Barbara Gordon, Happy To Be Oracle in Infinite Frontier and Batman

Barbara Gordon, Batgirl was created by Batman television series producer William Dozier, comics editor Julius Schwartz, writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino as a new female counterpart to the superhero Batman that could be introduced into publication and the third season of the TV show simultaneously. The character made her first comic book appearance as Batgirl in Detective Comics #359 in 1967 and played by actor Yvonne Craig, in the season 3 premiere.

In 1988, following the retirement of the character's Batgirl persona, The Killing Joke showed the Joker shooting her through the spinal cord in her civilian identity, resulting in paraplegia. In subsequent stories, the character was reestablished as a technical advisor, computer expert and information broker known as Oracle, later a lead of the Birds of Prey series. Then she returned to the role of Batgirl in DC Comics New 52 reboot courtesy of a spinal implant from South Africa.

Why Barbara Gordon Is Happy To Be Oracle (Infinite Frontier Spoilers)
Barbara Gordon in Batman #100, The Joker War, DC Comics

But Barbara Gordon then returned to the Oracle role in The Joker War, asking questions about how her role would continue. And why? Bleeding Cool has learned that, yes, Barbara Gordon will remain in the Oracle role, even though she is physically able to be Batgirl.

Why Barbara Gordon Is Happy To Be Oracle (Infinite Frontier Spoilers)
Barbara Gordon in Batman #100, The Joker War, DC Comics

However, as a result of the events of The Joker War, as Bleeding Cool mentioned last month, she is on the last legs of her spinal implant, to mix metaphors. And it is revealed that her return to the role of Oracle is to protect that spinal implant. And she talks this up in today's Batman #106.

Barbara Gordon, Happy To Be Oracle in Infinite Frontier and Batman
Barbara Gordon in Infinite Frontier #0

While getting down to the business of helping Batman in Batman #106…

Barbara Gordon, Happy To Be Oracle in Infinite Frontier and Batman
Barbara Gordon in Batman #106

She could return to Batgirl if the moment called, but as she says, while she still has Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown as Batgirls who she can assist down the line. And keeping that spinal implant working is better that than how she ends up in Future State…

Future State The Next Batman #2
Future State The Next Batman #2


The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it's time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe. In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe—it's the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns! This oversized, all-star issue kicks off the next great era of storytelling and excitement as top writers and artists reveal what's next for the World's Greatest Heroes and opens the door to some of the greatest stories of 2021. Retail: $5.99 In-Store Date: 03/02/2021

  • Framing sequence written by Joshua Williamson with James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder, illustrated by John Timms and Alex Sinclair
  • Justice League by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, and Tamra Bonvillain
  • Batman by James Tynion IV, Jorge Jiménez, and Tomeu Morey
  • Wonder Woman by Becky Cloonan & Michael W. Conrad, Alitha Martinez & Mark Morales, Emilio Lopez
  • Wonder Girl by Joëlle Jones and Jordie Bellaire
  • Green Lantern: Alan Scott by James Tynion IV and Stephen Byrne
  • Teen Titans Academy by Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona, and Alejandro Sanchez
  • Superman by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jamal Igle, and Hi-Fi
  • Green Arrow & Black Canary by Joshua Williamson, Alex Maleev, and Jordie Bellaire
  • Stargirl by Geoff Johns, Todd Nauck, and Hi-Fi
  • Green Lanterns by Geoffrey Thorne, Dexter Soy, and Alex Sinclair
  • The Flash by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, and Hi-Fi
  • Epilogue by Joshua Williamson, John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.