Issue: DC1st #1
Date: July 2002
Feature Characters: Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
Supporting Characters: Black Canary (Dinah Lance), Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Villains: Reydoviki, Joker
Guest Appearances: N/A
Other Characters: Killer Moth
When she sees Cassandra’s quest for perfection take an unrealistic turn attempting to fully control a situation Barbara tells her of the time she first encountered the Joker, using his example as a reason why she would never be able to fully control a situation. Taking it as a challenge Cassandra springs the Joker from Arkham and attempts to fight him only to be dragged into a game with him.
Panicking Barbara calls in Black Canary, who in turn tells her to call Batman, to stop the game. Under Batman’s orders the three watch while Cassandra attempts to defeat the Joker. Finally overcoming him by using a method Barbara had told her she used herself the Joker was returned to Arkham.
Returning back to the Clocktower Barbara explains to Cassandra that she doesn’t have to prove herself to anyone, that she just wanted her to be the best Batgirl possible. Cassandra responds that she can’t be the best Batgirl because Barbara already was.
"Bats! So you finally took that trip to Sweden."
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-Barbara Gordon’s first encounter with the Joker
- Steven Grant
- Bill Sienkiewicz - Terry Moore - Jimmy Palmiotti