Batgirl #20

by Alan Rapp on April 18, 2011

in Comics

batgirl-20-coverThis issue marks the end of “Team Batgirl” as we’ve known it. Oracle pulls back, trusting that Stephanie Brown and Proxy can stand on their own and take down Slipstream and solve the mystery of the Reapers.

I understand the idea of Barabara stepping away to let Steph stand on her own two feet, but I have to say I’m disappointed that the relationship between the two Batgirls, which has been central to the comic’s success, seems to be going away.

On the positive side, we do get a good wrap up to “The Lesson: Tunnel Vision” and Stephanie learns she can stand on her own without relying on Oracle. Good for her, but is it wrong of me to still want her to?

Even if the central relationship to the comic seems to be going away, it’s tongue-in-cheek humor is still very much in display here (including an impatient Steph struggling to get through class). Batgirl also creates some new super-duper Batarangs and takes her new ride, “The Compact,” out on its first mission. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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