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Batgirl #15 - Collision Part Two: Engagement

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Barbara Gordon has to marry the Joker in order to save her mother's life, so will she do it?

The Good

This issue of BATGIRL is definitely filled to the brim with drama and emotion, and I think it's a great example of the culmination of different feelings that we've seen throughout the series. How does Barbara Gordon feel about being in a wheelchair for three years after being shot by the Joker, and if given the chance, will she show him mercy or try to kill him? I think that the way Simone and artists Daniel Sempere and Vicente Cifuentes executed this issue was just fantastic. Simone really allows the artists to tell the story for her in certain panels, letting their pictures speak to the reader for her.

This was definitely one of Simone's stronger issues on this series and that might be because she spent the last fourteen issues leading up to this one dealing with Barbara Gordon's feelings about being shot and being disabled for three years and the trauma that being shot by the Joker caused her. In this issue we see a culmination of all those feelings executed in a way that really highlights Simone's writing. She really plays on the strengths of the artists in this issue and it works really well for her.

This issue is a lot of edge-of-your-seat fun, and I think it's well structured. The comic definitely ends off on a cliff-hanger and will have you looking forward to the next issue.

The Bad

When Barbara arrives at the scene where her mother is held captive by the Joker, the Joker issues her a set of instructions which force her to leave that scene, head to a different location and meet him there for the wedding ceremony. I think that while it makes for an interesting scene and it forces Barbara to see her mother and make the choice of leaving her in order to ultimately save her, it is foolish. And although in that moment Barbara has the opportunity to end everything; to end the Joker, but she doesn't do it. Shooting the Joker and killing him would not mean that Joker's henchmen would shoot Barbara or her mother. With him dead, the henchmen no longer have anyone to work for.

And while I can understand that Barbara was stuck in a position where she really couldn't win (she's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't), I think that the scene was sort of unnecessary. The creative team could have had Batgirl show up at the chapel and eliminate the scene in the bowling alley entirely. In fact, showing up at the chapel may have been more efficient in the end.

The Verdict

Although there was a sort of unnecessary chunk smack-dab in the center of this series where Barbara shows up at a bowling alley and then departs for a Church, I don't feel the scene was necessary. Additionally, I think Barbara is leaving too much to chance and trusting the Joker far too much. What she needs to remember is that the Joker is always supposed to be x-number of steps ahead, and that nothing that happens happens without his having planned it beforehand. I think the biggest mistake here is that Barbara makes some rather amateurish mistakes and doesn't feel like she's really thinking about her actions or the likelihood that the Joker will betray her and murder her mother anyway.

Having said that, I think more than many other writers Gail Simone certainly demonstrates a flair for bravado and dramatics. While there are some scenes that could have been eliminated (without hurting the story), I think that overall the scenes and moments that transpire are definitely very exciting. The scene in particular where Barbara is faced with delivering a crippling blow (literally) to the Joker, I think her decision against it is interesting. This scene was particularly well written because Simone breaks down the moment well and allows the artist to take charge of some of the more explicit narrative.

Overall this was was pretty solid issue of BATGIRL and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next. Will Barbara marry the Joker? Will she show up at the chapel to see her mother has been killed? And where does her brother, James Gordon Jr. fit in?

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(something wrong here?)

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@Outside_85 said:

(something wrong here?)

*Agrees* Wrong Batgirl issue. Still, great review.

Even if for a slight second I got seriously excited that Stephanie Brown had returned to the DCU. Just for a second.

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It's been fixed.

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People having been digging into this series, but I've actually been liking it a lot, can't wait to read this issue.

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first good issue in looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time.

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"Barbara Gordon has to marry the Joker in order to save her mother's life, so will she do it?"

Comic books! This doesn't exactly make me think this series has gotten any better, sorry.

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It sounds like a very weird issue. I'm looking forward to reading it in just a minute.

It's a shame that Simone is not going to have a chance to do her James Jr. story.

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This was a really weird issue

there had been bad issues before but never with such a poor structure here where im literally confused to what exactly was happening, or why was it happening.

First of all, the scenes with Joker and her Therapist, what the hell was the point of that?, i just dont get what is the connection at all to have him threaten a random character that we never meet(therefor we never care for) and then saying that he was going to maim his wife to be.

this is once again is kind of rewriting The Killing Joke, with the whole backstory of the Joker and his dead wife, i know its suppose to be a possibility and not a certainty of it, but if you take it into consideration as "it might had happen" then the idea of this scene and probably the entirety of the plot just makes absolutely no sense

then the bomb, I really dont understand what happen, I just genuinely do not understand the scene, the joker has a bomb underneat her mother, that will obviously kill her, but Barb states that it will kill him too, so he proceeds to beat him up???

what?

so The Joker didnt thought about this at all? that just makes no sense, this is just such a gaping hole in Joker's plan that it just feels out of character, it feels like just a pure excuse to have Batgirl beat up Joker in a fanfiction type of fantasy from Gail Simone.

I once again have NO IDEA, what is James Jr doing in this story, It just doesnt make sense, first he tells barb where the joker is but we assume that is because he wants to harm her, not protect his mother, now he trying to protect his mother? the same mother that he scar in Black Mirror, the same mother that he told to leave when he was a kid.

If you are satisfied with having Barb just beating up the Joker, then that will be enough for you to like this issue, but if you expect the plot to make sense then look for another book

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I thought Barbara was completely defeated in the skating rink. Would the henchmen technically have had no reason to kill Barbara if she had killed Joker? Yes, but I would not expect anybody to see that immediately in a high stake situation. Furthermore, anybody who works for the Joker is a rather special sort anyway, and I would never be too sure of what they have planned.

On the flip side, I agree completely that the transition from bowling ally to chapel was clunky and unnecessary It really broke the flow of the story.

The BatWatch Review is up for anybody interested.

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arnoldoaad , you think anyone's going to read your post in a Batgirl article? Just give up will you. You got what you wanted, they are going to ruin the series, have fun with that.

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This issue was boring.

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@velvetmeds: C'mon, was that really necessary? This a public forum and the user is fully capable of voicing their opinion. If you don't like what they have to say, just ignore it mate.

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this was one of the better issues in a while. The only problem i have is that i just dont understand why any human being with anything close to a soul would think for even a half a second that killing a man who wants to kill a nine year old girl is wrong. I understand its comics but i honestly got sick to my stomach when i thought about batman, batgirl, and any other "hero" having problems killing this man. All this showed me is that basically all "heroes" see the morality around killing as black and white, because if you wont kill someone who has and will again, not only kill but torture little girls than you are just as almost as bad as the joker.

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Not a bad issue. I'm just not a fan of the direction. Barbara being forced to wed the Joker is just kind of out there.

Also, am I the only one who does not like the way Joker is drawn in Batgirl? In most other titles he looks ok but the past two issues he's just looked...well weird.

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Please! be my special potato salad forever.

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Am I the only one bothered by the issue title? Where was 'Collision, Part One?'