In the past, Barbara Gordon could be described as “exhibiting signs of fatalism and depression.” That’s at least what her doctor told her but now, she is in perhaps worse shape than she was before.
The Joker wants to marry her, and she has no choice. However, she finally decides to fight back until her brother shows up. Barbara quickly takes them all down but is quickly knocked out with some gas by the Joker. He and James, her brother, speak about what’s next for the young girl, and then Barbara wakes up with the many of many laughs with a tray of something.
Gail Simone paints the young Gordon into a corner as her fate is really uncertain at this point. Her characterization of Barbara remains true, and Simone continues to weave the character’s past in with the present.
Ed Benes and Daniel Sampere do a great job of working to produce the art. It is always dynamic, and it looks great with their dynamic depictions of Barbara’s battle for her life.
What remains to be seen is what’s under the tray……