Batgirl: Year One

Issue #1

Cover Date: February 2003
Subtitle: Masquerade
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: Barbara Gordon's application to the police academy was denied. Her father, on his way to becoming commissioner, tried to persuade her away from cop life. He thought a college graduate should do something else. She held a job as a librarian and took jujitsu. She applied for FBI, but was sent away because she was too young and too short. She broke into JSA headquarters and left a note for Black Canary.


Issue #2

Cover Date: Future Tense
Subtitle: March 2003
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: Barbara's letter never got to Black Canary - she was met by Wild Cat and turned away. She moped until her father invited her to a masquerade. She decided to go as his unofficial friend, the Batman. She was unable to find a suitable costume, so she made her own. Killer Moth attacked the party attempting to kidnap Bruce Wayne. Barbara - as Batman - went after him. Dick saw something about it on the news and suited up and met Bruce, who was also in costume. Killer Moth escaped in a helicopter leaving Barbara face-to-face with Batman and Robin.


Issue #3

Cover Date: April 2003
Subtitle: Afterglow
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: Robin attempted to apprehend "Batgirl," but she gave him the slip when Killer Moth began firing at them from the helicopter. She escaped and made it home. Officer Jason Bard came by to check on her, but she slammed the door in his face. The next morning, her father told her what had gone down at the party (she said she'd taken some cold medicine and crashed for the night).
Killer Moth offered his protection services to Tough Tony Bressi. Bressi laughed in his face. Gordon met with Batman and Robin about Killer Moth; Batman assured him they had nothing to do with the girl. In the meantime, Batgirl took down some hoods trying to rip off a convenience store. Feeling high from the victory, Barbara put some money into her new career. She got better boots, more equipment, and a belt to stick it all in.
Batman and Robin watched as she prepared to jump from Wayne Tower.


Issue #4

Cover Date: May 2003
Subtitle: Cave Dwellers
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: Batman cut Batgirl's line after she jumped. He and Robin saved her, explaining that the rope she used had no give. He sprayed her with a knock-out gas and took her to the cave. When she woke up, Batman informed them he was going back out. From the manor above, he watched Robin and Batgirl via closed-circuit tv. His partner put the girl through some tests. Batman came down and told her she failed - she'd resorted to deadly force against an adversary.
She was gassed again and woke up outside her home. Batman and Robin knew who she was. The next day a package arrived - Robin had sent her batarangs, ropes, and grapples.


Issue #5

Cover Date: June 2003
Subtitle: Moth to a Flame
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: Killer Moth was still hellbent on becoming the protector of the underworld. He took his goons to his hideout, but it had been locked up due to delinquent taxes.
Garfield Lynns, a Holywood pyrotechnics expert, was fired while on location in Gotham City for blowing up the lead actress. She had burns on 80% of her body. He killed the director and joined Killer Moth as FireFly.


Issue #6

Cover Date: July 2003
Subtitle: Bird of Prey
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: Captain Jim Gordon was kidnapped by "Tough" Tony Bressi's men - Killer Moth and Firefly. Officer Jason Bard was injured in the attack. Batgirl and Black Canary, who was there because the bombed place was her late father's, went after them on her newly acquired Batcycle, given to her by Robin (and by Batman in secret). While chasing the two costumed freaks, they were captured by them - though not the same ones. Moth and Firefly arrived at Bressi's place flanked by another Killer Moth and Firefly, who had the girls captive.


Issue #7

Cover Date: August 2003
Subtitle: Hearts Afire
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: When the two sets of Killer Moths and Fireflys broke into a fight, Canary and Batgirl got Bressi and Gordon to safety outside. The house was lit up. Robin answered Gordon's signal (Batman was in Tibet with Deadman). The Boy Wonder was told to get Batgirl off the streets before the police did it.
Barbara went to thank Jason Bard for what he did to help her father. He told her he was going to have to be off the force on disability. As they began to get a bit more friendly, Captain Gordon came in and interrupted them. After being assisted by Robin on a purse-snatching, Batgirl got another Batcycle - this one with her logo on it - and the two junior vigilantes teamed up to answer the signal.


Issue #8

Cover Date: September 2003
Subtitle: Seasoned Crime-fighter
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: On their way to the real hostage situation, they took down a man squirting people with mustard and calling himself Condiment King. Robin snuck a kiss as they rode. In the subway, they caught up with the main attraction - Mark Desmond, aka Blockbuster. Disobeying Robin's orders, Batgirl went after him directly. As he was about to crush her skull atop the subway car, he got his head bashed by an overhang. The vigilantes were gone by the time the police came in and tranquilized him. Gordon saw some strands of long red hair in one of the man's hands.
Barbara returned home to find her father in her room demanding to talk. Before he could get anything out, he was called back to police headquarters - up in flames. Barbara followed him, angry that he'd gone through her stuff (though she didn't believe he'd found anything).


Issue #9

Cover Date: October 2003
Subtitle: Ashes & Blood
Writer(s): Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez
Storyline: Barbara pulled her hood and cape on and went after the bugs. As she got to them, they took off in the mothcopter. She got a jumpline onto it and hitched a ride with them. They quickly noticed and began manuvering to get her off. She attached the other end of her jumpline to a fixture and caused them to crash. Batman and Robin were nearby in their own helicopter; they got the collars while Batgirl fell safely into a swimming pool.
Batman left a note for Barbara. She met him that night and was taken to the cave for a second time. She swore an oath to him and he removed his cowl for her. Batman introduced another new partner to Gordon, while Barbara watched them (Dick was disguised as Batgirl so he could see his daughter and her at the same time).
Jason Bard opened up a PI business; Barbara contemplated running for office.


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notes

  • Gordon is still Captain.
  • Per issue 2, the Teen Titans exist.
  • Return to continuity section 2.