Last edited by The Man From Room X; 01-17-2013 at 08:14 PM.
Jean Grey : What makes you such a bitch, Emma?
Emma Frost : Breeding, darling. Top class breeding.
I went reading through Volume 1 of the new Batgirl this week and realized just how poorly it stacks up versus the first volume of Steph as Batgirl. Not a knock on Gail, but I really miss Steph's upbeat and cheery attitude.
To me the real test for Steph's Batgirl would be how it stacks up to quality series, like the first Cass series or the early Dixon Robin days. I think both series were at their best in the issues where Steph was around, the pregnacy storyline, the 'same time tomorrow' issue. I'd put it slightly above the first Batgirl seires, and somewhat below Robin.
Any teen hero book being slightly below Dixon's Robin is pretty high praise imo, and that's probably where I'd put BQM's steph series. Well for DC anyway. Although the first BB series was pretty great too.
From a business standpoint, I get it -- melodrama sells, and any business in the world would choose to double/triple their profits on a particular product even if it means losing the people who liked the original version. But then again, I'm not sure that actually happened... plenty of people who bought Steph's book are probably buying the current one as well, whether they're enjoying it or not. So what on earth is there for DC to regret?
All of which is moot, because Barbara's series is not going to tank, at least not to sub-Stephanie numbers. Barbara is a Silver/Bronze Age character who has appeared in most cartoon iterations of the Batman mythos, plus lunchboxes, toys, etc. There was a time when she was out of the spotlight, but (ironically) Chuck Dixon, among others, took care of that. There are as many people who will read a book just because she's in it, regardless of quality, as would read a critically-acclaimed Stephanie Brown series; just as more people will read a godawful X-Men book than will read I, Vampire. Could DC get Stephanie to that level of public consciousness over time, by featuring her in cartoons and action figures and t-shirts and the like? Sure. But they've shown no interest in doing so.
My daughters' daycare has a teacher in it named Stephanie Brown, and if I walked up to her one day and said "Hey, like the comic character!", I guarantee she would have no idea what the eff I was talking about. If her name were Barbara Gordon, she would have been hearing Batgirl jokes all her life.
Slight tangential but BQM has a Kickstarter for a project that hits all the same notes as his Stephbat run, insofar as it is kid friendly. In space!
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