Cover image for Batgirl : year one
Title:
Batgirl : year one
Author:
Beatty, Scott.
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Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
212 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in single magazine form in Batgirl: year one #1-9."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781401200800
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Years before she becomes the information powerhouse known as Oracle, and long before she's a Bird of Prey, Gordon dons the familiar cape and cowl of Batman to become Batgirl But between the skepticism of Batman and the watchful eye of her adoptive father, James Gordon, she's finding entry into the hero biz difficult at best. Ages 7+.


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Library Journal Review

A new take on the early adventures of Barbara Gordon, the first Batgirl and the original librarian action figure. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Her police captain father doesn't want her on the force. The FBI says she's too short to be a field agent. But Barbara Gordon is determined to find a place among crime fighters and transcend her existence as an "Underpaid Librarian and Potential Defaulter of Student Loans." To annoy her dad, who's embarrassed by the help the police secretly receive from Batman, Barbara wears a Batman-inspired costume to the force's masquerade ball. When supervillain Killer Moth crashes the party, she drives him from the building-and a new caped crusader is born. The Moth christens her "Batgirl" ("I'd have preferred `Batwoman,'" she remarks), and her action hits the news and attracts the attention of another disapproving father-type: Batman himself, who warns her that she's out of her league. Undaunted, Barbara buys herself some gear, and an admiring Robin sneaks her the rest of the equipment she needs. Many a panel later, triumph and the respect of both of her "fathers" ensue. Batgirl is a joy from start to finish, with smart, barbed dialogue; a dense (but not migraine-inducing) plot; exuberantly drawn action; and impressive characterization. Rejected by the mobsters he's offered his protection to, Killer Moth fails because he believes those who say he's outclassed. Batgirl refuses such shallow bait. She's a heroine whom teens will embrace, and this volume may well be the best superhero comic of 2003.-Emily Lloyd, Rehoboth Beach Public Library, DE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.