The cover for Detective 515 (June 1982) was a real torment for me. At 16, I thought it looked too childish to want to buy it, but it also really intrigued me.
The story, by Conway, Newton and Chiaramonte, is also based on an early Batman story, with the Crime Academy. To be fair, this story has been retold at least five times by now.
Vicki comes to Wayne Manor with her photographic evidence that Batman is Bruce Wayne, but almost begs Alfred to prove her wrong. With Batman busy dealing with the graduates of the academy, he decides handle this himself.
Batman adopts his Matches Malone disguise and joins the academy.
Alfred contacts master of disguise, Christopher Chance, the Human Target. A surprise to see him, but you can see the wheels working in Alfred’s brain.
Batgirl and Lady Viper spend the whole of this chapter locked in combat, but Burkett, Delbo and Giella also work in an important flashback.
Lady Viper relates her story to Batgirl as she chokes her. How she found snakes preferable to men, and found a snake god statue that she felt a special connection to. A moonlight ritual altered her form to the one she has now.
Lady Viper blows a noxious powder at Batgirl, and flees.
The story continues next issue.