- Posted by Johanna on January 18, 2007 at 10:42 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
I agree with Kalinara: I don’t like Batgirl. The creepy silent one, we’re talking about. I mean, look at her, she looks like an ant! All giant head and stick neck and shiny black carapace, I mean costume.
Here’s a very small part of Kalinara’s analysis:
It’s such a cliche. Someone raised to be a killer, but somehow managing to be so pure that she only did it once. When she couldn’t possibly be blamed? And then immediately left? Because she was so good at heart, she couldn’t take it? Oh, brother.
I really like Kalinara’s answer to most of the character’s traits: “Of course she is.” It does a wonderful job of acknowledging how by-the-numbers creation can be in corporate comics, resulting in a collection of fan-targeted hooks instead of a three-dimensional character.
And she doesn’t even get into what I find most annoying about the character, the disturbingly sexist symbolism of the stitched-shut mouth. Gotta keep the girls silent! And implied violence to a sex-related body part is only a bonus.
The first commenter at Kalinara’s site promptly takes it all too personally and misses the point. (I hope she doesn’t read this.)
While looking for images for this post, I went out to DC’s official character profile , and I was stunned to see what picture they’d picked (see right).
The bulbous insect head is still there, and now her mouth is revealed, but bloodied. Also visible are her breasts, as her costume has conveniently been ripped open to show cleavage. Why would you choose an image of your so-called hero looking like a battering victim to illustrate an encyclopedia-style entry? And when did Batgirl have the time to get the perfectly round implants? (I do think the bent tipped ear point is kind of cute in a totally inappropriate way. Reminds me of Bat-Mite.)