Well, that escalated pretty quickly.
I miss this dynamic something fierce. ;_;
Birds of Prey #59 and #108
There’s a 49 issue gap in between the first image and the second.
Those are my girls.
BoP is so perfect it hurts.
Okay, well, if you read the news on Bleeding Cool, I unfortunately have the sad duty to confirm that it’s true. As of Wednesday of last week, I was informed by an email from my new editor that I am no longer the writer of Batgirl.
I cannot express my disappointment at this. I think everyone is aware how important Barbara Gordon is to me, and how important it is to me that her stories be told with respect and care, both for the character and the readers.
We tried our very best to do that, and it was an honor to write Barbara for these many years.
I have to thank the previous editors, the intelligent and classy Bobbie Chase, and the absolutely wonderful Brian Smith. I want to thank the rest of the bat-office writers and artists who never failed to be supportive and inspiring to work with. In particular, Scott Snyder has made a Herculean effort to support me, Batgirl, and the entire Bat-line, and I am proud to call him my friend.
I am in debt forever to the magnificent artists I’ve gotten to work with telling these stories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Ardian, Ed, Daniel, Vincente, Admira, Stanley, and all the rest of you wonderful people I am too scattered right now to name. You guys have no idea how much joy your talents and craft have brought me. It’s absolutely humbling to work with people like you.
I want to thank DC for giving me the opportunity to write Barbara. When the new52 was announced, I was terrified that telling early stories of Barbara would mean completely invalidating her story as a disabled icon. We tried our best never to forget that, even when putting her back in the suit.
Very few writers are ever lucky enough to get to work in the bat-offices, it’s a rare honor and thrill and I absolutely loved it and will miss it terribly.
I am probably sounding a little bit maudlin right now, as I feel a genuine sense of loss. This wasn’t just another assignment to me.
When this was announced just a little while ago on bleedingcool.com, I confirmed it, and when I came back, my twitter feed was completely flooded by incredibly kind words.
So, while I am very sad right now and I won’t deny it, I have to say, I’m sure this sounds corny, but I feel very, very fortunate.
I have been lucky enough to live a dream that was too big for me to even think about as a child. I got to write Batgirl. When I was just a little kid, she was the first superhero I’d ever seen. A redhaired smart girl who could kick ass? It changed my life. And I grew up and got to write her. I wouldn’t be any happier if I’d won the lottery.
I still understand that not everyone was happy with the changes to her in the new52. But if it was going to happen, I wanted it to be done with honesty and care. And we produced a book that was a critical and commercial success. Twice in the past year we got raves from the New York Times. We had many sell-out issues. In short, I am very, very proud of what we’ve done.
But the reason I feel fortunate right now is you guys. Here’s where the corn level goes nuclear.
You guys have NO IDEA, no CONCEPTION AT ALL, how much you mean to me. The support on Twitter in the past hour was almost more than I could take, I had to stop reading because I was getting too choked up.
You guys have supported me and said kind things when I was low, and you let me know that fighting for things to get better was important and worth the effort, you made me laugh too many times to count, and you have added so much to my life I can’t even explain it.
Yes, I know this sounds corny, but it’s true and I can’t help it.
I thought I was going to be just hearbroken giving this news, and I definitely am, but the support from you guys and from the pro community is something very very special and I will cherish it.You guys made a rotten week much, much more bearable.
Thank you so, so much. And I wish the next team on Batgirl the very best of luck.
I always trusted you with writing Barbara’s story, even when that story was changing. The New 52 Batgirl may have had a rocky start but it was still one of the books I bought faithfully every month even after I had started to thin my list as the months went by. Hopefully the next writer will still make me want to keep Batgirl near the top of that list.
I’m still sorry that you lost Barbara for now. :( But thank you for all of the years that you’ve handled her so wonderfully, preboot and reboot alike.
I just wanted to post some panels of Babs being awesome.
I just really hate it when writers make Bruce talk down to Barbara, in any fashion.
First of all he wouldn’t - even as Batgirl she was more his partner than subordinate when they worked together. As Oracle, she’s a leader in her own right, a member of the League, part of the very backbone of the superhero community. Bruce knows damn well how vital and powerful she is. He has absolutely no reason not to consider her an equal or more.
Second, and most important, Barbara wouldn’t take that shit. She wouldn’t have taken it as Batgirl and she sure as hell won’t take it now. That’s one of the reasons Bruce respects her so much. She won’t just sit there and be condescended to or ordered around.
If you have Bruce slip into douche land and treat her like a sidekick, you damn well better have him pay for it, because that is not typical of their relationship and Barbara will not let it slide. She won’t be anxious or hesitant about it, either.
The best sleepover.
[Gotham Knights #43]
I love how fearlessly he’s hitting on her (Dick probably just blushed, he was extremely precious at that age), and how amused both Babs and Bruce are.
Jay/Babs is one of those dynamics nobody ever really explored after this, which is too bad. Toooo too bad.
There really should have been more done with those two. :\ It bothers me that preboot they never even had any contact and that the only time this dynamic is really addressed in her Batgirl days is largely through flashbacks. IIRC, Bruce and Dick weren’t speaking during most (all?) of Jason’s time as Robin, and Jason and Babs were kind of in the middle of that awkwardness. I always thought they would be close.
I was super excited when she showed up for 5 seconds in RHatO, but then she YELLED AT HIM like she either didn’t know that that was Jason under that hood (bullshit, she’s super smart and knows everything even as Batgirl) or that she didn’t care, which is extremely out of character for Barbara. :(
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