I finally got B:GA #55 in the mail today! Oh happy day!
As for the story, it was definately not #33, but it wasn't #49 either.
I must express my utter disdain for these splash pages in every issue. The lack of story wasn't that bad this issue as compared to say, #49 or #54, but it wasn't story-driven. I wish we could have dug deeper into Camedia's true emotions during this issue and more into Accelli's lack there of.
I must congratulate Peterson on an un-characteristicly surprising issue. I actually was wondering why Camedia was being arrested and then he wakes up. What a pleasant surprise!
I always enjoy a happy ending, but for some reason, I felt that this deserved a sad one like in "Two-Face" Parts 1 and 2 in B:TAS. The ending was good though.
The Batgirl appearance was annoying to me. It is kind of like hearing 'Last panel on Batman: Gotham Adventures'. It was mainly a recap and then, we get another one at the bar and yet another with Batman telling Commissioner Gordon about the situation. I felt as if the story could have really been furthered along in these three instances rather than reminding the reader over and over again about exactly what the plot is.
The ending with the Batgirl narration was also annoying. I don't know, I just like sad endings. Batman should be 'dark'. Maybe just simply Batman looking from the top of a roof while the family leaves the city or something.
All and all, an average issue but it would have been MUCH better with more story and less splash pages and recaps.
"Leaping Lanny and Randy Savage are brothers, and Randy Savage, your name is Randy Poffo. THAT'S RIGHT, RANDY POFFO. You're ashamed of going around calling yourself Poffo so you probably got the name Savage because you're ashamed of putting yourself on the same level as your brother because he is much better than you are. YOUR BROTHER IS A HUMAN BEING. YOU'RE NOTHING BUT A SCUMBAG. THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE; YOU'RE A DOG. YOUR NAME IS POFFO." - Ronnie Garvin to Randy Savage, ICW Wrestling, 1980.