Writer: Adam Beechen
Pencils: J. Calafiore
Inkers: Mark McKenna & Jonathon Glapion
The darkest Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, returns in this #1 issue from 2008. This issue deals with the results of Batman and Robin leaving Gotham City after the events of Identity Crisis, in which we saw the death of Tim Drake's father. Cain was left alone and was put through trials by her father and Deathstroke, which resulted in the deaths of multiple individuals at the hands of Cassandra Cain, raised to be an assassin by her father.
This issue features Batman and Robin giving Batgirl a second chance at redemption to face her demons and keep the oath of the cowl. Nightwing guest stars finding Cassandra searching for her father alone, and goes against the actions of Bruce and Tim, who seem to be blindly trusting Cassandra.
Overall, this is an excellent issue with Cassandra playing detective while trying to find her father, which puts her out of place. The writing is done in a fashion that is exciting, while providing quite a bit of detail and backstory. Definitely written in the dark style that complimented Gotham City at this time, while the art fits perfectly in this vain. Dark and flawless.
Although I love the current Bryan Q. Miller run on Batgirl featuring Stephanie Brown, it really helps me appreciate Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, and the wonderful character that was developed.