Batgirl Volume #1: Batgirl of Burnside

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51jklc+QlrL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Barbara Gordon is adjusting to her life as a Graduate Student in Computer Science and to her new apartment in Burnside. She meets new advisors, fantastic research partners and continues to be friends with folks like Black Canary. With an eidetic (aka photographic) memory, Barbara is able to recreate mental scenes in her head, even after a crazy party. This comes in handy when tech devices begin to go missing all over town. After Black Canary has everything she owns burned to the ground and Barbara has her research project on crime surveillance stolen, big blank spots in Barbara’s memory begin to appear. She is seen in places she has never been and is accused of crimes she would never commit. Is Barbara going crazy or is something using her digital life to play Batgirl?

While I had heard rumors and seen preview shots of the Batgirl costume change, I’ve got to tell you I love the new look. The Batgirl costume is still tactical and practical, but it also looks like something a Grad student might whip together in her apartment, rather than something that Wayne Labs would have to manufacture. This totally helps the cosplay crowd out.

I love how inclusive this comic is. Barbara and her roommates are both members of the tech community, and both have worked to overcome physical disabilities to be full members of society. Black Canary is allowed to be a little wilder but is treated with respect. Barbara’s research partner is Muslim. I couldn’t help but notice how the writers worked all these characters together, without making it a huge deal, just like one would working in a metropolitan city. It was a great change.

Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside also discusses the dangers of having most of your life on electronics and the internet. After signing up for the website Hooq, Barbara’s personal details are used to not only track her, but also frame her. Her personal pictures are leaked and fake pictures are also released. The comic is a good reminder to be careful what you photograph using your cellphone and just how much information you put online.

Batgirl Volume #1: The Batgirl of Burnside is available from DC Comics on June 16, 2015.

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