It’s Confirmed: Gail Simone off Batgirl!

This posting hit Gail Simone’s Twitter page Sunday afternoon:

“On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed me by e-mail that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl.”

Ms. Simone goes on to say that she will issue a statement in the next few days. With rumors abounding as to the reasons for this puzzling decision on a successful title (the recent HC collection charted at #4 on the New York Times list), by their highest-profile female writer, we’ll let Ms. Simone speak for herself, excepting this Twitter exchange with MST3K’s Mike Nelson:

Mike: Did you not put enough women in refrigerators or something?
Gail: Funny you should say that!

Ms. Simone returned to chronicle the adventures of Barbara Gordon with the New 52 re-launch, deciding, I would imagine, that she was most qualified to restore Barbara as Batgirl after years on Birds of Prey. Ms. Simone weathered the storm of controversy over the loss of Oracle, and her symbolic worth to the disabled community with great intelligence and genuine sympathy to those affected, and for saving DC’s bacon, is shown the door via e-mail; classy move, DC, no matter what the circumstances.

Hopefully, someone at Marvel has Ms. Simone on speed-dial. as there are quite a few Marvel characters that could benefit from the able pen of Gail Simone!

 

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Bob was rocketed to Earth as an infant after his parents were scared by a huge bat! Landing on an island of Amazons, he was injected with the super-soldier serum and sent into space where he was bombarded with cosmic rays! This might explain his love for comics, but probably not. 'Nuff said?

2 Responses

  1. Luciano M

    Just had the pleasure of reading some Batgirl thanks to the Death in the Family crossover and it hey were great issues . This is unfortunate news and the way it was done if true is truly unprofessional. There have been a few incidents now with DC and some of its creators falling out. It will be interesting to hear what the circumstance around this truly are.

  2. Bob Reyer

    Luciano,

    I’ve been a fan of Ms. Simone’s writing since her epic Birds Of Prey run (which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!), and that she was scripting Batgirl made it the only DC New 52 I bought after their cancellation of the other titles I was buying. I look forward to seeing Ms. Simone’s work in the future, no matter the character!

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