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Batgirl, Vol. 4: Wanted

(Batgirl (2011) #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,177 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Batgirl struggles to continue fighting crime after being emotionally drained by the death of her brother, James, Jr.  With her relationships with Batman and her father strained, Batgirl face one of Batman's most ruthless villains, The Ventriloquist, alone.

Collecting: Batgirl 20-26, Batman: The Dark Knight 23.1: The Ventriloquist
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by DC Comics
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(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: Flat and mushy, it’s an unabating primal scream: prone to punching out of problems, and ill with chronic anticlimax.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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I have such a girl-crush on Gail Simone!
And if DC ever decides to take her unwillingly off of this title, I have no doubt I would boycott the bastards.

This volume focuses on two different stories that crisscross and intersect very well, in my opinion.
First, we get and introduction to the new (and I think vastly improved) Ventriloquist.
Second, we see the fallout from the last volume, Batgirl: Death of the Family. Mainly, that Barbara isn't sure she can kee
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Gail Simone's Batgirl has been consistently impressive, and this volume is no exception. At the end of the previous volume, Babs killed her brother, James, to prevent him from killing their mother. Something like that will really screw a girl up, you know? Much of this volume is taken up with Babs working through this the only way that somebody like her can: entirely alone. She can't exactly confide in her therapist, after all. And for completely understandable reasons, she doesn't feel like she ...more
Crystal Starr Light
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It's so nice to pick up a comic and have almost every single issue be amazing. This is Batgirl. Well - minus the final issue of this volume. Didn't care for the art or the story - must be some what if story? No clue, don't wanna read a million other comics to find out either.
The new Batgirl of 52 is no longer Oracle nor bound to a wheelchair.

In this installment she deals with a ton of personal issues and follows on the heels of a female villain with a dangerous, talking puppet.

Wonderful artwork with grittiness and shadow applications.

James DeSantis
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a solid followup. Volume 3 was better but some things I did love in here. This is broken into two parts. First half revolves around a crazy puppet master chick with a doll who can, you guessed it, talk and kill people. Sounds dumb right? Actually it's the best part. Super exciting and fun and the villain is creepy as fuck and perverted so makes it entertaining. Then we have the second half where Knightfall go after Gordan cause he knows too much. Inbetween we got some fun little moments ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Babs is having a terrible time.

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first 2. Probably because I felt like the Ventriloquist villain dragged this down a bit.

This is the aftermath of Babs' fight with her brother James in the last volume. I didn't think he was really dead because this is a comic book. She feels guilty and Gordon is on the warpath for Batgirl. For an interesting concept like that, we don't get as much on it as I would have thought. I'm used to Gordon being a big part of Batgirl'
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Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great volume to a great series. Last volume Batgirl crossed the line in killing her sadist of a brother James Gordon Jr. Not only must she deal with her own guilt but the wrath of her father Commissioner James Gordon. Yes he knows what his son was, but he was still his son. As penance Barbara give up the Batgirl costume and realises being Barbara Gordon is not really so bad. However Barbara is not the kind of person to take $hit from anyone no matter what clothes she wears. With the appe ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Very well done. Working too hard to create arch-villains (well beyond just villains), and a number of them, but the "ecosystem doesn't really support them -- where's Batman to help, or Batwoman or any other defender of Gotham.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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OK well, this started off a little ho-hum for me, but then Gail Simone kicked in, and I had a real female hero to read about, with real issues, not the usual crap that writers seem to think 'girls' do. I let this one simmer a bit since I read it (about 10 days ago), and yes, I think I'll still have to support 4+ stars. Never has Batgirl felt so relevant to me or to DC at large.
Then I read this:

Not only is Gail Simone done, but they are make
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Babs just can't catch a break!

This volume deals with the aftermath of her fight with her brother, James, and how she copes with it. Barbara decides to retire her cape, feeling she is no longer worthy of wearing the bat sigal.

Due to recent events, and later events, Babs' relationship with her father is estranged. Jim is usually a big part of Batgirl stories but it was interesting to see his love for Barbara and disdain for Batgirl. His reluctance to learn her true identity surprised me for some
Roman Colombo
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc
Gail Simone's Batgirl continues to be an amazingly well-written book. Yes, it is dark--it is very dark in this case, but Barbara Gordon is stronger than darkness. She might be going through the gauntlet, but Simone makes every moment meaningful and worth it. I'm just sad there's only one more volume from her.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This comic was hands down excellent
Ricky Ganci
Gail Simone is writing the best Batbook right now--that has probably been true since the beginning of New 52, but Snyder really gave Batman a long-needed and refreshing overhaul with the Court of Owls, which I still consider the best pure "Gotham City" story in the setting's history. But when it comes to mixing the comic medium with the psychology of the non-superpowered folk, Gail Simone keeps the story of the renewed Barbara Gordon at the top of the class in terms of plotting, quality, and sel ...more
In my review for Vol.3 Death of the Family I talked about how things would change going forward and how exciting I was to read all about it.

