Written by HOPE LARSON
Art by CHRIS WILDGOOSE
Cover by DAN MORA
Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
*Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
“BATS AND CATS”! When an innocent bystander close to Batgirl’s heart gets caught in between a feud between herself and Catwoman, what started as just another case could become direly important.
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Hope Larson (A) Chris Wildgoose (CA) Francis Manapul
“Son of the Penguin” part four! Ethan Cobblepot has shown his true colors: he’s a Penguin, through and through! Or is he? Can Batgirl turn his ambitions into a force for good-before he can turn Burnside against Batgirl?
Written by HOPE LARSON • Art and cover by CHRIS WILDGOOSE • Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
“Son of the Penguin” part four! Ethan Cobblepot has shown his true colors: he’s a Penguin, through and through! Or is he? Can Batgirl turn his ambitions into a force for good—before he can turn Burnside against Batgirl?
I got an ask a while back about doing a Batgirl recommendation list, similar to the Supergirl list I put together. This one probably won’t be as thorough, though, so apologies in advance.
Same rules apply: Not a complete list of appearances, just stuff I’ve read and liked, etc. Okay, so. Here we go…
- Batgirl: Year One: A nine issue mini-series by Chuck Dixon & Scott Beatty, w/ pencils by Marcos Martin and inks by Alvaro Lopez. Probably my favorite self-contained Batgirl story. Excellent art, solid characterization, batfam interaction, Black Canary team up…lots of good stuff, basically. The single issues are up on comixology OR you could go for the really nice trade DC put out that includes the Robin: Year One mini-series as well. (Oh, and I should probably mention, this is a Babs-as-Batgirl story.)
For the next few recommendations, I’m gonna include the primary writer, so as to avoid…confusion? Make it easier to find the particular runs? IDK I’m just bat winging this. (Eh? Eh?) (…I’m so sorry.)
- Batgirl Vol. 4 #1-26 (Gail Simone): The New 52 run. The only reason I dropped this title (somewhere around the ‘Wanted’ arc) was because I wasn’t a huge fan of the art, but. That’s a personal preference thing. Gail Simone has a really good handle on the character, and of all the New 52 books, I remember finding this one pretty enjoyable. (Dark, but. Enjoyable.) (Also a Babs book, FYI.) (This volume includes the Stewart/Fletcher/Tarr run BTW, but we’ll get to that in a bit)
- Batgirl Vol. 3 (Bryan Q. Miller) : IF YOU HAVEN’T READ STEPHANIE BROWN’S BATGIRL BOOKS STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO GET THE ENTIRE RUN ON COMIXOLOGY RIGHT NOW. RIGHT. NOW. It’s like, 24 issues and it’s awesome and GO. GO NOW. DO IT. (I’d recommend the trades but good luck finding one for under $60.)
- Batgirl Vol. 1 (Kelley Puckett): The Cass Cain era. I think this book ran for 50 issues…and there was like a…six issue mini series as well? Anyways. DC has two new trades out. (I’m pretty sure the whole run has been reprinted as trades but if they’re at all like the Steph Brown volumes, then you’ll have an easier time just picking up the new ones.) Vol.1 Silent Knight and Vol. 2 To the Death, and together they cover up through issue #25, I want to say.
- Batgirl Vol. 4 Annual #3: Lots of good stuff but the major draw (ha) is Bengal’s art.
I’m not exactly happy with this comic, but I’m putting aside time right now to explain that it’s very awesome and cool if you do like it and I would encourage you to continue liking it. I’m always reading comics for Cassandra Cain first and foremost, and I was disappointed as a fan of hers. There are things I like about Batgirl: Convergence but definitely not a lot, and not enough to keep me from wanting to analyze the problems I had with it.
If you had no problems with it and aren’t interested in reading what problems I found in it, this is probably best made a skip for your reading. I don’t know if I’ll be making a follow-up post about the things I did like about this issue in the same format, but I am later making a post where I go over all of my Convergence readings at once.
I’ll also later this week do a side-by-side with Futures End: Batgirl to compare and contrast. So if those sound more your style, you might want to just wait around for those.