Batgirl Part 3: Batgirl of Burnside

Day 14 Since the Disappearance:

Leaked photos of the mission made it back to HQ.  Massive spiders, blood-thirsty sharks, and ferocious kangaroos were scene with the team.  We fear the worst.

It is time to begin training my other sister to take up the mantle of the Successful Child.  The training will be long and hard, but hopefully with time we will heal.

Batgirl of Burnside.

To get properly mad be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2.

Batgirl of Burnside picks up after Gail Simone’s ends.  In the end, she fights off the group Knightfall from blah-blah-blah destruction of Gotham.  At the end, Batgirl bursts out with how she is going to leave.  She needs to get away.  It felt so out of character and out of nowhere that I already began to worry.  Then I saw the cover art:


We’re fine.  It’s fine.  EVERYTHINGS FINE, GODDAMNIT.

To give it credit, the art style is really good.   I like the bright colors, the style, and the heavier line weights.  I love to encounter new art.  Batman Detective Comics have a new artist every single panel (or so it seems).

It finally came out and I rushed to it like someone rushes to see a catastrophe.  I was still hoping.

First fucking panel we see Batgirl and her friend Alysia seeing her off in her new apartment.  Her one friend who was her rock in many situations.  She’s smart, attentive, charming, and she’s transsexual.  While she does appear from time to time in the Burnside comic, its alarming that the cast of Batgirl characters essentially gets thrown out.  I’d be less mad but neither her dad, her mom, Batman, or any of the other Bat family show up in the entire first volume.

More on that on that later.

Second fucking page we see Barbara wake up hungover.  She tromps out into the living room in naught but a t-shirt and panties to find out she passed out after having made out with a stranger.

Think I’m kidding?


I’m glad to see she so recovers so quickly after her dad shoots her previous love interest.

Yes, please tell me more.  Strong, responsible, and smart Barbara Gordon gets totally blackout hammered and makes out with strangers.  It’s like watching my little girl grow up and date terrible people.  I’m not crying.  Fuck you.

When she wakes up she notices her laptop is missing.  How are we going to find out who took it?

Instagram you fucking idiots, duh, how else do young hip people learn about people who may have stolen their laptops?  They call it Pixtagraph but its fucking instagram.  She lives with a girl who is a programmer for Hooq, the newest and hottest dating app that apparently everyone is swooning over.  According to the writer its impossible for young hip characters to interact correctly unless its over some level of an electronic device.

As a note, I’ll mention that I haven’t memorized the writers name like Gail.  You earn the right, and this one fucking did not.

I’ll mention now that much later she mentions that the app is still in beta and won’t be ready for a big Hooq party.  Its not really important to my point, but it shows the level of writing that the app is simultaneously in beta and used enough that they want to throw a huge Hooq concert?

The reason she is so worried about her laptop is that her thesis was on it.  Her thesis is using a scan of her brain to create pattern recognizing algorithms.  She scanned her own brain to do this, which is apparently a lot of data.

Talking with various people she meets up with she finds out that some guy named Riot Black is likely in possession of it.  He has people steal electronics and then he scraps them for their secrets and uploads them to his website for likes or something.

This seems so very clearly against several laws.  So with everyone knowing he does this, surely they have called the police right?



Also- he’s a DJ.


He speaks only in his native language: hashtag.

Turns out he has cybernetic implants in his eye that he can use to directly connect with electronics and upload them immediately to his site.  Pretty cool villain concept.  Wanna know how she defeats him?



She finds out during the fight about his implants.  So she makes him a deal, she’ll reveal her identity if he deletes all the stolen data he’s been compiling.  He agrees and instructs her her to send her pic via Snapgab.

She sends the picture to the right.

Batgirl loaded a worm onto another phone that he uploaded into his brain.  When he sees that photo, it activates the worm and it deletes everything which leaves him…

They never actually say what happens to him.  Smash-cut back to the apartment?

Turns out her laptop was wiped and everything is mostly lost, and now she’s without her thesis.  How can you re-create it?  If only she had an eidetic memory!  Or maybe if she was super tech-savvy like Oracle?

Don’t be alarmed.  It might sound like pleading, but it’s only a despair sandwich.

With something so important and secret as her brain scan that- ya know, contains the identities of the Bat-family members- why didn’t she lock it up somewhere important?  Wouldn’t it be cool if she could store these things on something with like Turbo-Bat-Encryption?  Like in a cave or something?

