One thing I absolutely hated from the relaunch was the removal of Oracle
I thought it was a step backwards on Barbara Gordon and the comic has not only proven as such it has gotten worse and worse as it move forward
this is no longer in any style, way or form a compelling Barbara Gordon
and any ties that she has to her disability have not only been negative but extremely offensive
Barbara in essence is still a cripple, but her condition is no longer physical, its mental
Oracle was an example of human inspiration cause since the first moment that Oracle appeared she was a triumph, its her trying to go on with her own life, to not let the chair define her or limit her, now imagine a book in which Oracle only faces a difficulty or challenge because she is in a wheelchair
thats what this comic is about
Her new Condition of PTSD is her new disability, is her new lost legs, and the costume is not her triumph, it is not her attempt to have a normal life, is her new wheelchair.
this is a Batgirl that got BROKEN by The Killing Joke, and IS still Broken
Barbara is now defined by her injury and not her recovery
and she will never get over this condition just like Oracle never recover her leg mobility, and that is because her PTSD is the only reason she puts on the costume, it is not to help others, is to help herself.
thats why we never see barbara gordon in the book, in 14 issues we only see batgirl 90% of the book, she has no social life, she has no friends, she has no job, and her family is barely an afterthought and thats only cause the retarded of her mother is back in the picture
before you could had say that Barbara Gordon was injured in The Killing Joke
Now, in this new version and thanks to Gail Simone
Barbara Gordon died in the Killing Joke
Batgirl is the only thing that there is left
If she ever gets over this PTSD(and it is possible in real life), thats the moment she will quit being batgirl
cause all what Barbara is doing as Batgirl is trying to prove to herself that she is not broken, that her injury didnt left a mark when she clearly did
the moment she realizes she has a problem, that's the moment Batgirl will die
She is not an inspirational figure as Batgirl or as the poster child of PTSD that she is nowThough I agree with many of the arguments I heard for keeping Barbara in the wheelchair there are some I do not, one of them being that she is no longer inspirational. I have not seen a truer depiction of a strong woman in comics than Barbara and that includes her as the current Batgirl. Anybody who can say that a woman who faces that kind of trauma and when cured, can still bring herself to not only live a relatively normal life by day but also nearly die fighting for justice every single night, isn?t inspirational doesn?t understand the meaning of the word. I understand how important and inspiring Oracle was for many people but Batgirl as we see her now is definitely still an inspiration. In the matter of Barbara?s restoration I think Simone said it best herself last year when speaking to Jill Pantozzi (who has Muscular Dystrophy and wrote a very moving article ?ORACLE Is Stronger Than BATGIRL Will Ever Be?) - ?Arms and legs get ripped off, and they grow back, somehow. Graves don't stay filled. But the one constant is that Barbara stays in that chair. Role model or not, that is problematic and uncomfortable, and the excuses to not cure her, in a world of purple rays and magic and super-science, are often unconvincing or wholly meta-textual. And the longer it goes on, the more it has stretched credibility.?
Batgirl is now a person to feel Sorry for
thats why every single villain in the book is just like her
is trying to make you care by showing you how pathetic she is now
I dont think doubt and insecurity are any appealing qualities in a characterI loved Barbara as Oracle, she was strong and intelligent - even more so than before ?The Killing Joke? because she never let anyone define her or put her in a box so why would she let the wheelchair? But I think it is interesting to see a Barbara Gordon that isn?t so sure of herself, that is struggling in new ways because isn?t that what we are always looking for in comic books? I have no doubt that we can expect a lot out of Batgirl while we have Gail Simone writing it and I hope to see her writing many more female characters.
specially when such insecurities come from just her having been shot at
This is something I never understand
I have seen ppl who HATE the Killing Joke, and they love this, but The Killing Joke has never ever been more relevant than it is now
It is constantly reviewed in the book, in flashbacks in comments, it is a constant none stop, TKJ, TKJ, TKJ
It is made worse by the fact that Gail retconned TKJ, so that Gordon was not in the room with barb, so he wasnt kidnapped and tortured, so the only relevant thing that happen was that she was shot, and then she retconned it more so that one of the goons saved the life of Barb for, absolutely no reason
Batgirl is an offensive book, It reeks of ableism, the whole core of the book is build on an ablelist concept
is poorly written, its characters are annoying or one dimensional, the villains are unimaginative and just forgettable and tries to preach about a message that comes completely hypocritical coming from Batgirl
its a black stain in the career of Gail Simone and i cannot wait for the day that she leaves the book and formally apologizes for having done this