This is a special all-silent issue of Batgirls featuring Cassandra Cain as she mourns her bestie, Steph Brown Batgirl, who was kidnapped by her own dad!
If Cass doesn’t act fast, she might lose Steph forever… so it’s a good thing she has a single clue about where Cluemaster might’ve taken Steph from when Cass was still body-swapped with her…
COMICON‘Batgirls' has been a character-rich emotional roller coaster since the very first issue and that gets taken up by like a hundred in this powerful heartwrenching issue, which silently hinges on the core best friend relationship of this series. A colorful gorgeous throwback feeling issue, this is one that will easily go down as a classic and be talked about for years to come.
DC Comics NewsBatgirls #14 gives readers the “silent” treatment in a a unique chapter of the current story arc that began in Batgirls 2022 Annual. The story is an emotional journey, but Jonathan Case does a stellar job in his storytelling and coloring. It’s a special issue that will be even more significant when this story wraps up. It can also be enjoyed as a one-off, and it’s hard to imagine it not drawing new readers in who are checking out the title for the first time!
Dark Knight NewsBatgirls #14 is my favorite issue of the series so far. There are so many special things about it, but the fact we get to focus on one of the Batgirls is a major part. I hope we see issues like this for the other girls on the team. Seeing something from their unique point of view. Definitely don’t miss this one, and after yet another outstanding cliffhanger I won’t be missing the next one either.
Get Your Comic OnEven without the use of dialogue Cloonan, Conrad and triple threat artist Jonathan Case deliver an emotional, pulse-pounding experience. Batgirls #14 a masterclass in visual storytelling.
You Don't Read ComicsThe fourteenth issue of the series feels like a perfect point for a silent issue. That being said, its difficult to imagine how its going to fit into the overall rhythm of the series. At first glance, its woven pretty cleverly into the ongoing composition of the story. When it shows up in the eventual trade paperback, it might feel like a bit of a sudden lurch in tone and style between the thirteenth and fifteenth issues. On its own, though, its a lot of fun. Conrad and Cloonan manage something thats almost clever enough in rendering a coherent story that it could serve as a good place for new readers to jump on. The best silent issue kind of needs to be able to do this.
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The Super Powered FancastThe Story: The aptly titled “The Rest Is Silence” is a cleverly created narrative that uses no voice narrative. I found this method of storytelling riveting. With her family missing, Cassie’s quiet search encapsulates both the loneliness and directness of focus that frames her current mindset. It makes Stephanie’s letter that much more profound. The stark contrast between Stephanie’s tone and unyielding silence in my opinion symbolizes the love of life and humor that the two Batgirls bring to each other. I was very impressed with the amount of care taken and I must say, this is my favorite episode of the series. I eagerly await what happens next. The Art: This illustration in this story is crafted in a modern, realistic comic styling. Although the action scenes are intense, I was particularly captivated by the quieter scenes where the attention to character expression and form taps into the readers emotions. I was also very impressed with the lettering and how it clearly demarcated the different forms of media used in the story. Overall, I found this issue to be cleverly handled and beautifully fulfilled.
AIPTCass and Stephanie have a very engaging dynamic as Batgirls, and it’s been the strength of the series to see them working together. It’s a testament to Cloonan, Conrad, and Case’s power as creators to remove part of the equation and still make one of the series’ best issues. Art, colors, lettering, and writing are firing on all cylinders in Batgirls #14 as the creative team proves that sometimes less is more.
Geek DadJonathan Case, the guest artist on this arc, does an amazing job of creating unique fight scenes, particularly a dazzling battle on a suspension bridge far above Gotham where Cass comes under assault by close to a hundred ninjas.
ComicBook.comBatgirls runs with a "silent" episode as Cass attempts to ascertain Steph's location after her capture by Cluemaster. This is a great issue that uses Jonathan Case's artwork to tell a great story, with Cass (who is usually the butt-kicker of the Batgirls) trying to use her detective skills instead. Case uses a more stylized and energetic aesthetic, with Cass's eyes doing most of the emoting on a backdrop of a detail-light costume. It's makes for some very cool visuals, especially a sequence involving ninjas and Cass's mother Lady Shiva. Considering that Cass was originally mute and still only fleetingly speaks in the present day, I particularly enjoyed how the lack of dialogue represented some of what Cass misses when her best friend Steph isn't around.
The Batman UniverseCloonan, Conrad, and Case - the three “Cs” of Batgirls - have crafted a truly excellent issue of Batgirls that should stand out in the history of Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain.
Batman-NewsAll in all, I wanted this issue to be an emotional look at Cass and Steph’s relationship, something that continues the theme we’ve seen played out over the last few issues, and while it does continue that idea, it doesn’t quite land the way I wanted it to here. The balance between investigation, action, and emotional elements felt off here, as it saved the emotional beats for much later in the story than it should have. While I generally enjoy silent comics, this one really didn’t hit home for me.