Review: Batgirl vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection

Batgirl vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection

Collection: Batgirl #1-6 © 2011-2012

Publisher: DC Comics © 2012

Cover Art: Adam Hughes

Writer: Gail Simone

Pencils: Ardian Syaf + Vicente Cifuentes

Inks: Vicente Cifuentes

Colors: Ulises Arreola

Letters: Dave Sharpe

The artwork on Batgirl vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Ardian Syaf is spectacular. He adds so much detail and care into his work. You can tell he’s not a phone-it-in kind of worker. He clearly takes great pride in his work. As he should. His lines are crisp and tight, there’s a lot of details in each panel and these components create a very surreal feel. It allows the reader to forget he’s looking at a drawing and see it more like a movie. Or at least it did for me. The Inking by Vicente Cifuentes really compliments Syaf’s work and brings it out of the two-dimensional box of art. The shading, utilizing lines and thick shadow, is done quite tastefully. The light angles are perfect in every shot. The coloring by Ulises Arreola is also great work. He really works the color variations, adding layers of color that bring it all to life.

The writing on Batgirl vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by the legendary Gail Simone was of course off the charts awesome. I love her characters internal monologues and their dialog with one another is always organic and says a lot between the lines. Gail Simone’s story is fluid and comes across smoothly. In that I mean that all the events, talks and meetings seem so totally natural. Sometimes writers add elements into their story that seem so crammed and forced into it where it didn’t necessarily fit right. Simone doesn’t even enter the ballpark on doing that. Well written, directed and paced. The pacing due in part to the fabulous lettering job of Dave Sharpe.

A few years ago Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, was shot through her stomach and spine and was therefore paralysed by the Joker (the Killing Joke). But Babs is a fighter, she gets it from her father Jim Gordon, and after three years of hard work Barbara Gordon is not only walking, but back on the streets as Batgirl. Despite this great accomplishment Babs still feels that she needs to prove herself to her mentors: Batman, Nightwing and especially her father Commissioner James Gordon. Each night though, she must prove to herself that she has recovered, both mentally and physically.
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