There have been a few different Batgirls over the years, but this book focuses on the original, Barbara Gordon, as she’s just starting out.
The issue jumps around in time a bit, kicking off with Barbara in her first outing as Batgirl against D-list costumed criminal Killer Moth, in a sort of “How did we get here?” set-up. Then we rewind to not long before that, where we’re reintroduced to Barbara as a young woman who wants to be a cop. Unfortunately, her father rejects her ambition outright, and being as he’s the police commissioner and all, he kind of has some say in the matter.
But Barbara isn’t one to let others tell her what to do with her life. So she hatches a plan to reach out to her hero. And no, it’s not Batman—it’s the Black Canary, in a nice nod to their future friendship in Birds of Prey.
Barbara makes a compelling protagonist and an excellent role model for younger readers. She’s intelligent, resourceful, brave, determined, and willing to put in the hard work. And, for the most part, she’s so positive. No angst-ridden darkness to be found here.
Writers: Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon
Penciler: Marcos Martin
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Batgirl: Year One (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 11 and up