The mysterious new Batgirl is at the centre of this 2-part story, which concludes in Detective 732 (May 1999), by Greg Rucka and Frank Teran. It’s part of No Man’s Land, running through the Bat-books this year.
The art is particularly well suited to the tale, making it all look like a horror film. Batgirl has less trouble taking on Black Mask and his gang than might be expected, but that’s fine, as there are other things equally important going on.
After Batgirl turns Black Mask over to Batman, she tags along to find out what he does with his prisoners.
We find a jail, now under the command of Lock-Up, with the KGBeast as his assistant. They have less trouble keeping people in, than keeping people out, who are starving and want some security.
Barbara Gordon observed the battle between Black Mask and Batgirl. She has figured out who it is, and confronts Batman, furious that he turned over her secret identity to someone else.
Jim Gordon and Sarah Essen are having a fight of their own, both frustrated with the situation in No Man’s Land, and their inability to effectively change things, venting on each other.
Although, as Montoya awkwardly discovers, the fight between the Gordons has a happy ending.
The story closes on an unusual trial, with an unseen judge, and the Tally Man serving as executioner. A tease for an upcoming storyline.