Being seen at the Riot Black concert gives Batgirl a celebrity status.  People all throughout Burnside are excited about her!  It gets so bad that we actually see a couple people impersonating Batgirl.  So Barbara Gordon’s crime fighting role comes down to hunting down catfishes.  This is what I wanted to see.  The iconic Batgirl!  Fighting…crime?

Barbara Gordon ends up at an art show.  The topic of the art show?  Batgirl.  The artist Dagger Type did an entire show on our intrepid hero.  Barbara is furious!  Dagger is going to ruin her reputation!  Barbara will see an end to this.

Turns out that Dagger Type is a cross-dresser or transsexual; its never really clarified.  Dagger is attempting to become Batgirl by luring the real one out and killing her.  Dagger Type then throws a finale show where its revealed that Dagger is Batgirl!  No one buys it, a gun is drawn, blah-blah-blah arrested.

After this she realizes she needs to take control of her persona and her reputation!  What scheme will she come up with to show the public that she’s not a twit!?

Pixtagram.  Instagraph.  Facegab.  I don’t know anymore.  Fuck it.


I’d like to note she hasn’t fought any non-personal crime yet.

On a side note, why does a vigilante, a person who’s inherently breaking the law, care about reputation?

Also- where is Batman?

In any of these situations he would’ve intervened.  It has nothing to do with how capable Batgirl is.  Batman does not tolerate impersonators, and even when they are actually trying to be crime-fighters he tries to shut that down.  His crusade is his own and he rarely lets people join him.



Batman values and prioritizes his Bat-families safety and their identities.  Under no circumstances would he allow Batgirl to be so prevalent on the web.  As readers, we can sort of gloss over the fact that the mask and voice aren’t going to trick anybody who knows them.  We know this, and we ignore it.  We cannot ignore that when she’s posing for photos that someone is going to figure it out who she is.

With her media presence, by now Batman would’ve noticed she’s not wearing a Bat-approved suit.  Her old comrade in capes Dinah Lance (Black Canary) comes to visit because her gym burned down.  Turns out that even though they weren’t really talking, or even currently friends, Batgirl was storing her stuff in that gym.  Her suit and all of her crime-fighting equipment went up in flames.  After that fact, she makes her own Batgirl suit.  While very charming and resourceful, Batman would not tolerate this.  He acknowledges that crime-fighting is dangerous and helps fund new fighting suits.  Batman wants you to be safe and up-to-date.

The other reason he would get himself involved is that the the missing scan of Barbara’s brain isn’t exactly a private matter.  His entire legacy and the lives of everyone he cares about is stored in that scan.  He would’ve seen the pictures of her at the Riot Black concert, figured out what Riot Black does, and would probably be curious as to why Batgirl is there.  Put two and two together and he’ll probably figure out that something important is at risk of being exposed.

Black Canary actually points this out to her, and she goes full 16-year old.  Waaaaah Batman can’t tell me what to do.

Bitch.  He’s Batman.  When he says anything, God listens.

Batgirl and Black Canary have a falling out after that.  Would you be so flippant about one of your closest friends just leaving you?  Nah man, Batgirl actually explains how with her celebrity status she has friends and a real life.  Those are her words.  I can’t find the panel on the web but she says that.  Being a celebrity as Batgirl gives her a life and friends.  She doesn’t need a superhero ally.

She’s not too upset about Canary ditching her because she has a new cop boyfriend!  The cop often goes on rants about how being a vigilante is disrespectful and damaging, which Barbara coyly tries to refute.

During his rant the cop talks about a dude who’s totally not Justin Bieber.  Barbara asks why the cops don’t take him down for his illegal racing and driving under the influence.  Barbara takes this upon herself to prove a point to her boyfriend.

She goes to a bar to take down Not-Bieber, but he’s having none of it and gets in his car.  I’m not sure how he made it all the way to the car when Batgirl could have restrained him, but uhhhhh…

So she’s chasing him through the streets.  They almost hit several people and it ends with him crashing his car into an old Burnside diner called Cuppa Joes.  This pisses everyone one off because he wouldn’t have been provoked to drive like an idiot, and Batgirl caused him to crash.  She actually says to the police when they arrive that she did it for the safety of the people and the city.

