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Kelly Cassidy 12/21/2012 News, Reviews

So some interesting news to come off the Twitters as many of us head into some time off for the holidays! Several weeks ago, it was reported that Gail Simone was removed from her position as writer of the Batgirl series for DC. Simone launched the title within the New 52 and was well-loved by the title’s fanbase, so her dismissal from the title came as a shock to many. With their solicits, DC announced that Ray Fawkes was going to be a guest writer for 2 issues immediately following Simone’s run on the title. There was speculation that he may be the new regular writer, but there was no confirmation. And during this whole process, DC had kept mum.

Well, as of today, the news about the new ongoing writer for Batgirl was released. And that writer’s name:

Gail Simone.

No, really. Simone broke the news on her Twitter feed today. Although I saw this as it was posted, I sat there wondering if this was real or not, even thought she blatantly said that it was all true. To see how the news was announced, let’s look at the Twitter posts that were made by Simone.

Gail Simone - Twitter

Gail Simone - Twitter

Gail Simone - Twitter

Gail Simone - Twitter

Based on the Twitter stream, no one is as surprised as the writer herself that she is back on the book! Immediately following the removal, there was tons of support for Simone and wonder as to what was going on with DC to do such a thing. It’s not as if Batgirl was a poorly selling book. (In my personal opinion, it was one of the better titles being produced by DC.) But there was a lot of confusion and a lot of support for Simone, including many indicating their intent to boycott the title after she was gone. This may have really driven the concept home to DC that removing her from the title was a bad thing, and perhaps they began the process of getting Simone back. And as of today (December 21, 2012) she announced her return.

Apart from fan support, many comics creators also provided Simone their congratulations on getting back onto Batgirl. Scott Snyder, the current Batman writer and guy is unofficially architecting the Bat-family right now, had this to say on her return to the title:

Scott Snyder - Twitter

Marvel writer Dan Slott, who has himself been on the opposite end of the spectrum where many fans are upset with what he is doing in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man and launching Super Spider-Man in the new year, chimed in as well:

Dan Slott - Twitter

So what does this show? That DC listened to its fans, for better or for worse. We don’t know the particulars as DC has been fairly tight-lipped on this from their side, but even within our own team there is both happiness and frustration. Some take the view that it’s great the DC listened to the masses and restored Simone as the writer to Batgirl, while others take the view that DC should have stuck to its guns and proceeded forward with the decision they made. We don’t know (nor are we likely to know) the reason why DC pulled a 180 and reversed its decision, but it’s done… at least for the moment. If they did it once, it could happen again (but, in my personal opinion, it’s highly unlikely to do so).

But there we have it – the news of Batgirl just before the holiday week kicks in to full gear. Current Iron Man and Young Avengers scribe Kieron Gillen has perhaps summed up the event with both humor and a somewhat subtle challenge to Simone:

Kieron Gillen - Twitter

What are your thoughts? Are you glad that Simone has been restored as the writer? Would you have rather seen someone else take the helm? Let us know!

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About The Author

Kelly Cassidy has been collecting comics for around 30 years and can actually list the first comic he bought with his own money. By day, he works as a technology manager and community leader in web technologies, presenting at web conferences around Canada. By night, he struggles to actually create the list of comics he owns as he keeps adding more to his collection. He also struggles with talking in third person.

  1. christofbogacs 12/22/2012 at 8:08 pm

    So Glad to see her back on the title

  2. jeffhillwriter 12/23/2012 at 2:51 am

    This makes me sad for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I don't think she delivers. Granted, this is my opinion, but I think that this book would sell regardless of Gail writing Babs or not. And secondly, quite possibly more importantly, this sets a dangerous precedent. Yes, it is nice that DC probably listened to the negative fan outcry and did what the fans "wanted" them to do. But no, it is not a good plan for a company to be so easily swayed on important decision-making. This was handled poorly, from the beginning, and it all seems like a big case of whoever yells loudest, wins. Consider this my "nay" vote on the issue of DC castrating themselves for a writer who isn't worth the trouble. She's obnoxious and rude on social media and puts feminists all over the world to shame. And…….. End rant.

    • Scorp_Moonopoly 12/23/2012 at 11:03 am

      I'm kinda with you on this one, I think. I mean I loved her writing up to this point on Batgirl. But of all the decisions I could reverse by yelling at DC, this would not be anywhere near the top of my list. This whole thing smacks of headgames too, and I just don't care at this point, that's why I didn't volunteer to cover this.

      • jeffhillwriter 12/24/2012 at 12:47 am

        Same here. Oh, well.

  3. Sokos6 12/23/2012 at 6:03 pm

    I think this is awesome news!

  4. Christian_J 12/24/2012 at 6:51 pm

    Here's the thing: They fired her, so one can only assume it was for a logical reason because…well, they fired her. That's someones job you're taking away. Then they turn around and rehire her based on fans cries? This whole thing reeks of poor planning. It would've been better if they sticked to their guns on this one.

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