I don't know anything about new Batgirl writer Hope Larson, but I was expecting to not like this volume as much as the previous run. I'm not sure why. Maybe I was setting the bar low in case DC hired some hack to write Batgirl. After reading this, I still don't know anything about Hope Larson, but I do look forward to more Batgirl from her. I don't believe she's ever written comics before. I assume that based on two things. 1) I have never heard of her before and 2) this book feels different. I can't quite place my finger on it, but it kind of feels like all the regular superhero comic conventions were stripped away from it. The story is kind of simple, kind of quiet, but very enjoyable. It's a fun story. If I had one major gripe about it, it's that there were too many coincidental things in the story. Things were just too set up to not notice, whether it's her trainer's former home, her hostel roommate and where some of the bad guys learned to fight. It's all just a little too convenient. But it was still fun and I'm willing to overlook that.
The art kept pace with the style set out in the last run of Batgirl. It's a little rougher, but still very Batgirl.
Batgirl Vol 1: Beyond Burnside
Writer: Hope Larson
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque