Written by Hope Larson
Art by Christian Wildgoose, Jose Marzan Jr., Mat Lopes, and Deron Bennett
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: September 27, 2017
I’ve been reading Batgirl for a while, since Gail Simone’s run, and one of my favorite things about her story is that they easily mix science with the supernatural to give you an interesting story. The one thing I loved about this issue (and the last) is that this arc is a flashback. It mixes the past with the present and we get to learn a lot more about Bab’s history.
Thanks to the new DC animated films, Starfire and Nightwing are growing on me, but Dick and Babs will always be my one true pair. The flashback definitely gave me some nostalgia. Christian Wildgoose’s take on their costumes was so adorable and quaint, with their domino masks and jumpsuits with capes.
Mad Hatter is definitely one of my favorites in Batman’s Rogue Gallery, so I was pleasantly surprised to see him pop up in this arc. He seems to pop up quite a bit in Robin runs, and I love anything that has to do with Alice In Wonderland, so I was already hooked. Who is the Red Queen, and who else will we discover works for her before we find out her identity? It’s keeping me on the edge of my seat.
AND THE SCIENCE, ya’ll! Using nanobot technology to control others and have them do your bidding? Your favorite could never. Hope Larson has this case bringing Dick and Babs together in a way they haven’t been in quite a while, and they’ll have to revisit memory lane to figure out not only what happened to their friend Ainsley, but whether she’s the culprit or in danger.
I really enjoy Wildgoose and Marzan’s art in this arc. In order to get ready for #15, I read the previous 14 issues and this issue has, by far, my favorite art. It is reminiscant of Babs Tarr’s run on the intial Burnside story, very poppy and bright, which I thoroughly enjoyed! That adorable flip thing Dick’s hair does in the flashbacks? Priceless.
In short, I need these issues to be longer! I need more teen Babs and Dick.
The Verdict: 9.0/10