Written by Cecil Castellucci
Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Andworld Design
The Rundown: Barbara needs to get back into the fight, but that will take relying on people she trusts as well as someone she doesn’t.
After her confrontation with Joker, Barbara was left on the roof of her building without the use of her legs once again. With her implant removed, she gets help from an unlikely source to get to the hospital, her brother James. After waking up, Barbara finds herself dealing with not only her untrustworthy brother, but her missing father as well.
After escaping from the drama of her family situation, Barbara calls in a friend to help her literally get back on her feet. It’s going to be a tough road for her and one she needs to start walking quickly because a recent murder victim is going to have a direct link to Batgirl.
The Story: Cecil Castellucci does an awesome job with this issue. The story is great and it does an amazing job of not only touching on the bigger Joker War story, but also create a new mystery for Barbara to solve. The family aspects of the story work really well and the tension between all three characters is not only palpable, but feels natural. The dialogue is great and Barbara takes the lead in all the interactions. The drama between all the characters works and I was engaged both in the mystery and the relationships. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
The Art: Robbi Rodriguez does a brilliant job with the art in this issue. The characters looks amazing and the art creates an engaging atmosphere as it matches the tone of the story. A great looking issue from the first surreal dream sequence to the awesome cliffhanger final page.