"Burnside Is The Past" Thoughts On Batgirl Rebirth #1

I've been dying for this folks. Today brings the release of Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque's new Batgirl run. After the success of last weeks Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, I was filled with positive feelings. The tougher Barbara Gordon that I knew and loved from Gail Simone's run seemed like she had finally returned. So, I was eager to see what Hope Larson's version would be like. As you may know, Batgirl Rebirth #1 brings us to Japan…

Here's the description:

"In order to up her game, Babs travels to Japan on a quest to train with the most elite modern combat masters of the East. But when a chance meeting with an old friend puts a target on her back, Batgirl may need to use her new skills to solve a deadly mystery."

Let me start off by saying that I did have positive feelings about this first issue. They were not as strongly felt as with Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1, but they were there. With that said, this issue is very much a build up issue and I want you to know that going in. It's hard to fully judge the comic after one opening issue. The good thing is, nothing put me off completely. I sensed a bit of the same spirit that Barbara had in her in Burnside, which made me nervous. However, by the end of the issue my nerves were gone. Hope Larson writes an intriguing script, one that has a lot of potential. Rafael Albuquerque's art style is fantastic compliment to the storyline. This panel, out of all the panels, was the most important to me…

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That to me, was a statement. A statement that the creative team is moving to new heights and in a different direction. I look forward to seeing how Batgirl and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey tie in to each other, if at all, and how things will be in upcoming issues. I definitely recommend picking up this title and sharing what you think on social media. After all, it is #BatgirlDay.