We've been in Burnside with Batgirl for the past eighteen issues, and it has been quite a journey. I have to give the creative team that took over the book, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr a lot of credit. What they did in Burnside with such a well known character, was brave. If you've read my reviews, you know that my opinion was mixed, but there was a decent amount of positivity that came from the relaunch. Now we've arrived at the 52nd issue, written by Brenden Fletcher, with art by Eleanor Carlini, which is very much a wrap up issue. We get to see Barbara in action, but also witness many goodbyes to her friends.
What's really exciting about this issue is that Gotham Academy is also featured. It's always good to see Olive and Maps. I loved the classic heroic feel to this panel below…
It's also nice to see a little nod to the Batgirl costume design that made the internet explode…Do you remember how popular those boots were? I couldn't get a pair for myself!
All in all, Fletcher does a great job with this issue, giving us a steady balance of action and emotion. So, are we sad to see Burnside go? I'd be lying if I said I wasn't incredibly excited to see what Hope Larson has in store for Barbara. Fletcher doesn't tease at much of anything, which is good I guess. It leaves more up to our imagination. I'll be anxious to see how her road trip turns out. With all that said, I'm waving goodbye to Burnside for now. I'm sure it won't be the last time we visit. Be sure to pick up your copy of Batgirl #52 at your local comic book store today.