Brenden Fletcher

“We had a good run.” c:

I intended to have this more polished, but after all the feeling unwell lately, I feel as though I’ve lost my strength a little. Here it is nonetheless - Batgirl sporting her great new design, whilst holding part of her previous costume nostalgically, as a nod to gailsimone’s run which officially ended this past week. Excited for what’s coming, yet I want to mention that I love what Gail did with Babs, and all the other characters (especially Alysia); her work has inspired many people and it will be missed!

Also want to say that I wish all good things to the new team; I can’t wait to pick up their first issue!

Batgirl’s new creative team is taking her down a lighter path, but not one without obstacles

“It’s incredible. I mean, more than anything, it’s validating because this was sort of a controversial way to handle it and change it, and change it from something that was fairly dark and somber and take it 180 degrees the other direction to make it light,” Stewart said. “I think we were all confident it was going to get a good response, but I think we thought maybe it would get more like a golf clap like an ‘Oh, very good, very nice,’ but instead it’s been this tidal wave of support, and it’s incredibly validating.”

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‘BATGIRL’ TO BECOME BEST POSSIBLE DC COMIC WITH NEW CREATORS CAMERON STEWART, BABS TARR AND BRENDEN FLETCHER

By Chris Sims

The past few weeks have brought some truly surprising and exciting announcements from the Batman corner of the DC Universe, but this one tops them all. Today it was announced that Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher will take over as new writers on Batgirl, with Stewart providing covers and layouts for new comics artist Babs Tarr.

Any one of those creators alone would be a pretty big deal deal, but while Stewart and Fletcher are intriguing choices for the adventures of Barbara Gordon, the biggest news by far is Tarr, an illustrator and video game artist best known to ComicsAlliance readers for her incredible cosplay-inspiring art and frequent appearances in the Best Art Ever (This Week) feature. This is a move that we never saw coming, but one we’re completely in favor of.

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Are you a fan of positive change in comics?

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 :)

#thankyouteambatgirl


*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.

BATGIRL ANNUAL #3
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by BENGAL and others
Cover by BENGAL
On sale JULY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
On her latest mission, Batgirl finds herself mixing it up with Helena Bertinelli of Spyral…but who is the mysterious Spyral agent who seems to be one step ahead of her at every turn without ever showing his face? She’s determined to crack this mystery – but Grayson is just as determined not to get caught! Plus: Batgirl visits Gotham Academy – and there are plenty of surprises in store for her!