Barbara seems oblivious to Oracle’s involvement, swinging around Burnside and even right near the robot herself (??) but Oracle ain’t giving up. 
When Frankie turns on Barbara’s Xbox, Oracle hears the signal and is drawn to the apartment. There, Oracle gets a backup file of…uh, Oracle, and Batgirl shows up just in time to punch a robot while its backup personality is uploading via Flash drive. And it seems to take like ten minutes. Looks like they could have used a Thunderbolt cable here. Anyway, all seems lost, when Barbara counters Oracle’s programming by throwing herself off a building and into the raging fires below. Sometimes, you just can’t even, y’know? 
And I didn’t even get to the thing where the Terrible Trio are made to look like nincompoops and vulture’s eye is popped out to accommodate a remote camera controlled by Oracle. This has become a really weird story…and I think I like it. But let’s get to wrapping this here story arc up, hah?

Bits and Pieces:

The Terrible Trio play comic relief in this otherwise meandering story. It is certainly cool to look at.


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