Batman and Batgirl make an odd pair. New writer Andersen Gabrych sets up a strange situation. Batgirl is concerned for Batman, but doesn’t really know how to talk to him about it. He’s upset because it’s Jason Todd’s birthday, but he really doesn’t know how to talk about his feelings. They shouldn’t make a good pair, but they do.
Gabrych has Pete Woods on the pencils and Cam Smith on the inks. They make a muddy Gotham City where Batman’s racing around to break a designer drug ring. He actually investigates the crime, interviews witnesses, the whole thing. It’s cool.
The only place Gabrych can’t make it work is when Bruce has to open up to Cassandra. The interior monologue before that last scene does work, but Gabrych can’t sell the finish (especially since it’s so tied to the Spoiler in the dialogue).
Still, nice try.
Awful backup, just awful.
Scarification; writer, Andersen Gabrych; penciller, Pete Woods; inker, Cam Smith; editors, Michael Wright and Bob Schreck. The Tailor, Part Two; writer, A.J. Lieberman; penciller, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski; inker, Dan Green; editor, Matt Idelson. Colorist, Jason Wright; letterer, Clem Robins; publisher, DC Comics.