batgirl: knightfall descends
gail simone & ed benes
collects issues #7-12
Batgirl Barbara Gordon faces foe after foe now that she's back in the role of Batgirl. A deadly new gentleman killer, Grotesque, stalks the streets of Gotham City; The Court of Owls sets its sight on her father Commissioner Gordon; and an innocent woman sentenced to Arkham emerges more dangerous than the inmates she was locked up with!
One of the problems with trying to follow a comic book series is that you find yourself missing small details because they happened in another series. Had you not read the Owl issues in the Batman series I think you would definitely feel like you were missing a bit of the puzzle. But other things happen here or there and I'm constantly feeling like I need to be reading ALL THE DC. Guess that means they're doing their jobs then, right?
Grotesque is another villain that got absolutely no page time other than a couple of panels where he waxes poetic on his desire to possess everything that would be considered 'the best'. But why? And who was he? (To be honest, I'm a bit further ahead in the series, I'm just late reviewing these so I do know there could be a bit more on the horizon, but still as I'm reading it I feel like I don't really care what Grotesque is up to.)
It's like Batgirl is cycling through villains at record speed. No one sticks around to play for any length of time and her story arcs are just little blips. I've got to say, I don't think Gail Simone is really using Batgirl to the full of her potential here. She skips around to every part of Barbara's life without ever really digging down deep and giving us anything below the surface. Her relationship with her roommate....is there one? Is she ever there at home with her roommate? Her relationship with her father? One of the biggest in her life and nothing. I just feel like there are so many missed opportunities here for some really great storytelling.