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Batgirl (2016-), Vol. 8: The Joker War

(Batgirl (2016) #8)

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  8 reviews
“The Joker War” targets Barbara, as an era of Batgirl comes to a close! Why is Barbara in the hospital, and what is James Gordon Jr. doing here? After an encounter with The Joker leaves Barbara temporarily disabled, Babs is determined to find the technology she needs, but her journey’s cut short when a redhead-serial killer is on the loose! Will James Jr. prove to be the c ...more
Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published March 9th 2021 by DC
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Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
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Batgirl fights some girl who can manipulate gold in a really stupid 2 part story. Then it's the Joker War tie in and it's done really well. Robbi Rodriquez's art has grown into something of a Sean Murphy look. Then James Jr. returns is a telegraphed story before Barbara decides she needs to help people at a more grass roots level. Strangely enough, the new Batwoman from the CW, Ryan Wilder, makes a brief appearance as a homeless woman in the last issue. None of it's bad, but it is unfocused at t ...more
Chris Lemmerman
3.5, rounded up.

Batgirl faces off against a gold-mad King Midas wannabe, before the Joker comes a'calling and the Joker War hits Burnside hard!

There's only so many times you can revisit the Killing Joke and its effect on Barbara before the well runs dry. It's been done so many times, and it runs the risk of being repetitive, and boring, and not saying anything new. Luckily, Cecil Castellucci has something to say, and these issues pretty much cover it. Babs' latest confrontation with the Joker ha
Ben Truong
Batgirl: The Joker War picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the last six issues (Batgirl #45–50) of the 2016 on-going series. It collects seven semi-interconnected stories.

"Inner Light" (Batgirl #45) and "Stay Gold" (Batgirl #46) has Barbara Gordon as Batgirl teaming up with Batwoman and Jason Bard to take down Dasha Berlova – a criminal that could manipulate gold.

"The Anatomy of a Joke" (Batgirl #47) and "Gordons Never Give Up" (Batgirl #48–49), which has Barbara Gordon as Ba
Jamie Revell
Apr 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This collection begins with a story in which Batgirl fights a villain who kills people using liquid gold and... actually that's about it. There's some attempt to tie it in with Barbara's ideals, but basically, it's a fight with the odd one-liner thrown in here and there and little more than that. It's followed by the obligatory Joker War tie-in, which is little more than a do-over of The Killing Joke with a different outcome and a hint at long-term consequences that are unlikely to be followed u ...more
Norman Cook
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
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Castellucci is known for infusing a lot of characterization into her work and this volume is no different. Batgirl is written here more as a community activist than a gut-punching superhero, although there is quite a bit of that. Some of the stories seemed either rushed or just marking time until the series finale. The tie-in to the Joker War crossover event was good, although how many times can DC regurgitate The Killing Joke? (I think DC just needs to permanently put Barbara Gordon back as Ora ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have no idea why this has such a low rating! I'll admit that the first two issues were a little slow and the art a little iffy but after that, it was incredible. I loved Robbi's art in Marvel's Spider-Gwen run so it was great to see him here. His style really suited the Joker and brought the character to life. Loved the intensity of the story between Babs and her brother. The underlying romance plot was also very well done between her and Jason. Overall, a very solid volume. If you're a huge B ...more
ahh great volume! love Jason and Barabara together :))
Adam Graham
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
This brings us to the end of Barbara Gordon's Batgirl series.

We start with an unengaging mystery and a Batwoman appearance, a tie-in to Joker War that calls back to the classic Killing Joke comic while being over the top, hammy, and ridiculous. Then a somewhat more interesting mystery about someone killing red heads and dressing them up as Batgirl, and then a big oversized Issue 50 where she's doing stuff and showing attitude to a lot of people. We get some back-up stories. One that's somewhat
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star Stone in the Sky, Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon) and Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

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