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Batgirls #15

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

There’s nothing like some father-daughter bonding!

Unless you’re Stephanie Brown, and you thought your father was dead… until he kidnapped you!

At least your BFF Cassandra Cain’s determined to find you.

It’s a deadly adventure for Cass, but nothing can stop her from risking it all to save Steph-unless it’s death itself…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Coming off the back of a stunning issue in January, Batgirls packs the biggest of emotional gut punches this month. Wrapped up the usual comic book trappings are feelings of loss and grief but also the hope and strength which rise from overcoming trauma.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    I don’t even know where to go from here. I have so many emotions swirling around in my head and no idea what to do with them. I would normally say “I’d never miss the next issue” or “I’m really excited about getting the next chapter in my hands”, but I’ve been left just a little bit traumatized by Batgirls #15. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. There’s so much interest and intrigue, but please, just a nice filler issue might be needed to recover!

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    There has been a very clear progression throughout Conrad and Cloonan’s series that has palpably brought Cass and Steph together. The tension feels as impressively well-rendered as the action. Everything feels quite fluid in a series that has proven itself to be one of the more reliably good titles in mainstream comics over the course of the past year or so. A little more time with all THREE Batgirls would serve the series well, but the relationship between Steph and Cass is deeply satisfying at the center of the book.

  • 95


    ‘Batgirls’ #15 turns on the sound once more for a heavy issue that finds our title characters tested as the overall plot surrounding their toxic parental elements comes to a heart-wrenching conclusion. An issue that keeps even the most seasoned comic book reader on the edge of their seat and off guard. Anyone still not reading this series needs to get on board because this is what more comics should be like.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: This well spun chapter concludes the Batgirls’ latest story arc in dynamic fashion. Relationships are at the forefront of this action-packed episode, and I was particularly impressed by the level of feeling that encompassed the interaction between Stephanie and Cluemaster. I love it when a villain is written in a way that shows their humanity. And even though his mental health issues are in the forefront, Cluemaster’s love for his child also shines through. Also, the relationship between Cassie and Stephanie are highlighted and strengthens this series’ themes of found family and sisterhood. Finally, this episode ends in a stunning cliffhanger, and I look forward to the introduction of a new storyline.

    The Art: This issue has some well-designed action sequences and interesting dialogue filled content. I found the modern styling and attention to detail really connects the readers to the characters emotions and intentions. Overall, I liked the artwork and found that it perfectly conveyed the tone of the chapter.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This arc has been the most emotionally fraught of the series, although it’s also had the most mood whiplash. Last month’s brilliant silent issue had Cassandra Cain tearing across the city in search of Steph—only to come across a grim scene at the end. (…) What Cloonan and Conrad are doing with Cluemaster is interesting—creating a pitiful but monstrous man who does see the error of his ways eventually, but may be too far gone to do anything about it. But to get there, we have to go through one of the most bizarre cases of mood whiplash I’ve ever seen in a comic, as the story takes a very dark turn and seemingly upends its entire concept—only to undo it a few pages later and leave that twist with very little emotional impact. It’s so powerful that it almost seems to undermine what comes next. The emotional connection between the two leads is so strong that I wonder if the writers are leaning towards a romantic connection for Cass and Steph, but this issue seemed like it would have been the perfect time to move on it if they were. While Neil Googe’s art is more cartoony than Jonathan Case’s master class last month, he does a great job with the harder segments, and this issue is another strong installment.

  • 80

    DC Comics News

    A high level of disparate emotions makes Batgirls #15 an excellent exploration of relationships. That’s what really matters, right? The people in our lives? This title makes this consistently important and therefore, consistently quality storytelling. This is a unique and special title, and the tease of the Mad Hatter in the subsequent storyline is something to be excited about.

  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    Thoughtfully written, beautifully illustrated, and going WAY harder than it needed to, Batgirls #15 closes out this arc and starts the next with power, passion, and skill.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Batgirls as a whole has been a mostly enjoyable series, and this issue falls right into that definition. It’s tense and emotional, and has good action, there’s even a sense that there are some real stakes here. But, the extra large dosage of sentiment towards the end doesn’t do it any favors, nor does an art style not quite suited for the emotional weight of the issue.

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batgirls #15 is a passable issue that delivers a scene of heartfelt emotion surrounded by a contrived plot and functional art with terrible colors.

  • 60

    If the first half of this Batgirls arc showed the begrudging respect between Cassie and her mother, the latter half of the arc shows how irrevocably broken Steph’s relationship with her father is. Cluemaster is back from the dead and suffering from a bad Lazarus Pit resurrection. He pushes Steph through a brutal torture/examination of their relationship, before a drastic misstep has potentially deadly consequences. While Cluemaster’s behavior is erratic, so is the switch back to Neil Googe’s artwork. Googe has worked on several other issues of Batgirls, but this issue feels more frantic and almost rushed and somewhat undercuts the seriousness of the issue’s contents.

  • 40


    This issue could have been really good. It does do a nice job initially in telling a difficult story and in giving us characters who are complex. Unfortunately it jumps past realistic into dramatic and misses it’s mark completely. There is nothing earned about the major emotional beats it attempts, instead they read like cheap shots for drama and nothing else. This could have had a much more impactful ending if it had simply allowed the story room to breathe, and not rushed into things, instead it tried to take a longer story and push it into a single issue.

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