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Posted by G-Man (31704 posts) - - Show Bio

We may all be celebrating around here but things have been a little down in the Gordon family. In a confrontation with her brother, James Jr, Batgirl (and the Commissioner) believe he is dead and Batgirl is to blame. (Make sure you're reading SUICIDE SQUAD for more an update on James Jr).

If you've seen the cover to BATGIRL #22, you know it doesn't look good for our hero. Check out this exclusive preview for next week's issue courtesy of DC Comics.

BATGIRL #22

Following the recent massive trauma she’s suffered, Barbara Gordon tries to move on with her life—without Batgirl!

Written by: Gail Simone

Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion

Cover by: Alex Garner

Color/B&W: Color

Page Count: 32

U.S. Price: 2.99

On Sale Date: Jul 10 2013

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#1 Posted by takuy (17 posts) - - Show Bio

10/10 would teardrop again

#2 Posted by fallbrigade (107 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe she'll quit and become something else while someone new (or not introduced yet... CASSANDRA CAIN!!!) can take up the mantle.

#3 Posted by jer121 (10 posts) - - Show Bio

Her face in the 3rd panel in the 4th picture looks so weird to me

#4 Posted by CellphoneGirl (18847 posts) - - Show Bio

Barbara </3

If she were to stop being Batgirl I would only be happy if Cass or Stephanie came back, but with Barbara still being a strong role in the series.

#5 Posted by Mucklefluga (2544 posts) - - Show Bio

DUN DUN DUUUUUUNNNNN.

#6 Posted by Mucklefluga (2544 posts) - - Show Bio

Is Batgirl selling well? Is it one of DC's highest?

#7 Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND (1197 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks great

#8 Edited by Wolverine08 (40592 posts) - - Show Bio

Very poignant. I feel her pain.

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#9 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

@mucklefluga said:

Is Batgirl selling well? Is it one of DC's highest?

#22 Sold 42,600 copies, and was the 15th highest selling DC title that month, not including annuals.

Edted: I meant to say #20. Sorry. :/

#10 Edited by Trevel8182 (751 posts) - - Show Bio

The hole war that's going to be wagged by Barbara and Commissioner Gordan is beyond stupid Gordan knows his son is a serial killer he saw his wife point a gun at James Jr and don't get me started on Barbara Gordan sr she is beyond awful for not telling Gordan the full story and just running out of town. This plot is just so contrived and stupid.

#11 Posted by Black_Claw (2957 posts) - - Show Bio

Calling it. Babs will become Oracle again (only not crippled this time) and either Cassie or Steph will take over.

#12 Posted by sentryman555 (758 posts) - - Show Bio

I would really like Cassie back but if someone else becomes Batgirl doesn't that just take away the point of Babs leaving? So maybe she'll just create her own identity. Like Dick becoming Nightwing.

#13 Posted by Azura_Thena (139 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow. I haven't read the series but this is powerful stuff. I think I am going to give it a try.

#14 Posted by longbowhunter (6990 posts) - - Show Bio

The Nightwing annual solicit reads "Barbara Gordon no longer fighting under the Bat".

#15 Posted by MrMazz (1216 posts) - - Show Bio

wait did they kill James Gordon Jr. I haven't beenr eading Batgirl

#16 Edited by animehunter (1874 posts) - - Show Bio
@mrmazz said:

wait did they kill James Gordon Jr. I haven't beenr eading Batgirl

she "killed" him in issue 19 but if you read Suicide Squad 20 you will find out he's alive and neither her or her father know it

#17 Edited by Psycho_Soldier (113 posts) - - Show Bio

oh look a killing joke reference once again,...

James Gordon Jr got from awful to interesting in just 1 issue with Suicide Squad

#18 Posted by Falconer (152 posts) - - Show Bio

And then Gail Simone announces she's leaving Batgirl.

*sigh* We can dream, right?

#19 Posted by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio

The cover is the best part, look at that cover. It's flawless!

#20 Posted by The Stegman (23764 posts) - - Show Bio

Fuuuuu! that cover!

#21 Edited by animehunter (1874 posts) - - Show Bio
@mucklefluga said:

Is Batgirl selling well? Is it one of DC's highest?

Here the figures since the relaunch, I have also included the overall ranking for all comics incl. DC, MARVEl, Etc

