I’m excited for the new Batgirl. I wasn’t into the New 52, with the exception of a couple of titles I’ve been following in trade, but I’ve been reading Batman Eternal and I am interested in reading more. Now I’ve put Batgirl and Catwoman on my hold list, starting with issues 35. But one thing keeps nagging at me.
In the promotional art for the new Batgirl there’s a design page and a note about the her saying ‘LEATHER JACKET NOT SPANDEX!’ It captions a picture comparing two images of her jacket. The one that highlights her breasts has a red ‘x’ beside it. No plans to go that way.
I’ve seen this before. Ten years ago Darwyn Cooke did a fantastic job of redesigning Catwoman’s costume. It too was leather and did a great job of balancing the character’s sexiness and the practical needs of a cat burglar. Then Adam Hughes got a hold of it. He half unzipped the top and most artists haven’t found a way to zip it back up again.
Now I know Barbara isn’t Selina, but it’s been nagging at me.