Sunday, December 9, 2012

Confirmed: Gail Simone is off Batgirl.

Just as I was writing this post about Bleeding Cool's new rumor, Gail confirmed the news of her departure send off, via Twitter, saying:
"This is my Yes-the-news-is-true-and-it-sucks super sad dance. Oddly, it's square dancing. On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed my by email that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl. It is baffling and sad, I will probably have a statement later today or maybe tomorrow. But I want to give a huge, huge thanks to the other creators in the bat-offices, and editors Bobbie Chase and Brian Smith, champions all. And the biggest thank you of all to you guys for supporting this book so hugely and making it a commercial and critical success. I honestly don't have the words right now to thank you all. I'm pretty choked up an it's all gratitude, not bitterness" 
So there you have it. The Bleeding Cool post cites your standard editorial nonsense, which isn't exactly new when it comes to Gail's recent few years at DC. Before the launch of the New 52, Gail's break-up with Birds of Prey, a book she was specifically brought in to relaunch, was anything but pleasant, as she ambiguously put, comparing Geoff Johns and Eddie Berganza graciously calling her to let her know Secret Six was ending, as a much more "clean break."

Fast forward to the New 52... Lest we forget that Gail found out Babs would be joining the Birds of Prey the same time as we did, which was when the solicits were announced. This was the first public instance of a long whispered about problem at DC, mainly the fact that many things are kept secret from creators, even if big character beats or status quo changes could effect them and the characters they're writing in any way... something that apparently is still going on today.

In my honest opinion, this whole situation is just a tad bit fucked. I'll leave it at that, as I really can't say any more. I'll be willing to be that this all ends up in a big teaser image that says "SIMONE - SOMEONE ELSE" on top of some big bold ambiguous word, with a "NOW" on top.


  1. I'm so furious. Batgirl was really kicking up a storm recently. Makes sense why Gail was asking "Which character do you think I'd be a good fit for writing" on Tumblr. She got a TON of Marvel answers so I don't doubt this continued editorial interjection will see her coming back to DC for a good while.

    "Fucked" is right.

  2. Major bummer, indeed. I was really looking forward to seeing what she did with James Jr., especially since I've read that she had Snyder's blessing to work with the character. Her work with Babs has been so sensitive and so respectful of the fandom's apprehension that I can't really imagine a replacement writer doing as good a job. Who they pick determines whether I'm dropping the book.

  3. I thought her work was great. She really got into Barbara's head and gave us the guts of what went on inside her after getting out of that chair. It made me believe it far more than Batman's recovery from Bane. Seeing Batgirl trip over doubt and reexamine her role in the Bat-Family really worked for me. Plus... the Talon she faced during Night of the Owls was the best written, in my opinion. I really wanted to see where this was all going. It's going to be hard for someone else to measure up.

    But seriously... DC will fire someone like her without notice, yet Lifield can quit? No. Just no.