BATGIRL #28 / Writer: Mairghread Scott / Penciller: Paul Pelletier / Inker: Norm Rapmund / Colorist: Jordie Bellaire / Letterer: Deron Bennett / Main Cover Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco / Published October 24th, 2018
Barbara Gordon has returned home to Gotham. She has been on the hunt for the killer known as Grotesque. She had caught him once before, but a new person has taken on the mantle of Batgirl and is framing her for the murder of the previous Grotesque.
The real killer is revealed here to the readers, and his connection to the GCPD will make it difficult for Batgirl to ultimately stop him. She has no direct confrontation with him here in Batgirl 28, though. Instead, the first third of Batgirl 28 is her on the run from the GCPD because they believe her to be a murderer, while she tries to deal with her unexplained seizures, as well.
Following that is a heartfelt talk between Barbara and her dad, Commissioner Gordon. Their talk was a bit weird in that it felt like he was talking to her as Batgirl and not as Barbara with his warnings about pushing herself too hard, about the previous injuries that had left her paralyzed, and how they affected him. I find it hard to believe that these two characters had never discussed these issues before now.
The final pages are the reveal of Grotesque’s next move and what he has in store for Gotham and the GCPD. He is moving up from simple home invasions and on his way to being a proper supercriminal.
Mairghread Scott has written a good story, really getting into Batgirl’s head. Everything Batgirl has used in the last few years has been taken away from her. She’s back in Gotham and away from her home turf in Burnside. She’s even having to use an old prototype costume without any of her usual gadgets. Even her body and mind are not as trustworthy. It’s a great way to break the character down to build her back up stronger.
Paul Pelletier’s pencils are much different than what we’ve been used to from the Burnside Batgirl. It’s more of a classic DC style. While I miss the Burnside aesthetic, this is still a great looking book. Norm Raymond’s inks and Jordie Bellaire’s colors provide a much darker palette than what we’ve been accustomed to for Batgirl. This all matches the changes currently in the issue with her being back in Gotham and facing a much darker foe.
Batgirl 28 is a good dive into the characters and some great moments between Commissioner Gordon and Barbara. I’m surprised that we haven’t had some of these scenes previously. While I miss the Burnside look and feel, this is a good way to mix things up and change the status quo moving forward.
VERDICT: 4 out of 5.
Opinionated geek and writer born in the desert, raised on the beach, and now living in the mountains, Paul is a lifelong nerd who loves Star Wars, costuming, comic books, and all manner of geeky things.