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Post by MajorHoy on Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:46 am

May 2018's Batgirl #23 was Hope Larson's final issue as writer.
I don't think DC ever officially announced that, but Larson had posted it on twitter back in April.

https://twitter.com/hopelarson/status/986256376350560257

Coming up in June,

Batgirl #24
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale: 6/27
After narrowly escaping the mazes of her own mind, Batgirl swings back into action to help Jacob Cesaro, an old classmate who has recently made some bad life decisions. Little does she know he’s now Two-Face’s latest recruit—and the key to his plans to take over the city! But Jacob’s not in it for the money and power promised by one of Gotham City’s greatest villains...he’s got something much more valuable in mind!
Art by: Scott Godlewski
Cover by: Dan Mora
Variant cover by: Joshua Middleton
Written by: Shawn Aldridge
https://www.dccomics.com/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-24

And also available in June,

BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - BATGIRL VS. THE RIDDLER #1
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale 6/13
On the eve of Batman’s wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City’s finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder?
Art by: Minkyu Jung
Cover by: Rafael Albuquerque
Written by: Tim Seeley
https://www.dccomics.com/comics/batman-prelude-to-the-wedding-2018/batman-prelude-to-the-wedding-batgirl-vs-the-riddler-1


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Post by Lucy Ingram on Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:00 am

Isn't 'has recently made some bad life decisions' comics-speak for 'is now a crack addict'?
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Re: Batgirl under Rebirth: solicitations and change of writers

Post by MajorHoy on Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:43 pm

Uh oh.
Now I'm really wondering about where things will be going with Batgirl! Shocked

= NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! =

This was posted on the website polygon.com (which I don't know anything about, really).

= NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! =

= STILL WANT TO READ THIS? =




= YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! =

Get your first look at Batgirl’s new costume — and her new direction
Writer Mairghread Scott is taking over the book
By Meg Downey    Jun 15, 2018, 12:37pm EDT

Barbara Gordon’s world is about to be flipped upside down as a new era dawns for Burnside’s favorite daughter. Complete with a brand new look and an all new creative team made up of writer Mairghread Scott and artists Paul Pelletier and Elena Casagrande, Batgirl is leaving her neighborhood and heading back to Gotham City proper to face down a new — and deeply personal — threat, starting with Batgirl #26 on August 22nd.
With a design concept by Sean Gordon Murphy, Babs’ new look is a pretty far cry from the pastel purple moto jacket she’s been wearing since the Batgirl of Burnside soft reboot back in 2015.

“This is supposed to be a version of the costume that she was working on when she still lived with her dad,” Scott explained in reference to her new, more classic look. “That’s why it looks so much like her original Batgirl: Year One outfit — like, she’s with her dad. She can’t get out back to Burnside, and this is like the emergency. So the version that she was working on [back in the day] that she had stashed here just in case. It helps us with the story a little bit too, because it’s a little less bright — we wanted her to be more stealthy, and we want her to be able to integrate some more tech with the belt.”
And by the sound of things, that emphasis on stealth is going to come in handy. Barbara is headed home to face off against a villain named Grotesque, who harkens back to Batgirl’s original New 52 era run. Created by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf, Grotesque was “originally, this sort of adrenaline junkie who liked to steal the finer things in life,” according to Scott, “but he got sent away to Blackgate. Now he’s back and we learn that his time in prison has really changed him.”
“Changed” might be a bit of an understatement here. Grotesque’s new M.O. is no longer just trying to steal fine art — he wants to make it. Brutally. Batgirl uncovers a string of grizzly “art pieces” constructed out of human body parts at the scenes of various crimes.
“Things like Perseus with the Head of Medusa, but maybe it’s got a real person’s head. Or a still life, but made up of human hands,” Scott clarified with a grin, “He’s still stealing things, of course, but it’s different now — he’s escalating. And Batgirl has to stop him.”
But it’s not going to be easy — on top Grotesque’s grisly reappearance, Babs suffers what Scott calls a “really traumatic injury” at the start of the arc. “The implant that allows her to walk is shorting out,” she explained, and that’s not all. “But when that happens, [Babs’] is just like, ‘Oh, okay, my legs aren’t working, I can deal with that. It’s fine.’ Because she was Oracle for a long time, you know? She knows how to operate without the chip.”
You can read the full article here: https://www.polygon.com/comics/2018/6/15/17466032/batgirl-new-costume-redesign
But I will throw in one bit from later on in that story:
. . . But Babs’ new status quo isn’t all darkness and struggle — the Burnside era isn’t being tossed out the window and Babs won’t be returned to her position as Oracle full time, “That’s kind of a spoiler, I guess, but I want to get ahead of that. We don’t want to tease people with that.”

