BATGIRL # 37 – 39
Batgirl 39’s release reminded me that I hadn’t read the previous two issues so I sat down with all three. Issue 37 caused controversy and accusations that it was transphobic and transmisogynistic due to its treatment of a cross-dressing character, issues for which the creators quickly released an honest and heartfelt apology. I don’t think the creators had any ill intentions with the character but, for a book which had been getting a lot of praise for its strong female characters and which has featured one of comics’ few trans-woman characters, it’s quite a big error of judgement which could be damaging to the book and character. I hope that by listening to the readers and responding well to them, the creators have not lost too many fans. The story of Barbara’s hijacked identity continues in Issues 38 and 39, building towards next issue’s conclusion. The story continues to be enjoyable and the artwork is great – this is a great creative team who I hope will recover from their misstep in Issue 37. I’ll personally stick with the book.
It’s a quiet week for new comics but I did pick up a second printing of BITCH PLANET # 1, which has received some great reviews, as well as EI8HT # 1, which I picked up because I like Rafael Albuquerque’s work.
I’ll be honest though, I have not had time to read either one: I’ll blame it on the return of the Flash to my TV.
THE FLASH – EPISODES 10 & 11 ‘REVENGE OF THE ROGUES’ AND ‘THE SOUND AND THE FURY’
The Flash returns from its mid-season break with a pair of fun episodes. Rogues sees a little Prison Break reunion with Wentworth Miller’s villain Captain Cold, joined by Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave. They team up to take down the Flash and bring us closer to the creation of the Rogues, a collection of the Flash’s foes. The Sound and The Fury introduces the Pied Piper, who does not do any piping. The episode’s fun, and hints at the series’ bigger plot points, especially those involving Wells and the Reverse Flash.