Elseworlds Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl by Barbara Randall KeselThe best of DCs Elseworld stories imagine how our favorite DC heroes would exist if circumstances were different. What if Batman had fought crime during the Victorian era? What if Superman went away while a group of harsher more brutal metahumans became a terror to the population? What if Wonder Woman was an old West Sheriff?
The worst of DCs Elseworlds tales imagine a world where our heroes are unlikable twits. Unfortunately, Elseworlds Finest falls into the latter category.
In this world, Barbara Gordons parents rather than Bruce Waynes are killed by Joe Cool while trying to save Waynes parents. Barbara becomes Batgirl with the help of the Wayne millions and the assistance of her childhood friend and millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. After becoming Batgirl, she puts the city under lockdown and bars all superhumans including the Wonder Woman-led Justice Society and she does this because...
Actually, thats never explained. The Justice Society than confront her and then she defeats the entire Justice Society (because shes Batgirl.) The one potentially good idea was tying her use of computers in this Elseworld tale to her identity in the main DC universe as Oracle.
At any rate, Supergirl in this tale is the last survivor of Krypton and has been adopted by Wonder Woman after crashing on Earth as a teenager. Shes been helped out by Lex Luthor and is intensely loyal to him. When Luthor is kidnapped, Batgirl wants to keep the Gotham City investigation herself but Supergirl insists on getting in.
Overall, theres not a lot good to say about this book. The art is rarely bad but its nothing really good either. The plot is confusing and everyone seems to be improvising. None of the characters are likable or that interesting. One potential exception is the Joker, who in this Elseworld, commits crimes to gain the attention of Batgirl, and also has taken a dose of venom to give him the muscles of Bane, but even that character became a one note.
The same can be said of all the characters. Batgirl isnt really her own character but just acting like Batman. The only exception is that she writes crime novels. Given that shes the autocratic dictator of Gotham City while also maintaining a double life, thats unintentionally silly. Supergirl is just a volatile teenager who screams and throws tantrums.
Theres no one to like or care about, so despite the title, this is far from Elseworlds Finest.
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Elseworlds Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl
After creating her Secret Identity , Batgirl banished parahumans and parahuman crime from Gotham. However she has to convince a distrustful Batgirl to work together. As they team up, both women will discover several dirty secrets Luthor was keeping from everyone, and they'll find out that they are not so different after all. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes.
Due to her actions and that of the monitoring " Oracle Eye", Gotham has been completely sealed off from normal society.
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In Elseworld's Finest , there is no Superman, no Batman. For various reasons, they never came to be. Without any male heroes to overshadow them, women have much more prominent roles. Wonder Woman leads the JSA, and a large portion of its members are female. This is a much more diverse world, one that's truly reflective of our own reality. And that's not even counting the two stars of the show! Orphaned by a petty criminal and taken in by the Waynes, Barbara Gordon protects a paranormal-free Gotham City and fights off attacks as well as loving advances from the Joker.
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If you would like to read along at home you might be able to find a copy at your local comic book shop but the easiest option would just be to get it from Comixology here for 1. While this is definitely an Elseworlds story the main two characters, Supergirl and Batgirl, have their normal identities of Kara Zor-El and Barbara Gordon. This is an interesting twist. Bruce acts in a support role similar to Alfred, while Barbara is Batgirl. Barbara keeps Gotham in a police state and while it may be safer it is clear there is mixed feelings from the citizens. In this world Lex Luthor is not a villain but instead a benefactor of the Justice League. The story kicks off with Luthor receiving an award from Barbara Gordon and the city of Gotham for his work in renewable energy.