Somehow the bright Barbara Gordon doesn’t realize how stupid this was.  Thank got Instabook was there to give her clarity.


There would be at least one billion “Kill yourself” tweets.

So we’re at the low point of the arc.  There is a Hooq concert happening and everyone’s going because the app is… coming out of beta or something.  When it comes out of beta it’ll be huge.  I dunno.  This is what hipsters and startup companies do right?

Barbara’s scan is still missing, she’s losing her real friends, and she’s no longer popular.  There is sort of an interesting subplot where Barbara is worried that something is going on behind everything else.  She receives a phone call from herself and many of her recent friends and villains have weird tidbits of information she doesn’t recall passing along.

The day before the concert, her roommate who works for Hooq is missing.  No one can find her and she isn’t responding to texts?  Did you try and call her?  Barbara tries (she’s the smart one) when she finds out.  It turns out her roommates’s phone was vibrating like 10 feet away from the people texting her because YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T KNOW HOW TO INTERACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE EVEN IN AN EMERGENCY.  FUCK WE ARE SO GODDAMN HIP.

Sorry.  Ahem.

She befriends Black Canary again because consequences are for pussy-ass bitches and they go to the Hooq headquarters where the concert is being held.  Batgirl goes to the top of the tower and finds her roommate going through some files that reveals her to be Batgirl.  Then, from the shadows the real villain appears.  The person that’s been orchestrating all the other events to lead to this mome-

It’s the fucking dating app.  Her glorious first overarching villain from the shadows is a dating app.

A dating app.


So last year, swipe left.

Turns out her brain scan was… put into the app somehow?  My guess is that Riot Black loaded it up and it got into Hooq servers.  And because of the power of sexting it became… sentient?

I mean- it is sort of a cool concept, but why the dating app?  Why not anything more serious?

Turns out the app used itself to determine which people are at risk of committing crimes.  Since everyone ever ever ever is on Hooq, it set up this concert to attract all of the potential criminals into one spot so it can use space lasers.  Not sure why not one person from Hooq Headquarters had a problem with this.  Setting up a huge concert must be fucking cake and also cost no money.

Sooooo… they defeat it with the power of friendship and the volume ends.


I wanted something to salvage.  The stories are forgettable and the villains are caricatures of what someone who heard about hipsters second hand.  Dagger Type was supposed to be a transsexual or a cross-dresser, but was portrayed so poorly that there was public backlash.

The dialogue is shit.  It’s written in a way that no one actually talks like.  No one has ever in total seriousness ever ended a sentence with “Whaaaaat!”  No one has ever had a group photo and told everyone to say “Kawaii!”  No one thinks being 32 years old is ancient.  People don’t seem to be able to exist outside social media.  All of Batgirl’s equipment is essentially stolen from the local college.

She fucking forgets how to be Batgirl.


No seriously, she’s fighting two girls on two motorcycles who are supposed to be cosplays of villains from an anime she watched when she was seven.  How can she possibly defeat them!?Why she’ll flashback to when she was a kid and remember how the anime protagonist beat them… then do the same thing.

You are fucking Batgirl.  You are smart, resourceful, and strong.  Or at least you used to be.

She isn’t fighting crime or solving mysteries.  This is a series of events involving her life as Barbara and her status as Batgirl.  I’m not saying she shouldn’t fight crime that directly involves herself, but the only one that really threatened human life was the Hooq app and its plan to maximum-over-swipe with space lasers.

To give credit where credit is due there is a varied cast of characters that cover different ethnicities, sexualities, and genders.  Especially since they don’t try and throw it out there too far.  The cop that Barbara dates brings some nice tension to the situation and humanizes Barbara a little more.  The art style is fucking delightful.

After you find out the Hooq app is swiping left on all of Gotham there is a nice little bit where you see the events of the brain scan becoming sentient.  You see it remembering her past, her trauma, and her efforts to overcome herself and her obstacles.  And then it sees the current Batgirl essentially devolving into a tween-y mess and it becomes enraged seeing her body go to waste.

Man, how fucking redeemed would this comic be if the Hooq app actually defeated her and returned to her body to become Gail Simone’s Batgirl again?  Like- switch back to the old art style and everything.  Holy shit.

