Not all comics have to be grim and gritty to address serious issues. A seemingly superficial example featuring Barbara Gordon as Batgirl from just a few years ago was the Batman Confidential story "The Cat and the Bat". For anyone that has not read it, it was about Catwoman stealing a notebook belonging to Commisioner Gordon from Barbara Gordon when she was trying to decipher the code that it was written in. There followed a chase story with the inexperienced Batgirl and the more seasoned Catwoman with first one then the other having the upperhand. Although some people might dismiss this story as simple or even exploitative due to the sequence where Catwoman hides out in a nudist club where she thinks that the younger Batgirl will be too prudish to follow her but she does and they fight over the notebook. In fact it does deal with some important issues such as Batgirl finding out how far she is prepared to to go to complete a mission, such as going nude and later kissing a repulsive villain, how she deals with a more experienced and wily opponent and about learning to trust and work with such a person.There is also the reason that Catwoman steals the notebook, which is to secure the release of a young woman from the hands of human traffickers. By the end of the story Batgirl has learned a few things about herself as well as crime fighting and what's more she has fun doing it. It is about her increasing maturity and experience, all presented in a seemingly lighthearted way, just contemplate the grim and depressing way that subject matter might be approached now.