Batgirl: Endgame #1 is a unique little one-shot brought to us by the folks at DC Comics. Although Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher are credited with writing the story, their actual work is only represented by one word bubble which contains “Phew” and some “HaHa’s” floating in the city air. It’s 20 pages of Bengal’s artwork telling the tale in gorgeously colored illustrations.
In Batgirl: Endgame #1, there’s a mob of Jokerized madmen in Gotham City. They’re determined to spread the virus into the world beyond. The crazed crowd is going to have to get past Batgirl first!
Entitled “The Battle for Burnside,” the one-shot is a fine example of the art of telling a story through the use of images and not narrative. It makes for a contemporary and youthful experience by using cell phone emoticons, computers, signage, and texting. The whole book is a reflection of how tied to visual imagery the kids of today and even us have become.
Batgirl: Endgame #1 is rated T for Teen. There’s some comic book violence and disturbing scenes. Children are in peril, which could scare younger readers. Obviously with no actual dialogue, there’s no profanity.
I was very impressed with everything about Batgirl: Endgame #1. It was a breath of fresh air and something new to enjoy. I know comic books without words have existed before, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen the concept utilized. Bengal’s artwork is the icing on the cake for what I find one of the more enjoyable monthly titles coming out of DC Comics right now.
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