As with the rest of DC’s 0 issues this month, Batgirl 0 is an origin story of sorts. I’ve read online that this origin story is very different from her original origin story, but as a new DC reader I wouldn’t know (haven’t read much outside the new 52). On its own merits, this issue is very good.
It mostly focuses on Barbara Gordon before she becomes Batgirl. She’s currently in college for Criminology (if I remember correctly) and somehow ends up in her first fight against a criminal. There are plenty of continuity references yet they don’t get in the way of the story. She talks about her fighting training, there’s a panel with a glimpse of Dick Grayson as Robin and the last panel is a scene taken directly out of The Killing Joke. The last few pages of this book feel rushed however; they glance at a number of different stories without telling us where we can learn more. The rushed pages at the end are my only complaint about this issue.
The art is great too. There’s a lot of environmental details in the police station. Facial expressions are handled very well. There are a couple panels where Barbara looks a little too young to be a college student, but otherwise I have no complaints.
If you’ve been enjoying Gail Simone’s Batgirl series you should check this issue out at least. It’s possible that you won’t enjoy this if you’re used to her original origin story, I wouldn’t know. As someone who only started reading DC after the reboot, I can’t think of anything bad to say about this one.
By the way, if you like Batgirl and/or the Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke is definitely worth checking out. It’s the story Simone keeps referencing to where the Joker shot Barbara in attempt to drive Commissioner Gordon insane.