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"The Gladius Offensive, Part 1"
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Batgirl #51
April 27, 2016
Written by Brenden Fletcher
Cover by Babs Tarr
Interior Art by Eleonora Carlini, Minkyu Jung, Roger Robinson
Colored by Serge LaPointe
Lettering by Steve Wands
Edited by Dave Wielgosz, Chris Controy, Mark Doyle
Previous Issue Batgirl #50
Next Issue Batgirl #52
After the events of issue #50, Barbara Gordon is at a crossroads in her life—will new horizons beckon her away from her home in Burnside?

Summary of Stephness: Steph is helping Batgirl patrol the streets, backed up by Frankie, with Qadir's tech (along with Bluebird). The Violet Vindicator, in moves reminiscent of her work as Batgirl in Future's End, takes them down and takes some selfies. She even gets some awesome quips like, "I don't leave a villain party until I 'SPOIL' it!" Steph also flirts with Qadir, and tries to get her own connection to his gadgets in case Frankie isn't available to arrange a meet. However, Babs is not super thrilled about this, wanting to train Steph and Harper with Dinah, but Frankie says they have been performing extremely well, and are partners, not just trainees.

Near the end of the story, as Babs prepares to head to Japan for her journey of discovery, she sees a news broadcast about Spoiler and Bluebird proclaiming them the new Batman and Robin of Burnside, and she smiles at a captured image of Steph giving the camera victory fingers as she runs off to deliver more justice.

Other Formats/Collected In:
Digital Comic Book
Batgirl: Mindfields (Vol. 3) TPB

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