By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
When I woke up on Wednesday morning I was a little sad, knowing that Gail Simone’s last issue of Batgirl was coming out. I had been anticipating reading it, but was overwhelmed with concern because the New 52 Batgirl started my love for comics. (Yes, I’m one of those people.) I’ll never forget the day a friend of mine bought me some of the New 52 issues. I read through a couple of different ones, but nothing struck me like Batgirl did. I remember thinking how awesome Gail Simone’s writing was, and how hooked to the story it made me feel. So you can understand how saddened I was when I found out she was leaving.
Sitting down to read issue # 34 of Batgirl did indeed make me nervous, but after finishing it I can honestly say that it didn’t make me sad at all. Issue # 34 is action packed, with just enough emotion to tug at your heartstrings. I really enjoyed the multitude of cameos throughout the issue, especially Raven and Starfire. I really felt a sense of unity when flipping through the battle scenes. It was really cool to see all of these heroes coming together to protect Gotham. I don’t want to give anything important away, so I’ll just say that Simone ties things up in a really satisfying way. She answers some looming questions readers may have had, and leaves things open for the new creative team.
So, I just want to take a moment to thank Gail Simone for giving us a countless number of heart-pounding storylines throughout her 34 Batgirl issues. I will truly miss her wonderful writing.
It will be interesting to see where Batgirl’s story goes from here. I’ve been following the new creative team which consists of: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr. They’ve posted some pretty cool stuff on their social media outlets, so I definitely recommend taking a look. The new series is certainly going to be a new look for Barbara Gordon, but I think it will be a positive one. I was hesitant at first when I saw the new costume, but now it’s growing on me. If only I could find a pair of yellow Doc Martens in my size!
Batgirl #34, from DC Comics, is written by Gail Simone, with art by Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion, and Matt Ryan.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.