31 Days of Halloween Day 18 – Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection

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Only 13 days until Halloween!

Throughout the month of October I’ll be posting once a day with something to get you into the Halloween spirit, including movie and book reviews, real haunted places, occult topics and more. Come back each day and join in the fun!

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Batman. He and his other Gotham friends make a great Halloween topic, thanks to the dark and brooding nature of the comics and the newer movies. Rather than cover something I figured most people would be familiar with, I decided to go with a subject that is likely new to many.

Batgirl often has been portrayed as largely inept, or a set piece that accents Batman and Robin. I never thought too much of her, to be perfectly honest, but then I bought Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection for one of my kids. Since the graphic novel was on my tablet as well, I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised.

Rather than being some carbon copy of Batman or a wanna-be Robin, Batgirl is her own person. This is a reboot for the character, and she’s recovering after having been paralyzed from the waist down for a time thanks to the Joker infamously shooting her years before. She’s regained the full use of her body, but her psyche is still damaged in many ways, making her an interesting and very real character.

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Mirror, a villain that makes people’s nightmares come true, is stalking and killing people randomly in Gotham. Batgirl takes it upon herself to stop him by herself, despite offers from Robin to help her out since she’s just jumped back into the superhero life. Instead, Barbara knows she must face her own fears as well as Mirror to truly break free of the bonds that tie her down. How she goes about this is beautifully told. The art is of top-grade, meeting the kinds of expectations I’d have for a major Batman title.

I’d highly recommend this graphic novel for anyone, even if you’re not a huge Batman fan. It’s an inspiring read to see Batgirl take on huge odds and overcome the obstacles in her way. The story will also keep you engaged from beginning to end, something that’s often rare for me.

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