While I knew the basics about Batgirl (Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, computer whizz and genius with an eidetic memory, has also been the Oracle, was paralyzed but got her mobility back), I’ve never actually read any Batgirl titles, which meant I came into this with a bit of a fresh perspective.
Beyond Burnside is the DC rebirth of the Batgirl of Burnside storyline, which saw “Babs” attempt to start a new life as a PhD student in Burnside – the hip new neighborhood in Gotham. Having survived a major battle, Barbara decides to do a little traveling and soul-searching, so she heads to Japan to interview the Fruit Bat, a 104-year old granny and the oldest living ex-superhero! There, she has an encounter that leads her from Okinawa to Singapore to Seoul to Shanghai in search of the mysterious Teacher.
New York Times best-selling creators Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time) and Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire) have created a young, hip, fashionable Batgirl. Stylish pop-art, drenched in neons and acid brights, contribute to the overall sense of this being a fun, upbeat interpretation of the character. The stories are deft and light, though anyone looking for serious stakes or thought-provoking social commentary should head elsewhere. Like the flipside of the Dark Knight persona, this is a young woman living her dream job, dating, eating delicious food, kickin’ ass and generally having a great time.
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