Gail Simone, “no longer the writer of Batgirl”

batgirlIn case you missed the news , Gail Simone is no longer the writer of Batgirl, which has both the community of comic fans and professionals in an uproar.

In a series of tweets on her personal Twitter account, Simone had this to say: “On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed me by email that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl. It is baffling and sad, I will probably have a statement later today or maybe tomorrow. But I want to give huge, huge thanks to the other creators in the bat-offices, and editors Bobbie Chase and @yourpallsmitty, champions all. And the biggest thank you of all to you guys for supporting this book so hugely and making it a commercial and critical success. I honestly don’t have the words right now to thank you all. I’m pretty choked up and it’s all gratitude, not bitterness. I am very proud of what we accomplished with Batgirl and it was an honor to get to write Barbara Gordon again. Love that dame.”

While this leaves a bit of ambiguity as to her future at DC, many fans are telling her to pack her bags and leave DC after she was removed from the character she had been writing since the relaunch, and even at times before. It’s been revealed that issue 17 will be Simone’s last issue on Batgirl. Simone’s reveal of her departure also comes just days after the departure of Karen Berger from Vertigo, which makes many question just what the heck DC is doing over there.

Some industry professionals are responding to the recent shakeups at DC on Twitter. Joe Hill, writer ofLocke and Key, said this on Twitter: “Most corporations try to bring great talent in; DC is trying to succeed by letting their best talents go. A bold strategy. Bold, I say!”, and Mark Waid had this to say in response to Hill’s tweet: ” @joe_hill: They’ve been at it for years now. @JeffLemire and @Ssnyder1835 better have a clear escape plan before the scythe falls on them too”

So, DC is shaking things up at their offices, and it looks like it may be for the worse if they outrage from fans and professionals is any indicator. It should be interesting to see who they reveal will replace Simone on Batgirl in the next c0uple of months and if the title can enjoy the success it did under Simone.

Source: Comic Book Resources

Reporter: Leo Johnson

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