Since Batgirl Rebirth, Barbara Gordon has been traveling abroad and fighting crime in places like Japan and Singapore, but soon she'll be heading back to Burnside, and with a new artist in tow.
The current run has enjoyed the talented pencils of Rafael Albuquerque, but when issue #7 hits comic stores, fans will be introduced to the charming pencils of Christian Wildgoose, who's previous work includes fan-favorite Gotham Academy.
"I'm still in shock to be working on Batgirl, probably more so than the readers, so I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves as I take on one of my favorite characters," says Wildgoose. "Despite any nerves, I know I'm in safe hands working with Hope. She's doing an awesome job with her current run and I'm looking forward to teaming up with her. After Rafael's run, I know I have some pretty big yellow boots to fill. Hope and Rafael's amazing work makes Batgirl larger than life and I hope to keep their fire and energy burning. Most of all, I'm going to have fun. I think that's something even Batgirl would approve of."
Along with the new visuals, which you can preview in the gallery, Barbara's home turf of Burnside has also undergone numerous changes since she's been gone. Series writer Hope Larson will introduce one of these changes in the form of Ethan Cobblepot, who is the son of longtime Batman adversary The Penguin.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Christian on this next arc, which will bring Batgirl back to her familiar stomping grounds in Burnside," says writer Hope Larson. "You can never really go home again, and a lot has changed since she left, both in her friends' lives and in Burnside, which is rapidly becoming even more gentrified. Most interestingly of all, there's a new player on the scene: charming, handsome, tech-savvy, and possibly evil Ethan Cobblepot, the Penguin's son. Christian's art is fresh, charming, and delightful, and he's the perfect artist to bring this story to life."
In Batgirl #7, the Batgirl we know and love returns to Burnside to find an entirely different city than the one she left behind. Due to a boom in tech start-up companies, Burnside is now trendier than ever, leaving Babs to feel out of place in her newly gentrified neighborhood. But it's not all a loss. She'll soon meet a dashing and handsome techie named Ethan, only to find out that her striking beau has a familiar last name—Cobblepot! Will her new found romance bring her more trouble than she was ready for? You'll have to find out.
Batgirl #7 hits comic stores on January 25th.