Batgirl #11 (DC Comics)
It seems like Batgirl has been on the sidelines for much of DC’s Rebirth line. She hasn’t featured prominently in Batman, Detective Comics, or All Star Batman, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big things happening in Barbara Gordon’s corner of the DC universe. With the finale of the “Son of the Penguin” storyline, Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose bring us another solid issue for Babs.
With the Penguin’s son Ethan moving forward with his plan to kill his father, Barbara Gordon is at a crossroads. Does she let him kill The Penguin, or protect him? You can probably guess what option Babs takes, and while it would’ve been interesting to have a little more inner conflict, the issue needs to wrap things up, so it’s not all that surprising that Barbara Gordon ends up protecting Penguin. The final battle between Batgirl and Ethan is also a bit of a let down, but Hope Larson’s script does have some pretty excellent dialogue (even though some of it seems like it will be dated in about 2 years).
Chris Wildgoose’s art is perfectly suited for a book like Batgirl. His style is the right mix of cartoony and realistic, and he really excels at making Batgirl move with the style and grace that you’d expect from someone who’s been trained by Batman would. The one negative about Wildgoose’s art is that some of the characters tend to look the same at times, which can lead to some confusion if you’re not paying attention.
Batgirl’s “Son of Penguin” storyline started off pretty compelling, but ended up being over a little too quickly. That being said, it’s still a solid storyline that shows how great a character Barbara Gordon is, and is a great comic for the younger readers in your lives. As long as Batgirl stays consistent, it’ll remain one of the better sleeper hit books in DC's stable.