Batman has been one of DC Comics' greatest characters, but more than just telling great stories, the Dark Knight has been the vehicle upon which a plethora of amazing characters have been introduced. From his amazing rogues' gallery to the many people involved in the so-called "Batman Family," Batman's characters stand as some of the best in comics with Batgirl standing out as one of the greatest.
Batgirl is more than just a young woman who picked up a costume and became a superhero; she is a complex heroine with her own issues and accomplishments. If your only knowledge of the character stems from her appearances in film and television series, you may not know Batgirl as well as her most ardent fans. She has been appearing in comic books since as far back as 1961, which means there are a ton of graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, incredible adventures, and impressive story arcs to her name. Looking through such a long history can be intimidating, but this list is here to help! These are the 20 best Batgirl storylines that have ever been written, illustrated, and put to paper so don't forget to find your favorite and vote it up to see which of Batgirl's amazing stories rises to the top!
Story Found In: Batgirl #19
For the majority of her career, Barbara Gordon has been depicted as an only child, but when DC launched its New 52 initiative, things changed and a younger brother was introduced. Her little brother, James, has been off the radar for most of Batgirl's career because he isn't a would-be superhero, he's a homicidal sociopath!
In this story, her murderous little brother returns alongside the Clown Prince of Crime, otherwise known as the Joker, as well as her long-absent mother! That's a lot of family drama to deal with when she not only needs to protect her superhero identity, but deal with her criminally sociopathic brother at the same time.130Is this a great storyline?
Story Found In: Batgirl #25-29
There's a new terror in Gotham City, and it is in the art museums! Grotesque is back in town, but instead of his previous work as a petty art thief, he's disfiguring and mutilating the corpses of his victims in so-called "artistic" ways! This new threat offers up a seriously dangerous criminal for Batgirl to take on.
When the two meet up, a strike from the villain's stun rod damages the implant that not only enables Barbara Gordon to walk, but it also keeps her from working as Batgirl! While this would make anyone give up, it barely slows down the heroine of Gotham City who doubles down to find out why Grotesque has gone from petty crime to seriously homicidal, albeit artistic, maniac.132Is this a great storyline?
Story Found In: Batman Confidential #17-21
Catwoman has always been a big part of Bruce Wayne's life, but what about Barbara Gordon? In this hilarious tale called "The Cat and the Bat," Barbara meets Selina Kyle for the first time, and things don't go as well as she would have liked. Catwoman successfully breaks into Commissioner Gordon's place to steal a notebook, and Barbara will stop at nothing to get it back.
What's funny about this story are the absolutely extraordinary lengths Barbara goes to secure the notebooks stolen by Catwoman. It's funny, packed with intense action, and a great Batgirl story.100Is this a great storyline?
Story Found In: Birds of Prey #56-59
When Gail Simone comes onto the title, she starts things off with a bang by taking the Birds of Prey, which consists of Black Canary and Oracle, and making into a trio with Huntress. The addition of Huntress only helps to make the title more interesting, exciting, and fun to read, but it all kicks off in the story, "Of Like Minds."
One of the more interesting subplots in this story features the villans Savant and Creote. Both are intent on finding out who Batman truly is behind the cowl, so they launch a plan to extort that information from Oracle. Unfortunately for them, it's not so easy to capture Black Canary so they could use her as blackmail to leverage Oracle... who also turns out to be a bit more than the villainous duo can handle!122Is this a great storyline?