Now that there’s a new Batman in town, it’s surely going to affect the other vigilantes of Gotham City. No one will be more affected than Batgirl, especially since the new Batman happens to be her father.
This issue kicks off with Jim Gordon and Barbara meeting for the first time in their superhero outfits, while taking on a gang of, uh … AI worshippers? It’s a fun scene, bringing in the same sense of humour that writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher use to make their run so much fun thus far. Unfortunately, Batman is under orders to arrest all vigilantes along with criminals, putting a serious dampener in their potential partnership in crime fighting.
A good chunk of the comic is dedicated to Barbara speaking with those she cares about, whether it’s her roommate/new partner or her father. The scene where he admits that he’s Batman to her is written very well. Barbara tries to admit that she’s Batgirl but he doesn’t really give her the chance. It’s clear that they care about each other, which makes the Batman/Batgirl conflict all the more interesting.
The art by Babs Tarr is also great. It perfectly captures the overall lighthearted mood with its bright colours and often cute character design. At the same time, the AI worshipper’s lair is a creepy old mansion with worn-out walls and damaged paintings. Facial expressions do a great job at expressing Batgirl’s frustration with her father being the new Batman.
This storyline could go in a number of ways. Will Barbara reveal herself to the new Batman? Will they keep fighting or will they come to some sort of understanding? Either way it’s kind of exciting. Batgirl regulars should pick this up, as should anyone interested in seeing how Jim being the new Batman affects the relationship with his daughter.