Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Ardian Syaf
Batgirl comes face to face with Knightfall for the first time. This is the issue that shows how much Babara has evolved since retaking the mantle. During the first months of The New 52 she was insecure, guilt-ridden, and even self-loathing; now she is confident and more comfortable in her own boots; one thing that has not changed is her spark, her compassion, and the fact that she has no problem admitting she makes mistakes, all of which allow for great characterization.
Detective McKenna returns in a big way adding more complexity to Knightfall and her story, while the James Gordon Jr. subplot takes off with what will surely be some creepy and disturbing developments down the road. Ardyan Syaf, as always, delivers top-notch artwork, although some subtle changes in style can be observed. One last player is introduced to the story by the end of the issue, and there are not enough words to express how exciting that is. Enter: Batwoman!