Immediately after the conclusion of Death of the Family in February, longtime Birds of Prey and Batgirl scribe Gail Simone will be leaving the book. She was reportedly informed via email on Wednesday, and had this to say on Twitter later in the week:
“I honestly don’t have the words right now to thank you all. I’m pretty choked up and it’s all gratitude, not bitterness.”
So there you have it. Gail Simone put aside her usual sarcastic and borderline offensive language for a rare serious note. That makes the fact that she will no longer be writing Barbara Gordon, as Oracle or as Batgirl all the more bittersweet. I have complained in the past about her writing style and public persona on the internet, but am still in a state of shock over this news. I can’t believe she won’t be writing Babs anymore. But for how long? And where will she show up next? One thing is for certain, love her or hate her, Simone is a force to be reckoned with. And even though this departure seems a little out of left field for most fans (and the writer herself), we can all rest easy knowing that wherever the author shows up next, it’s sure to be a hit.
Gail Simone is famous at DC Comics for her portrayal of strong-willed female characters, both good girls and bad girls alike. My personal favorite of her work was her legendary run on Birds of Prey, but I will always hold a special place in my heart for her greatly underappreciated run on the should-be classic series, Secret Six. She is also famous, of course, for her work on Batgirl after DC’s controversial decision to have Barbara Gordon walk again. Her other DC contributions include runs on The All-New Atom, Welcome to Tranquility, Gen 13, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Her other work included a yet again underappreciated run on Deadpool and numerous other projects, such as the now infamous “Women in Refrigerators” blog, which made her famous and got her her first writing gig. Her feminist presence and snarky wit will be missed, but hopefully not for too long.
Thanks for everything, Ms. Simone!
Stay tuned for a statement from Gail Simone herself, which hopeful will shed some more light on the situation.