There is no issue of Batgirl in September according to the solicits

Batgirl #1 - Splitterregen - 81,489 - Rank: 12

Batgirl #2 - Cut Short, Cut Deep - 75,227 - Rank: 14

Batgirl #3 - A Breath of Broken Glass - 62,974 - Rank:18

Batgirl #4 - An End to Dreams - 53,975 - Rank: 23

Batgirl #5 - A Candy Full of Spiders - 51,327 - Rank: 26

Batgirl #6 - A House Made of Spun Glass - 47,836 - Rank: 30

Batgirl #7 - A View From Below - 45,685 - Rank: 30

Batgirl #8 - No Darker Shadow - 43,990 - Rank: 33

Batgirl #9 - In the Line of Fire - 58,710 - Rank: 24

Batgirl #10 - All Snug in Their Beds - 47,050 - Rank: 38

Batgirl #11 - Heart of Cold Steel - 45,004 - Rank: 36

Batgirl #12 - Every Time I Fail - 43,804 - Rank: 38

Batgirl #0 - A Fire in the Heavens - 50,441 - Rank: 29

Batgirl #13 - A Blade of Memory - 50,074 - Rank: 36

Batgirl #14 - A Courtship of Razors - 77,468 - Rank: 17

Batgirl #15 - Collision Part Two: Engagement - 75,341 - Rank: 13

Batgirl #16 - Collision, Part Three: Ceremony - 72,470 - Rank: 17

Batgirl #17 - Endure the Flame - 65,751 - Rank: 18

Batgirl #18 - The Mask of Ashes - 51,677 - Rank: 30

Batgirl #19 - A Blade From the Shadows - 45,939 - Rank: 37

Batgirl #20 - A Splinter Where My Heart Should Be - 42,600 - Rank: 46

Batgirl #21 - Enclosure - Figures not released yet

#22 Posted by akintoussaint (106 posts) - - Show Bio

@falconer: You want her fans to rage like they did the last time?

#23 Edited by Mangakid1995 (161 posts) - - Show Bio

@longbowhunter: well that could just be referencing the fact that the cut the bat symbol of her costume after she "killed" Jame Jr. She felt she didn't deserve to wear Batmans symbol after she broke Batman Inc. Rule #1.

#24 Posted by Akindoodle (1000 posts) - - Show Bio

Calling it. Babs will become Oracle again (only not crippled this time) and either Cassie or Steph will take over.

AMEN

#25 Posted by gothicshieldagent (45 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked Stephanie Brown

#26 Posted by Vitalius (1744 posts) - - Show Bio

@cellphonegirl:

I would like more Cassie as replacement. But Barabara after this event, she could become Oracle but be a "walking Oracle".

#27 Posted by FoxCircuit101 (56 posts) - - Show Bio

Now here are some questions if Barbara quits will Steph Brown return as Batgirl? Will someone else take up the mantle a second time, or will a new character becime Batgirl? Better yet will Gordon continue to hunt down whoever donns the batgirl costume or just the original?

#28 Edited by animehunter (1874 posts) - - Show Bio

IF, IF Barbara quits Batgirl, who should pick up the mantle?

Place your vote here IF she does quit being Batgirl.

Personally - It would be Cassandra Cain 100%

Regarding Cassandra

according to Grant Morrison, he said that she will be appearing in the "New 52" somewhere. But beyond that, he hasn't said anything else regarding her reappearance.

Also, IF Barbara does quit, I definitely would like to see her take up becoming Oracle once again, because to be honest, even though I like her as Batgirl, who quickly became one of my favourite characters, she really shined when she was Oracle.

#29 Edited by Falconer (152 posts) - - Show Bio

@falconer: You want her fans to rage like they did the last time?

People raging on the internet, what a surprise. That being said, anyone that is a genuine fan of this book needs to... no longer exist.

#30 Posted by iaconpoint (1363 posts) - - Show Bio

Never read this book and I never will until Steph is brought back. That being said, I can't see a change being made. Didio has made it clear he hates Steph, is indifferent to Cass thinks taking Oracle away was the right decision. Plus, is the there a book out there with a bigger rotation of artists?

#31 Edited by akintoussaint (106 posts) - - Show Bio

@falconer:

@falconer said:

@akintoussaint said:

@falconer: You want her fans to rage like they did the last time?

People raging on the internet, what a surprise. That being said, anyone that is a genuine fan of this book needs to... no longer exist.

The entire DCwomenkickingass tumblr site fanbase no longer existing?

That's kind of harsh.:P

#32 Edited by TheCupcakeAvenger (66 posts) - - Show Bio

@falconer said:

@akintoussaint said:

@falconer: You want her fans to rage like they did the last time?

People raging on the internet, what a surprise. That being said, anyone that is a genuine fan of this book needs to... no longer exist.

And that's your opinion. I'm personally enjoying this book and by some of the comments on here, it would seem others are as well. But I doubt anyone will as forceful in sharing their opinion as yourself.

@black_claw said:

Calling it. Babs will become Oracle again (only not crippled this time) and either Cassie or Steph will take over.

Hopefully Steph. I know most would say Cassandra, but I couldn't really get into Cass as Batgirl, and I loved Steph's run with Babs helping behind the scenes so I'd personally love to see that back. If Babs did give up and it happened to be Cass to take over I'd likely still give it a go. I'd still be interested to see that.

#33 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

@falconer:

@falconer said:

@akintoussaint said:

@falconer: You want her fans to rage like they did the last time?

People raging on the internet, what a surprise. That being said, anyone that is a genuine fan of this book needs to... no longer exist.

The entire DCwomenkickingass tumblr site fanbase no longer existing?

We can only dream.:P

What seems to be the problem with this particular group of people?

I'm only a casual follower, and not a tumblr member.

#34 Posted by TheManInTheShoe (3878 posts) - - Show Bio
#35 Posted by akintoussaint (106 posts) - - Show Bio
#36 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6234 posts) - - Show Bio
#37 Posted by longbowhunter (6990 posts) - - Show Bio

@mangakid1995: I haven't the fuzziest as to the implications. I don't read Batgirl.

