Friday, June 19, 2015

Spring Reading 2015 Batgirl Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside

Batgirl is back in action after recovering from a crippling attack. She's moved to the hippest area in Gotham, Burnside. Her roommate Frankie is a computer nerd working for a dating site called Hooq. Babs has been accepted for a PhD program with her thesis proposal of an intelligent algorithm that can actually analyze social movements and connections and predict crime before it happens. (Anybody having flashbacks to "Minority Report"?) 

But everything is not coming up roses. Dinah's place is  burned to the ground. Frankie's been putting in a lot of overtime trying to flush a virus out of the Hooq servers. Someone has been stealing personal electronics and selling them to Riot Black, who releases the privileged information for the world to see. Babs actually gets matched up to someone through her Hooq profile, but her date thinks Batgirl is a criminal vigilante. And someone is posing as Batgirl and actually committing crimes and posting selfies about it. Sigh... Being a superhero used to be so simple. Whatever happened to the good old days?

There are plenty of twists, turns,and surprises to keep readers hanging on the edge and waiting for the next page. The storyline does a nice job of balancing the real world problems of paying bills, meeting with your thesis adviser and trying to find someone to date with the superhero details of where to get new gear, how to protect your secret identity, and dealing with public perception and police suspicion.

An entertaining new addition to the Batgirl legend.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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