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You can take the Batgirl out of Gotham City, but you cant take Gotham out of the Batgirl! Join Barbara Gordan (Batgirl) as she pursues a political position to help steer her city in the right direction in Batgirl Vol 6. Its Batgirl for Congress! Plus, masked assassins and awkward exes! Barbara Gordon volunteers to campaign for an up-and-coming reformer candidate who wants You can take the Batgirl out of Gotham City, but you can’t take Gotham out of the Batgirl! Join Barbara Gordan (Batgirl) as she pursues a political position to help steer her city in the right direction in Batgirl Vol 6. It’s Batgirl for Congress! Plus, masked assassins and awkward exes! Barbara Gordon volunteers to campaign for an up-and-coming reformer candidate who wants to take on the GCPD. That puts Barbara in a tough spot against her father—police commissioner James Gordon. And just when things couldn’t get any more awkward, a former flame reenters Barbara’s life. Personal angst and a masked super-villain hunting a mystery target. It’s gonna be a long day, Babs. From writer Mairghread Scott, it’s a new journey for Batgirl as she balances vigilante life with a political campaign in Batgirl Vol. 6. Colects #30-36.


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You can take the Batgirl out of Gotham City, but you cant take Gotham out of the Batgirl! Join Barbara Gordan (Batgirl) as she pursues a political position to help steer her city in the right direction in Batgirl Vol 6. Its Batgirl for Congress! Plus, masked assassins and awkward exes! Barbara Gordon volunteers to campaign for an up-and-coming reformer candidate who wants You can take the Batgirl out of Gotham City, but you can’t take Gotham out of the Batgirl! Join Barbara Gordan (Batgirl) as she pursues a political position to help steer her city in the right direction in Batgirl Vol 6. It’s Batgirl for Congress! Plus, masked assassins and awkward exes! Barbara Gordon volunteers to campaign for an up-and-coming reformer candidate who wants to take on the GCPD. That puts Barbara in a tough spot against her father—police commissioner James Gordon. And just when things couldn’t get any more awkward, a former flame reenters Barbara’s life. Personal angst and a masked super-villain hunting a mystery target. It’s gonna be a long day, Babs. From writer Mairghread Scott, it’s a new journey for Batgirl as she balances vigilante life with a political campaign in Batgirl Vol. 6. Colects #30-36.

