Another take on Babs’ new costume, courtesy Vicente Cifuentes.
Greg Land & Brian Stelfreeze - Nightwing & Batgirl
Looks like Steelfreeze did most of the work on this, and I hate to say it, but Greg Land used to be kinda OK. Also, that butt-tastic Spider-Woman cover everyone’s (rightfully so) up in arms about is Milo Manara’s.
Just when my anger at DC and the New 52 had finally begun shifting to apathy, Sensation Comics comes along to remind me that I really, really should still be pissed at DC comics and their choices.
I miss Oracle so much. It was beyond wonderful to see her show up in the first issue of Sensation. There is a giant, gaping void in the DC universe where she once stood and DC’s decision to pull Babs away from Oracle instead of allowing her any ties to her former role just burns.
This was the single most powerful character in the DC universe before the reboot. She had the respect of the Justice League. She could challenge Batman and win. She had not just one legacy—the Batgirls who she chose and trained
no matter what Bruce said.—but also her Legacy through the Birds of Prey. Bryan Q. Miller was even building a third, hacker Legacy through her training of Proxy. She had her own network of operatives that rivaled every other coalition of heroes in the DC universe. It’s not the fact that she had all this that was mind blowing, it’s the fact that she had all this as a disabled woman. It’s that she kept amassing strength. It was that no one at DC ever seemed at a loss when it came to her narrative (compared to Wonder Woman who went through reboot after reboot in the same era). It’s that they weren’t afraid to admit that she was at least as powerful as Batman and growing stronger.
Now she’s gone and no one rivals Batman. Her legacy has been erased while her male colleagues got to keep theirs. She has been de-aged and de-powered. A student of Batman’s again instead of his equal. And as good as the upcoming Batgirl book looks with its lighter imagery, it’s almost like Babs keeps growing younger. Moving backwards.
I can’t forgive DC for doing that to her. For cutting out the powerhouse that was Oracle. For erasing one of the most visible disabled characters in comics. For keeping the Killing Joke canon when they had a chance to get rid of it. I can’t forgive DC their treatment of Barbara Gordon. The release of Sensation Comics today was a reminder of why I shouldn’t.
Otherwise Sensation was quite lovely and you should all go buy it. For a variety of reasons (Wonder Woman’s prominence within the Trinity, out of New 52 continuity storytelling, the return of Oracle (if only for this arc)), it’s really important that this book succeeds.