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Her father is then left to pick up the pieces and hunt Barbara down for murder. He basically tells Batman to step out of the way and not protect her or cover of her. Although at this point the relationship between Barbara and Bruce is so broken that I don't
Chris Lemmerman
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Batgirl's journey under Gail Simone continues in this fourth volume. It opens with a battle against the Ventriloquist, a creepy new take on the character that preys on Barbara's shaken state of mind and yet is eerily hilarious at the same time thanks to the Ventriloquist's dummy's perverted sense of humour. The Ventriloquist Villain's Month issue is also pretty good, giving us some backstory, but it feels a little late since it comes after the main story involving her.

The second arc in this volu
Wing Kee
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
More of the same.

World: The art is okay, it's the same old same old for me. It's too dark in my opinion. The world building is okay for what Simone has done here, it makes sense in her world and it's just more doubling down on what the New52 was.

Story: Yeah not my favorite because of the tone. This is my second time reading this and now they I look back at it there were a lot of deaths in the short time of the New52 and it was dark and close to torture porn. I don't like the contrived story of
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This volume is the culmination of all of the previous volumes, so it's recommended to not read it without reading the others. First there's a multi-issue story with an extremely creepy Ventriloquist (not the classic Batman one) and Simone deftly writes her as sinister, deranged and unsettling. From the previous volume, Batgirl has been pushed to the brink emotionally and placed in direct conflict with her father. The events have moved her to a very dark place and it was intriguing to see how she ...more
First of all, this cover is so much better:

Well, I didn’t like this book, but I can’t rate it because:

>1. It’s impossible to give my honest opinion without having read the other books in the series. *facepalm*
>2. Gail Simone is very talented, obviously, but I don't appreciate this kind of art. I’m a “less is more” kind of girl.
>3. Superheroes are not my favorite theme. I always knew that, but I thought it was time to give this genre a chance.

In other words, book, it's not you, it's me
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Haha, the ventriloquist issues were a bad joke. In a term of Batgirl-villains, she wasn't so bad, as so far I found them mostly lame, but she wasn't interesting and puppets are creepy. The young Barbara issue was pretty nice, I enjoyed to see her first steps in the vigilante direction. For the rest, it was entertaining but probably too much melodramatic or convenient for my tastes. Overall, a very average volume.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dcu
Unexpectedly dark and brooding. It would have been a little better if there could have been some variation on how her brother's death was affecting her.... but Simone kept striking the same note over and over with that plot point. The artwork wasn't too great either. This volume was definitely a step down from previous volumes.

Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. This one was better. Alysia was in it more, and Barbara went on a date. It wasn't all doom and gloom like volume 3.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rebounding from the depressingly dark and brutal Death of the Family, Vol. 4 (suggested sub-title: Babs' Bad Day) steps right up to kick the line but thankfully does not cross it like said predecessor. The first half features a "hell hath no fury . . ." villainess, who is right out of a Stephen King daydream, hijacking a reality-TV show audition. The latter half continues the James Jr. / Nightfall story-lines from the prior editions with non-stop action. In contrast, there are several nice, ligh ...more
Ambuz Basak
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gordon wanted to take the Batgirl down. But, he failed. A father can't put his daughter behind the bars, after all! Finally, justice proved the Batgirl's innocence. Superb story-line, with some amazing twists. A must read Batgirl-comic. :)
Nancy Meservier
In volume four of Batgirl, the Gordon family is still recovering from the events at the end of Death of the Family. Barbara believes herself responsible for her brother's death. Even worse, her father, blames Batgirl as well, and will do anything to hunt her down. But Babs has no time to mourn, when she goes up against a terrifying foe, the Ventriloquist.

Wanted is another enjoyable volume of Batgirl by Gail Simone. There are two storylines here, one involving the the new version of the Ventriloq
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Barbara Joan Gordon, be your own damn hero!"

I've been loving Gail Simone's Batgirl for many reasons, but I think that I love her understanding of Gotham City most of all. Gotham is a weird place, and Simone gets the fact that in order to be a successful villain in Batman's town, you've got to be willing to take things to some seriously twisted levels.

Batgirl's conflicts with villains like Grotesque and Knightfall have been great--I was stoked to see them make another appearance here--but volum
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow I just love this series!! It gets better with every collection. The writing and art are both top notch. It is a shame that they are changing the creative team on this title soon. I am not looking foward to the new direction.

The new Ventriloquist is just creepy, psychotic and awesomeness all rolled into one big ball of fun. The Knightfall character is very good as well. I like the addition and she works well as a major plot device and also as a background plot. I cant wait to see how Gail Si
Not impressed with this one at all. The artwork is bad, and the storyline was hard to follow. The characters, especially James Gordon, seemed to be out of character for the most part and not really "themselves".
The villian, "Ventriloquist", starts out using her dummies to kill people, then inexplicably is able to control electricity, and then develops telekinesis which leads to zombies. Wait, what? Zombies?! How does that even fit into this story? Bandwagon much?
Not sure I would recommend this t
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Gail Simone is a comic book writer well-known for her work on Birds of Prey (DC), Wonder Woman (DC), and Deadpool (Marvel), among others, and has also written humorous and critical commentary on comics and the comics industry such as the original "Women in Refrigerators" website and a regular column called "You'll All Be Sorry".

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