Graphic Novel Review: Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business

Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart (Author), Babs Tarr (Illustrator)

Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has made some big changes to her Batgirl alter ego. She has a new look, new support team and new home base in Burnside—Gotham’s trendiest neighborhood. But just when she’s hitting her stride, her father drops a bombshell: Babs isn’t the only masked crime-fighter in the family anymore. Jim Gordon is the new Batman.

After the original Batman fell fighting the Joker, the former police commissioner was given a high-tech super-suit and asked to take up the mantle. With a team of G.C.P.D. officers watching his every move, Jim Gordon’s new law-and-order Batman has zero tolerance for vigilantism. He’s been ordered to arrest any unsanctioned superhero in Gotham—and Batgirl is next!

Batgirl returns in this second volume to fight some new villains, trying to stay off her father’s radar, all while trying to maintain social obligations as a maid of honor for her friend’s wedding.

The adventure, suspense, and colorful villains make for another fun read. The artwork is young and fresh-looking and adds to the light-hearted, young adult story. And I especially loved the appearance of Grayson and the interaction between the two. I hope for some more future crossovers like this. I’m really enjoying this Batgirl series with some solid writing and great characters.


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