Holy chíc new crime fighting duds, Batgirl!
With DC Comics‘ reboot of their superhero universe, the New 52, many characters were returned to their more traditional roles and some were deleted from existence all together. For instance, Dick Grayson – who had since graduated to being his own Batman – was again Nightwing, and Donna Troy and Wally West – Wonder Woman and The Flash 2.0s, respectively – no longer existed.
Out of all the New 52s alterations the choice to return Barbara Gordan to her Batgirl persona after having been previously paralyzed by The Joker and transforming herself in to the ultra-hacker and wheelchair bound, Oracle, was by far the most controversial. However, under the keen eye of fan favorite writer and super Babs fan, Gail Simone, the New 52’s Batgirl title has seen much success and won over those fearful that having Barbara back in the cowl was a regression for the character.
Yet, it’s time for Simone to move on and tackle other projects (one of which will be announced very soon!) and taking over Batgirl in October is the new creative team of writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher (Batman Inc., Wednesday Comics) along with newcomer, artist Babs Tarr. Yes, Babs will be drawing Babs.
In an exclusive interview with MTV News, Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr chat about the new series as well as Batgirl’s new crime fighting costume, which was designed by Stewart and Tarr. It’s a fresh, fun, and younger look for the redhead, and is a costume that looks as if any teen hero could throw together. Meaning, this is going to be one popular cosplay look. Details like the snap on cape are fantastic, and with its yellow and purple hues this isn’t a costume made for skulking in the shadows, as Stewart even teases that Barbara will learn to “embrace the spotlight.” Plus, those boots! So practical, what a great choice.
Check out Babs’ new look below:
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by BABS TARR
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
MONSTERS Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes… so when a fire destroys everything she owned, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life — and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl… and discovers all-new threats preying on her peers! It’s a re-invention of Batgirl from the boots up, by the incredible creative team of Cameron Stewart (BATMAN INC.), Brenden Fletcher (WEDNESDAY COMICS), and rising star artist Babs Tarr!
What do you think of Batgirl’s latest look? Have you been following Simone’s run? If so, are you excited for what Stewart, Fletcher, and Tarr are bringing to the title or sorry to see Simone go? Let us hear what you think in the comments below!
Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr’s run on Batgirl begins with issue #35, on sale October 8th, 2014.