Batgirl in Japan, so naturally there's tentacles and school girls involved. Yep. 100% accurate statement right there.
She ate some octopus and fought a school girl ninja assassin, what the fuck is wrong with you!? Some people.
Anyways, like I said, Babs is in Japan, on a trip to figure stuff out I guess, also to find a woman known as Fruit Bat, who fought crime before it was cool and is now 104 years old. Along the way Babs finds her old friend Kai, who may have had a bit of troubled pass, and along that way a ninja in a sailor uniform and face paint finds Kai, demanding a formula of some sorts.
Babs Batgirls out, Fruit Bat does her thing, but it's clear she's just as old as she is talented, and gives Babs a cryptic message about not being able to see the future with the past in the way (Fruit Bat seems to be able to predict moves perfectly). Babs sees a poster for a MMA tournament talking about the future, things about it and Kai thinks about Babs being Batgirl, which he basically confirms with her. Then off to Singapore they go! Babs suspicious of Kai all the way.
Fun start to the new era of the book. Hope Larson pretty much continuing the same sort of voice that Brenden Fletch and Cameron Stewart had for Barbara in their run, so there's a nice continuity there. Rafael Albuquerque's art is great as always, but it's kind of odd seeing him in a book like this, as I'm used to titles a little more darker than this from him. If there were two things that bugged me about this issue (and they're minor) it's first: aesthetically, I don't like thought bubbles. Don't know why, just don't. Second: it almost seems like a cliche for every writer to have their own pet Babs' old friend we never heard of before. I'm certainly exaggerating, but it seems like we've been introduced to 20 old friends over the past two years. Subconsciously I'm already going "Yeah, don't bother caring about Kai." Like I said though, neither of those two things really matter. Still was a fun start to the volume.