short to join the Police force, too small to sign up for the
yet all Commissioner Gordon's hot-headed daughter Barbara
wants to do is help people. She sets out her own cunning plan,
complete with a mask, a cape and a utility belt, to become
an amateur crusader. It's not long before she realises that
taking on muggers is one thing, but tackling super villains
is going to catapult her into another league altogether...
is very similar to Batman: Year One. It follows the
origins of the Batgirl, with the stories revealed spanning
the time between her being refused entry into the police force,
right up until she is accepted by Batman as being worthy of
carrying the title of the Batgirl.
some respects, for me, this was a better collection than Batman:
Year One. The origins of Batgirl were not overly familiar
to me. Sure, I knew she was Gordon's daughter, but I wasn't
aware that Batman was anti her running around with a bat symbol
on her chest. Nor was I aware that she originally designed
the Batgirl costume for an innocent fancy-dress ball.
written and beautifully illustrated, this collection also
sees the introduction of some of Batman's old enemies - Killer
Moth, Firefly and, most amusingly, the Condiment King.
is absent from the majority of this collection, which stops
it becoming just another Batman story. There is also some
sexual tension between The Boy Wonder and Batgirl, which is
well handled, as is the relationship between Barbara and Commissioner
Gordon - who seems to find it hard balancing the role of father
and police commissioner.
is a collection for anyone who enjoys great storytelling.
One of the best releases from the Bat-stable for some time.
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