Batgirl #2: Writer- Brian Q. Miller Artwork- Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott and Sandra Hope.
What Happened: We begin this issue with Barbara Gordon pretty much warning Stephanie that she shouldn't be wearing the Batgirl costume. Babs throws all of the lousiest moments from Steph's crime fighting career in her face, but Steph is unbowed and refuses to give up the fight. Later on, Babs discovers that the guy who died last issue was hopped up on some type of new drug called Thrill. Steph heads to a college party called the Harvest Festival and runs into an obviously intoxicated classmate who winds up collapsing. Steph deducts that somebody spiked the punch and watches as a few guys run away. Steph(as Batgirl)follows and engages the guys in battle. Babs watches the fight through Steph's Batgirl costume and serves as an extra pair of eyes during the fight. Unfortunately, the guys wind up hitching a ride in a truck and escape. Babs and Steph head to the Batcave and wind up identifying one of the guys Steph fought, as well as learning that the drug in the punch at the Harvest Festival was Thrill. From there, Babs learns one of the drug dealers Steph fought was actually dumb enough to go to the emergency room and wound up getting arrested. Babs again warns Steph to stay out of the investigation, and leaves. While being transported to jail in a squad car, the dealer is broken out by the criminal behind the Thrill drug, the Scarecrow(!!!).
What I thought: I liked this issue. It wasn't spectacular, but it was definitely enjoyable. Of course it definitely helped that I'm a fan of both Babs and Steph, as well as being a huge fan of Scarecrow. I have my fingers crossed that Babs winds up staying in this book as a supporting character/mentor to Steph. There were some slow parts in this issue, but that's to be expected in any new series as the writer tries to establish where he wants to go with the characters. With next issue promising more Steph, more Babs, and of course, more Scarecrow, I'll definitely be there.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.Scarecrow is one of those characters who could be a real menace if written properly. Don't believe me? Check out the "Batman: Arkham Asylum" video game!