It’s a freaky Friday when the Batgirls wake up inside each other’s bodies! That can’t be possible, right? It’s only stuff you see in the movies? Except Oracle has seen this happen before and the only person who may have the antidote to swap their bodies back… is Batman! And to make matters worse, Lady Shiva is here confronting her daughter about something… and it’s up to Steph to put on her best Cass to get through it!
Get Your Comic OnThe first ever Batgirls annual arrives at the perfect time. It seamlessly segues between two arcs, giving closure on what has come before and teasing what's next. Masterfully written and beautifully rendered.
You Don't Read ComicsThe whole creative team has shown a great deal of progress over the course of its time together with Babs, Steph, and Cass. The annual shows the poise and nuance that come with an ample amount of experience together as a team. It’s been fun to watch the team grow together on both sides of the comics. It’s not very often that teams match up this well. With any luck, the three characters, the two writers, and the two artists will continue to haunt their own distinctive corner of Gotham for quite some time.
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The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Friendship and family take the forefront in the over the top, jam-packed issue. In the first Batgirls Annual, Phillips uses humor and pop culture references to create an additional layer of depth to a narrative that emphasizes relationships. I love these fun “easter eggs” and I may or may not have put The Prisoner’s Song on my current playlist. This issue has a lot to unpack and as it has such a breadth of character development it serves as a part 1 to a new storyline instead of acting as a stand-alone chronicle. The Art: The artwork in this edition uses a traditional, yet youthful, comic styling that focuses on character expression and form. The detailed drawings bring the script to life and the changing colorwork does much for creating an emotional involvement for the reader. This is a well-done piece that I found visually stimulating.
COMICON‘Batgirls’ meets ‘Freaky Friday’ in the first annual for one of DC Comics’ most colorful and fun books on the stands. Far more pages give us more time with the Batgirls as their world continues to grow and solidify, continuing to be a dynamic colorful, and very energetic place to visit full of so much character depth.
Geek DadAfter a year of stories, the Batgirls occasionally feel like second fiddles in their own bookwith several complex villainous conspiracies and Barbara Gordon occasionally pulling focus as the third Batgirl. In some ways, this annual feels like it's attempting to refocus the book on Cass and Stephand then it takes a strange and wacky turn into left field and throws the entire series for a loop.
DC Comics NewsThe Batgirls 2022 Annual is for the sensitive reader. When I say that I mean it is for a reader who is able to connect with the characters and relationships. This isn't a loud blockbuster, but it's not without an interesting and exciting plot. However, the attention to character and relationships is what elevates this, although the twists in the setup and plot are really cool as well! More comics should be like Batgirls. Even if you weren't a fan of Steph and Cass when the series started, it's hard to imagine how you can't be now after just over a year of the series.
Dark Knight NewsThere’s no way you should miss this annual! We have amazingly well written characters, with visually stimulating artwork by hugely talented people. The Batgirls 2022 Annual was nothing like I expected, yet somehow everything I needed from these. The bonding and closeness you get to see with get you in the feels, and I love it.
ComicBook.comThe new Batgirls Annual sets up the next arc of the series, with a series of interesting premises. While we knew that Steph's dad was looming in the background, Lady Shiva makes a surprise appearance in this issue as well. Further complicating the Batgirls' relationship is that Babs has left the loft and Cass and Steph encounter another unexpected complication that we won't spoil here. All in all, a fun issue that nicely sets up a second year of the series.
The Batman UniverseThough uneven art and still overly intrusive narration sometimes mar the impact of the story, a plethora of details, emotional beats, and creative character development packs a solid punch for the first Batgirls annual.
Batman-NewsThis annual continues the main story of Batgirls by introducing a number of key elements like Barbara moving out of the clock tower and both Stephanie and Cassandra’s parents coming into play. It also highlights the two girls similarities and differences, while sending them on a wild body swapping adventure. As the first in a two part arc, and an oversized annual it struggles a bit with pacing and tone, but generally gives readers a fun time with the elements it brings in. If you’re keeping up with the series, or just want more lore on some of the Batgirl’s family history it’s one to check out.
Weird Science DC ComicsBatgirls 2022 Annual sets up the next phase of the cauldron's adventures with an out-of-nowhere body swap, character cameos, decent art with bad coloring, and a lot of unnecessary slice-of-life scenes to pad out the pages.