30 review for Batgirl, Volume 6: Old Enemies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I hope DC is smart enough to keep Mairghread Scott around. I really like what she and Paul Pelletier have been doing on Batgirl; fun, exciting stories without any of the kitsch and kiddines of the Burnside stuff. Barbara takes a job as a social media expert with a congresswoman who has an assassin after her. Then we get a nice tie-in with The Batman Who Laughs when Batgirl finds out her psychopath brother has been let out of prison. The book finishes up with a nice story featuring some goofy old I hope DC is smart enough to keep Mairghread Scott around. I really like what she and Paul Pelletier have been doing on Batgirl; fun, exciting stories without any of the kitsch and kiddines of the Burnside stuff. Barbara takes a job as a social media expert with a congresswoman who has an assassin after her. Then we get a nice tie-in with The Batman Who Laughs when Batgirl finds out her psychopath brother has been let out of prison. The book finishes up with a nice story featuring some goofy old Bat villains, the Terrible Trio. Scott and Pelletier play them serious as a new gang trying to move into Gotham. It works quite well. Great art. Interesting stories. What more can you ask?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Mairghread Scott's second (and final, unfortunately) volume of Batgirl stories collects seven issues that pit Barbara against some deadly foes, including the vicious Cormorant, her brother James Jr., and the Terrible Trio. We open with the titular Old Enemies, which introduces Barbara's newest job as a social media director for a new congresswoman, who of course finds herself targeted by an assassin. There's also the return of Jason Bard, who I never expected to see again, let alone in Batgirl's Mairghread Scott's second (and final, unfortunately) volume of Batgirl stories collects seven issues that pit Barbara against some deadly foes, including the vicious Cormorant, her brother James Jr., and the Terrible Trio. We open with the titular Old Enemies, which introduces Barbara's newest job as a social media director for a new congresswoman, who of course finds herself targeted by an assassin. There's also the return of Jason Bard, who I never expected to see again, let alone in Batgirl's life after his role in Batman Eternal, but this is all pretty surprising, in a good way. Babs' new job gives her some new story avenues to explore, and even Cormorant, who's fairly generic as a bad guy, gives Babs a run for her money. The one-shot story between arcs is a tie-in to The Batman Who Laughs mini-series; James Gordon Jr. is always a good villain, I don't think I've ever read him written badly, and Scott's interpretation, as well as Barbara's reactions to him really sell this issue. It's not essential as a tie-in, but it's nice to see this interconnectivity between series when it could easily have been overlooked. Lastly is the three part Terrible story, which isn't terrible at all, but brings Barbara into conflict with the Terrible Trio of Fox, Shark, and Vulture. Again, fairly generic as villains, but Scott makes them far more threatening than you'd expect, to the point that they're actually sticking around under the next writer's pen as well. Paul Pelletier pencils the two three-part stories, and Ive said it before, and I'll say it again, but DC criminally underuse Pelletier. Not that Batgirl isn't a good gig, but he's such a solid and reliable artist that he should really be getting bigger books at this stage in his career. The James Jr. issue is split between Elena Casagrande and Scott Godlewski, who have been doing the rounds as fill-in artists for a while now; Casagrande found herself a slot over on Go Go Power Rangers for a while, and I'd like to see DC trust Godlewski with something more consistent as well. This is one good looking book, overall. Old Enemies fleshes out Barbara's world in some unexpected ways, and Scott never lets something straight forward become old hat. Under her pen, Babs fights villains who should feel one note, but are much deeper than they first appear, and I'm genuinely disappointed to see her leaving the series so soon. Hopefully the next writer is just as good, if not better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    Scott's run on Batgirl comes to an end, and prematurely so to my mind. There are three stories here, the first of which is about an assassin trying to kill a senatorial candidate in the run up to an election. The final story follows up on this, as well as setting up some changes that will presumably form the basis of the next writer's run. In between, there's a one-issue story about James Jr. which doesn't achieve much or go anywhere - again, it may just be setting things up for the future. That Scott's run on Batgirl comes to an end, and prematurely so to my mind. There are three stories here, the first of which is about an assassin trying to kill a senatorial candidate in the run up to an election. The final story follows up on this, as well as setting up some changes that will presumably form the basis of the next writer's run. In between, there's a one-issue story about James Jr. which doesn't achieve much or go anywhere - again, it may just be setting things up for the future. That aside, there's a good mix of action and characterisation here, and in the first half, in particular, it's not always clear who the real villains are. Scott continues with her rather dark take, with some surprisingly graphic violence for a regular comic, combined with some good reflections on Batgirl's double life. The ending feels abrupt, with things stopping midflow, but overall, the good points outweigh the bad.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    I guess I am in the minority here, but I just do not like Mairghread's take on Babs. First, her relationship with her father seems much more strained than in the past and tbf I really enjoy their scenes normally. I also don't buy for a second that Barbara would just roll over and give up her company, without at least some speech or last minute gesture. Other than the James Jr. issue, I found this volume's plot to be very tedious. Good riddance to this creative team.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jürgen Van Holder

    Story was a bit ruined by Barbara just giving up her company to a bunch of real sharks (not the villain ones) and the next issues show that she doesn't get GCE back. Also the new colour of her costume means she's back to being a batman clone and not the strong independent and critical of batman batgirl. Hope its just a temporary insanity of the writers, otherwise I'd rather wait on a reboot.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    I enjoyed this a lot more than Ive liked some of the other recent volumes. The focus on smaller scale villains and more personal interactions is nice, and I like how it gives Babs room to be something other than just female Batman. I enjoyed this a lot more than I’ve liked some of the other recent volumes. The focus on smaller scale villains and more personal interactions is nice, and I like how it gives Babs room to be something other than just “female Batman.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    4.5 stars. My favourite character. Absolutely flew through this. So dark and gritty. Loved it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    SW

    Read as issues

  9. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Meh. James is one of my least favorite villains.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    A great run, but I was bummed by some hanging plot threads which hopefully will be picked up by the next writer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kyera

    I read these issues individually, as the bound collection has not yet been published. Review to come.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    We get a couple of two issue storylines and both work fairly well. The first story involves Batgirl helping a candidate for Congress, which in many ways plays homage to the Bronze Age Batgirl for Congress story. The second finds her battling a new version of the Terrible Trio. Mostly, the stories in this book work a treat. Throughout, there's subtle developments in character, the return of old flames, tension with her father of her killer brother from prison, and the discarding of a status quo We get a couple of two issue storylines and both work fairly well. The first story involves Batgirl helping a candidate for Congress, which in many ways plays homage to the Bronze Age Batgirl for Congress story. The second finds her battling a new version of the Terrible Trio. Mostly, the stories in this book work a treat. Throughout, there's subtle developments in character, the return of old flames, tension with her father of her killer brother from prison, and the discarding of a status quo element that's been in this book for years, but creates a lot of problems that aren't interesting in a superhero book. While Batgirl has some moments of being unusually angry, it does tie into the direction writer Mairghread Scott is taking the character, so I'm good with it and intrigued where this is leading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Galen

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dorris

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meharvan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paul Porry

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason Deuman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rylan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dimitra

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hollie Kissane

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Lu

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  29. 5 out of 5

    James Erickson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

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