Creativity is the ability to tell stories within parameters. It is the ability to work with what’s there and not have to reach or grasp beyond. Great artists respect their audiences. They create a bond with them to let the page, the note, the song create a moment of union. Great artists don’t underestimate their audiences. Or trick them. Or think they are too stupid or dumb to get what they are trying to say or do. They take their pens, they take their instruments, and they square off against their parameters and time after time are able to build something wonderful.
To say that there are no more stories to be told with Oracle is bullshit. To say that Batgirl is better character or a more appealing character carries some much horrible ableism it rakes at the bile in my stomach. To claim that Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain cannot be a Batgirl when three Robins are left running around Gotham illustrates the double standard that gallops through the Bat books. And DC Comics.
I’ve known this announcement has been coming for a bit. And each day I tried to convince myself they wouldn’t do it. But I knew they would. Shame on you DC. Shame on you for being so lazy and unimaginative. Shame on you for having such a low opinion of your audiences to think they can only accept one Batgirl. Shame on you for continued focus on the past instead of the future. And shame on you for taking one of the best characters in comics putting her out of commission.
Last year I ran a contest to name the most kick ass female in DC Comics. You know who won over Wonder Woman and Catwoman and Black Canary and ever other female that DC has trademark on? Oracle. The popular choice. But not DC’s choice.
I finally figure out tonight why Adam Hughes probably picked my sketch out of the long, long list of commissions he had in Boston. My guess, since he’s doing covers on the book, is he probably knew. Or maybe not. Whatever the reason, the piece I think says it all: