Meet the New Hipster, Doc Marten-Wearing Batgirl No. 35

Books / Illustration / July 11, 2014

We live in an age where comics have gone from two-dimensional to life-size. Marvel and DC comics have changed the game, making the heroes and heroines of their graphic novels a reality to a generation that has a declining interest in what they see on paper when they could just easily look at it on screen.

Catering to this idea of a new, more socially aware demographic, DC Comics has taken Batgirl from a spandex clad vixen to a Doc Marten wearing, dare I say, hipster.

This new take on the classic comic is given to us by illustrator Babbs Tarr. The brainchild of creative team of DC vets Brandon Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, Batgirl No. 35 book is waited on with much anticipation.

In an MTV exclusive interview, Stewart explains the heralded heroines departure from her former dark person.

“She’s leaving it all behind her. We really wanted to make this a book with a light tone, of fun and adventure and mystery, and let the rest of the Bat-family deal with the darkness. She’s got problems, and conflict, and enemies to fight, but our priority was to make this a really fun, rollicking read.”

Die hard fans might not be so pleased with Batgirl’s stroll through hipsterville, but it’s hard to deny the respect that should be given for making her less of a pinup, therefore a more relatable character.

I suppose the argument can be made that superheroes aren’t meant to be related to, they’re meant to be, well, super. Either way, the new Batgirl promises an interesting story line. Fletcher explains the heroine as an amalgam of interesting characters.

He explains , “Our take on Batgirl mixes the best elements of “Veronica Mars” and “Girls,” with a dash of “Sherlock” thrown in for good measure.”


Check out these images of the new and (possibly) improved Batgirl and tell us what you think.

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Saron Olkaba
Saron Olkaba
Saron is a writer and student born in Ethiopia and raised in Washington, DC. She is incapable of keeping a phone for longer than a few months, exclusively wears Miss. Dior Cherie, and her guilty pleasures include any novel written by V.C. Andrews (don’t judge), Essie’s “Little Brown Dress", and Stoli. She is currently obsessed with the poetry of Edmund Wilson and The Arctic Monkey’s latest album “AM”.

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