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Jim Gordon's tenure as Batman continues as those closest to him struggle to deal with the tragic loss of his moustache. • 32 pg, FC • $2.99 US • RATED T

Also, what's your favorite superhero "secret identity-reveal" moment? I've always liked the Ultimate Spider-Man/Mary Jane one.

(Cameron Stewart/Brendon Fletcher on script, Babs Tarr on art)

Ice cream and unicorns and fade haircuts )
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Brenden Fletcher: I think Batgirl as a character had been in such a dark place, it was an obvious journey for us. Cameron [Stewart] and I wanted for her to be the Batgirl that we grew up with — not exactly in her characterization, but in the way that she felt like the iconic version of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl: Yvonne Craig from the 1966 Batman TV show, Barbara Gordon from Batman: The Animated Series, from the old comics in the 1960s and 70s. We wanted to feel that from the character.

Writers: Brenden Fletcher & Cameron Stewart
Artist: Babs Tarr

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From Batgirl #35

With the surprising huge success of Harley Quinn, we've seen some interesting developments as DC & Marvel have been trying to capitalize on the large female readership that book has gotten. What we're seeing in Harley's home office, the Batman line of books, is an approach that you need more than just a female lead, but a different way of writing characters and telling stories with Gotham Academy and the revamp of Batgirl.

In Batgirl's case, the emphasis is on the girl part of Batgirl. She's still brilliant and capable, but now looks and acts her age, rather than the 30-something she's tended to be written as since the reboot. She lives in Burnside, Gotham's version of Brooklyn. She and best friend Dinah, who's older, more mature, and fronts a band while also being a costumed crime fighter (She has an impressive set of pipes), have been on the outs, but still come through for each other. She has an ethnically diverse supporting cast, too.

Dinah's band, BTW, is the one the kids are referring to in Gotham Academy that has a new singer. Speaking of that very good book, some have wondered why it's set in Gotham City. Where else could it be set, since the story is all about Gotham City? There just happens to be more to the people of Gotham than the Bats, Jim Gordon, violent criminals, and a bunch of victims.

Some traditional Bat fanboys have griped about the lack of Grim'n'Gritty art and storytelling style in Batgirl. They have a gripe with the female target audience too, it seems, writing comments that the book is trying to appeal to girls who listen to One Direction. I can only assume these suburban boys have never been to the urban areas of major cities, as the hipsters that live in places like Burnside don't listen to groups like One Direction.

But, these are the same guys who were going on about how Joker's Daughter was such a better character than Harley, boldly predicted upon her debut that she'd be a much bigger breakout character than Harley had ever been, and would supplant her when that new series flopped, as it was sure to do. Well, we saw how that worked out. That crowd has been very quiet of late on the subject of comparing Joker's Daughter's marketability to Harley's. Yes, Grimdark fans, there is room for variety in comics, even in the Bat books.

Don't get me wrong. I liked The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. I just don't think every superhero comic book has to be just like them.

One thing I like about the new Batgirl team is how they show Barbara's ability to retain and instantly recall any memory. It's done very visually.

Oh, Babs is hungover from a party, and Dinah is cranky due to everything she owned just getting blown up. She really needs to watch it when she yells at the insurance company...

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"I tried to think 'what would Pixar do with this concept?' We tried to create a really nice, complete adventure that says everything about Captain Marvel that's pure and great and non-ironic." -- Grant Morrison

"Grant mentioned it to me as this is the 'All-Star Superman' for Shazam/Captain Marvel." -- Cameron Stewart

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One of the Bat-Personnel's main exports has always been creative takedowns. Here's Burnside Batgirl, stepping up to family tradition:

First Sterling Grayson, then Barbara Cumberbatch. What's next? Jason and Tim Winchester?
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Started watching the Wire lately, and it's put me in the mood for some of Ed Brubaker's Catwoman run, which I'm going to share as it's a far better series than most things published now or since.
Trigger warning: child abuse )
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Oh, FYI: The first two episodes of Korra will be aired officially and legally on the creators' Tumblr account, Korra Nation, this Saturday. I'll be writing a review, along with one for Young Justice. Whether I'll post it here or not depends upon whether it conforms to the new rules. If not, I'll post a link to my blog when I'll also be posting them.



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