This is a short freebie that focuses more on Batgirl than Barbara Gordon. (The regular series can juggle both more adeptly as they simply have more pages, and thus more time. It makes sense that this would be focused solely on Batgirl; after all, with only eleven pages, there isn't much time to maneuver around Batgirl and Babs.)
It's also smart to focus on Batgirl instead of Babs. It's not that she's better when she's in her suit, but that is the main attraction. I like getting to peek into her life as a student, or her relationships with the people around her, but I originally came because I thought she was going to kick some ass. And boy, does she!
I was also talking about body type to someone and how I liked how Barbara looks in this series: very girlish, very much like a gymnast. But she pulls some gymnastic moves that proves to me that she should look like that: if you look at certain types of athletes, yes, they have certain body types. Ballet dancers and women who are gymnasts? Tend to be very lithe, without the, ah, assets that so many comic book women have. (Or as I put it, let's face it, a lot of them look like pre-adolescent girls. No boobs, very skinny. I bring this up because I read a review that commented on how they wished she had less skinny arms and legs, and I think it actually fits how she fights: relying on brains, very much with the gymnast moves.)
She also fights using brains over brawn. If she can outthink her way of a situation, she will. She just has the chops to finish up a fight if she needs to get into one. (Or can fight her way to maneuver herself into her final plan, which can involve smarty-pants ideas instead of just knocking someone out.) She is, to me, the perfect blend of smart and sassy, and is reasonable enough to know when which tack is needed.
I'm loving this series so much right now!