Quite a roller coaster evening for Gail Simone fans:
- Her interview with Jill Pantozzi, author of the recent piece "Oracle Is Stronger Than Batgirl Will Ever Be," is now up at Newsarama, and she is extremely candid and heartfelt about the decision--which was not hers, but she's comes to terms with it--to restore Barbara Gordon to the identity of Batgirl. She is mum about most of the details, including the post-Flashpoint status of Barbara's life as Oracle, but she did mention the rollback of "most all" DC characters (including those in the Bat-verse) to their younger, "less experienced" selves, which just does not mesh with what we've heard elsewhere, such as from Scott Snyder (also on Newsarama). I guess we'll see. (I was happy that she gave big props to Bryan Q. Miller for his work on the Stephanie Brown Batgirl title, which I thoroughly enjoyed since issue #1.) I hope to have more to say on this piece later, but for now, read and enjoy (and weep if you want).
- She also commented on the Bendis Boards about the cancellation (without revival) of Secret Six, to my mind the best and most consistent DC title since its inception. What a fantastic, hilarious, irreverent, touching book; it will be missed.