You really gotta hand it to DC comics. I mean honestly, they’ve got some balls!
I was never a big DC fan, but pretty much stopped reading them all together as I grew up. Batman “dying” caught my interest a few years back, same with the Green Lantern relaunch, but the greater DC continuity really meant nothing to me.
But, DC‘s latest event, Flashpoint, really began to interest me. And, when I learned that the fallout from that would re-launch every single DC title … I gotta say, I was intrigued.
But this is becoming worrisome, because how do you deal with the big three: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman? Because if there is one cardinal rule, it is this: You do NOT mess with your big heroes continuity! Remember when Marvel superhero Spider-Man’s marriage fell apart from a deal with the devil, fans hated that so much more than any gripes about Mary-Jane as a character. It took years for Spider-Man to crawl out of that hole and has only just recently regained some of its lost shimmer.
Well, today we were given a glimpse behind what is up for Batman, and fans are very concerned. But we’ll get to those in a moment, after the less provocative announcements.
First off is the new Catwoman #1,
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good.
Also on the docket is a new line-up for Birds of Prey, starring Black Canary, Katana, Poison Ivy and one other as-yet unnamed female character.
Now on to the controversial news: Dick Grayson (former Robin and Nightwing, but current Batman) will be going back to being Nightwing, Bruce Wayne will once again pick up the mantle of Batman (teaming up with his son, Damien Wayne, as the new Robin)… but most shockingly of all?
Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl and now Oracle, will once again become Batgirl! For those of you who are not aware, Barbara was confined to a wheelchair many years back after the Joker shot her, so what does DC have in store? Well, that’s the thing. We really don’t know, but fans re foaming at the mouth of this huge change to continuity.
Barbara was a long-standing figure of diversity in the comics, as she became happy with her life in a wheelchair, which is very uncommon in comics. Even Batman couldn’t face that after his back was broken by Bane.
So, we shall have to wait and see what happens. But, what do you think? Are you happy with the re-launch idea and Barbara Gordon returning as Batgirl?