Batgirls Steph and Cass were taken off guard when they were captured by some unexpected but familiar visitors in the 2022 Annual and now it’s time for them to take the power back and do their own confronting!
But sometimes it’s easier to kick butt than it is to talk about feelings, especially when those feelings hit close to home.
Lady Shiva and Cluemaster seem to want to make amends with their daughters but if the girls know anything, it’s that nothing is ever what it seems!
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Geek DadBatgirls has always been one of the most fun books in DC’s current stable, but this issue might be the best of the entire run. That’s partially due to the guest art of Jonathan Case, an acclaimed cartoonist whose art style somehow manages to tread a fascinating line between the retro style of Mike Allred and the gritty design of Francesco Francavilla. He’s a perfect fit for a story that involves both the fraught relationship between the Batgirls and their villainous parents, and one of the most time-honored gimmick plots in fiction—the bodyswap.
COMICONMonth after month ‘Batgirls’ continues to be one of the best series that DC Comics is putting on the shelves because of deep heartfelt relatable character moments, engaging plotlines, and just an overwhelmingly fun energy. Every artist brings their A-game to this series, finding ways to keep it serious but fun and always engagingly gorgeous to behold.
ComicBook.comBatgirls #13 is one of the series' strongest issues yet. (...) onathan Case's artwork is a triumph as well – like most superhero comics on an accelerated schedule, the artwork of Batgirls has bounced around a lot, but Case's work is some of the strongest we've seen. I honestly wonder if the creative team shooed in a Zatanna cameo just to get Case to draw her. Honestly, top notch stuff.
DC Comics NewsCharacter driven comics will never go out of style. They may not always get the headlines or the hype, but they are substantially better on the whole. There's just more to enjoy, and Batgirls #13 gives the reader a lot to chew on and think about. Some comics are better when you think about them and let them sink in, others deteriorate as soon as you start thinking on a deeper level. Batgirls, is of course, the former, a series that is ultimately about people and relationships and gets better as it sinks in.
You Don't Read ComicsThe writing team of Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad continue a fun, witty action fantasy in an issue brought to the page by artist/colorist/letterer Jonathan Case. The visuals of the drama feel a bit stiff and static, but the action feels quite dynamic.
Dark Knight NewsThis arc is going to be spectacular. We have had so many surprise guests already, and we’re barely 2 issues in. Batgirls #13 sets the next few issues up amazingly. Babs is figuring out how to get the girls back into their bodies while Steph and Cass deal with the parents from hell. What more shenanigans could you want? I can’t wait for the next issue!
Get Your Comic OnI’ve consistently said that Batgirls is one of my favourite books of 2022 and this final issue has only cemented that further. The Vice Versa arc may only be two issues old but is already proving the versatility of the creative team. I predict even bigger things in 2023 for the Batgirls!
AIPTWith a great dynamic between the two leads and some terrific art, Batgirls #13 continues the series trend of being an enjoyable ride, with just a few minor bumps in the road.
The Batman UniverseThis story raises the stakes for Steph and Cass well and gives Steph and Babs some really solid adventures - fighting for the former, detecting for the latter, and deploys its guest stars brilliantly, especially when rendered by new guest artist Jonathan Case in his moody, elegant style.
Weird Science DC ComicsBatgirls #13 wraps up the body swap adventure by waiting for the spell to wear off. You get the impression Cloonan and Conrad are throwing in goofy developments to pad space and bide time while DC figures out if the title will continue after issue #15. In effect, this title is quickly devolving into a timewaster.
Batman-NewsOnce again I feel like Batgirls has fallen into the trap of trying to do a little too much. From it's attempts at utilizing the well worn trope of body swapping to trying to build up some conflict between the Batgirls and their parents it really misses the mark in all the ways that count. There is no real feeling of Steph or Cass living a real day as the other, or tension between them and their respective parents because they're technically not even there for the important conversations. This really should have been separate arcs: one focused on the girls empathizing with each other, and one for their conflict with their parents.