Batgirl #10 Review by Derf
Writer: Gail Simone; Pencils: Alitha Martinez; Inks: Vicente Cifuentes; Colors: Ulises Arreola; Letters: Dave Sharpe; Cover: Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, and Ulises Arreola; Editor: Brian Smith
Fresh from the Night of Owls saga we see Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl fighting a gang of car thieves. As she is fighting them, she is questioning herself and the actions she takes in stopping crime. She finds herself doubting the use of excessive violence. All of a sudden she hears the perp that got away scream a very terrifying scream. She comes across the thief stuck in a bear trap. But that is not the only problem. The two of them are not alone. From behind enters three characters that claim to be security for an event going on in the building. They convince Batgirl to leave the thief with them and they will turn him over the police. She agrees and flees the scene before the police arrive.
The following night, we find Batgirl returning to the scene only to find the thief about to be thrown off the building by a group calling themselves the Disgraced. Batgirl also notices that they removed his damaged leg. She realizes she is in for a fight but she needs to save the thief first. She demands that they let him go, and well, they do. As he falls to his death, Batgirl chooses to save his life first.
As she dives down to catch him, they are ambushed by one of the Disgraced. We find out her name is Katharsis later in the story. They fight from rooftop to rooftop. Using her quick reflexes, Batgirl traps the girl and takes her down for the count. Only problem is, she is surrounded by the Disgraced and the claim that just like Gotham’s crime, she also will be dead.
The writing as well as art in this issue is astonishing. DC Comics have a real hit in the new 52, especially with the Bat titles including Batgirl. I used to be a big Marvel fan, but as long as the new 52 keeps cranking out incredible stories like Batgirl, I will be a DC fan for life.