Personally, I really question the idea of making Grotesque a villain who uses human body parts to create "art". It's not all that original a concept; you had a character in Mother Panic (DC / Young Animal) who did something similar, and over at Marvel, there was Muse from Charles Soule's recent run.
The more I hear about this, I'll continue to question whether I'll bother staying with this title or not.  

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Re: Batgirl under Rebirth: solicitations and change of writers

Post by Lucy Ingram on Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:22 pm

Why on Earth would Batgirl have boot treads that look like bats? That means that the world and her wife can track her all over the city!
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Re: Batgirl under Rebirth: solicitations and change of writers

Post by MajorHoy on Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:31 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Why on Earth would Batgirl have boot treads that look like bats? That means that the world and her wife can track her all over the city!
Her wife? scratch

Unless the new writer is really making changes to Barbara, last I remember she was straight.
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Post by MajorHoy on Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:51 am

Coming up later this month,

Batgirl #25
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale 7/25
On her return to Gotham City, family matters force Barbara to confront her complicated relationship with Dick Grayson. But does Dick have time for a heart-to-heart while subbing as Batman when Bruce Wayne is out of action?
This extra-sized anniversary issue also offers a look at the next arc of the series by Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier as the monstrous villain Grotesque murders wealthy art owners and defiles their bodies to create his own “art.”
And since this is the issue that keeps on giving, also look for a special backup story by Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini and artist Emanuela Lupacchino.
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Dan Panosian, Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover by: Rafael Albuquerque
Variant cover by: Joshua Middleton
Written by: Paul Dini, Mairghread Scott, Marguerite Bennett
https://www.dccomics.com/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-25
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Re: Batgirl under Rebirth: solicitations and change of writers

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:24 am

I thought Elena Casagrande was going to be one of the new art team?
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Post by MajorHoy on Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:18 pm

tony ingram wrote:I thought Elena Casagrande was going to be one of the new art team?
She's listed as the artist on the annual (Annual #2 comes out next month), and from the previous post about the changes coming to the book, it did say
. . . an all new creative team made up of writer Mairghread Scott and artists Paul Pelletier and Elena Casagrande . . .
so maybe she'll be doing a different arc after the first one (or possibly taking over as artist after a few issues by Pelletier)?
Pelletier is still listed for issue #27 (due out in September); we'll have to see what's up with issue #28 when October solicitations are released (probably in the next week or two).
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Re: Batgirl under Rebirth: solicitations and change of writers

Post by Lucy Ingram on Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:30 am

MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:Why on Earth would Batgirl have boot treads that look like bats? That means that the world and her wife can track her all over the city!
Her wife?  scratch

Unless the new writer is really making changes to Barbara, last I remember she was straight.

She may be straight, but the world isn't...
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Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:41 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:Why on Earth would Batgirl have boot treads that look like bats? That means that the world and her wife can track her all over the city!
Her wife?  scratch

Unless the new writer is really making changes to Barbara, last I remember she was straight.
A variation on "the world and his wife", an English expression which basically just means "everybody".
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Post by MajorHoy on Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:09 pm

tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:Why on Earth would Batgirl have boot treads that look like bats? That means that the world and her wife can track her all over the city!
Her wife?  scratch

Unless the new writer is really making changes to Barbara, last I remember she was straight.
A variation on "the world and his wife", an English expression which basically just means "everybody".
Well, if you change "his" to "her", you should probably have changed "wife" to either "husband" or the more gender-neutral options like "spouse" or "partner".
Just sayin' . . .
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Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:53 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:Why on Earth would Batgirl have boot treads that look like bats? That means that the world and her wife can track her all over the city!
Her wife?  scratch

