Unlike others, I am not following the “Night of the Owls” storyline piecemeal from Bat-book to Bat-book. Luckily, you do not have to be as the Talons come to our old friend, Barbara Gordon and the pages of Batgirl #9.
Writer Gail Simone does a brilliant job with making the threat of the Talons – well, one specific Talon -- Babs’ own. I might even go so far as to say this “event” entry helps to establish the real danger to Gotham City in general and to Commissioner Gordon in particular.
It has taken me awhile to get used to the art stylings of Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes, but just as on the defunct Marvel title Guardians of the Galaxy the blend of realistic art and a more cartoonish style does bring different strengths (and weaknesses) to the table.
In Batgirl, the combat is spot on. The exaggeration comes off as chic and fits the New 52 Barbara to a tee. In other places, especially character-building corners and with the Commissioner -- eh, not so much.
All the backstory from Batman is brought to the forefront for this issue, and you need only know about the specific Talon in-residence fighting Batgirl to peak your interest in the issue, and that origin is furnished herein.
Kudos to Simone for this entry into the continuing “event.” Batgirl #9 is a highly entertaining comic in and of itself, while offering followers of “Night of the Owls” this little piece of Gothamdrama relative to the lives of the Gordons.
This is how a book handles its entry into an “event” and yet stays true to its own character. Bravo!