Brace yourself for a roller coaster of emotions in Batgirl #39, From DC Comics, written by Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, with art by Babs Tarr. Things are becoming increasingly complicated for Barbara Gordon, as the new start she hoped to have in Burnside, isn’t the clean slate she hoped it would be. Barbara is drowning in troubled waters in this issue. The people of Burnside are literally trying to take her down, she’s in the process of changing her thesis which is frowned upon by her supervisor, her friendship with Dinah is a disaster, and she’s not happy in her relationship with Liam. Over the past four issues we’ve been dealing with a mysterious person behind all of the trickery that Batgirl has encountered. In this issue, Barbara begins to question the possibility of the person being someone she never expected–herself.
Fletcher and Stewart really know how to evoke emotion from their readers. I felt an overwhelming amount of sympathy as I read through issue #39. We’ve been witness to so much, and it seems that when things seem to ease up in one area of her life, it rains in another place. What’s admirable about Barbara is, despite all of this, she keeps moving forward. As a reader, I’m extremely happy with the example her qualities set for others. To enhance it all, Babs Tarr is extremely talented when it comes to detailing emotion on the characters faces. Whether the focus is on Batgirl, or a secondary character in the back of the room, Tarr covers it all. The scene above struck a cord with me because without any script from her character, you still get a sense of the inner dialogue going through Batgirl’s mind as she’s sitting on the top of that building.
I want to take a moment to talk about Barbara’s relationship with Dinah. We get a true sense of the strength of their friendship in this issue. Fletcher and Stewart paint their relationship in a very realistic fashion. There are moments in everyone’s lives where bad things are going to happen and you’re going to clash. Being a couple of superheroes doesn’t excuse you from that fact. I found the scene above to be very heartwarming and exciting, both for the characters and the audience. It’s also perfect timing for Fletcher’s upcoming Black Canary series. Overall, I’m impressed with the direction Batgirl’s ARC is going in. The end of this issue is absolutely mind blowing, but don’t worry, I won’t spoil it here! Just trust me on this one, if you’ve been hesitant to pick up the past few issues of Batgirl, kick those feelings to the curb. This series is heating up, and it looks like things are about to become even more intense!
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.