So here’s the thing. The creative team behind the new Batgirl book are taking a lot of heat on twitter right now due to DC’s decision to cancel this variant cover for the book. Whether you like the cover or not is not the point here, the fact is the cover* is very much at odds with the tone and the audience that book and the creators are trying to steer towards.
We all know that twitter can be a pretty powerful force for getting our feelings out there, positive or negative, and right now there are a lot of accusations of pandering and censorship being thrown their way.
Help me try and deflect some of the grossness by tweeting your thanks and appreciation to these wonderfully talented people, and use the hashtag #thankyouteambatgirl
Rafael Albuquerque (artist for the variant cover who has realised the cover does not fit the book and asked for the removal): @rafaalbuquerque
Cameron Stewart, writer and breakdowns: @cameronmstewart
Brenden Fletcher, writer: @brendenfletcher
Babs Tarr, artist: @babsdraws
Maris Wicks, colors: @mariswicks
No matter how you feel about the book, the character or the company, the cancellation of this cover is a great big neon sign that things are changing, and things are getting better. PLEASE show your support for the people that made this happen :)
*For those unaware, the cover references The Killing Joke, a previously non-canon comic written by Alan Moore in which Barbara Gordon is shot through the spine by the Joker and photographed naked (in order to psychologically torture her father). Recent comments by the artist, Brian Bolland, have confirmed the very strong implication that she was also sexually abused. While The Killing Joke is a very well written comic, and eventually gave us the character of Oracle, such references have a time and a place. The new Batgirl book is not it.