With all of the major new titles being announced from DC lately it certainly seems like it’d be easy to miss a few of them! But this latest batch is certainly a group of books you sure won’t want to miss! Now that DC has announced all of the major books in their Batman line, it only makes sense to see a slew of new titles staring the heroic women of Gotham City hitting shelves in September as well!
Fans can expect to see brand new books starring Batwoman, Batgirl, Catwoman and the Birds of Prey! While the names are familiar, most of these books will be nothing like what you expect them to be. The new Birds of Prey are Gotham’s covert operations team, dealing with the problems that other heroes can’t touch, while a former Bird of Prey, Barbara Gordon, takes up her old mantle as Batgirl!
Fan favorite writer Gail Simone explains on the DC Blog why she is so excited about taking on this new Batgirl series, stating “Barbara Gordon is pretty much my everything. Because of the Batman TV show, she was the reason I fell in love with superheroes. Because she was a redhead who could kick ass, she is the reason I fell in love with comics. She was always forward-looking as Batgirl, a girl who was smarter than the male characters, who had class and elegance and style, as well as tough-as-nails grit. For a long time, there was simply nothing else like her in comics, and for me and a lot of other readers, her every appearance was joyful and explosive. For many years, I got to write the character as Oracle, and there is to this day, no character who means more to me. This is classic Barbara as she was originally conceived, with a few big surprises. It’s a bit of a shock, to be sure, but we’re doing everything we can to be respectful to this character’s amazing legacy, while presenting something thrilling that a generation of comics readers will be experiencing for the first time, Barbara Gordon leaping, fighting, and swinging over Gotham. Now, when citizens of that city look up, they are going to see BATGIRL. And that is absolutely thrilling.”
Fans will also finally get to see the often delayed Batwoman series finally hitting shelves alongside all of the other titles that DC is relaunching this September. Below are some excerpts from the press releases posted through DC’s Blog-
The highly-anticipated new series from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder begins in BATWOMAN #1.Batgirl’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as dark secrets from her past in BATGIRL #1, the stunning debut issue from fan-favorite writer Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes.Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in CATWOMAN #1, written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March.The Birds of Prey are Gotham City’s covert ops team, taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. Mystery novelist ands comics writer Duane Swierczynski teams up with Jesus Saiz for BIRDS OF PREY #1, the first issue of the hard-hitting new series.
So how is Baraba suddenly healed of her paralysis? What happens to the other Batgirls; Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain? Who are these new Birds of Prey? Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Don’t forget to stay tuned to Comic Booked for all the latest DC Relaunch coverage!