"So I've never read Wonder Woman before, but I really want to get into Wonder Woman books. Do you have any recommendations? Which arcs are your favorites? Which artists do you prefer? Also, do you like Darwyn Cooke's or Dustin Nguyen's style? Sorry, I asked tons of questions, but I would appreciate your opinion!"
You don’t have to apologise! :)
Here is a list of some of my favourite Wonder Woman stories — perhaps start with The Hiketeia or A League of One, both are excellent graphic novels. If you enjoy them, maybe give Rucka’s run a go. It includes one of my favourite ever Wonder Woman arcs, The Eyes of the Gorgon.
I love both Darwyn Cooke and Dustin Nguyen’s styles! Cooke’s Catwoman is just perfection. And I’ve been a fan of Dustin’s ever since I first saw his artwork in Bryan Q. Miller’s Batgirl — he draws such a great Steph.
I started doing a series of picspams on all my favourite artists a couple of months ago; I should really add to it! There are so many incredible comic artists out there.
Anonymous: "How do you feel about Babs in the Nu52? I feel like it's not her, it's not Barbara Gordon but rather a bastardization of Stephanie Brown (who I love dearly). And, while this is an unpopular opinion, I don't care for Gail's writing in general. She had some good moments when she wrote Wonder Woman but I see her as a hit and miss writer and feel that her work on Batgirl is a betrayal to who Barbara is."
I hate what the New 52 did to Babs. Hate it, hate it, hate it.
Because here’s the thing: Sure, I like Babs as Batgirl. Her intelligence and tenacity, her resourcefulness; her determination to forge her own path and fight for justice in her own way even in the face of others’ refusals. She’s a great character.
But even more than that, I love how that girl’s grown, how she’s pushed on through trauma and life-altering injury and reinvented herself. How she once again refused to be relegated to the sidelines, and dedicated that same intelligence and tenacity and resourcefulness to building a formidable information network that ultimately allowed her to achieve far greater change than she ever had as Batgirl.
Over the course of twenty years, we watched her make her mark as Oracle. We saw her build a team around herself, which ultimately became something of a family. We saw her become a leader and a mentor to young crimefighters, including two girls who’d chosen to follow in her footsteps.
I like Babs as Batgirl. But I love the woman that Batgirl became.
And the New 52 strips all of that away.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.”
Anonymous: "What do you think of the new reboot of Batgirl? Not the Simone one."
I’ll be honest with you, anon, I was already coming into the news of the “reboot” of Batgirl with about as little emotional investment in the title of Batgirl and the character of Barbara Gordon as I have ever had in my entire life. The past three years has really brought me to an unhappy place with two of my former loves, and I find that a sad number on its own.
I think it’s really a sham that everyone keeps calling it a reboot? It’s just a creative team change (they’re not even “restarting” the numbering) — which is huge, but you don’t see the same bombast about the creative team exchange with Wonder Woman or Detective Comics or even the the power houses taking over Superman right now. And while it’s possible that it’s because those titles are still being marketed the same while Batgirl has — shockingly after three years of rebooting the title to begin with — decided to target demographics most likely to be interested in a Batgirl book, at the end of the day it’s about the same level of excitement as any other creative change.
Really, I think the only reason DC is making it such a “huge deal” is to cover up another possible fan outcry considering that Simone is leaving the book due to creative interference by editors. Which literally makes this creative team change up — to me — on the same level of scrutiny and side eying as the Batwoman kerfuffle among other creator walk offs (George freaking Pérez being pretty high on that list all things considering).
The costume’s cute, but Barbara looks to be about 12, and is acting pretty much exactly like one in everything I’ve seen so far. Which is completely alienating to me because the exact reason I like Barbara Gordon (as Batgirl and as Oracle) is because she’s never been the now-traditional age of most female superheroes. She’s always been older than her other “teen” peers and wiser beyond even that age due to the circumstances of her growing up.
That seems it would be even more relevant considering it’s now canon that she’s had a serial killer for a brother making her younger years very unsettling.
And while the costume’s cute, I don’t get everyone patting DC on the back (including the creative team themselves) for designing a “practical Batgirl costume”??? Other than some questionable choices in Elseworlds and statues (looking at you Ame-Comi and Bombshells) which were obviously pervy for the creators, when has Barbara or any other Batgirl been in a truly questionable costume? Ever? Like, yeah, I hate superheroes in heels, but Terry McGinnis has those and he pretty much only uses kicks. And Babs lost those relatively quick her years as Batgirl. So I just don’t get the celebration going on. At all. They’re putting practical clothes on one of the 10 superhero women in their lineup that already had them. Yay?
I try to understand the excitement around the announcement, but I don’t really understand it, to be frank. And while I won’t be buying the “new” Batgirl this fall, it’s not exactly as if I hadn’t given up on Barbara’s Batgirl around issue #15 anyway.
clones impersonating clones
Catwoman v3 #34 - “Cold Hard Facts”
written by Ed Brubaker
art by Paul Gulacy & Jimmy Palmiotti
Cassy Cain! Inspired by the new Batgirl relaunch! Comes with clip-on hoodie! xD