Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: Batgirl, Vol. 2: Family Business

Batgirl, Vol. 2: Family Business Batgirl, Vol. 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The city is only as safe if superheros are around to save the day. In Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business, that story remains true. In this volume Barbara/Batgirl is faced with a variety of villains that want to turn the city upside down. Along with her feats of heroism, Barbara must also deal with the complexities of the normal side of life: roommates, helping friends plan a wedding and falling for a new guy. Batgirl's work is never done.

The stories themselves seemed short and one-off with a variety of villains showing up then easily being taken care of. I haven't read volume one yet, so the turmoil Barbara is having with her father didn't really come off as an exciting plot line to me. I love the fact that this comic features great artwork with a capable, strong female lead, but the comic is still written for an audience of teenage boys. There's just a lot of unnecessary cleavage, Barbara walking around in her underwear and don't get me started about Velvet Tiger—while villains usually have their various minions to do the hard work for them, there is no way Velvet Tiger could do any serious fighting wearing a micro mini dress.

If you like fun comics and are interested in reading more great Batgirl stories, this is a pretty good volume to check out.

*Received a copy of this book from NetGalley

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