#38 Posted by Falconer (152 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecupcakeavenger: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It just so happens that anyone that likes this book has a wrong opinion.

#39 Posted by darknightspideyfanboy (1224 posts) - - Show Bio

@fallbrigade: this just in cassandra cain is the new lady shiva lol jk

#40 Posted by Ultra_beleco (184 posts) - - Show Bio

Even if they change the "batgirl" (I hope not) I hope Barba stays in the tittle...=(

#41 Posted by arnoldoaad (1007 posts) - - Show Bio

omg this is so horribly bad

Commissioner Gordon

or, the guy who prohibited Barb to have anything to do with the police, which on part inspired Barb to become Batgirl(at least in her good origin)

is taking his daughter to bonding act on A SHOOTING RANGE!!!

If that is not enough he is telling his daughter to imagine someone real to shot at while she is using the gun.

Because that is such a great idea to do on someone with PTSD!

is...

I have never seen such a pityful and pathetic portray of a character who is supposed to be strong female role model.

This is the worst most whinney, worst written and stupid soup opera Ever!

how can this characters get worse?

#42 Posted by tim_mik (119 posts) - - Show Bio

@azura_thena: it has been pretty lackluster up to her killing James Jr. so now is a good time to pick it up

#43 Edited by JoethebigItalianguy (3 posts) - - Show Bio
@thecupcakeavenger said:

@falconer said:

@akintoussaint said:

@falconer: You want her fans to rage like they did the last time?

People raging on the internet, what a surprise. That being said, anyone that is a genuine fan of this book needs to... no longer exist.

And that's your opinion. I'm personally enjoying this book and by some of the comments on here, it would seem others are as well. But I doubt anyone will as forceful in sharing their opinion as yourself.

@black_claw said:

Calling it. Babs will become Oracle again (only not crippled this time) and either Cassie or Steph will take over.

Hopefully Steph. I know most would say Cassandra, but I couldn't really get into Cass as Batgirl, and I loved Steph's run with Babs helping behind the scenes so I'd personally love to see that back. If Babs did give up and it happened to be Cass to take over I'd likely still give it a go. I'd still be interested to see that.

We'll never see it, unfortunately. Apparently, Dan Didiot hates Stephanie Brown. She basically a "blacklisted" character. I'm surprised they haven't tried to kill her off in one panel like they did to Artemis during that "Culling" non-event.

#44 Posted by akintoussaint (106 posts) - - Show Bio

@falconer said:

And then Gail Simone announces she's leaving Batgirl.

*sigh* We can dream, right?

What's wrong with Gail Simone on Batgirl? Before I stopped reading DC, Batgirl was pretty much the only book I was enjoying. And it was because of Gail's writing.

@thecupcakeavenger said:

@falconer said:

@akintoussaint said:

@falconer: You want her fans to rage like they did the last time?

People raging on the internet, what a surprise. That being said, anyone that is a genuine fan of this book needs to... no longer exist.

And that's your opinion. I'm personally enjoying this book and by some of the comments on here, it would seem others are as well. But I doubt anyone will as forceful in sharing their opinion as yourself.

@black_claw said:

Calling it. Babs will become Oracle again (only not crippled this time) and either Cassie or Steph will take over.

Hopefully Steph. I know most would say Cassandra, but I couldn't really get into Cass as Batgirl, and I loved Steph's run with Babs helping behind the scenes so I'd personally love to see that back. If Babs did give up and it happened to be Cass to take over I'd likely still give it a go. I'd still be interested to see that.

We'll never see it, unfortunately. Apparently, Dan Didiot hates Stephanie Brown. She basically a "blacklisted" character. I'm surprised they haven't tried to kill her off in one panel like they did to Artemis during that "Culling" non-event.

Never really understood this 'Dan hates Step therefore she's banned from the new52' thing.It just doesn't make sense.Regardless of his personal feelings about the character It not like he's writing the book.

People want this characters therefore they should get it.Don't think the character will sell? That's what team books are for.Pair her up with Cass.Hell Team them up with Misfit and some other young female character and BOOM.Mini birds of prey.If nothing cause then to the fanbase happy.:P

#45 Edited by Z3RO180 (6426 posts) - - Show Bio

Might we get back Casandra Cain or Steaphany brown

#46 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

What if Harper Row became Batgirl?

I think that would get quite a mixed response, based on opinions I've seen of her.

#47 Edited by akbogert (3214 posts) - - Show Bio

@v_scarlotte_rose: I was wondering that myself. For all everyone has complained about her taking up the Robin mantle, I don't think her as Batgirl was ever really considered.

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#48 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

@akbogert: I suppose there was just more reason to discuss a potential replacement Robin before now.

#49 Posted by Jayc1324 (11038 posts) - - Show Bio

I would not like it if barbara quit. If she did i would prefer stephanie, Cassandra was always boring to me, and i doubt she could hold her oen series.

#50 Posted by Black_Claw (2957 posts) - - Show Bio