Art & Colours: Bengal
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: March 18th 2015
I’ve not seen much of Rafael Albuquerque’s work, but I have to say that this is an incredibly well done cover. It’s captured Barbara’s attitude really well while not giving anything away. It’s the perfect cover for Batgirl’s contribution to the Endgame storyline.
Since Bengal is a relative newcomer to the world of comic book artistry (I know he has over 30 issues under his belt, but that’s not really that much if you think about it), I haven’t seen much of his work. That being said, I absolutely love what he did for the book. This comic is incredibly well illustrated, and I love his rendition of Batgirl. It’s different than what Babs Tarr is doing in the current series, but he’s managed to get her spot-on. Not only is Batgirl drawn well, this comic also has a kind of comedic feel to it. I don’t know whether that;s purposefully done because of the Joker, or simply because that’s Bengal’s style. Whatever the case it’s incredibly entertaining. Not only does Bengal do a great job on the artwork; he’s also an excellent colorist. Art-wise, this a very well rounded comic.
We know Fletcher and Stewart from the current Batgirl series. They consistently deliver a good storyline and gripping dialogue. This comic doesn’t have much dialogue at all, but the storyline is easy enough to grasp. Gotham City has been overtaken by a Jokerised mob, and it’s up to Batgirl to hold the Burnside Bridge so that they can’t spread their infection further. It’s very clear that the Burnside Bridge is her territory, and it means a lot to have her defending it against the Joker’s Plague. As this is only a one shot, Fletcher and Stewart have done a very good job of making this comic pretty self-contained. They’re used to stretching a storyline over a few issues, and it’s good to see that they can also limit it down to one issue. Obviously, the overall storyline isn’t complete, but Batgirl’s part in it is.
Overall, it’s a really enjoyable comic. The storyline is well presented, and the artwork adds a slightly comedic feel to the entire thing. It’s a definite must-read to any Batgirl fans out there.