Writer: Ray Fawkes
Penciller: Daniel Sampere
Inker: Vicente Cifuentes
Writer Ray Fawkes?? Where's Gail Simone!? Oh wait, she'll be back in two issues. Call off the internet search party.
Ok, so you got me, I went into this issue with skepticism and came out with a "decent face" (that face you make when you're pleasantly surprised by something/someone--see the latest Judge Dredd movie for plenty of examples).
First off, props to Fawkes for writing this issue from her brother's perspective. Ballsy move. Readers are used to hearing Batgirl's inner thoughts but....
You know, I just thought of something. I always associate Simone with Batgirl herself. Her run on the series is characterized by Batgirl's inner narration. I can't help but hear Simone's voice through Batgirl. And I don't think I'm alone in that. Her fandom freaked out when she was unceremoniously fired and re-hired on Batgirl. Her voice was reestablished as Batgirl's and now we have a new writer for two issues. I don't think it's a coincidence that Fawkes has chosen to take on her brother's voice. At one point, her brother says, "I know her so well." The statement struck me at the time because I didn't yet know that the narrator was her brother--I was still hearing Fawkes' voice. All of Batgirl's readers are out there, knowing that a new writer is on Batgirl, and we're all thinking, "You don't know Batgirl. What makes you think you can write Batgirl?" Admit it, you thought it too.
I revise my previous statement. I'm not going to finish with a "decent face." Fawkes just blew my mind. I'll be reading the next issue with relish.
Oh, also, I love this first page. Love it!