[Batgirl Year One #9]
I have four Batgirl Year One covers saved for eventual posting. Each one shows a different aspect of Babs starting out as Batgirl. This is the fourth chronologically, but I decided to post it first because, having grown up only with Oracle!Babs, this is the image I think of when I think of her as Batgirl.
To get into my personal opinions for a second, I’m not terribly thrilled with Babs being back to Batgirl in the reboot. This is for several reasons- as someone who became disabled and read a lot of stories with Oracle during my adjustment period, I felt like a personal hero was being ripped away; I loved Cass and Stephs runs and don’t like them being shoved to the side and their importance minimized; it screws up my Batfamily canon; I felt like it was a huge step backwards for Barbara in her development; etc. Now, I’m not saying my opinions are wrong or right, they are just how I feel and I don’t really see them changing any time soon.
But I still love Barbara. I love that she was Batgirl. I would never want that part of her character given up and she really changed the Gotham universe in being a bold female character who wanted to help, not because of personal tragedy but because it was the right thing, who was more of a free agent in Gotham and didn’t idolize Batman to the extent that Robin sort of has to, while still being a part of the team.
This cover shows off her attitude, her youthful vigor and her utter independence. She is confident and ready to take on the world.
So I’ll always be a fan of Babs, even if I don’t read her new book. Barbara Gordon is a character that shaped me more than any other, and I’ll always, always love her for that.