ARC Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside

Batgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside
Batgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside by Cameron Stewart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles!

First, I’ll confess I haven’t kept up with the DC or Marvel comic universe. I literally have relied on animation shows and movies to know the storylines. Have always been more into manga, anyway. So, Batgirl is not a character I am actually knowledgeable of, with concerns to backstory and all, and thus, I am writing this review as a person who is just introduced to the character.
Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl of this book, is a young collegiate girl working on her thesis, an algorithm that includes her brain map, her ability to have a photographic memory. She has decided to start anew in Burnside, after a terrible accident (details of that are towards the end of the book) and is eager to have a fresh start in this hip part of Gotham. However, Batgirl is gaining popularity and notoriety, and Barb isn’t sure what to deal with first, as both as intertwined. She has the support of Dinah, but things between them are complicated. Barb feels she needs to live in the limelight of Batgirl’s popularity, after a copycat almost ruins her image. She, is however, put to the test when her algorithm fails her, and she has to realize what she is fighting for.
Storywise, I loved the way it progressed, with pieces of the puzzle coming together. The final one was the aftermath of her accident, and that brings out the complexity of her character the most. She is a regular young girl, who has been quite something in her life, but she remains herself – a strong lively girl. The story centers mostly around social media, and Barb is definitely quite socially aware. She even outsmarts one of the villains using social media. Overall, I would say it is a good series, and I see plenty of potential in it.

Received a free ARC from DC Comics via Netgalley. This does not influence my opinions or review.

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