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Okay but what if there were a Team Batgirl book with Oracle calling the shots and Black Bat and Batgirl out in the field (or Nightwing!Steph and Batgirl!Nell yesplease)… that started out as a question but now I just really want that
I’ve spoken about wanting a book like that in the past, actually! Even had conversations with other fans about who should be the theoretical writer/artist for the book. A lot of people tend to go with either Bryan Q. Miller or Gail Simone for writing, but my personal belief tends to be that Cass is a lot harder to get right as a character than Babs or Steph, so I’d rather have a writer who’s proven they can write her well, which neither Miller nor Simone has (and in fact, Miller’s treatment of Cass was pretty dang problematic, though I’m willing to believe there was editorial interference involved.)
My personal choice would be Dylan Horrocks, who had a quite good run on Cass’s Batgirl series and wrote some absolutely fantastic scenes between the three:
The choice of artist is less tricky as I can think of a bunch who’d do a great job… but as we were discussing the other day, Marcus To needs a project worthy of his talents, and he’s definitely shown he can draw all three of them fantastically:
So that would be my dream team for the book. :-) Dylan Horrocks as the writer, Marcus To on art.
I love Barabara Gordon’s new look and creative team. I also really hate it.
If you’ve followed my writing before you’ve probably become well aware I am very passionate about Batgirls. Why? I don’t even know exactly why, but the mantle of Batgirl and its many wearers strike me a certain way. They mean something to me. So whenever something comes up regarding them, I tend to pay attention.
*hugs you* You wanna talk, bb?
I am just angry about Batgirl
It sucks, it truly does.
See, I honestly believe that this new team has nothing but the best of intentions. I truly, 100% do believe them. And I don’t blame them for the fact that DC used the reboot to de-age Babs and erase her disability and take the Batgirl mantle away from Steph and get rid of Cass.
But while they weren’t responsible for the original de-aging, there’s no denying that this revamp makes Babs seem even younger yet. I know, they say she’s 21. But on that cover for Batgirl #35? The cover they’ve chosen to represent what their new series is going to be all about? She looks about 14. I’ve been small and young-looking all my life, trust me. I know what a young-looking 21 looks like, and that is not a young-looking 21. That girl could be sixteen at the oldest. She looks barely pubescent.
And while the new costume is undeniably cute, I can’t help but feel it adds to the overall youthfulness. The high-top sneakers? The more casual vibe with the jacket and leggings? It’s a cool-looking redesign, no doubt about it, but it also makes her look more like a kid.
And there’s no reason a character can’t be youthful and empowered, but the fact that they chose to do it to THIS character, who had already been de-aged, who had already had so much of her maturity and authority taken away from her - THAT is problematic. And I do blame them for that.
I’m sure they didn’t realize the implications. I’m sure they intend to do nothing but write Babs as an awesome character with plenty of competence and agency, and I’m actually fairly sure that the series will, on its own merits, be perfectly fun and well-written.
But the series doesn’t exist in a vacuum, this revamp doesn’t exist in a vacuum, it exists in the larger context of Barbara’s character and her 47-year history. It exists in the larger context of the way Babs’ character growth has been undone and continues to be undone.
DC took a lot of growth away from Babs when they made her Batgirl again. They also took away one of their only disabled superheroes (one of the only prominent disabled superheroes in comics). That was a mistake. I will always consider it a mistake. But at least they could give her character a chance to grow and regain some maturity. Instead, this revamp feels like her character is aging backwards.
And good intentions aside, that bothers me.
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