Batgirl: Year One Deluxe Edition. by Chuck Dixon (Author), Scott Beatty (Author, Illustrator), Marcos Martin (Artist), Alvaro Lopez (Artist)

Fueled by her frustration with her father for opposing a career in law enforcement and not meeting outdated requirements to join those agencies, Barbara Gordon dons the mask and becomes Batgirl. At first she tries reaching out to the Justice League, but after that fails, she goes it alone.

Killer Moth is the antagonist and his story is laid out parallel to Batgirl’s. As much as Cameron van Cleer wants to establish himself as a Bad Man, he comes up short, but this only spurs his anger. Batgirl also faces resistance from the duo of Batman and Robin who don’t really know what to make of the new upstart.

The story arc is good, but what I found fascinating is the way that each issue has its own style of storytelling. One in particular is broken up with Batgirl’s journal entires attached to each page. It’s a view into her mind that makes you want to keep reading and reading.

If you’re looking for a story in the Batman world, but want a different character’s view, this is for you. This is an excellent collection.

Recommended.

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