I was really pleased with the rebirth of Batgirl last month. I found myself excited by the fact that Barbara Gordon is back, with her tough personality and all. This week brings the release of the second issue in the relaunch, from DC Comics, written by Hope Larson, with art by Rafael Albuquerque. The storyline continues with "Beyond Burnside: Part Two," and let me tell you, that's exactly what it is. I'm not talking about the fact that Barbara is in a different location, but she is growing. She's retained that determined tough nature that I've always loved about her character, and is moving forward.
[WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BATGIRL BELOW!!!]
A pro at being incognito, Barbara spends some time with a fighter that may hold the key to cracking the code to her current mystery. With that said, she's got to have a little fun too, right? This issue combines a steady balance between action and romance, as Barbara finds herself cuddling up with old friend Kai. This was an unexpected addition to the plot for me, but what I like about it is the internal struggles it's bringing about in Batgirl. Having a new guy in her life forces Barbara to look deeper and not just focus on all of the Batgirl business that she's used to distracting herself with. Several jokes are made about how she needs to make mental notes of things to talk to her shrink about, and I enjoyed that. It's always nice to see human sides to superheroes, isn't it?
All in all, I'm really happy with the way Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque's Batgirl is shaping up. It's exciting, well-developed, and like I said before, I really feel like the tough nature of Barbara Gordon has returned. Hopefully it will stay! Be sure to grab your copy of Batgirl #2 this week. It looks like we have more action to look forward to next month as well…