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Batgirls #17

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Nothing says spring like the Aparo Park Spring Jubilee-live music, good food, and besties Cass Cain and Steph Brown unwinding after a long day of Batgirling. But the day turns sour quickly when snipers Gunbunny and Gunhawk appear on the scene…why are they here, and who are they targeting? It’s up to the Batgirls to protect their fellow Hills residents and find the snipers before anyone gets hurt.

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Print Length
27 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Cloonan and Conrad have given Steph, Cass, and Babs a very solid sense of character development. They’re that much more competent and fluid as a team than they have been over the course of the first year or so of the series. Babs seems to trust the two younger Batgirls a lot more as well. The familiarity between the three crime fighters comes across with striking clarity. The humor fades into the background in the seventeenth issue of the series as Conrad and Cloonan amp up the cool between Babs, Cass, and Steph in the first part of a deeply engaging action crime story.

    In addition to lots of dark moodiness, Rodriguez and Renzi vividly differentiate the two different personalities and approaches of Steph and Cass in a story that brings to life the tense drama of a battle with a sniper lurking in the shadows. The intrigue feels palpable as the Batgirls train and engage a few thugs in battle. The action hits the page stylishly with some very slick angles. Steph serves as a stern, compassionate Batgirl with empathic blue eyes. Cass is the cunning warrior side of the Batgirls in sleek action that glides like a shadow across the page.

    Conrad and Cloonan are clearly setting up for a deeper look into the nature of crime in their new “From Hell’s Heart” storyline. The black market arms dealers who serve as this issue’s minor villains add some depth to the themes that the writers are going to be exploring. It’s the sort of thing that’s been done countless times before, but Conrad and Cloonan seem to be tackling the theme with an impressive sense of overall composition that should be interesting in the months to come.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    We now know that this series will be ending in June—which I consider to be one of the biggest mistakes DC has made in a long time. It’s a fantastic series giving an excellent spotlight to three of the company’s best characters, and this final arc seems set up to send the series out on a high. Following on the emotional intensity of the body-swapping/kidnapping arc, as well as the insanity of the Mad Hatter showdown that saw Steph transformed into a Man-Bat, the girls are looking to relax with a night out at the club. This series continues to ship-tease Cass and Steph quite intensely, with a charged dance scene as well as some comments by Steph that hint at her interest in other women. However, before we can get any deeper into that subtext, the night out is interrupted by something all too common. A mass shooter targets the club, barely missing the girls and nearly killing podcaster Grace O’Halloran’s cameraman.

    This new threat, who is an anonymous sniper, throws all of the neighborhood into chaos as paranoia increases. Grace in particular seems to be spiraling, especially after losing her eye earlier in the series. This leads her into contact with an infamous Gotham gang who offers to sell her weaponry—just in time for the sniper to show up and target everyone involved, including the Batgirls. There’s a raw feeling to this issue, much more intense than this series usually is, likely due to the subtext of gun violence and how it’s a plague few people can escape from. There is also some dialogue here that probably pushed standards and practices a bit, especially a joking countdown from Steph that took me by surprised. It’s great to see Barbara working at her best too—as Oracle guiding her young apprentices from afar. People can quibble with some of the decisions made with this series, but I dare anyone to argue that these characters have gotten a better spotlight together in the last decade.

  • 90


    Friendship and character beats have been huge for this series since it began. Even in the direst of times the Batgirls have had each other and found ways to bring out the positivity to get through the days. This situation is tougher, because gun violence has come to The Hill and innocent people have been caught in the fire that turned out to be meant for them. There are bits of the usual charm of this series and the characters found within, but Michael W. Conrad and Becky Cloonan make sure to give this very painful and sadly always too prevalent topic the focus and seriousness that it needs.


    Much of the artwork of this series has been just as fun and exciting as the story content, really leaning into the strangeness of their situations but capturing all the emotion as well as depth. This issue sees the return of Robbi Rodriguez, who last handled the Annual issue, who has a style that hit sort of a middle space. By that I mean there is some exaggeration to it that fits into that more outlandish vibe but also is very detailed with a depth that feels almost life-like that can capture the serious nature of things. It fits this issue that lives in that middle space too of the fun/emotional but also the very serious.


    In ‘Batgirls’ #17 the girl’s new home is under siege by an unseen force, putting them and everyone around them in the crosshairs as they race to keep The Hill and its residents safe once more. A more serious issue that doesn’t shy away from a tough topic while maintaining the emotional/character aspects that have made it such a great title.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Once again we’re back in the “What, When, Why, Where, How of it all. Cloonan and Conrad really know how to set up a story arc. The mystery and the comradery have already pulled me back in. Batgirls #17 mixes the normal and vigilante without missing a beat. The cliff hangers are always epic and I still have no idea where any of this is going. I wouldn’t miss it.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Batgirls comes full circle. With just two more issues to go the series is bringing the focus back to Hills and how the team has come to call this corner of Gotham home. It feels right that the story should end where it began with a strong focus on its fan-favourite central characters.

  • 80

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  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    The tone seen in Batgirls #17 has finally settled on the kind of sweet melancholy that Cloonan and Conrad are most comfortable with and most skilled at evoking, in contrast with the slightly manic attempt at mimicking DC Super Hero Girls that slightly marred the first couple of arcs. The narration boxes have found a much better rhythm and amount – helping out for wordless scenes like the intensely passionate dance scene opening the story but not interfering in serious moments like the final scene of the Hill’s Angels and the sniper in the graveyard. Steph and Cass are clearly professionals by this point – managing crowds, facing terrifying threats, communicating well, and performing intense feats of derring-do, like Steph distracting a sniper while Cass races to attack the sniper’s nest.

    Cloonan and Conrad mentioned in various locations that they wanted to show the impact of new people moving to a neighborhood, both positive and negative, and in their work with recurring figures like Grace O’Halloran and the Hill’s Angels gang, they’ve really gotten some interesting thoughts down. The Batgirls have made things safer and attracted new residents, but that makes locals like Grace and the Angels both happy and irritated. We don’t know for sure what the sniper’s motivations are (solicitations and covers indicate that classic Chuck Dixon villains Gunhawk and Gunbunny, as well as one of the Saints from the first arc – potentially indicating rewrites once the cancellation of the title came down), but there’s a chance given the ominous note that the Batgirls brought them down on The Hill, similar to Christopher Nolan’s idea of escalation from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. All in all, Cloonan and Conrad are paying off a lot of threads they’ve set up throughout the series, and hopefully, it will wrap up nicely for our wonderful heroines.

  • 60


    This issue gets back to something I think works for Batgirls: Telling a more grounded story focused on the Batgirls and the people they’re trying to protect. Set where they live, and interested in the people they’ve bonded with, the plot works and pushes the idea that they are one part of a bigger community. That said, this issue has its struggles. Some, like it’s lack of direction, have plagued the series the whole run, while others feel specific to the issue like the inconsistent coloring. However, even with those in mind, I feel like it is the start of what I hope will be a strong ending to the series.

  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batgirls #17 begins a new arc heading into cancellation, and if this is the way the Batgirls is going to ride into the sunset, it would have been better for DC to cancel the title at issue #16. A potentially taut crime thriller about a mad sniper is marred by inconsistent art, terrible coloring, and a shockingly tone-deaf lecture about gun control from armored, armed, and illegal vigilantes.

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