When DC Comics relaunched their line as the New 52 in 2011, the fact that the maintay character of Barbara Gordon was no longer to be Oracle, the wheelchair bound informational guru, architect and archivist of Birds Of Prey but back in the Batgirl suit, irked many fans. But they were placated by lieu of previous Birds Of Prey writer Gail Simone on the book.
Well, in October, Gail Simone is again nowhere to be seen, just as the book was building to something she's always wanted with #34. And, in an exclusive given by DC's PR folk to MTV, the new Batgirl creative team from #35 are writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, and new artist Babs Tarr.
The creative team tell MTV,
Stewart: Batgirl has really been put through the wringer in recent years – after being attacked and paralyzed by the Joker, her brother turning out to be a serial murderer, the trauma of her family breaking apart and the series of gruesome villains she's had to contend with, we figured she deserved a break from all that. Just prior to the start of our story she's pushed to the breaking point and decides that she's had it with misery and darkness and wants a change. She wants the opportunity to have some fun and live the life of a young, single girl in the city, so she packs up and moves to Burnside, the cool, trendy borough of Gotham, to focus on grad school.
Fletcher: And that's where we kick off our run – introducing this part of the city known for expensive coffee, fixie bikes, vintage shops and breakout bands. Barbara allows herself to be immersed in youth culture for the first time, exploring the social side of life in Burnside. That's not to say there isn't mystery, of course! Try as she might to live a "normal" life, Barbara very quickly finds herself drawn back into the world of crime fighting. Our take on Batgirl mixes the best elements of "Veronica Mars" and "Girls," with a dash of "Sherlock" thrown in for good measure.
Tarr: I am excited to bring some flirt, fun, and fashion to the title! I don't think you see a lot of that in mainstream comics and I am excited to bring that to the table. Who doesn't love a sassy super hero?
Though Cameron clears up some confusion,
— Cameron Stewart (@cameronMstewart) July 10, 2014
MTV also reassures Gail's fans that she has another project launching soon at DC. But ironically, the emphasis on light'n'brighty over grim'n'gritty is one that has been against the editorial direction that Simone worked under…
Okay, that's not from Batgirl.
The solicit also confirms the fact that DC's October cover variants for Hallowe'en are called Monster Variants.
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by BABS TARR
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
MONSTERS Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes… so when a fire destroys everything she owned, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life — and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham's young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl… and discovers all-new threats preying on her peers! It's a re-invention of Batgirl from the boots up, by the incredible creative team of Cameron Stewart (BATMAN INC.), Brenden Fletcher (WEDNESDAY COMICS), and rising star artist Babs Tarr!