Monday, February 13, 2023

Batgirls #15 Review

Written by: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
Art by: Neil Googe
Colors by: Rico Renzi
Letters by: Frank Cvetkovic
Cover art by: Jorge Corona, Sarah Stern
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: February 14, 2023

Batgirls #15 finds Steph on the receiving end of Cluemaster's madness while Cass races to save her kidnapped partner.

Is It Good?

Batgirls #15 is fine. It's not great or terrible. Batgirls #15 exists somewhere in between as competently executed but ultimately forgettable.

When last we left Cass and Steph, they reverted back to their own bodies after a ridiculously contrived Freaky Friday situation that served no purpose. Now, Steph finds himself a captive of her father, Cluemaster, who was brought back to life by [REDACTED], and Cass speeds along a lonely highway to her partner's location.

The issue is squarely focused on Steph's cathartic reunion with her father. Suffering mental effects from his multi-day death and eventual resurrection, Cluemaster is more unhinged than ever. To the creators' credit, you relate Steph's anguish over wanting to know how her father is still alive and the painfully probing questions he asks her. Steph's old feelings of not wanting to be like her father bubble to the surface, and that pain comes through loud and clear.

But a single scene does not make an issue. Cass manages to find the father/daughter reunion in the middle of nowhere. When Cluemaster realizes he's caught, he sets off a bomb that manages to injure nobody. And the net outcome of this event seems to be a setup for a more recognizable Batman rogue to take center stage in the next part of the arc.

The net result of this arc is the revelation that Cluemaster is still alive and to set up the next arc.

Regarding the art, it's alright. The figure work is mildly cartoonish, but it suits the tone of the writing. And the coloring application is excellent, but the color palette selection borders on garish with the over-use of purples, pinks, and oranges.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Batgirls #15 is a passable issue that delivers a scene of heartfelt emotion surrounded by a contrived plot and functional art with terrible colors.


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