This August the ongoing Batgirl comic series not only gets a creative team of writer Mairghread Scott and artists Paul Pelletier and Elena Casagrande but the character herself gets a new look courtesy of Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight).
In this new story arc, Batgirl is leaving Burnside and heading back to Gotham City to battle a new and deeply personal threat.
“This is supposed to be a version of the costume that she was working on when she still lived with her dad,” Scott explained in reference to her new, more classic look. “That’s why it looks so much like her original Batgirl: Year One outfit — like, she’s with her dad. She can’t get out back to Burnside, and this is like the emergency. So the version that she was working on [back in the day] that she had stashed here just in case. It helps us with the story a little bit too, because it’s a little less bright — we wanted her to be more stealthy, and we want her to be able to integrate some more tech with the belt.”
And by the sound of things, that emphasis on stealth is going to come in handy. Barbara is headed home to face off against a villain named Grotesque, who harkens back to Batgirl’s original New 52 era run. Created by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf, Grotesque was “originally, this sort of adrenaline junkie who liked to steal the finer things in life,” according to Scott, “but he got sent away to Blackgate. Now he’s back and we learn that his time in prison has really changed him.”
The new costume will make its debut in Batgirl #26 which hits the stands 08/22/18