Gail Simone appears to have been re-hired as the writer for DC’s Batgirl series, according to a series of tweets she made around an hour ago –
Here’s a thing.Gail Simone is the new Batgirl writer. :) — GailSimone (@GailSimone) December 21, 2012
I am driving a snow road, cell is about to cut out, but THANK YOU DC for this privilege and THANK YOU everyone who wanted this to happen! — GailSimone (@GailSimone) December 21, 2012
So, that’s weird. We’ll work on the assumption that this is actually true, and we’re not experiencing a vaguely upsetting The Shining-style meltdown here, in which case DC have made one of the quickest turnarounds in recent memory. Simone was only fired a few weeks ago, with it looking as though she was not only off the book – but gone from DC as a whole. This tweet puts all that to rest, although it’ll be interesting to see how the internet reacts.
Most people will obviously be delighted, and perhaps many will now have to make good on their complaints and actually start buying the book from now on. Others will likely be disappointed – the thought of Gail Simone ripping into the world of creator-owned comics was an exciting one, and this could be seen as a step backwards.
Essentially, however, Gail Simone is now untouchable, and people upset about the loss of a female creator at DC can celebrate the gain of a female creator by DC. So — what happened? Perhaps we’ll find out over the next few days. Either fan outcry put her back on the book, creator backlash put her back on the book, it was all a carefully planned marketing scheme…. …
or Gail Simone was fired from writing about the Barbara Gordon Batgirl and is now writing a series about Cassandra Cain — everybody’s second-favourite Batgirl.