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Batgirl, Volume 1: Batgirl of Burnside

(Batgirl (2011) #6)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,088 ratings  ·  884 reviews
Barbara Gordon’s ready for a fresh start. She’s packing her bags, crossing the bridge, and heading to Gotham’s coolest neighborhood: Burnside. And when a freak fire burns up her costume and gear, Babs has the chance to become a whole new Batgirl!

But she barely slips on her new DIY costume before Batgirl starts trending as Gotham’s first viral vigilante — and attracting a
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 27th 2015 by DC Comics
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(B) 75% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Initially irritating, it's fanatically faddish, full of frivolous fluff: dumbed-down, though different, and decent enough.
Ouch. That was awkward.


I was crazy excited to read this, and Barbara Gordon is one of my favorite DC characters, so to say I'm massively disappointed right now would be an understatement. What. A. Letdown.
I'm not sure what Fletcher was going for here, but it felt like it was for children. Except not.
It's got too many adult situations in it to be a comic for kids. In the first issue alone, Babs gets drunk, can't remember that she was all over some guy the night before, and pukes some hangover ju
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superhumans
(Received from Netgalley for review.)

I don't get it. I really don't get this book at all. I don't get why this just seems like the dumbed down version of Batgirl. The tone and the villains kind of feel like a kids' comic, but the actual content isn't entirely kid appropriate. Which makes the whole book feel kind of weird, almost like they were reaching for all ages and totally missed. And since I don't think that was the intention, it just feels weird.

Part of that vaguely "all ages" feel is beca
Chris Lemmerman
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From what I can see, there are a lot of people (at least on the first page of reviews) that have read this book and not enjoyed it. I'm definitely not one of those people. Yes, this book is a huge departure from what's gone before, but it respects everything Barbara has been through and uses her continuity to tell its own story, and it's a massively different book to any other Bat-Book on the stands at the moment.

As Barbara moves across the river to the Burnside district of Gotham (hence the tit
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was basically the HBO show Girls with Hannah dressing up as Batgirl. To say I hated this book is an understatement. But then again, I'm not a 15 year old girl which is obviously the intended audience. I can only deal with so many self-absorbed characters in my comics, let alone real-life. I felt like I was reading about people I've worked with at startups. ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Okay... not sure how to phrase this but if you have never read a Batgirl comic before this series, you will probably enjoy this. If you've read quite a bit of Barbara Gordon's previous features, you will probably hate this. Unless you're better at compartmentalizing than I am because nothing about this felt like Barbara Gordon .

I have a problem with the trend of smarmy, snarky female characters in comics. Some began that way like Kate Bishop and I love her because that's the way she was writ
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Comic Fans
Recommended to Carmen by: B&N
"Speaking of asses, dirtbag, yours is about to be totally kicked."

I was not feeling this one too much.

Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) has just moved to Burnside. Other notable characters: Dinah (Black Canary) and Frankie (Batgirl's roomie).

This is very technology focused. First, Batgirl must deal with a scumbag who has *checks notes* "cybernetic flash memory implants" or some shit. Anyway, he gets his jollies off on stealing people's personal information which is embarrassing and posting it online. For
*Deep sigh*
When I first heard about and saw the image of the "New" batgirl, I knew that I probably wouldn't like it. I read the first issue, and it angered me. Now reading this just confirms my initial response. The current run of Batgirl up to this point, Gail Simone had done a great job of building up Barbara Gordon. I feel with this reboot, Yes it's a reboot. I don't care what the creative team says. Which they proudly and loudly proclaimed it wasn't a reboot. They turned Batgirl into this H
Apr 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
If I were playing a game of word association and someone said 'Batgirl' or 'Barbara Gordon', i'd say 'intelligent', 'capable' and 'headstrong', while thinking of one of the strongest female characters in comic history. If someone were to say 'Burnside Girl' (which is how I refer to this run), i'd say 'whiny', 'insecure' and 'moronic'. I realise i'm not the target audience for this book, but DC taking a character who was inspirational to everyone and turning her into a childish hipster for teen a ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
[2.5 stars]
This is exactly what I've come to expect from DC. It would seem Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy was some sort of bizarre fluke, after all.

So why do superheroes have to be rebooted? Because wouldn't it make more sense to just mirror the real world and bring in new heroes? Not the next in line for this or that great hero name, but actual new heroes whom no one had ever heard of before they showed up in these pages? That's just kind of how time works. I get that Batman a
This is basically YA Batgirl with some of the worst tropes YA has to offer. Have you always wanted girls in comics to hate each other and fight for no reason? Well thanks, you're part of the problem then.

I don't have any issue with tone changes, and how much I liked Gotham Academy is a testament to that. This was not the Batgirl I love though. (Also, wtf is up with Black Canary's character??) In regards to the tone, there are some really dark moments in this that are at odds with the overall fee
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good but it pales in comparison to its forerunner, that being Gail Simone's outstanding and hard-boiled take on the character. Consider Ms. Simone's work as a four-star restaurant, so then this is strictly a fast-food version. Still, sometimes even a Big Mac and a Coke are satisfying, if not filling.

Anyway, Barbara 'Babs' Gordon moves to a trendy Gotham suburb and tries to be a diligent college student, but that pesky crime-fighter alter ego responsibility puts a strain on just about ev
Jeannette Nikolova
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

This is a love letter.

I know that not all of you will understand my infatuation with this particular graphic novel among all the books, comic or otherwise, that I have read and reviewed. I'm pretty sure at least one of you will and that's enough for me.