Well there you have it.  My three part arc about Batgirl and why I love her, and hate how she changed.  Change isn’t a bad thing, they were trying something new and its just not jiving with me.  That’s my problem, not theirs.

At the very least I still have Batman.  He’s tried and true.  They wouldn’t try something-


Note: I will kill myself if the villain turns out to be Spotify.


Batgirl Part 2: Gail Simone and the New 52

Day 7 Since the Disappearance:

It has been an entire week since Emily’s infiltration mission to Australia vacation began.  Still no word of her return.  I fear the worst.

I’ll continue my writing in this blog.  Messages in bottles until the ink in my heart has long dried up.

Before we go too much further, you might want to read Batgirl Part 1!

We continue our three post trend with one of my favorite comic book authors: Gail Simone.  I fucking love Gail Simone.  If it was up to me, she’d write all comics forever. Well, her and Scott Snyder.

If Gail and Scott co-wrote anything I’d probably just get so excited I might just possibly vibrate apart into a fine particulate blob of fan-girl.

Gail writes an emotional and complex story for Batgirl: the difficulties that come with resuming a role you long since wrote off for a dream.


At this point I will give the customary spoiler warning.  This one is specific to the New 52.  I’m going to cover some of the arcs to help drive my point home about the power and subtlety that Gail Simone brought to Barbara Gordon.

Gail Simone simultaneously makes Batgirl fierce and strong while making her vulnerable.  The very first arc in the series we see Batgirl come face to face with the villain Mirror.  He is killing people for reasons unknown and Batgirls endeavor to stop him.  During all of this Gail breaks it up early with events in her personal life.  She moves out of her fathers place, meets her new interesting roommate, and deals with the rises and falls that come with having experienced a miracle.

We learn that Barbara Gordon is on Mirror’s list.  He believes he is righting some wrongs in the universe by killing people who experience miracles.

While she is looking for Mirror we see Barbara doubting whether she was worthy of getting her legs back.  She had made peace with the fact that she was paralyzed, and now she has them back and wonders why she was saved instead of someone else.  Barbara is battling her own survivor’s guiIt.

It turns out Mirror was the only survivor in a tragic accident.  One in which he was saved and had to watch his wife and twins burn to death.  He rejects his miracle.  Mirror believes that he shouldn’t have survived and he begs to die with his family.

Both of our characters are here because of a miracle, but they respond in different ways.  Batgirl doubts that she can be worthy of her miracle, and she must combat this self doubt.  Mirror was saved when he didn’t want to be, and now he seeks to right some universal wrong by ending others who have survived when they shouldn’t.  It’s these miracles that have brought them head to head.

This becomes more clear for Batgirl when Nightwing finds her.  He asks about Mirror and how she’s doing, but she deflects by playing a game of city spanning tag.  It’s a poignant scene.

She remembers doing the same as younger prodigies.

She remembers her feelings for Dick before the accident.

She remembers being shot.  Her once proud confidence is now frail and brittle in the face of what’s happened.

When Dick finally catches her, she lashes out at him.  Batgirl resents him, saying that she’s tired of people trying to look out for her.  To defeat her enemy, she must do it alone.  Dick acquiesces and leaves her.

When she finally defeats Mirror she does so by making him reflect upon what he is alive for.  He suffered tragedy, but he needs not continue wasting his life doubting whether he should have died or not.  By defeating Mirror, she defeats herself.  She lets go of her self doubt.

Gail Simone, in a few short pages and a few short encounters, gives us a deeper look at how Barbara feels about her life changing surgery.  And it wasn’t a cheesy, expositional battle.  Gail tells a story more gently than that.  We have parallels to observe and we get to see how others might have responded to similar events.  We experience self doubt alongside Batgirl, and see her relationships developing in response.  Her interpersonal relationships punctuate the feelings inside her.  Her dad cares for her and only wants the best, and even her roommate becomes a staple in her life that she learns to love.

Nothing is cut and dry, and there is plenty to keep us reading.  This level of writing is something much higher than I originally expected out of comic books, and was one of the hooks that gave me cause to try new series.



After Mirror she meets a woman who calls herself Gretel.  Gretel has the power to mind control people, and she uses this power to lash out against Bruce Wayne for trying to gentrify an old neighborhood.

This is the first arc where we see her being Batgirl and coming face to face with Batman.  It throws her back to before she was paralyzed.  Batgirl took inspiration from Batman.  She worked apart from him.  When she became paralyzed she feared what he would say to her.  The cruel words of how he was right to try and stop her.

