Writer: Bryan Q Miller. Art: Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott and Sandra Hope.
What Happened: Batgirl(Stephanie Brown)has tracked the Scarecrow's henchmen back to Scarecrow's lair, and against the wishes of Oracle(who is communicating with Steph via an earpiece)charges in. Eventually Steph finds Scarecrow, who is offended that all the Bat-family deemed him worth of was Batgirl... HA! Scarecrow gasses Steph with his new fear gas variant, Thrill, which causes Steph to hallucinate that Scarecrow is both Red Robin and herself(as the Spoiler). Before Scarecrow can deliver the killing stroke to Steph, she manages to snap out of her drug induced haze and breaks Scarecrow's ankle before knocking him out, just in time for the police who arrive soon thereafter. This issue ends with Oracle giving Steph her the OK to continue to wear the Batgirl costume.
What I Thought: I enjoyed this issue and this first storyarc a lot. It did everything the first storyarc of this series needed to do. It established Steph as Batgirl, it gave us Oracle as a supporting character, and it delivered a classic Batman villain, the grossly under appreciated Scarecrow. I really don't have any complaints to voice at all. Scarecrow wasn't completely incompetent, which was a nice change, and Steph and Babs both acted as I would expect them to. Everything here was perfectly acceptable.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.I have to say, I got a kick out of Scarecrow's disappointment at having to face Batgirl as opposed to Batman or Robin.