With the Christmas season heavy upon us, the shopping is being taken care of, the geese are being roasted and the candy canes are hanging from the boughs of the stockings or something like that. We all need a break for some great comics. Before you head out for this week's books, take a look at some of the titles from last week you may have missed.
Batgirl #16 (DC Comics)
By Bryan Q. Miller & Dustin Nguyen
Wanted for murder in the death of one of her fellow Gotham University students, Batgirl finds herself on the run from the Gotham City Police Department. The campus begins to turn against her, and Batgirl and her crew need to step up their efforts to find the real killers. Despite a rather grim synopsis, this continues to be one of the few truly fun
comics in the Batman family of titles. Batgirl, Oracle and Proxy make for a really entertaining team, even as Proxy seems to be flirting with the dark side of Gotham City. And although I do have that hope in my heart that Steph and Tim Drake will eventually find one another again (I’m a romantic at heart), the flirtations with the new cast member here work well. The addition of Dustin Nguyen
to the art side of this book is paying off – he’s got a very energetic, kinetic style that suits the high-flying action of the title. When it began, I felt like this book was the surrogate for the old Birds of Prey
series, what with Steph’s tutelage under the watchful eye of Barbara Gordon. With BoP back from the dead and Babs taking a smaller role in this title, though, I’m amending that. This book is to the current Batman family what Nightwing
used to be – a place for the brighter hero in the family to have bold adventures without having to get pulled into the muckier side of things month after month. --Blake M. Petit