YMMV: Batgirl 2011

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Regarding Barbara, and whether she's an intelligent and strong young woman regaining her confidence to overcome trauma or whether she's massively overconfident and not nearly as strong or clever as she thinks she is, instead blundering into situations she's not nearly equipped or prepared to handle.
  • Anvilicious: Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher's can be very preachy, especially concerning social media culture and popularity. The character Liam seems to be a spokesperson for this.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Simone's final issue was the Futures End tie-in, which featured an alternate version of Batgirl fighting alongside Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, the two former Batgirls who got displaced to bring Barbara back in the first place.
  • Awesome Art: Batgirl's redesigned costume by Babs Tarr has been generally well received by critics and fans alike. It has garnered tons of fan art in just a day after it was revealed.
  • Base Breaker: Alysia Yeoh. Less about the character herself, and more about whether her being transgender is handled well or is being shoved into the reader's face to make the comic look progressive. Her getting Demoted to Extra when Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr took over made this worse.
  • Broken Base: Ohh boy...
    • Some thought having Barbara becoming Batgirl was great, others... didn't.
    • There were people pissed at the reason Barbara no longer handicapped being a "miracle", though later in the series it is addressed fully and referred to as a neural implant, which is based on real technology that's currently being tested.
      • Plus, the first villain Batgirl faces is a deranged man named "Mirror" whose M.O. is to kill people who were saved from death by chance, thus undoing the "miracle". He might have been a Take That at the fans who thought Barbara should have stayed handicapped, though Word of God is that much of what's been perceived as meta-commentary actually isn't.
    • Also, many people (including DC editors, before the reboot, anyway) thought she became a much more interesting character as Oracle than as Batgirl.
    • There's further breakage over the portrayal of Barbara's meetings with Batman after she was shot. Before Flashpoint, and after she had first woken up in The Killing Joke, Barbara expressed justifiable outrage over the fact that she was merely a stepping stone to get to her dad and to Bruce, and then asked if she was the joke Bruce had been laughing about with the Joker before he arrested him. Following Flashpoint, Barbara was afraid to the point of tears that Bruce was going to lay into her for letting him down.
    • There are a few camps divided over the newest direction. Some absolutely love it, and find it welcome after Simone's rather dark and grim run. Others think the new Barbara acts out of character, at least compared to pre-Flashpoint versions. Some find that the number of social media references and trendy slang to be a bit excessive. Some just miss Oracle, and think that Stephanie Brown as Batgirl could just as well fulfil this new role. Even then, most critics do seem to agree that although the book might not be for them, they do hope this new direction succeeds with its target audience.
    • Though generally well-received, the new costume has gotten some detractors, due to the belief that it's far too impractical for Barbara at this point in her life; if she was a new hero or the book was about her early days, the suit would be fine, but for someone who's spent the last few years of her life operating as a superhero, has access to Batman's technote , and has been through this much crap in her life, the new suit just looks impractical and ill-fitting.
    • Barbara's return to being Fun Personified. Alongside the outfit, this brings more fuel to the fire to the fans that want Stephane Brown back (namely by saying that DC seems to be trying to turn Barbara into an Expy of Brown).
    • The bickering between Dinah and Barbara, somewhat carried over from the end of Birds of Prey, has upset some readers who miss their friendship. There are some who believe Barbara has not apologized enough to Dinah for what she did (burning down Dinah's home, among other things), and others who think Dinah has been overly aggressive and catty. It does not help that Dinah is quick to take some of her anger out on Barbara's roommate.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Oh, boy, where do we start.... sufficient to say that Babs didn't had it easy from issue one, all Batman-related titles have gotten a very hard dose of Wangst from at least since Death of the Family, which made things exponentially worse for her, and let's leave it at that.
