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Batgirls #9

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

After what happened with Seer, there’s no time to waste for the Batgirls as they go Batgirling back into detective mode! And this new murder hits even closer to home-literally! As Steph, Cass, and Babs are racing to put the clues together about who might be the Hill Ripper, they get an unexpected visit. Who doesn’t love a killer fight scene? Yet with all this murder going on, Steph still manages to get her flirt on!

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29 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    There is a broken record that plays throughout my reviews of this title, and that's the emphasis on character. Ultimately, it's what makes or breaks a title. Batgirls #9 is a perfect example of how characters drives a story and keeps a reader engaged. It's these characters' lives we here for, right? That's what counts. That's what keeps readers coming back.
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Nine issues in and the team finally gets something of an extended breather before barreling straight into the jaws of one of its darkest, most earthbound threats. Once again, Conrad, Cloonan, and company manage to balance an unsettling number of plot elements into a single, cohesive narrative that feels every bit as substantial as anything that any Gotham-based hero has managed in the past. The larger-than-normal bat ensemble adds a sense of community that embraces a much more satisfying bigger picture of Gotham City than what often finds its way into a single issue of ANY series.
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 90


    A deep focus on character is one of the things that makes many people fall in love with comic books, and ‘Batgirls' is one of those series that nails the delicate dance of filling an issue with tons of character moments alongside the superhero action in all the right amounts. A vividly colorful and fun series that is a delight from the first page to the last with each and every single issue so far.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This issue manages to give each of the Batgirls a great spotlight and develop their characters a bit more, and with new players like Alysia and the upcoming Maps Mizoguchi looking to potentially join the book, I hope it continues that pattern. It’s still one of the most enjoyable Bat-books on the stands right now.
  • 80

    It took a hot minute, but Batgirls is finally finding its groove. This issue is probably the best yet – the story sticks with a single subplot and advances it in a surprising fashion, while spending time with all three characters and highlighting their differences and why they work so well together. The art is bright and dynamic without feeling rushed, and the comic flows effortlessly. The best issue yet and I'm excited to see the comic tackle a new arc.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    This feels a bit like a filler episode of your favorite TV show, as not much happens until the end, but we still enjoy the ride and love spending time with the characters. Batgirls #9 sets things up for the next arc, but also just lets us settle after the previous high-action, fast-paced issues
  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batgirls #9 takes the scenic route to set up the conflict with the last mystery left in this series - the identity of the Hill Ripper. The pacing, dialog, and overall execution are fine, but there are no stakes, no urgency, and no drama. If you're looking for some airy, disposable, forgettable comic entertainment, this is it.
  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    This issue provides a stepping stone into the plot that's been brewing since the very first issue, and already it's showcasing itself to be a bigger puzzle than the Batgirl's first presumed. Mr. Greene, although a grouchy and unpleasant-looking man, was a victim in an ever-growing series of deaths, and just goes to show that assumptions can be ever misleading. Despite their hardships, each young woman continues to tackle their challenges head-on and support the other. Chances are good that the next issue will continue to demonstrate those good qualities and reveal other hidden secrets about the Hill!
  • 50


    While the series is settling into a more reasonable pace, it's also still floundering in some areas. The characters are changing and growing, but we're not getting to see as much of that as we could. And while the stories are focusing more on individual villains, it feels like they're cutting through them faster than the narrative can develop more conflict. While I do enjoy reading this series, the problems are piling up and starting to really take away from it's charm.
  • 45

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batgirls #9 is such a frustrating comic book to read. There are hints of a fun comic book throughout this issue. Unfortunately, Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad consistently get in their own way with how they insert themselves into the story. There is absolutely no need for their constant narration as a key narrative direction for the story. That narrative decision impacts everything from the character development to the enjoyment of the artwork. At this point I'm strongly considering dropping this series all together even though Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain are among my favorite DC Comics characters.

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