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“If you can’t beat them, join them!” – Batgirl

Cecil Castellucci continues her phenomenal run on Batgirl with Batgirl #42, the thrilling conclusion to the “Oracle Rising” arc. Sometimes the best way to fight back is to take a step outside the box. After all, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That winning strategy ends up being the perfect solution to Batgirl’s problems. 

Batgirl (2016) #42

Summary

Batgirl #42 sets up a bold new future for Barbara Gordon in 2020, one that will no doubt be tied to the changing of the guards with the Batman flagship title as DC Comics works to unify the Bat Family across all of their titles. 

Overall
94%
94%
  • Awesomeness - 97%
    97%
  • Plot - 92%
    92%
  • Characters - 92%
    92%
  • Tone - 93%
    93%

The battle between Batgirl and Oracle has been fun to watch thanks in part to the Jekyll and Hyde dynamic between them. They’re the same person, more or less, and that means Oracle is capable of anticipating Batgirl’s every move. The only way for Batgirl to win this fight is to throw out her traditional arsenal and out-think Oracle. 

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Barbara Gordon at her Best

Castellucci take a very simple concept – being unpredictable – and creates a complex story that highlights one of Barbara Gordon’s greatest strengths: Her ability to think on her feet. And with technology out the window, Babs is forced to rely on her wits alone, making Batgirl #42 a fun old-fashioned detective story. And it’s awesome. 

The introduction of chaos into Barbara’s carefully ordered world is more than a clever plot device. Her new laissez-faire attitude will no doubt lead to great adventures in the future as Babs frees herself from the constraints of predictability.

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Batgirl has a great future ahead

Batgirl #42 sets up a bold new future for Barbara Gordon in 2020, one that will no doubt be tied to the changing of the guards with the Batman flagship title as DC Comics works to unify the Bat Family across all of their titles. 

“Oracle Rising Finale” is available in stores now. Writer: Cecil Calstellucci. Art: Carmine Digiandomenico. Colors: Jordie Bellaire. Letters: Andworld Design.