Comic Review: Batgirl #36

Barbara Gordon is settling in and eager to start graduate school. Her first day of academics is interrupted when twin assassins riding motorcycles threaten the safety of the students. They wield swords and seem to have a particular target in mind: Batgirl.

Writers Cameron Stewart and Brendon Fletcher have taken the world of Batman and done the impossible. They’ve made it relevant for not only fanboys, but high school girls and the youth of today in general. As I perused Batgirl #36, I couldn’t help but think to myself how it would relate to fans of Pretty Little Liars or any number of youth-oriented and young adult television shows on MTV or Teen Nick. The dialogue and cultural awareness presented in the book is also a plus.

Artist Babs Tarr lights up every page with vibrant colors that jump off the page at the reader. Her handiwork is very pop-influenced with a campy 1960s flair that reminds me of the lighthearted days of Adam West’s Batman series. However, it stays contemporary enough to hold on to a younger audience influenced by anime and other newer illustration styles.

Batgirl #36 is rated T for Teens. Everything high schoolers and young adults deal with or talk about on any CW or ABC Family television show is addressed here. I’m not saying I agree with all the directions the book moves in. I have issues with a lot of what is portrayed as “normal” when it comes to the lives of teenagers. Good or bad, that still doesn’t stop the comic from being relevant to what many kids are dealing with today.

I would imagine that many older comic book enthusiasts might not appreciate the avenue Cameron Stewart, Brendon Fletcher, and Babs Tarr decided to take the Batgirl title. If you can just look past the youthful aim they’ve embraced, you’ll find an entertaining and engaging story that is tied up in one issue but still holds the key to a bigger mystery. It’s nice to feel excited about a comic book again.

Batgirl #36 is available now as in print and Kindle editions.