“Batgirl takes center stage in this collection, which includes her 1967 debut and various stories through the ’90s!”
Starting with her very first story, “The Million-Dollar Debut of Batgirl,” these stories show how Batgirl’s resourcefulness, courage and determination make her one of DC’s best. Even though she’s a stereotypical librarian by day, Princess Leia hairdo and all.
But, Batgirl’s “Greatest Stories” of all time?
These comics were before my time. I can’t compare the stories they chose against the larger whole, but the collection as a whole is rather disappointing. The stories are lackluster and forgettable; either Babs goes up against common criminals, or villains like a female Joker, Benedict Arnold, Killer Moth and…Satan? Really, DC? And most of the time Babs shares the spotlight with Batman and Robin, instead of highlighting those stories from her own title. I don’t understand why an issue from Batgirl: Year One was left out.
No Batgirl fan could look at these and be convinced that they’re the greatest Batgirl stories ever told. But then again, I haven’t read every Batgirl comic from this era, so is it fair for me to expect that there are better ones out there?
It’s weird that this is the best of Batgirl, because none of the stories were particularly good.
Why didn’t DC include the great story of when Batgirl was shot by Cormorant and had to overccome her fear of him to save Batman? And what about when Batgirl single-handedly defeated Dr. Phosphorus while saving Batman’s life (yet again). Or when Batgirl’s friend was murdered by Zsasz and she tracked him and took him down while Batman watched silently from the shadows? Or how about any of the marvelous ’80s Batgirl stories by Barbara Randall? Nope. DC decided against those classics and instead chose some dumb stories, like when Batgirl fought Benedict Arnold and Satan.
DC took the easy/lazy way out with this collection. There’s no rhyme or reason to what was chosen, and these stories are by no means the greatest batgirl stories ever told.
Clearly, this is one for the bean-counters, NOT the fans! Spend your money elsewhere.
…Wow. The fans have spoken, folks. What a shame that DC shortchanges a heroine with not only a small but loyal fanbase, but also a hero who’s been shortchanged in the biggest way possible (you can thank Alan Moore for that). Because she’s never been freed from her wheelchair, Batgirl has a finite number of stories to choose from. And they have done multiple volumes for heroes in the “Greatest Stories” series, but I doubt Batgirl will get another shot; if anything, it’ll be an Oracle collection.
How disappointing that DC just churned this anthology out for a quick buck, instead of taking the time to create a collection that gives full credit to one of the greatest superheroines of all time. I’ll stick with Batgirl: Year One, thank you very much.