Comic Review: Batgirl: Art of the Crime

Published: August 15th, 2018 – November 28th, 2018
Written by: Mairghread Scott
Art by: Paul Pelletier

DC Comics, 144 Pages


This story arc took place in Batgirl issues 26 through 29, as well as her second annual and a short story from issue 25.

I’m really digging how much better Batgirl seems to be, as of late. I’m only really able to judge that off of this one story arc but this is a great improvement over the Batgirl stories that preceded it. I hope it maintains and builds up more momentum because Barbara Gordon is one of my favorite people in the DC universe.

This arc also builds off of the Nightwing arc The Bleeding Edge, which happened over the summer and before Nightwing got shot in the head and lost his memory.

We get to see the next phase of Wyrm’s plan unfold, as Batgirl tries to stop this new tech based villain. We also see her trying to cope and deal with her serial killer brother and how he plays into these events.

Batgirl faces some serious challenges here, emotionally and physically, and I like how this story served to build her up as a character and make her stronger. Mairghread Scott seems to know how to handle Barbara and how to tap into the best parts of her personality. I hope to see her continue to grow into something great in the Rebirth era.

While I am not blown away by the art here, it’s certainly better than the norm. It just isn’t really my style. It’s almost too muted and Batgirl just feels like she should be living in a more vibrant and pulpy world. I know that she exists and lives in the same city as Batman but Barbara Gordon doesn’t need the colors around her to be muted or understated.

I’m probably just being nitpicky about the art and color style but I’d like to see this book be as visually colorful and bright as Barbara Gordon is, even if she’s dealing with darker things.

Overall, I was really happy with this, as I’ve been waiting for Batgirl to become a good title. I think it’s on the right track and it stays on my pull list.

Rating: 7.5/10
Pairs well with: Other modern Batgirl and Batman family stories, primarily the current Nightwing series, especially The Bleeding Edge arc, which this continues on from.