Gail Simone “Fired” from Batgirl?

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Well, I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Gail Simone, arguably the most prominent female in the comic book industry, has been given her marching orders, and will finish up writing Batgirl sometime in the next couple months.

The twitter-sphere and intra-ma-nets machines have been buzzing since Gail took to her Twitter last week regarding what happened:

On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed me by email that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl.

So yeah, evil corporation vs. under-appreciated artist and all that.

Let me tell you why this bugs me so much: When DC Comics relaunched all their comics with The New 52, I thought it would be an excellent chance to get my ten-year-old daughter into some cool comics. I thought that surely, among 52 brand-new creative teams on 52 titles, I’d be able to find a strong, smart, and independent female title character to get my daughter into.

Well, sifting through DC’s bimbos, asses, and tits, I found a character that was everything I was looking for: Batgirl. Sure, Batgirl is (in my opinion, judging by my daughter), a little too violent for a ten-year-old, but I’ve been buying and enjoying Batgirl myself. I’ve been putting them aside to give to my daughter in a couple years.

Gail Simone writes a strong female character that is brave, vulnerable, struggles with her own fears, and strives to do what’s right.

Details of what’s happening next in Batgirl haven’t been brought into the light of day, yet. Gail is slated to write Batgirl up until #16 so who knows what’s going to happen next?

I’ll be paying attention. Let’s hope that DC Comics doesn’t alienate young female readers any further with males writing women badly, and drawing them ridiculously, as I’ve come to expect.

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