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Gail Simone confirms she will no longer write Batgirl


Gail Simone confirms today that she has been taken off DC Comics’ Batgirl title. Rumours had been swirling for days following a report by Bleeding Cool on December 2 quoting sources familiar with the upcoming changes. Simone originally denied the report – that was a few days before she was officially notified by the title’s new editor as we find out from her Twitter feed.

Overwhelmed by emotion, she posts a very heartfelt message on her Tumblr blog:

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.

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All good things must come to an end: Dick Grayson retires the cowl

So long Dick. Thanks for the good times.

This week, Detective Comics #881 hit stands. Arguably the best of DC’s current stable of Batman books, it’s the last issue before the “new 52” launches and completes a brilliantly creepy run by scribe Scott Snyder started last fall, about the time I started buying Batbooks by the bundle.

While I (sort of) understand why DC is putting Dick Grayson back in the Nightwing unitard, it doesn’t mean I have to like it – but not for the reasons you might think.

For the most part, I’m behind the coming DC relaunch. Anything that boosts the publisher’s bottom line is good news for readers. (More sales tends to lead to more books on the shelves = more variety to choose from.) In fact, there are so many interesting books and creative teams, I’m having a difficult time deciding which titles to follow.

Read also: Why I like the DC relaunch

What I won’t miss are all the Batmans running around as part of Grant Morrison‘s expansion of the franchise. That was becoming confusing and a little silly. The premise wasn’t sustainable for very much longer, and Morrison must have jumped at the pass handed to him by Dan Didio and Jim Lee, saving him from needing to write himself out of that plot corner.

Unlike many readers, I don’t really give a crap about continuity, which is one of the reasons the “reboot” doesn’t bother me. There are, however, a few changes coming in the DC relaunch I consider disappointments because they provided really interesting motivations for their characters’ actions: erasing Barbara Gordon’s disability and the return of Swamp Thing’s human alter ego Alec Holland, for instance. But putting Dick Grayson back into the Nightwing togs is the biggest disappointment.

I got turned on to Batman books with the launch of Morrison’s Batman and Robin in 2009. (Frank Quitely‘s art in the first arc was half the appeal.) It was a fun and entertaining read that lived up to the feel of classic hero/sidekick stories but written for a modern audience. There were some crazy new villains and Morrison kicked off a bizarre storyline I’m still not sure I’ve completely figured out.

But I kept coming back for more.

Then, at the end of the enjoyable Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series, I guess the marketing worked because I went on a bit of a bender and started picking up Snyder’s Detective, Tony Daniel on Batman, Morrison’s Batman Inc., David Finch‘s Batman: The Dark Knight, and there was Paul Cornell‘s Knight & Squire mini-series. For the most part, all strong books – Dark Knight being the exception from the pack.

What made them so compelling were the stories of an insecure Dick Grayson trying to live up to the ideal set by his father figure Bruce. In many ways, these were coming of age stories and offered some fascinating moments throughout the titles. Here was Dick thrust into the role of watching over the Robins sooner than he’d liked despite being an entirely capable leader. (My favourite scene is a moment between Jim Gordon and Dick Grayson as Batman, in which Gordon confesses that his officers like working more with Grayson than they did Wayne. I’ll try to dig up the exact book and issue number.)

I’ll go so far as to say Dick Grayson taking on the mantle of Batman has been a more interesting and effective character development than Bucky picking up the Captain America costume and shield over at Marvel.

But like the headline says, all good things must come to an end. So I will cherish these rare stories and commit myself to rereading them next time I wonder what Dick Grayson is up to.

(image by DeclanShalvey, check out his cool DeviantArt gallery.)

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Spandex Angels (On the Road to Stardom)

Women rockers are sexy. Period. Throw in a some spandex (maybe a magic lasso) and you have yourself a winner.

Cliff Chang satisfies every hipster geek’s fantasies with this interpretation of some of our favourite women of DC Comics. Wonder Woman is Joan Jett. Zatanna is Slash. Batgirl on drums in what appears to be Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley makeup. And Black Canary is Cherie Currie or Blondie (or maybe someone else entirely… I can’t totally tell).

One word: hot.

Read also : JLA goes punk

(via Girls Gone Geek)

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Worst superhero teen years – Omega the Unknown

The crew at The Onion’s A.V. Club put out a book of lists recently titled Inventory.

It includes 18 superheroes who had a tough adolescence. The list includes:

  • Cloak and Dagger: the boy/girl runaways duo who were cursed with powers of darkness and light from bad street drugs
  • Invincible from Robert Kirkman’s series by the same name
  • Rorschach of Alan Moore’s Watchmen
  • Magik of the X-Men/New Mutants
  • Terra (Teen Titans)
  • Rogue – X-Men again
  • Warlock – New Mutants again
  • Cloud – one of the oddest characters to come from the House of Ideas (aka Marvel)
  • Speedy – Green Arrow’s sidekick whose heroin addiction was chronicled in the pages of Green Arrow
  • Dick Grayson’s life as Robin
  • Johnny Bates/Kid Miracleman (Alan Moore again)
  • the original Spider-Woman, Jessica Drew
  • Firestorm – the DC Comics character spawned from a nuclear explosion
  • Triplicate Girl of the Legion of Superheroes
  • Mister Miracle – the world’s greatest escape artist
  • Cassandra Cain as Batgirl
  • Prez – the bizarre ’70s comic published by DC
  • and finally The Runaways (Marvel)

The writers really a great job digging up a mix of expected and not-so-obvious choices. Highlights include the write-ups on Spider-Woman and Cloud.

And I submit for consideration: Omega the Unknown

It’s bad enough going through your teen years not quite feeling like you fit in your body. But the late Steve Gerber and Mary Skenes put a crazy spin on the theme concocting an incredibly frightening adventure in Omega back in 1976.

On what appears to be his first trip outside his secluded mountain home following 12 years of home-schooling, James-Michael Starling and his parent are victims of a car accident en route to day-one of boarding school. If that wasn’t enough trauma for a lifetime, not only do both parents die in the crash, but the head of James’ decapitated mother issues a mysterious warning before melting before his eyes.

Then James-Michael shacks up with two strange women, is chased by random baddies, stalked by a superman type, and hooks up with the oddball hero group The Defenders at which point he learns that he is a biological weapon invented by a dying race of aliens.

And he still hasn’t kissed a girl.

If that doesn’t mess with a teenager’s head, I don’t know what will.

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