A very interesting dynamic between Batgirl and Nightwing is revealed this month. After she is unsuccessful in stopping Mirror from killing his latest victim, Barbara Gordon once again begins to wonder whether she came back before she was ready.
Her problems don’t stop with her self-doubt however; Gotham City Police detective Melody McKenna wants Batgirl to pay for failing to stop Mirror from killing her partner. While on administrative leave, she takes the opportunity to do some looking into Batgirl in hopes of finding a way to bring her in.
While breaking her motorcycle out of the police impound yard, Batgirl is paid an unexpected visit from Nightwing. The two heroes joust verbally for a while before they begin a less than playful game of tag across the rooftops of Gotham. Barbara resents Dick getting involved in her affairs and takes it as him and Batman not trusting her judgment. It seems that now she’s finally out of the wheelchair, everyone close to her prefers her to stay in it.
Once Nightwing catches up, Batgirl shares her feelings about him keeping tabs on her. She may have come back too soon, but she’s back nonetheless and has to take down Mirror by herself. She has to prove to herself that she’s no longer the woman in the wheelchair. Nightwing explains that he and Batman aren’t worried because they doubt her, but because they love her. With that she realizes that she’s lashing out at the people who care for her the most and that it’s unwarranted.
She asks Dick as a friend to let her go after Mirror alone. Reluctantly Dick agrees and there can be no doubt then that they still harbor feelings for each other. Dick leaves her to find Mirror and her self-confidence by herself.
“I didn’t like him when I first met him, a few years ago. Not really. Hard to believe that now. That face. Right there. That one. That’s the expression that melted me every time, back when we were kids working with Batman. When the bravado drops, when the rich boy façade dims.”
We’re treated again to another knockout issue of Batgirl this month. Although it wasn’t as action oriented as the last two issues, this one gives us some personal details and insight into Barbara Gordon that I have been dying to know. I was pleasantly surprised that the flirtatious dynamic between her and Dick Grayson is still intact and I loved the little fight they have where Barbara gets the best of him.
Gail Simone writes Batgirl as if she was born to do so, that coupled with the great artwork of Ardian Syaf and Vincente Cifunetes make this series one that I have been looking forward to each month. I especially liked the graffiti on the Gotham metro train, “for a good time call the Red Hood”.
Next month’s issue teases a “Final Showdown” apparently between Batgirl and Mirror. Now that she has insight into his motives can Batgirl stop him before becoming his next victim and can she do it without the help of Batman or Nightwing?