Unless the new writer is really making changes to Barbara, last I remember she was straight.
A variation on "the world and his wife", an English expression which basically just means "everybody".
Well, if you change "his" to "her", you should probably have changed "wife" to either "husband" or the more gender-neutral options like "spouse" or "partner".
Just sayin' . . .
Doesn't really scan as well...
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Post by Lucy Ingram on Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:03 am

MajorHoy wrote:Well, if you change "his" to "her", you should probably have changed "wife" to either "husband" or the more gender-neutral options like "spouse" or "partner".
Just sayin' . . .

Google tells me that gay marriage has been legal in Connecticut since 2008.
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Post by MajorHoy on Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:50 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:Well, if you change "his" to "her", you should probably have changed "wife" to either "husband" or the more gender-neutral options like "spouse" or "partner".
Just sayin' . . .
Google tells me that gay marriage has been legal in Connecticut since 2008.
Oh, I'm aware it is.
But, as far as I know, Babs hasn't been written in regular-continuity stories as being that way.
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Post by tony ingram on Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:10 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:Well, if you change "his" to "her", you should probably have changed "wife" to either "husband" or the more gender-neutral options like "spouse" or "partner".
Just sayin' . . .
Google tells me that gay marriage has been legal in Connecticut since 2008.
Oh, I'm aware it is.
But, as far as I know, Babs hasn't been written in regular-continuity stories as being that way.
I don't think anbody was suggesting she was. It's just an expression.
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Post by MajorHoy on Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:53 pm

tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:Well, if you change "his" to "her", you should probably have changed "wife" to either "husband" or the more gender-neutral options like "spouse" or "partner".
Just sayin' . . .
Google tells me that gay marriage has been legal in Connecticut since 2008.
Oh, I'm aware it is.
But, as far as I know, Babs hasn't been written in regular-continuity stories as being that way.
I don't think anbody was suggesting she was. It's just an expression.
But, as you pointed out, the expression was changed by Lucy from "his wife" to "her wife" for no apparent reason.
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Post by tony ingram on Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:03 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:Well, if you change "his" to "her", you should probably have changed "wife" to either "husband" or the more gender-neutral options like "spouse" or "partner".
Just sayin' . . .
Google tells me that gay marriage has been legal in Connecticut since 2008.
Oh, I'm aware it is.
But, as far as I know, Babs hasn't been written in regular-continuity stories as being that way.
I don't think anbody was suggesting she was. It's just an expression.
But, as you pointed out, the expression was changed by Lucy from "his wife" to "her wife" for no apparent reason.
It's just something that people over here sometimes do these days. It's not significant. The current generation, at least here, simply don't always assume that someone with a wife is necessarily male. It did not relate to Barbara Gordon. It's just an expression.
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Re: Batgirl under Rebirth: solicitations and change of writers

Post by MajorHoy on Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:09 am

MajorHoy wrote:Coming up later this month,

Batgirl #25
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale 7/25
https://www.dccomics.com/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-25
And a couple of days after I posted that, newsarama posted this:
BATGIRL #25 Pushed Back 3 Weeks
https://www.newsarama.com/40788-batgirl-25-pushed-back-3-weeks.html

Bottom line: Batgirl #25 now won't be out until August 15th.

However, at last check, Batgirl #26 was still listed as being out on August 22nd, and Batgirl Annual #2 is due out August 29th. (Go figure.)
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Post by MajorHoy on Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:56 am

MajorHoy wrote:And a couple of days after I posted that, newsarama posted this:
BATGIRL #25 Pushed Back 3 Weeks
https://www.newsarama.com/40788-batgirl-25-pushed-back-3-weeks.html

Bottom line: Batgirl #25 now won't be out until August 15th.

However, at last check, Batgirl #26 was still listed as being out on August 22nd, and Batgirl Annual #2 is due out August 29th. (Go figure.)
By the way, Batgirl #26 was later pushed out to August 29th, but Batgirl Annual #2 is also still due out August 29th?
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