Stephanie Brown has had a long history of getting kicked out the DC Universe. She was introduced in 1992 as the daughter of the Batman villain Cluemaster who disapproved of her father's antics and became a vigilante named the Spoiler to thwart ("spoil") his evil deeds. She earned a fan following pretty quickly, but I was definitely not one of them. She maintained a low profile in the Bat-universe but was a consistent b-character nonetheless. At one point, she even became the fourth (and first in-continuity female) Robin. That was right before she was brutally tortured and killed by the Black Mask. Or so we thought. Steph returned as the Spoiler several years later (after much fan controversy surrounding her death. Then a few years later in 2009, the new mysterious Batgirl in the DC Universe (after Cassandra Cain stepped down) is revealed to be Stephanie Brown. This is where I joined the Steph bandwagon. She quickly proved herself to me and much of the fan community (and may actually be my favorite Batgirl ever). I'm so glad we got a figure of her during her brief time in the mantle. Let's check her out below!
This figure is Amazing. I might be saying that because I'm still ecstatic that she even exists, but even beyond that, she's kind of perfect. If I had to find some constructive criticism, it would be that be that her irises are painted very oddly. She looks like whatever the opposite of cross-eyed is. Up close it's noticeable, but from a few feet away she looks fine.
Steph came with two weapons, a uniquely-shaped yellow batarang (shaped like her chest logo) and a nightstick.
This new Batgirl series only lasted a brief 24 issues, but they were all fantastic. This Batgirl was smart, fresh, and fun. She had flaws, personal issues, and was trying to be a successful college student while juggling her vigilante duties (all while keeping it a secret from her mom). It had a lot of similar themes are early Spider-Man stories. Another fine point of this series is that it always had pretty amazing covers. Here are a few examples:
The fate of Stephanie Brown is unknown. She stepped down as Batgirl in her final issue and hasn't yet appeared in the New52.
Time for a Comparison Shot!