don't mind me asking, but why do you primarily only write oracle ? do you believe babs has done more in that role than she did as batgirl, or ?
Absolutely I do. You see, the reach that Oracle possesses and her level of intellect is bet put to use in the way she has established herself as Oracle. Sure, she may not always be out in the field, but her reach is just about infinite. Babs as Oracle, has been in space and back working with JLA, JLS, creating and running the Birds of Prey, Bat Family, governments across the globe, Suicide Squad and more all with the power of the internet.
You see, she couldn’t do the same amount of things as Batgirl being tied down to one event at a time. Meanwhile with the stroke of a few keys, she could assist Bruce in Africa, Cass in Japan, Dick in Bludhaven, Barry in Central City, so on and so forth.
It also serves an important moral story. One that strongly surrounds the Bat Family in particular: you don’t need super powers to do good. Babs doesn’t need to fight physically to be able to make a difference in the world. You can overcome the things that were meant to destroy you, you can still live even if you can’t walk.
Her story as Oracle, dealing with her PTSD and her depression, is something I find way more inspiring and fascinating than any of the other hundreds of “girl wanted a hero so she became one” kind of stories. She was a hero, she was shot down, literally, but she rose and she’s still fighting. Her story is way more real to me because it allows us to see the nitty gritty of what things like this can do to someone, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and more.
Babs is a survivor. Not only of all the physically demanding things she had to do/injuries suffered from her cape and cowl days, but the sexual and physical abuse she endured at the hands of the joker. She shows what the struggles of living on after that entails. How the anger and bitter resentment…never really goes away.
How many times do you see a disabled hero like her honestly? Oracle is representation comics need. I was around comics long enough to see the absolute heart break of lots of fans for Babs going back to Batgirl at the start of the N52. A lot of them in disbelief their major connection was gone for her younger spunkier self…it’s just…aren’t there enough of this kind of hero? Why is it so hard to let someone grow up and out of things? I see nothing wrong with her becoming what she was as Oracle. Imperfections and all
She’s not perfect, gods she’s far from perfect. Her anger gets the better of her, she shuts people out and alienates herself from the world … hell, she even “died” so she could be a ghost once again. She’s not this ditzy dumb spunky girl we’ve been getting from Burnside to now in Rebirth. She doesn’t take selfies, she knows facial recognition exists…maybe because she uses these things regularly…who’d have thought a genius ( and yes…far smarter than Bruce sorrynotsorry ) would put two and two together?
There’s also a bitterness I’ve sadly grown when I look at the way a good portion of fandom treats her. On my last blog, I went on a rather large rant as to why I was leaving Batgirl behind found HERE.
Oracle is so much more than just the tech girl people seem to narrow her down to. She’s not the glorified secretary by any means as she’s shut down Batman several times for overstepping his boundaries with her. She’s her own woman, what she does is for herself and to benefit as many as she can.
Like…Babs literally knocked all of Joker’s teeth out of his mouth with one fucking hit, slammed Armstrong’s face into the ground ( and no, she was not going easy on Babs LOL they were old rivals and she HATES Babs ) and ran her out of the city. Babs is physically stronger now than she’s ever been.
She’s a mother/big sister to team Batgirl, a bunch of girls who needed someone to look up to who’d actually give them the love they deserved as well as a stern hand ( looking at you steph <3 ) The thread that strung these lost heroes together and formed one of the most iconic groups ever, not to mention, the first all female team.
How can you not love what Oracle is?