Batgirl skirmishes with a mysterious assailant who seems to posses all the powers of Amazo. His actual identity, though, will greatly test her character.
This is actually pretty good as a character portrait and it's interesting to see a cape in Batman's mythos who isn't an extreme personality. I particularly liked her cute little outbursts; how she apologizes to the "assailant" while running away and then how she shouts "Don't do drugs" after trouncing the goons in an inspired Goldilocks extended metaphor. Perez is a well balanced artist for this book, giving enough sheen on the look while still keeping everything focused on telling the story effectively.
On the other side of the positive points, I can't help reading some hard truth into Stephanie's hang-ups about Bruce's earlier dismissal. While it's an interesting change of pace, I do wonder if the Batman would ever approve of a vigilante who's this bubbly and neurotic. Perhaps he's mellowed after his resurrection, but I'd imagine he'd deem her not serious enough.
The Verdict - 3.5/5
I could definitely get behind this characterization of Stephanie as a kid trying to define herself and trying to do right by the legacy she's taken up. I like how the thrust of the plot is about her strengthening her self-identity and, at last, not defining herself by the men in the Batman family. While I think I'll always have some issues with how Batgirl logically fits into Batman's word, this was still a well-done one-shot that doesn't require any extra reading.