Guest Author - Eugene Bradford
Batgirl #14 was written by Bryan Q. Miller. The pencils were done by Lee Garbett. Trevor Scott was the inker. This issue was colored by Guy Major. Travis Lanham did the lettering. The cover art was drawn by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. This issue was released by DC Comics on September 9th, 2010 with a cover price of $2.99.
The first two pages of this issue give readers a taste of things to come. In “Terror in the 3 Dimension,” Stephanie, home with her mom playing scrabble, gets a visit from Supergirl, who needed to get away from Metropolis. They hit the campus theater to see an old vampire movie redone in 3D. Without giving away the full details, Dracula gets released from the film. But it’s not just Dracula; there are 24 of him running free. The Dracula’s all separate and move throughout the city and the newly drafted vampire hunters must find and eliminate them all.
While the concept isn’t exactly mind-blowing, it’s fun and it allows for the witty dialogue between the two heroines, which Miller executes very well. At one point, just after the first Dracula leaps from the movie screen, Stephanie asks Kara “you game for a team-up?” As Kara is ripping off her clothes to reveal her Supergirl uniform, she asks if Stephanie is going to change into her uniform to which Stephanie replies “not unless you wanna see my bra.” Kara then asks “does it have a bat on it?” Stephanie’s response, “I assure you that it does not,” fits perfectly with the straight-faced, one eyebrow raised look that Garbett draws wonderfully.
As they move about taking down each Dracula, there’s a nice two page spread where Miller lets Garbett’s art do the storytelling. One of the Dracula’s gets inside a photo-booth and Supergirl gets in behind him and throws up bunny ears behind his head. After she takes him out, both of them get in to take a picture with their eyes crossed with Supergirl also sticking her tongue out. Soon after, they catch a Dracula near an ice cream stand and sit down to eat a cone while the Dracula watches on from the green goo that Batgirl used to subdue him. These several panels capture the youthful and still innocent nature of these characters.
Overall, this was a light-hearted and fun read. There isn’t much going on continuity-wise, so readers can pick it up for an easy read and not have to worry about it being too involved or complex. The plot isn’t really exciting and may or may not be drawing on the increase of vampire fiction in recent years. The friendship and interaction between Batgirl and Supergirl are what really stand out. It’s a simple conflict done in classic team-up style fashion with some great banter.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I purchased this comic book with my own funds.