And a new “crime fantasy” from Gail Simone? Some big news coming of ImageExpo today.
I am so pumped to have a Gail Simone Secret Six book back. Of course, I still have fears that DC’s editorial department is going to make it impossible for her to write the book she would want to write.
Interesting. It is not exactly the type of team-up I would expect, but I am interested in seeing what Simone can do.
It looks like I will be reading a Tomb Raider comic soon.
> A few years ago, when Robert Kirkman was beating the drum for creator-owned comics by urging creative and talented writers to abandon Marvel and DC, it bugged the smoldering hell out of me not because I have any loyalty to the corporate behemoths but because his revolution would have effectively wrecked half the books I was enjoying. “Back off, man,” I thought. “I want to see people get rewarded for their creativity, but I like Bendis on New Avengers right where he is. I like Fraction on Uncanny X-Men and Brubaker on Captain America. I don’t want to suddenly be buying the newbies’ practice books until they build up names for themselves.”
> These days, though, who needs Kirkman? The indie world’s best recruiting tools this week appear to be DC and Marvel. There’s no need for the siren’s song of creative ownership to shoo them away from the mainstream when the mainstream is doing such a good job of it all by themselves.
I am going to miss Gail Simone on Batgirl[^fn1]. More importantly, this move sours me on DC as a whole going forward. As it is, I probably will end up dropping Batgirl and Demon Knights due to creator switches. I wonder how many DC books will join that purge.
[^fn1]: Not as much as I still miss her work on Secret Six
Graeme McMillan writing for *Newsarama*:
> For another, there’s the simple idea of Who could replace Gail on the book? Anyone who follows Gail can tell that she adored working on Batgirl and Barbara Gordon as a character; there was an excitement and passion that was evident and, I think, it was reflected in the sales figures for the book; that Batgirl was such a consistently good performer for DC had less to do with fandom’s hunger for Batgirl, I believe, and far more to do with the readership’s response to the work Simone was putting in not just in writing the series, but promoting it (and the New 52 as a whole). I have no idea who new editor Brian Cunningham has in mind to replace her, but I’ll be very surprised if there’s not a drop in excitement around the book no matter what as a result of this move.
Exactly. Also, I am already biased against the new writer because of how things went down.