I wanted to let you know- my older sister got me into comics when I was just starting high school. She'ss my hero. She got hurt in judo and was wheelchair-bound, she still is, and it's been 9 years. And Oracle has come to mean the world to her, and to me, because right after she got hurt, she wasn't herself anymore. And Oracle slowly helped us fix that. She made Kim feel strong again, and I couldn't have loved that character more.
I want to give the reboot a chance, but I just can't now. And I felt like maybe, if they were doing this, then maybe Kim and I are the only ones to whom Oracle meant this much? But apparently we're not. Which hurts even more, I think.
So I'd like to know: After talking to Gail, will you read it? Are you willing to give this whole thing a chance? I can't stop crying every time I think of her back in the cowl, and I don't know how to deal with this. It hurts so much right now.
I couldn't find any way of e-mailing you directly, so I thought I'd ask here.
I asked Nora for permission to post this message publically because we both agree it’s important to show this issue affects more than just a handful of people.
To answer her question here, yes, I am going to read Batgirl when it comes out because I am a fan of Gail’s writing and Batgirl/Barbara regardless. But it’s going to depend on what they actually do with her that determines if I’m going to continue to read it (just like every other DC relaunch book). Rest assured, I’ll be posting my thoughts on it the second I get to read it.
Hi, Jill. I just read your recent Op/Ed at Newsarama ("Oracle Is Stronger Than Batgirl Will Ever Be") and I found it really touching. I agree that fiction is a way of expressing ourselves and also discovering ourselves and well-rendered fictional characters have the potential to represent facets of our own person in surprising ways... ways that lead us to care a lot about them. I think it's incredible you had such a connection with Oracle. I don't see things from your perspective but I agree that she was an amazing character and I was always pleased with how capable she was, how crucial she was to most stories and how she allowed every issue she appeared in to be more grounded, more human and stronger for its emotional realism. I also agree that DC is doing a bit of a disservice to comic book readers in general and anyone who sees themselves in Barbara in particular by turning in one of their best characters in exchange for another costumed Bat-character. Sorry to Batgirl fans but I think thats a net loss and a bit of an insult to anyone who's really read the character for a long time.
Having said that, however, I hope you see the bigger truth, which is that any good fictional character just underlines the better qualities we have in ourselves, they don't define them and, ultimately, the truer parts of them are things we carry with us, unchanged by creative mandate. I'm trying to say this without sounding patronizing but I found the parts of your article about your own accomplishments to be inspirational... more inspirational than a comic book of any kind. Again, I don't want you to think this is me being patronizing but I am absolutely impressed by the resolve of anyone who can overcome hardship in their day to day lives and continue on. I won't resort to any sort of "YOU are the hero!" cliches but isn't it true we're all writing our own stories every day? I think the world needs outspoken and thoughtful people like you more than it needs Oracle, so thanks again for your article and I hope you know that it was important to me, too.
There’s not much I can say to this except thank you. :)
I’ve gotten a lot of very kind notes like this since my Oracle article was posted and I haven’t been able to respond to any like I’d like to so I just want everyone who sent me something or commented on my blog that I really appreciate your words and am glad that what I wrote touched so many people.
“For centuries, the Amazons have lived on a Paradise Island, kept ageless and hidden from “Patriarch’s World” by the magic of the goddesses of Olympus. When Queen Hyppolyta longed for a child, the goddesses breathed life into a baby she had molded from sand and clay, a daughter named Diana who was given beauty, speed, wisdom, strength, flight, and a connection to animals. As an adult, Diana has left her home, acting as an ambassador to a larger world and as a warrior ready to defend her planet from those who wold prey upon it.”—
“It’s all built on characters. It’s the stories that mean a lot to a particular hero or villain — you have Death in the Family counting, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, The Killing Joke, Identity Crisis. These are important storylines that affected our characters’ lives, and that will be part and parcel of moving forward.”—
DC Comics’ Executive Editor Eddie Berganza answering what storylines from the history of the current DC Universe are going to carry forward into the relaunch.
So “The Killing Joke” still happened. Interesting…