above image by Cameron Stewart (so good)
So right.. I’m definitely excited for the all new direction in Batgirl. Cameron Stewart is just awesome, I don’t know Brendan Fletcher’s work very well, but am looking forward to getting to know it, and Babs Tarr is fantastic. Though I’m a big fan of Gail Simone, I’m ready to see her on new projects (I was very much hoping she would take over X-Men following Brian Wood’s tenure of the book).
All that said, there’s something that makes me bristle at this all-new Batgirl. A more youthful and hip take is a good idea and I’m surely going to check it out, but wasn’t this exactly what Stephanie Brown was? Why is DC reinventing this wheel when they already had it with Steph?
Of course I don’t mean to come off as one of those ’nostalgia nazis’ who gets all bent out of shape anytime comic book narrative deviate from their status quo; plus I have great trust in Stewart and Tarr… but my more jaded side kind of sees this ‘all new selfie-shooting Barbara Gordon’ as just Steph Brown with a new coat of paint. Hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong. With DC, I guess I’m sort of thrice bitten four-time as shy…