Cindy Crawford's Reviews > Batgirl, Vol. 1: Batgirl Rising

Batgirl, Vol. 1 by Bryan Q. Miller
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Feb 19, 12

Read in February, 2012

I'm not a comic book reader. In fact, this is the first graphic novel I've ever read, and the first comic I've read since the late 1960s. But I read a review of it, and I'm a sucker for origin stories, so I thought I'd try it.

Since I'm no expert at comics, and not really a visual person, I'll stay away from reviewing the drawings. They seemed perfectly fine to me, and I admit that I liked the fact that all of the women characters wore clothes that covered their whole body.

The story being told,though--that I can comment on. This is a great story. Batgirl Rising shows us Stephanie Brown becoming Batgirl, taking over from Cassandra when Batman dies. (This is all covered in the first few pages--I assume fans of Batman/Batgirl will already know this.) It's also the story of the beginning of the partnership/friendship of Oracle (former Batgirl Barbara Gordon) and Batgirl.

Since I'm not a comic book fan, or even a Batman/Batgirl fan, what I liked best was that relationship, and the development of the characters. Sure, the action scenes are fun, just like they are in a movie, but the story of these two women who are both struggling to re-define themselves after catestrophic events in their lives is the main selling point for me. That story is so well written that it transcends any format or genre. Definitely recommended.
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