Batgirl #36 continues the bold new direction that began in the previous issue. And yet, despite the changes, the new creative team has fashioned a book that seems like it belongs among the classic comics of yesteryear. Much like the early issues of Amazing Spider-Man were just as much about Peter Parker's life out of costume as they were about Spider-Man fighting the villain-of-the-month, so too is this book about Barbara Gordon as both a doctoral student and a vigilante.
The artwork by Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart is perfectly suited to this story. The layout of this issue is reminiscent of many slice-of-life manga, with an irregular grid structure to the panels. The action sequences of the book continue this aesthetic, with elongated figures and speed lines.