Celebrating Ten Years of Batgirl: Azrael 60

Batgirl next makes a one-panel appearance in Detective Comics #738. And a couple of background appearances in Robin #70 and Legends of the Dark Knight #124. Her secret origin is recapped in one page of No Man’s Land Secret Files and Origins. She has more background appearances in Shadow of the Bat #92 and Detective Comics #739.

It won’t be until Azrael: Agent of the Bat #60, that Batgirl makes another significant appearance.

Azrael: Agent of the Bat #60

Once again Batgirl is written by O’Niel and drawn by Robinson. This time around she has an extremely significant first. She meets the man who put her predecessor in a wheelchair.

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Azrael asks Batgirl what her plan is and she has a rather interesting response here.

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  This is a girl who is ready to kick some ass!

Barbara Gordon is at first reluctant to send Batgirl out to face the Joker – but surprisingly it is Nightwing who agrees with Bruce that the new Batgirl is perfectly capable.

*I can tell you right now, Stephanie Brown, as much as I love her, she could not face down the Joker*

Azrael doesn’t seem to quite agree with Dick and Barbara.

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You can tell by the look on Batgirl’s face above that she is not going to listen to Azrael, and sure enough….

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Can I just say that I miss that AWESOME costume she has, look how amazing it looks drawn by Robinson.

Anyways, as azrael_no.060_p16it turns out this wasn’t the real Joker, but as we know Cassandra could have taken the Joker out too if it was. I love the moment above between Azrael and Batgirl.

Batgirl and Azrael finally come across the real Joker and Harley Quinn at the end of the issue, who are keeping a young girl named Cassie hostage, but Azrael mistakes the real one for being fake and this throws Joker off his game and they walk away with the hostage. I love the Kramer hair on Joker! Batgirl seems to have taken an interest in the young girl from this panel, a quiet curiosity. I imagine she hasn’t interacted much with children before.

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Issue Firsts:

First meeting with The Joker and Harley Quinn

Sneak Attack Count:

1

Total Sneak Attack Count:

3

Significant Creator Count:

Writers:

Denny O’Neil (3)
Janet Harvey (1)

Kelley Puckett (2)

Greg Rucka (1)

Devin Grayson (1)

Artists:

Roger Robinson (3)

Sergio Cariello (1)

Deodato (1)

Damion Scott (2)

Dale Eaglesham (1)

Knock-Out Count:

1

Total Knock-Out Count:

8

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