Batgirl #26: “Art of the Crime” Part 1
Writer: Mairghread Scott
Penciller: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Main Cover Artist: Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth
Variant Cover Art: Joshua Middleton
What You Need to Know:
In the anniversary issue, Batgirl was investigating a rash of art thefts that were resulting in brutal murders. The latest house she entered, figuring it would be next on the assailant’s list, was actually being robbed. Too late to stop the murder, she is able to see the assailant, Grotesque, and hops on her bike to stop him.
In This Issue:
Batgirl is hot on Grotesque’s tail up and down the busy streets of Burnside on their bikes. After a close call with a truck, she is able to track him down to a high-end apartment building where the two fight it out. During the fight, she is hit with a high jolt of electricity from an electric stick right in her spine, where that chip that connects to her brain that keeps her walking is…she is barely able to escape and blames her physical weakness on falling from a top floor into the harbor. But as she starts trying to get through a normal day as Barbara Gordon, she notices something is wrong with her memory too. But it isn’t till she has a full-blown seizure in her dad’s office that she realizes something else might be wrong.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one out there that was a bit taken back when DC said they were going to have Barbara walk again with her being shot by the Joker all those years ago still being on the most iconic moments in comic history. Yet here we were, Batgirl back to kicking ass and taking names as the brilliant detective we know she is. Frankly, we all loved it and went with it and her move to Burnside seemed to be doing good for everyone. With everything going on mentally with her the last few issues, we completely forgot about her physical ones and how that can impact her crime fighting skills.