In her memory, we get two heart wrenching panels of him standing quietly with her, holding her hands in sympathy.

Before the showdown, she learns that Gretel was a woman who was gunned down dismissively by a mob boss.  She had no one to turn to in the hospital; no one visited her.  She learned to use people instead of trust them.

Now she needs to perform as Batgirl for Bruce Wayne.  A man she felt as though she let down.  When she succeeds in saving him from some mind controlled thugs, he whispers to her, “You were always meant to be Batgirl.”

This fills her with strength and determination.  She confronts Gretel with Batman’s assistance.  He lets her take the lead, which he almost never does.  Fighting and defeated Gretel taught Barbara that even when she feels alone and scared that she has people who love and care about her.

I’d like to point at this time that the dialogue and exposition aren’t super in your face. Gail Simone trusts us to understand, and she feels no need to guide us by the hand.  Her writing has depth, and it comes out in her characters.  All of them.  Her dad is trying to be a cop and a dad without being overbearing and protective.  Her roommates is concerned about her, but trusts her enough to give her space when she needs it and support when she wants it.

This post is already becoming too long for what is supposed to be a delicious Smudde nugget.  Fuck you I’m not stopping.


During these events, Barbara’s mother comes back out of the wood work.  She tries to pry herself back into Barbara’s life, which adds to the drama of it all.  So in between her internal struggles she now must try and cope with being a daughter to who is essentially an estranged mother.

The last villain that I’ll discuss is Grotesque.  A man who likes the finer things in life, and discards that which doesn’t meet those standards.  This includes henchman and innocents.  Barbara hunts him down, but while on the trail she realizes that one of the henchman she took down was one of the men who showed up with the Joker.  Batgirl must now face someone directly from her tragedy, and man who left her to die.

Batgirl tracks down Grotsque and confronts him.  She finds him with his henchman.  During the battle Grotesque gains the upper hand, but before he can land the killing blow the henchman intervenes.  Grotesque deals the former Joker thug a fatal blow.  Seeing such a waste of human life sends Batgirl into a rage and she defeats Grotesque while proclaiming, “I reject you.”

Batgirl holds the henchman in her arms as he dies.  He confesses that he called the police to go back for the then dying Barbara Gordon.  Seeing this criminals human side gives her resolve to never become something so grotesque because of her tragedy.  She needs to continue to be a great person and never let rage or revenge guide her.

I’m writing this mostly to try and give you a flavor of what Gail’s writing is like.  She did an amazing job with Batgirl, and it only gets better.  I can’t cover it all here, otherwise you’ll never go get all the comics!  Don’t lie, I know you are on your way right now.  But some even deeper and darker stories surface.  The return of the Joker in Death of the Family, and the resurfacing of her serial killer brother.


The checklist I want you to remember:

  • Batgirl is a strong, complex, intelligent woman.
  • The villains are dripping with deeper meanings for Batgirl.
  • The characters, setting, and world are all believable and well written.

I hope I impressed upon you how great Gail’s writing it.  In next weeks post we’ll cover Batgirl of Burnside when they changed writers.


Batgirl Part 1: Barbara Gordon

Well as I’m sure our dedicated reader(s) has already read, Emily is going to die.

She also left me the keys to the blog while she’s gone.  I’ve got your attention for three straight Friday’s so sit down and shut up.

Lets talk about Batgirl.

Wait, wait, wait… first we’re going to talk about Barbara Gordon as a character.  And then Gail Simone’s New 52 series.  And then we’ll end on Batgirl of Burnside where I’ll be angry for 900 something words.

So.  Barbara Gordon.


Barbara Gordon is a strong, charming, and human character.  She is a centerpiece in the Bat family, and for a while was literally the core of their team.  Barbara is the daughter of a cop, and because of this she has a strong sense of justice.  She has an eidetic memory and is incredibly intelligent.  Barbara cares deeply about the people she’s helping and feels tremendous guilt for her failures: professional and personal.  She doesn’t fight to solve murders or avenge them.  Its not simply about solving crimes.  Batgirl embodies the idea that life is worth preserving and people are worth saving.  Her duty is to protect the people who need it, to help the ones who are hurt, and to be the guiding moral beacon for many of those around her.

