Joker's back in town, but you know, fuck that noise. Who cares? Dick's doing his own stuff, looking for other people, who are no where to be found. With nothing to do, and no one picking up the phone, despite Joker being fucking back, Dick decides to go home... then figures he'll go ask Penguin where everyone is.
So he does, and Penguin tells him that Lady Shiva is in town, and everyone has high tailed it out of Gotham. So, you know... with the Joker being back, Dick decides to go after her instead.
The next day, Dick goes to the contruction site at Amusement Row, meets some new acrobats, and is met by Sonia who schedules dinner with Dick to go over paperwork. Dick seems confused, date or business? He doesn't know.
Buuuuuut, Sonia cancels, as she has to handle something with a guy from the bank. So, Dick goes out looking for Shiva, and on the rooftops of Gotham he finds "Barbara Gordon, A.K.A. BATGIRL!" Batgirl, she's got priorities, mainly Joker... but she also feels like tearing into Dick. Claws out! Just gets mad at Dick, tells him he's already moved on and doesn't care, then dips... okay.
So Dick goes looking for Shiva some more, and uses the EMP mask to disguise himself as a thug, hears some two bit gang guy is trying to make a name for himself by taking out Shiva, and goes to where that dude and his thugs are waiting for her. A boat comes speeding in, and crashes into the harbor. Shiva's nowhere to be found, that's because she's killing the dude Sonia was with! End.
I did this.The feel of the whole issue is just off.
And then I went here.
I talked to that guy.
Oh, and let's address DeFalco's use of Babs. While she has a point, and it's kind of ridiculous that Dick isn't doing anything to involve himself with Joker (where he is in Batman #13), Babs comes off here as, for lack of a better term, a total bitch. I feel fine saying that, because when it comes down to it, that wasn't Barbara Gordon. Total swing and a miss.