I think the big news at the Batman panels during the San Diego Comic Con, will be the new bat-projects, creative teams, and the plethora of new titles coming our way. MTV has news this morning about a new creative team on Batgirl, and I think some fans will be really excited.
In October a brand new creative team joins Batgirl with issue #35. Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher will write the series, and the duo will be joined by Babs Tarr on art. DC Comics and MTV released the following image to give you a feel for the heroine’s new look.
Here’s what I like
- Batgirl is slim and athletic and has the frame and build to match someone who needs to twist, turn and fight (she doesn’t have giant breasts).
- I like the combat boots on the Bat-family costumes – always have, always will.
- Yellow logo on black suit. Neat!
Here’s what I don’t like
- Why is there skin showing? That part of the body needs to be just as protected as the rest of her, or else when she bends over, she’s going to expose a lot of skin.
- I’m not a fan of the circuit board look on the background. Perhaps that will tie into the story, but right now, it feels very 1999.
According to writer Cameron Stewart, it’s time for Batgirl to check out the trendy side of Gotham.
Stewart: Batgirl has really been put through the wringer in recent years – after being attacked and paralyzed by the Joker, her brother turning out to be a serial murderer, the trauma of her family breaking apart and the series of gruesome villains she’s had to contend with, we figured she deserved a break from all that. Just prior to the start of our story she’s pushed to the breaking point and decides that she’s had it with misery and darkness and wants a change. She wants the opportunity to have some fun and live the life of a young, single girl in the city, so she packs up and moves to Burnside, the cool, trendy borough of Gotham, to focus on grad school.
For those worrying about Gail Simone, don’t. She’s a new project on the way, that we will probably hear about before the convention arrives.
Of the new Bat projects already announced, Batgirl and Gotham Academy are the two that have my attention at the moment.