After all of that wedding excitement, I was ready to get back to real life with Barbara Gordon. From DC Comics, written by Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, with art by Babs Tarr, Batgirl #46 changes up the dynamic of Barbara working solo. Barbara seems to have it all together on the outside. In her civilian life, she may be sitting on some tech research that could lead to big things, and in her life as Batgirl, she’s cracked the code that might enable her to take down massive police corruption in Burnside. However, things aren’t always what they seem. In this issue we get to see just how hectic Barbara’s life can really be, and at what cost?
[WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BATGIRL #46 BELOW!]
Most of you know that my opinion of Batgirl has been a rollercoaster since the new creative team took over. What started out as a rocky ride, became something well put together that I could get on board with. Issue #46 develops the story in an interesting way. Things are actually appearing more realistic in certain aspects, which I enjoy. It was definitely not possible to Barbara to live with a roommate and get away with said roommate not knowing the truth. Of course heroes have done it in the past, but I enjoy the fact that this brings more truth to the surface. The other fact of the matter is, all heroes need help once and a while. Fletcher and Stewart provide Batgirl with a nice balance of independent woman scenes and teamwork needed adventures.
However, I can’t help but cringe at certain dialogue. I have truthfully become so invested in the story, and love the development of Barbara’s character in Burnside, but I don’t think I can ever get on board with words like “bff.” When Frankie took matters into her own hands and decide to take extra safety precautions to protect herself and Barbara, I was thrilled. When I sensed that she wasn’t going to take no for an answer when suggesting her and Barbara should work together, I was impressed. Why does a powerful set of dialogue like this, “Beside you. My BFF. Because I love Gotham, and I love you,” have to exist? Take out the word “BFF” and you have an emotional heartfelt closing to a speech. All in all, I can do without the “modern” language. If it had been done in a joking matter, I could almost get on board.
My point is, we don’t need to include language like that to draw in the younger crowds to the comic book world. I’m assuming that’s the only reason words like that are involved. In fact, I think Babs Tarr’s artwork combines a playful style with an epic superhero quality that both teens and adults can enjoy. Therefore, I think they should grab the younger crowd with that, and leave out the silly words. Besides that, Batgirl #46 was a great read, and I intend to continue to follow it as time goes on. The plot is developing well and there is a lot more action to be had!
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, Bibliomaniac, Aspiring Poet/Novelist and Dark Side Advocate. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.