Thursday, November 28, 2019

Batgirl #41 Review

The Hero Burnside Deserves

Written By: Cecil Castellucci
Art By: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Jordie Bellaire, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 27, 2019

Burnside's ablaze as the robot monster Oracle confronts Batgirl, but our hero went and flipped the script on this machine claiming to be Barbara's pride and joy, when she leaped off the building they were on and into the fire below.  Thankfully, there was also water below so I'm sure that Barbara will be just fine.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we can learn anything more about this Oracle monster or really......... just find out how any of this makes sense.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Batgirl we see that Cecil Castellucci plans on writing our hero like she's an idiot because after Batgirl fell at the end of the previous issue, we see here that she landed in water and for some reason this means that even with a rebreather that will give her fifteen minutes of extra air....... she still somehow stays down long enough for it to run out and almost dies......... she also removed her entire costume too for some reason.  Don't worry though, she'll have it back by the end of the issue and like this, that won't make any sense either.

So yeah, besides this and our hero going to the hospital when she's found in the water face down, we've pretty much covered the Batgirl parts of this book......... Wasn't that exciting?  For the rest of the book we have Oracle want to be the real hero of Burnside...... even though this robot monster has set it on fire, but don't worry because all Oracle needs is a good PR agent to turn her image around and who better than someone else who hates Batgirl, I'm talking about none other than Jason Bard.  Yeah, Jason Bard is working with Oracle to make sure that everyone hates Batgirl and looks at this technological monstrosity as their new savior....... this is dumb.  So yeah, even though this story has become pure nonsense I was at least hoping that we would find out how Oracle become Oracle, but I guess that's not part of this story because even though Batgirl acts like she has no idea what this monster is, during parts of this comic is seems like she just might know and ultimately, nothing feels right in this issue.

All in all, the art here is pretty good, but nothing can save this book from the pure nonsense of the story being told.  Our hero comes off as a complete nitwit when she's actually in the book and the idea of Burnside being this big important thing to the character, when Gotham as a whole should be the target..... you know, why limit the scope of Batgirl?  I just don't get the idea of taking the progression that Barbara Gordon's gone through and then just saying during this storyline...... yeah, no progression just throw in a bunch of stuff from a couple of years ago and the Oracle, but make sure that nothing is properly explained.  This series has just become frustrating to me because every time we seem to take a step forward with the character, there's always two steps back soon to follow.

Bits and Pieces:

Batgirl continues to disappoint as Cecil Castellucci seems to think that Burnside was the pinnacle of our hero's history....... which means Batgirl comes off dumb, nothing is explained and ultimately, we just get a boring book.  Thankfully, the art here was pretty good because at this moment I'm just looking for something to like out of this title.


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