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Batgirl, Vol. 1 by Cameron Stewart
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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, and muggle-wuggles (mormals?). I can't say I loved it. But it was pretty okay.

Batgirl also tries to bring in some diversity but it feels forced and pretty silly. The airbrushed prettiness of everyone is I guess just how these superhero books go, but it gets a bit exhausting, what with having to shade my eyes against the glare. Also, I think having Gotham City be so shiny was a bit much. All in all the book was too shiny and flat and superficial for me. But I tend to dislike superhero comics. I tend to judge with extra padding in the higher star direction to make up for my inherent feelings of meh around the genre.

After reading some other reviews, I am curious to check out some of the previous Batgirls (written by Gail Simone).

Just for fun, Strong Female Protagonist by Kate Beaton (Hark A Vagrant).
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
March 30, 2016 – Shelved
March 30, 2016 – Shelved as: graphics-comics
March 30, 2016 – Shelved as: heroes-and-critters
March 30, 2016 – Shelved as: middle-grade-ya
March 30, 2016 – Shelved as: not-for-moi
March 30, 2016 – Shelved as: series
March 30, 2016 – Shelved as: war-and-fighting

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message 1: by Sam (new)

Sam Quixote oh (wo)man, I loves me Beaton's strong female protagonists. we need a whole book of those lunatics!

message 2: by Dov (new) - rated it 2 stars

Dov Zeller Yes please!!!!!

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