Let's not mince words or waste time. Batman: Eternal #11 is one of the worst comics I've seen in recent memory. Indeed, I'm not sure what aspect of it troubled me most. The idea of Alfred the Butler being a deadbeat dad who abandoned his wife and daughter? Barbara Gordon being depicted as a thoughtless thug? The artwork that seems more appropriate to an issue of Heavy Metal than Batman? How about all of the above?
To say that Batgirl is horribly out of character in this book compared to how she is depicted in her own title would be an understatement! How is it possible that I picked up three comics this week and the one featuring a murderous berserking redhead didn't have "Red Sonja" in the title? Barbara Gordon is a thinker. A planner. She does not lose control and she does not lose her temper. Her major defining flaw in recent years has been being too cool and clinical - not being a cliche fiery redhead or Irish spitfire. And she certainly doesn't need the likes of Jason FRELLING Todd giving her lectures on self-control!