The new Batgirl creative team of Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier have some big plans for Barbara Gordon. They take over with the extra-sized Batgirl #25, arriving on August 15th (along with contributions from Paul Dini, Marguerite Bennett, Tom Derenick, Dan Panosian, and Emanuela Lupacchino), and intend to tackle some more serious topics. Batgirl will be changing locales and getting a new costume during this run too.
Scott picks up Barbara’s story in a rough patch. She fills the DC Comics blog in on the details:
We wanted to tie into the events surrounding the Batman/Catwoman wedding. I tried to think of a way to express the hopelessness and confusion Babs must be feeling for Bruce, and so I channeled that into a story about the groom Batman failed to save in Batman #48. Turns out, Batgirl knew him and attending his funeral becomes a test of her commitment to being a hero as well as a way to work through the grief surrounding the wedding (not-wedding) itself.
The upcoming arc deals with Grotesque, a villain from Gail Simone’s Batgirl run that matches with the darker tone that the series is taking on. He has an obsession with art that becomes personal to our hero as he’s killing people to turn them into these art projects. Since she was once targeted with a similar attack, this is more than a little offensive to her.
I’m not sure how I feel about Batgirl going darker. We have plenty of that in Batman. The extended Bat Family usually balances out the Dark Knight with some lighter fare. They represent the lives that Bruce Wayne could have had. That being said, there’s an impressive creative team on board for this and the preview pages shown for Batgirl #25 are absolutely gorgeous, so I’m definitely going to give this a shot.