|"Here Endeth the Lesson"|
|July 13, 2011|
|Written by||Bryan Q. Miller|
|Cover by||Dustin Nguyen|
|Interior Art by||Pere Perez|
|Colored by||Guy Major|
|Lettering by||Carlos M. Magual|
|Edited by||Katie Kubert, Janelle Asselin|
|Previous Issue||Batman, Incorporated Special #1|
|Next Issue||Batgirl #24|
"Screwed" takes on a whole new meaning for Stephanie Brown as The Reapers speed up their nefarious plan, going toe-to-toe with Batgirl in the heart of Blackgate. But who are the Reapers working for, and why? Answers to both those questions and more await Batgirl as "The Lesson" concludes.
Summary of Stephness: The penultimate issue of Steph's run as Batgirl, we see how strong she is both as a hero and a member of the superhero community. And the shocking conclusion brings everything full circle with Steph's very first appearance back in Detective Comics.
Behind the Scenes: Bryan Q. Miller posted about the Steph/Nick/Babs triangle here: http://bryanqmiller.tumblr.com/post/95053452595/hi-bryan-i-loved-your-batgirl-run-one-thing-i
Hi Bryan, I loved your Batgirl run! One thing I wanted to ask is what would have happened with Officer McHotpants? I liked that he and Babs got off on the MOST WRONG foot in the world but when there was cutey small talk between Steph and him I was like, "NO! she's a BABY! an 18yo BABY" - how was that gonna play out? Was Babs gonna find out and dislike him even more? ("stay away from my BABY!")? Or was he gonna find out?? The problems of comics ending!
The one part of the triangle Steph had no knowledge of was Babs/Nick. Once she found out, she was going to bow out out of respect/love for Babs. Nick’s issue was to be that his interactions w/ Batgirl reminded him more of his relationship with his dead fiancee than his interactions with Barbara. It would have been a chance for both Steph and Nick to mature a little bit. That said, we never had a chance to get close to getting that far along - once BoP relaunched, word came down from on-high that Barbara could no longer be a part of the Batgirl book in any capacity. We had the smallest hint in Issue 23 of picking that thread back up."