Batgirl is one of my favorit books. With the art by syaff (or how he is spelled) it was really great.
If people plan to drop the book 'post-Gail', due to how it appears she has been treated and the manner of her removal from the book, I get that.
If people plan to read a couple of issues of her replacement(s) and drop it if it no longer appeals to them, I get that too.
However, if people are planning to drop the book, simply because Gail won't be writing it any more, that really doesn't say much about the strength of Babsgirl as a character. The idea that no-one else could possibly write a good Batgirl seems surprising for a character who has been around (in one way or another) for nearly 50 years. Not to mention, if Gail's awful-to-average-to-eventually-quite-good run is the benchmark, I honestly don't think matching that, or even improving on it, is going to be a huge challenge for any subsequent writer.
"The Tardis, when working properly, is capable of many amazing things. Not unlike myself."
Batgirl, Justice League Beyond 2.0, Letter 44, She-Hulk, Swamp Thing
Amazing Spider-Man, Inhuman, Ultimate FF
Two words: New readers. I don't know about you, but I've converted quite a bit of people into comics, helped them get in. Also you'd be surprised how many Movie/Television/Game adaptions bring in new comic book readers. So no, despite your elitist claim, the quality of a reader doesn't effect dollar signs.Who gives a flying frell about the general populace, who'd sooner drop dead than buy a comic?
That's a terrible attempt at deflecting. That doesn't do anything to discredit my point. Two games won't erase the knowledge of the public knowing Batgirl = Barbara Gordon.Well, except for the two most popular Batman games ever, in which she's Oracle.
Emotion being one of the most important elements of story telling is unsound and unfounded? First, where is your proof on that. And IF nostalgia is making something stale, then it can be bad. But that's not the case.What? How? What?
I'd like to see such an unsound,unfounded statement backed up by some arguementation.
And nostalgia can be an extremely bad thing when it keeps an entire industry shackeled to the sixties.
Writers, artists, and creative teams have come and gone from titles and companies for years; sometimes because they choose to, sometimes because they are forced to. Can the readers really know the whole stroy for why Gail is leaving? No. No more, than you get the full story for why a coworker was let go.
I read Batgirl because I like the character and I like Barbara Gordon. The current creative team has had a good run but the proof is in the pudding, not the chef. If Batgirl continues to provide good story and good art, I'll buy it, no matter who the creative team behind it is.
I am a union employee at Boeing who will probably be on strike next year because the company wants to cut our benefits and I have no problem doing so. But will airlines not buy airplanes because Boeing treats their employees like crap? No. What matters to them is the product. I've heard of people boycotting Walmart and Ikea because of labor practices. Do you really think your efforts matter? Do you think those companies care if a few people don't shop there? No. Face it, every company, government, and organization will abuse its people if it can save a buck and get away with it. Limiting yourself because of what a few higher-ups do only hurts yourself.
And "Tim Drake" when asking somebody who likes cartoons.
Not very likely to be interested in who was Robin 30+ years ago.Two words: New readers.
You'd be surprised how few of those have Dick Grayson as Robin.Also you'd be surprised how many Movie/Television/Game adaptions bring in new comic book readers.
I don't think the public is even remotely as dogmatic about this is as the hardcore comicbook readers.That's a terrible attempt at deflecting. That doesn't do anything to discredit my point. Two games won't erase the knowledge of the public knowing Batgirl = Barbara Gordon.
Emotion in a story should come from strong characters, good plots... Not from warm feelings from the reader's childhood.Emotion being one of the most important elements of story telling is unsound and unfounded? First, where is your proof on that. And IF nostalgia is making something stale, then it can be bad. But that's not the case.
You think the Dark Knight trilogy made that kind of money by playing up the Adam West nostalgic angle?
'The marquis. Well, you know, to be honest, he seems a little bit dodgy to me.'
'Mm,' she agreed. 'He's a little bit dodgy in the same way that rats are a little bit covered in fur."
People could, based on their own thoughts and principles, choose not to try the next team, not being on board with the new editor etc. I'm not even in that camp myself, but it's easy to understand their are plenty of viewpoints, all valid. Can't say I'll necessarily read a couple issues though, 6-page previews are what the new team'll get to convince me, personally.
Last edited by PsychoGoatee; 12-13-2012 at 09:05 AM.