    • This got to the point that Gail Simone decided to quit the book, because she felt that a lighter tone would be beneficial and her editor would not let her go that way. Fortunately or unfortunately, shortly after she quit, the Batbooks got a new editor, who hired a new creative team that is selling their run on the idea of making Batgirl fun. Gail Simone, while acknowledging that it's a bit of a gutpunch to quit her dream job only to have the reason for her quitting quickly nullified, has been very supportive of the new team.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A number of the new Rogues Gallery members introduced have been well-received, especially Knightfall.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Between fans of this run, the Stephanie Brown Batgirl run and the Cassandra Cain Batgirl run, particularly as the latter two were erased from continuity to better suit Babs' return. The Babs V Steph rivalry tripled after the new retool, due to the many similarities it resulted in.
    • Between Gail Simone's run, and Brenden Fletcher/Cameron Stewart's fun. Fans who loved Simone's run think that the Fletcher/Stewart run is a shallow hipster trash that made Barbara dumber than her previous iteration. Fans of the new Fletcher/Stewart run call Simone's run is joyless, boring, needlessly angsty, and too gritty.
    • The bellow-mentioned Joker variant cover, as well as the book's initial focus on The Killing Joke, resulted in something akin to this between Batgirl fans and Joker fans, particularly the more feminist-minded members of the former and the more extreme members of the latter. After the former complained about the cover, the latter responded with buckets of harassment and hate-mail, and now its hard to find a Batgirl fan who has nice things to say about Joker fans as a result.
  • Internet Backdraft: Gail Simone got fired from the title via email. Fans were livid causing DC to reverse its decision and reinstate her as the writer
    • This cover from June 2015's Joker variants ended up causing this. When it was released, feminist groups and social justice minded fans were angry and disgusted at the cover, some wishing for it to be pullednote . When DC relented and pulled it, they added that threats of violence were not acceptable for any reason. Other parts of the fandom, particularly anti-feminist fans and Joker fans, were absolutely enraged over what they perceived as Political Correctness Gone Mad and censorship, criticizing the critics for forcing DC and the artist to pull the cover. Batgirl writer Cameron Stewart and variant cover artist Rafael Albuquerque stepped in to clarify that it wasn't DC or any of its freelancers being threatened, but the people who criticized the cover in the first place. Albuquerque stated "[I]t has become clear, that for others, it touched a very important nerve. I respect these opinions and, despite whether the discussion is right or wrong, no opinion should be discredited." The fact that social justice and feminism in relation to comics and video games has been a major hot topic in recent months did not help this.
  • Love It or Hate It: Either this is the best book Batgirl's had in years or it's the absolute worst. The fact that it seems to get caught up in a controversy of some sort every other month has not helped this.
    • A common trend appears to be that readers who loved Simone's run absolutely hate the new direction, and vice versa.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Barbara's love interests haven't been received very well by readers, who find them either awkwardly shoehorned, or just boring. Some readers just want her to hook up with Dick Grayson again.
    • In Simone's run, Ricky was first introduced as looking like a 16 year old. When Ray Fawkes turned him into a love interest, Simone retconned his age to be 19. Some still found it to be Squick.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Her newfound walking ability and how insulting it is to paraplegics is summed up in this Gutter's comic
    • After swearing that Alysia Yeoh would remain a visible part of Batgirl's supporting cast after Gail Simone left the series, Cameron Stewart, Brendon Fletcher, and Babs Tarr sidelined her in favor of other characters. Meanwhile, one of the new antagonists introduced during their run is a mentally ill male artist who dresses up like Batgirl, seeks to ruin her reputation, and completely flips out when exposed. Some fans are not happy about this development.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Beginning with #35, Barbara comes across as more immature and hypocritical. Her petty feud with Dinah Lance doesn't help matters. While she is supposed to act more selfishly due to wanting to regain her lost years (according to Word of God), the character lacks the connection to the audience that Simone's run established.
  • What an Idiot: Barbara Gordon isn't nearly as smart as she was as Oracle due to being several years younger. In issue 10, a group of security guards who are obviously up to no good threaten to call the police if she doesn't leave the property immediately while she is busy helping out a man who got caught in bear trap. Most of the Bat-family would play along and pretend to leave while dropping a tracker on one of the guards or hiding out in the shadows. Barbara does none of those things while acknowledging that the guards were acting suspiciously.