In The Killing Joke she is shot in the spine by the Joker and she becomes paralyzed.  He uses her to try and corrupt Commissioner Gordon.  After the fact she has to retire from being Batgirl.  She is upset that so much was taken from her, but she also hates to see those around her so distraught.  With the help of her friends and family she makes it through a nightmarish time, and as a hero moving forward she does everything she can to do the same for others.

She reminisces later that even though she was in pain and her life had changed forever, she was worried about what Batman would do and say.  She reflects fondly that Batman doesn’t yell or get angry, he stands over her, holding her hand quietly.

That’s the kind of person she is, more worried about how things effect others than herself.  She is more concerned about others, even in her darkest moments.

Can you imagine?  Being that strong and talented and having a chaotic villain show up at your door and take it all away from you?


Barbara deals with this frequently.  It’s a reoccurring nightmare to her, thinking that one day the Joker might come back again.  Or worse: that he’ll come for someone else. It’s this nightmare that makes her focused and strong.  She fights harder for her friends and family because she doesn’t want any of them to lose what she has lost.  Barbara is vigilant and relentless.

There is a bit in Batman Eternal where Jason Todd says that she was better than all of the Robin’s.  Stronger than him, and stronger than Dick Grayson.  They all see her as the bright and shining hero she still is, and she uses their belief to become something stronger.

Finding strength in her weakness, she became Oracle.  Oracle was the digital and informational center for all of her superhero allies.

Oracle was one of the central characters in Birds of Prey.  With her ability to fight and move limited, she uses her mind as her most dangerous weapon.  She uses her eidetic memory and technological finesse to work over even the most dangerous of villains without leaving her computer.  This is what makes her such a strong part of the Bat-family.  She is a genius, she’s clever, and she’s ruthless..  All of the heroes call upon her, and even Batman depends on her more than he’d probably like.

All I’d do if I became paralyzed would be make excuses like, “My fucking legs don’t work.”


As Oracle, she rarely went into the field.  Instead, she worked with her team through earpieces and computers.  She often feels frustrated because she can’t be beside them, but she makes the best of it by using her strengths against her opponents weaknesses.  Barbara understands herself and her team members, and is able to maximize their abilities by being the strategist in the background.

We see this quite a bit while she’s the mentor to Stephanie Brown.  Stephanie was originally Spoiler, a girl who was bent on justice but unable to truly manage the role.  Barbara tries to talk her out of it because she’s likely to get hurt.  When she realizes that Stephanie won’t stop, Barbara steps in to help her as Oracle because she doesn’t want to see her get hurt or worse.

But to me what really makes characters interesting is their human side.  She is still vulnerable inside all of that badass.  She has an on again off again interest in Dick Grayson.  I’ve never read an arc where it gets serious, but there are definitely points where she gets hurt because Dick is into another woman.  There are moments where he approaches her, but their lives as heroes interfere too much to have a relationship.  As much as she is strong, she belies a girl who yearns to be normal.  Its a struggle to be Batgirl, to be Oracle, to be a daughter, and to be herself.

This gets especially hard because her dad is Commissioner Gordon.  The hero cop himself.  There are many times when she has to work with him as Batgirl, but to be Batgirl she must inherently undermine and work against her father.  One time she actually attempts to take her mask off, but he stops her because he doesn’t want to think about a young girl on the streets risking her life.


Its a complicated situation being a superhero.  Many superheroes have a reason to work or be alone, but Barbara chooses to be close with people.  Barbara works to support the people and support her friends.  She is strong because she has people to be strong for, and she worries that her failures will take them away from her.  What makes her the one of the greatest heroes is that her greatest superhero power is that she is a human.  She is flawed, she is vulnerable, and she is brittle.  Even after surgery cures her paralysis, she is still paralyzed for a long time trying to re-find herself.  Its a careful balance to be everything she wants to be while balancing the expectations of others on top of it.  Her story is one of overcoming; of perseverance and duty.  She can’t let things get in her way.  Barbara can’t be a normal girl trying to find herself.  Shes a hero, a daughter, and a friend.  To be all of this and still find strength within she must be more than a woman, she had to find herself as Batgirl.

In the next post I’ll discuss Gail Simone as the writer for Batgirl.  I’m going to re-read the comics I own so I can be extra pumped to write it!