Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'BATGIRL' #1 by Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig


★★★★☆ (4/5)

Batgirl is taking a break from Burnside and jetting to Okinawa for some sight-seeing, soul-searching and some peace of mind. She's still the Barbara Gordon we know and love despite the change of creative teams but it's a wonderful respite in this new "Rebirth" era. 

Batgirl #1 from Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque, and Dave McCaig is just as fun and well-conceived as the previous team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr.  They molded a distinctive tone and appearance that the new team has embraced and made their own. As another restart to the series begins, they allow for a new adventure that references the past a little but mostly leaves it open for new readers to jump aboard without the burden of knowing the last run. Barbara is dropped into a new environment that's not only new to her but fresh for the reader. Refreshingly, she's not trying to appropriate anything from Japan but to simply observe and take in the sights as tourists do. If she happens to come across the 100-year old "Batgirl of Japan" while she's there so be it. 

She seems at ease being away from home, her corporation, her friends but finds an old friend at a hostel. Comfortably speaking Japanese and  respecting her surroundings, Barbara seems at peace and her enthusiasm strikes an authentic tone. Albuquerque draws a joyful Barbara even when she's in Batgirl mode, nimble and confident. He adds his own distinctive touches to movement and to convey a memory of hers.  Dave McCaig's radiant colors help accentuate the action and characters that pop off the page. 

It doesn't happen enough where a beloved character is shepherded into another set of capable hands that appreciate all that makes them special. DC Comics, to their credit, have given Batgirl the perfect team to carry on what you loved about the Batgirl of Burnside. Batgirl is still a must-read. 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

An Artist Will Get His Revenge in The Post-WWII Original Graphic Novel SIMON SAYS

Image Comics announces an all-new, original graphic novel Simon Says by Andre R. Frattino and Jesse Lee which will paint a post-World War II Europe in a scarlet shade of revenge this September.


Simon Says is a drama-filled, crime noir story that follows a former artist to the Führer who hunts down and seeks justice upon the Nazis he witnessed murder his friends and loved ones during the war. It is an original graphic novel inspired by true events and by a real-world Holocaust survivor, Simon Wiesenthal, an artist who lost his family and took justice into his own hands.
"Simon Says is about an innocent and gentleman, an artist, whose family and life are destroyed by a real-world event. Not something sci-fi or fanciful, but something that has happened and could happen again. In that way, it's the story of any of us, and how we would respond if who we were and what we had were lost,” said Frattino. "The real-life, famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, was quoted as once sayin…

Dynamite & Playboy Present Exclusive Vampirella Story for Her 50th Anniversary

Dynamite announces an exclusive standalone Vampirella story published in Playboy's Spring 2019 Freedom of Speech issue available now.




The story is written by the legendary Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Wonder Woman, Domino) and drawn by the peerless Joyce Chin (Xena Warrior Princess, Wynonna Earp). Colorist Addison Duke (Barbarella/Dejah Thoris, Curse Words) and letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman, Aquaman, Elvira) round out the team on this six-page tale. The cover of Playboy was shot by photographer Kelia Anne MacCluskey.

Vampi protects a couple of professional cosplayers from crazed cannibal peers. Cosplay, cannibalism and no kink-shaming! Fans of the Daughter of Drakulon will not want to miss this story.

This is actually a reunion for Simone and Chin, fitting for Vampirella's 50th anniversary banner year. The pair collaborated on the colossal crossover Witchblade/Magdalena/Vampirella published by Top Cow Productions in 2004.

“Vampirella is the original monster girl of comics. It’s …

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja (Vol.5)' #5 by Mark Russell, Mirko Colak, and Robert Carey

Like an all-consuming fire, the armies of Dragan The Magnificent pursued Sonja The Red until there was nowhere else to flee. The corpses of her people scattered before her like charred rabbits, she turned to face his exquisite wrath. And prayed in vain for death to take her quickly. The epic continues by MARK RUSSELL (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan).


Red Sonja (Vol.5) #5
writer: Mark Russell  |  artist: Mirko Colak, Robert Carey
covers: Amanda Conner (A)               Joseph Michael Linsner (B)               Christian Ward (C)               Jenn St-Onge (D)               Cosplay Variant (E)               Seduction (RI)               Amanda Conner (RI-B/W)               Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W)               Jenn St-Onge (RI-Virgin)               Bob Q Seduction (RI-BW)
FC  |  32 pages  |  Action/Adventure  |  $3.99  |   Teen+