Review: BATGIRL #2

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BATGIRL #2
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig, Deron Bennett
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: August 24, 2016

Investigating a new mystery, Babs finds herself in Singapore with a blast from the past. But can her childhood friend be trusted? Or is this reformed delinquent up to no good?

Larson has done a great job in establishing Babs’ reprieve from her day-to-day life transforming into another deadly investigation. Batgirl’s questioning of whether her paranoia from her night job is affecting how she approaches her civilian life feels realistic, particularly with lines like “When I get back to Burnside, I’m finding a therapist”. I’d say Kai could have more character development, but all and all, the writing does Babs justice.

The usage of Asian languages also adds to the realism, and the way letterer Bennett shows the reader what language Babs speaks by writing out the language’s name in its own characters is a unique way to portray it.

The artwork by Albuquerque is wonderful and I really enjoyed the character design for Wen Lu. You don’t always see artists give women a muscular physique and I just appreciate that as well as the fantastic hairstyle she pulls off. Albuquerque and colorist McCaig work well together, especially in the end fight scene. The close up of the teeth when the old man screams fight, the swift roundhouse kick by Wen Lu, the finishing KO spelled out in blood in the background at the end of the comic – it’s an exciting fight scene that really allows the art to shine.

The combined efforts of these four allow an intricate web to be woven as the mystery of this arc continues. There is some room for improvement when it comes to the relationship within the comic as well as the mystery itself, but it is the second issue of the run and I’m sure all of that will be better as the series progresses. Beyond Burnside Part 2 is a good read and you should check it out.

The Verdict: 8.5/10

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