Today while I was cruising around the local bookstore, I noticed Batman Beyond: Batgirl Beyond (graphic novel 162 pages). I didn’t know that they had Batman Beyond comics or trade paperbacks, so I picked it up and started reading.
I was hoping that there would be more about Batgirl in this, since it was named Batgirl Beyond, but it appears as though only one story in this collection actually had anything to do with Batgirl. Batgirl wasn’t even mentioned in the first or last section, even though the stories were both good. So that was a little disappointing.
In the first section, Terry is dealing with the aftermath of some sort of night of the Jokerz or something. I don’t know. But I did find that there was another trade paperback for Batman Beyond: 10,000 Clowns and I bought it, too, but I finished reading Batman Beyond: Batgirl Beyond first, since I had already started reading it. I might also have to go back and watch the series again before I reread these books in the proper order. I’m pretty sure Dana is Terry’s girlfriend from the tv series, but I’m not positive. So when Dana and Terry are talking in the hospital and she goes to talk to Bruce, I’m guessing that she’s the new Batgirl, but in the next section, it’s revealed to be someone else. And I’m not sure that I remember that person from the series at all.
So even though the first section had nothing to do with Batgirl, I did like the return of Max and I really liked seeing the Metal Men and how Bruce and Terry start building a bigger “Bat Family” because Bruce finally realizes that maybe going it alone isn’t such a good idea after all.
Once the section with Batgirl came up, I did enjoy the exchanges between the new Batgirl and Barbara Gordon. And I found this Batgirl to be rather amusing. Especially when Batgirl and Commissioner Gordon meet and Barbara asks who Batgirl is and she responds with, “Really? The bat on the costume isn’t a tip off? I was so sure it was obvious.” But it’s not really clear if this Batgirl is working with Bruce and Terry or not, or where this story takes place in the scheme of the other parts of this book. She’s not mentioned anywhere else in the rest of the book, so that’s kind of confusing.
Overall, I’m glad I purchased this and would probably rate it as a low three. I’m going to have to refresh from the tv series and the previous trade paperback and then I suspect that I’ll read this again and maybe be less confused.