Batgirl ongoing 2003 (issues 34-45)

Issue #34

Cover Date: January 2003
Subtitle: Lesson One
Writer(s): Kelley Puckett
Artists(s): Damion Scott, Robert Campanella
Storyline: Batgirl asked Batman to let her help on a case, but he said she wasn't yet ready to become a detective. A new gang began moving into Gotham City - Batman and Batgirl were there waiting for them. After taking them down, Batgirl wasn't satisfied - a little boy was killed by the gang. Batman told her she was ready to become a detective.


Issue #35

Cover Date: February 2003
Subtitle: Blank Slate
Writer(s): Kelley Puckett
Artists(s): Damion Scott, Robert Campanella
Storyline: A man woke up on the street with amnesia. He was picked up by mobsters after using a credit card. Batgirl rescued the man while on a case to find "Alpha," a man linked to her father. She convinced the man he was a secret agent after showing him forged passports and weapons in his baggage. After he took down half a gang with her, she contacted Oracle - she'd found Alpha.


Issue #36

Cover Date: March 2003
Subtitle: Point Blank
Writer(s): Kelley Puckett
Artists(s): Damion Scott, Robert Campanella
Storyline: Batman got word to Batgirl that Alpha had a cold fusion bomb planted somewhere in Gotham. She began showing the man around in hopes of him regaining his memory. After going into a diner that he felt familiar to, he was attacked by some gangsters. They were no match for him. He helped her find the bomb - it was planted tectonically so that it would set off another earthquake. He regained himself while deactivating it. She helped him realize he could again become the person he once was (before Cain's training). Alpha disappeared and Batgirl reported him dead.


Issue #37

Cover Date: April 2003
Subtitle: Thicker than Water
Writer(s): Kelley Puckett
Artists(s): Damion Scott, Robert Campanella
Storyline: David Cain broke out of prison to deliver his daughter a birthday gift. After doing so, he returned to prison. The gift, an assassin's knife, made her remember part of her childhood she'd hoped to forget. She got on the case of a kidnapped girl. She found her and her father, who'd taken her. Though she wanted to stay with him, Batgirl realized it would be best that she not be raised by a criminal. The father was taken into custody and the girl was returned to her mother.


Issue #38

Cover Date: May 2003
Subtitle: Testline
Writer(s): Anderson Gabrych
Artists(s): Jeff Parker, Robert Campanella
Storyline: Batgirl got a message from Batman to sever her "professional" ties with Spoiler - he did not want her trained any further. Cassandra disobeyed and went out with her that night. Stephanie told her about her father's death and that she'd had a child, only to give it up for adoption. Batgirl was floored - she'd never had any kind of relationship with a boy. They watched as two girl gangs did battle. Spoiler refused to stay on the sidelines, so Batgirl gave her a nerve strike and got her out of harm's way. After taking them down, Batgirl revived her. Spoiler left heartbroken.


Issue #39

Cover Date: June 2003
Subtitle: Black Wind
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Adrian Sibar, Andy Owens
Storyline: Batgirl encountered a martial artist calling himself Tai' Durshan - Black Wind. She was unable to land a punch on him due to his quickness, but he refused to fight her. Oracle fingered him as a metahuman associated with a terrorist group in a former Soviet country. She convinced Batman that Cassandra could use a vacation, so Bruce booked them on a cruise. Superboy and Black Wind ended up being on their boat, along with the man Black Wind's group was out to assassinate.


Issue #40

Cover Date: July 2003
Subtitle: Little Bat
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Adrian Sibar, Andy Owens
Storyline: Black Wind's gang took control of the cruise ship to secure their target. Superboy suited up; Batgirl also joined the battle. She and Black Wind fell overboard, but Superboy saved them. Black Wind was taken into custody in the US; Batgirl kissed Superboy.


Issue #41

Cover Date: August 2003
Subtitle: Body Language
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Adrian Sibar, Andy Owens
Storyline: Cassandra saw on TV where Black Wind had escaped during a prison transfer. She hopped on a train to Smallville. She found the Kent farm and visited Conner. As they tried to find a quiet place to be alone, a giant monster thing attacked. Batgirl was able to defeat where Superboy couldn't - she had no powers for it to imitate and use against her. S.T.A.R. Labs arrived and picked up the thing. Cassandra and Conner agreed to be "just friends" as he flew her home.


Issue #42

Cover Date: September 2003
Subtitle: Death in a Bottle
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Adrian Sibar, Andy Owens
Storyline: Batman welcomed Batgirl back from her "holiday." They took down a small Russian Mafia offshoot delivering some chemical weapons. Batman found out about the Batgirl / Superboy thing and told Superman to keep his "boy" away from Cassandra. Batgirl and Batman went after "Dr. Death" - the dealer of the chemical weapons. They stopped his auction, but he escaped with the high bidder.


Issue #43

Cover Date: October 2003
Subtitle: Seeds of Blood
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Adrian Sibar, Andy Owens
Storyline: Bruce and Cassandra went to Tarakstan "on business." They met with Vitor Namali - the businessman Black Wind was to kill. Black Wind kidnapped Wayne in order to get publicity for his cause. Batgirl rescued him and brought him his "work clothes." They went up against Black Wind, but soon realized he was not in league with Dr. Death.


Issue #44

Cover Date: November 2003
Subtitle: Harvest of Death
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Adrian Sibar, Andy Owens
Storyline: Dr. Death demonstrated his newest weapon - a chemical that would basically turn humans into oil and completely dissipate within 24 hours. Batman didn't want to take sides in the civil war, but Black Wind's group was their ticket to get to the chemical weapons. They attacked the compound; the weapon was unleashed. Black Wind was able to use his power and harness the winds so that it was blown away. He was killed in the process.


Issue #45

Cover Date: December 2003
Subtitle: Soul
Writer(s): Dylan Horrocks
Artists(s): Rick Leonardi, Jesse Delperdang
Storyline: Back in Gotham City, Batgirl took down some junkies high on a new designer drug called Soul. At the Clocktower, she asked Barbara what it was like being Batgirl before her injury. Babs showed her the old costume. Cassandra went out in it that night and received the kind of attention Barbara always got - especially out of Robin. Together, they took down some more junkies hopped up on Soul.


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