This is the best of the New 52 that I've read so far! Team books are easy to mess up, but so far DC is off to a great start! This issue introduces us to three characters: Red Robin, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash. Red Robin (Tim Drake, formerly Robin) already has super hero experience, and he's out to save other extraordinary teens who are being targeted by a secret organization. The writing is fun, with good characterization of the three leads (Wonder Girl even has a personality now) and excellent dialogue. The art is fantastic, and the costume designs are a step up for all, especially Tim, whose Red Robin costume is amazing! It's a more interesting start than a bunch of sidekicks getting together (Tim is the only former sidekick), and I like the pacing. I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the team in subsequent issues. This one is Definitely worth checking out.
The good: Jason Todd is a great character, and I'm happy he's finally starring in his own series! He's Batman's only failed Robin, but now he's a semi-hero, even sporting a bat symbol. He also has some new history with a magical(?) secret organization. The art is incredible--Kenneth Rocafort is one of my favorites!
The bad: Sex, bikinis, lame personalities. The characterizations of Roy and Starfire are flat and offensive. Both are very shallow and add almost nothing to the story or team. Hopefully their characters will improve. Plus, besides the opening action scene, not a lot happens in this issue.
The verdict: Maybe this title will improve in the future, but only two things keep this from being an "avoid it like the plague"--Jason Todd and the phenomenal art. So until things do get better, Spend your time elsewhere.
I'm hoping to get my hands on issue 1 soon, as it seemed to be pretty eventful. However, despite being thrown into the middle of things, I loved Batgirl! I have read several other versions of Batgirl, but Barbara Gordon (the original Batgirl) hasn't been Batgirl for decades. In fact, she's been paralyzed. Somehow, in this new continuity, Barbara has regained the use of her legs. We don't know how (and neither does she), but the point is she's back in costume and she's not ready for it. There is some great action, but Barbara's mind and body are underprepared. I actually enjoyed watching a bat-character struggle more than usual, and also seeing Batgirl start her crime fighting career from scratch. The art and writing are superb, and Batgirl's costume is a super-cool update of the original. I thought I'd miss the other Batgirls, but Barbara Gordon has already won me over. Batgirl is Definitely worth checking out.