Batgirl of Burnside Volume 1
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Burnside - the coolest neighborhood in Gotham - is a hub for young artists, fashionistas and techies. And now, it is also home to Batgirl. As the newest resident of the city’s hippest zip code, Barbara has new roommates, a new school and a new costume.
But as Batgirl’s popularity grows (along with her devoted online fan base), Burnside suddenly seems to have an excess of Batgirls. And one of these imposters is out to kill off the original!
Review: When it comes to comics/graphic novels, I tend to favor the DC universe more. I haven't read that many stories featuring Batgirl so it was fun to check out volume 1 of this new collection of stories surrounding the young heroine. These stories are more geared toward a teen female audience. Barbara, otherwise known as Batgirl, is living in an apartment with a friend. She uses social media. She works at a college on a computer science project. She likes to go out and have fun. She crushes on boys and goes on dates.
Oh yeah, and she fights off the bad guys of Burnside.
As for the overall story in this volume, I thought it was well done. It kept me reading and curious to see what would happen. I was worried about Barbara's reputation as fake Batgirls were going out and acting very un-Batgirl like. I was never really worried about her safety though - Barbara's got this!
I did like how part of the mystery had to do with a dating website, as it's just another modern addition to the Batgirl stories. Burnside is a hip place and Batgirl definitely fits in! I want to read volume 2 and see where Barbara goes next!