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: Year One #1-9
While Batgirl has her debut issue and her origin has been explained countless times over the years, this 2003 maxi-series fleshed out her origin in a way it had never been told before. Batgirl has always relied on the help of others for inspiration in being a superhero, but this new take on her origin story plays out much differently.
After being turned down by both the FBI and Gotham City Police Department, she attends a masquerade ball as a female Batman. Inevitably, she runs afoul of a villain known as Killer Moth, and a new superhero is born! This story tells of Barbara Gordon's path to becoming Batgirl as she makes her own choices instead of having others make them for her.
It was beautifully illustrated by Marcos Martin with words by Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon. This is a 'must-read' for anyone looking to learn more about the newest incarnation of Batgirl in the comics.
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- Publisher: DC Comics
Story Found In: Batgirl #19-25
In a harrowing instant, Batgirl must make a decision that will tear her family apart as she is forced to kill her own brother, James Gordon, Jr! Though he was a sociopathic murderer, this doesn't sit well with police Commissioner Gordon who begins a manhunt to find the person responsible for his son's death and bring them to justice.
The only problem, the woman responsible is none other than his own daughter! Will Barbara be able to protect her secret identity as Batgirl and keep her family from falling apart while her own father hunts her down across the city?232Is this a great storyline?
Story Found In: Birds of Prey #8
Many of the characters in the "Bat Family" interact on multiple occasions, but for some, that interaction is a bit more... intimate. This adorably fun story written by Chuck Dixon with pencils by Greg Land and Drew Geraci details the events of none other than Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson's first date!
It's a fun story and one that must be read by anyone who is a fan of both characters. DC never reprinted this book in any other compendium, and thanks to it being such a great story, the value/cost of obtaining a print copy is far higher than it would be otherwise.204Is this a great storyline?
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?