'Batgirl' Gets A Brand New Look From A Brand New Creative Team

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In an interview with MTV.com; Writers Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher and newcomer artist Babs Tarr join together for a brand new adventure with my personal favorite Bat-family member Batgirl starting in Batgirl #35 in October. This also sees the departure of Gail Simone from Batgirl after having a fantastic run with the character since her New 52 incarnation. This doesn't mean Gail Simone is gone from DC, she will be announcing her new project with DC very soon.

According to the interview, the new creative team will be taking Barbara Gordon to a new part of Gotham City, following a fire at her current apartment. That area of Gotham can best be described as a gentrified area of the city; As a New Yorker it's the Williamsburg Brooklyn of Gotham. Along with a new neighborhood she will be getting a whole new costume as well, a more practical look. This change in scenery is coming off the cuff of having dealt with so much in her life; getting shot and paralyzed by joker, the breakup of her Bat-Family, the constant doom and gloom. So in this new story arc she's about had it with all that and wants to embrace her youth, the fact that she's a passionate young woman in an urban city. 

"Barbara allows herself to be immersed in youth culture for the first time, exploring the social side of life in Burnside" - Fletcher.

The new suit is one she makes herself hitting up various thrift shops throughout her new city. I guess in a way you could say she is doing her own cosplay interpretation of her own persona. The new suit definitely has a Yvonne Craig flair to it. To me is looks more like a suit that she would have made when she first started started to wear the mask. So it is in a sense true to her character. Barbara Gordon has always been the bright spot in the Bat-family. While Gail Simone's run gave her more of that dark brooding edge everyone in the family is known for, the new team puts her character in the spotlight both figuratively and literally as Batgirl won't be the bump that goes in the night anymore. 

"Unlike Batman or Batwoman, she no longer needs to stay in the shadows, and in fact learns to embrace the spotlight" -Stewart.

In the beginning of the New 52, Batgirl had a few of her own villains to deal with, and it seems that will continue to happen in this new story arc. "There will be a variety of new opponents for her to fight that arise from her new environment. Her first task is to deal with a sleazy internet blackmailer" -Stewart. It will be interesting to see what kind of villains they come up for Batgirl in this new arc. They are definitely moving away from the darker more lethal villains that Batman has. So we could villains that are closer to the Flash's rogues gallery, which are are closer to what kind of villains they might be looking to create. It will be weird to not have cameos from Dick Grayson, Batman or her dad Commissioner Gordon as they wish to to do a clean break from that part of her life. So with no support system it will be interesting to see how Batgirl handles herself all on her own. The stories will not be stand alone stories, they will be part of the DC continuity. So unlike the comic Ame-Comi Girls, Batgirl will show up if any major DC/Batman stories occur that require her to actually be a part of it.

For the entire interview check out MTV.com: http://www.mtv.com/news/1864359/batgirl-exclusive-dc-comics/

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