Looking back to two-three months ago, I'm pretty sure this is the first comic book issue I read in my adult life. That's reason enough to feel strongly about it.


the list of things I liked about
I received this from DC Comics and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Terrible. I'm not part of the target audience for this "new" Batgirl, obviously. This series went from a "grown-up" storyline to one focused on a much younger crowd, complete with drinking (and subsequent hangovers), no respect for authority, and a ton of teen and new adult angst. Nope, not for me. DNF @ 13%.
Lately, i haven't been giving star ratings to books that I didn't finish, but this was so spectacularly awful just after the first issue that I have to warn people away.

I know there was a brouhaha when Barbara was brought back and given the use of her legs again, thus nullifying Oracle and taking away one of the great representations of a PWD in comics. However, Gail Simone did a bang-up job with Batgirl, straddling a fine line between her new zest for life and the inner turmoil of her family.
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I really liked the art and that's the main reason this gets three stars -- in reality, it's more like two and a half stars. This was just so freaking hipster that it was unreal. Not in a good way either!

Some artist guy pretending to be Batgirl to ruin her reputation, Barbara Gordon basically throwing tantrums when Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary) calls her out for her immature/inconsiderate behavior, and the storyline that centers around Barbara's thesis computer program overtaking an app that pe
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first ever Batgirl comic book! I'm only really familiar with the character from other media, though. While I felt out of the loop at times, the story is still more or less self-contained. I have to admit that I wish she was still a librarian or at least in training, but I'm still intrigued with this version of the character. I'm not all that familiar with DC characters, but I'd also like to get to know Dinah Lance better. I may be continuing this run in the future. ...more
— nova
i understand why a lot of people didn’t enjoy this; it does pale in comparison to its predecessor. i went in with zero expectations and thought it was enjoyable. i really like the storyline - programs becoming sentient has always been really fascinating & simultaneously creepy to me.
Dov Zeller
I went into this without ever having read any Batgirl comics but having recently read Ms. Marvell (after reading gr friends' praises.) I gave Ms. Marvell a 4 star rating, and that was mostly because I was excited to read an interesting variation on a female super hero. There was some nice diversity in there in terms of characters and predicaments. Ms. Marvel herself was complex and really struggling to figure out where she fits in with her Muslim family and the larger world of villains, heroes, ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

There were a lot of things I really liked about this Batgirl reboot. First of all, Barbara's new costume is fantastic. I love the more utilitarian look of the outfit, emphasizing function over sex appeal. This is the kind of thing that I feel like a female superhero would actually wear. The art is dynamic and colorful, adding to the more youthful tone that the new creative team seems to be going for.

When DC started their New 52 line the thing that bothered m
Taylor Knight
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the diversity of the characters.
Kadi P
There's a quote from a review by IGN on the back of this vol that reads "not your daddy's Batgirl" and it couldn't be more accurate. This is your 14 year old's Batgirl. Washed down, perky, cute, and trying too hard to be hip and cool. Where's the character integrity? Not anywhere in this vol, that's for sure.

Barbara was so changed from what she once was regarded as that one of the other character's even pointed it out. I didn't really come here to see Babs fight villains based off of non-existe
Brian Poole
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Batgirl of Burnside provided the template for the post-Convergence DC Universe. How often does Batgirl get to do something like that?

As part of the New 52 reboot, DC took the opportunity to put Barbara Gordon, the most famous Batgirl, back in the suit. That involved a controversial cure for Barbara’s paralysis and erasing her long-running role as Oracle, one of the few superheroes with a physical disability. The reboot also shaved about a decade off Barbara’s age, knocking her back to her early
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
First off I want to give a huge thank you to DC for approving me, because that has never happened before and it basically made my geeky little heart explode. Secondly, this graphic novel was so much fun!

Before I was huge into Marvel and same publishers DC was my main source of comic book goodness, that was pre-New 52 and I hung on for a while afterwards but the amount of comics I pick from DC have been few and far between since then. However everything I’ve read so far has been really great, and
Nancy O'Toole
So I think it's safe to say that reading this immediately after finishing up Gail Simone's run was a pretty big mistake.

On one hand, "Batgirl of Burnside" features of a lot of interesting elements. I love the new costume design. The artwork is appealing. I really enjoy the format a of a bunch of one shots that lead into a larger storyline. I also don't mind the lighter tone, as a fault of Simone's run is that it could feel excessively grim. Yet, at the same time I found myself kind of wishing t
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Batgirl moves to the artsy neighborhood of Burnside and comes across criminal activity through Smart Phones and Social Media. That's the big draw to this story and long overdue in the DC world.

I was really jazzed by the concept of a reboot of a DC comic - even a well-regarded run by Gail Simone - into something pitched as fun, less serious, a little more grounded in real-girl problems. Fun art, a groovy costume redesign - how could this go wrong?

Then I saw the flood of reviews from GoodReads friends, and without re-reading them today, I'm going on the gut memory that they found the book boring, not well-written, a little disjointed or misfired. Disappointing all in all. Bummer.

So the
Mar 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
I expected to like this but wow, I really hated it. What have they done to Barbara! Why is Batgirl now an annoying hipster? And the villains in this are laughable, they're so cartoony its almost childish and yet there is a weird imbalance with the more adult content about drinking, hangovers, sex and dating apps.

I do not like the new bat suit, the doc martens and leather jacket combination is so try-hard hipster it upsets me. All the integration of social media - it's everywhere - into the art
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been reading A LOT of comic books lately, but haven't really been listing them here on Goodreads. I do, however, have to make an exception for Batgirl of Burnside. It was freaking EXCELLENT.

Let me start by saying that I was really hesitant about even giving the "new" Batgirl a chance. I was charmed by Gail Simone's Batgirl and, after seeing previews of the first few pages of issue #35 thought this reworked version was not for me. I wasn't super down with the artwork and I thought the socia
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