Punchy wrote:She's toxic because she's unnecessary. DC already has a Batgirl and a Batwoman, they don't need more.
And once again, her fanbase is not a female fanbase, most of her fans seem to be men.
Which one? Cass and Steph both have decent fanbases (certainly more than Batwing), and are not exactly Power Girl. Hell, one of the reasons Brown's series was popular is because it was more lighthearted, especially when compared to other Bat books, so you even have age variation in the fanbase.
The thing is, DC seems to have gone out of its way to make Barbara Gordon Batgirl again. People liked
her as Oracle. She was unique. So they robbed the DCU of a unique character to make her fill a role that they could've given to two other characters.
And really, don't talk about necessity in the reboot. There are many, many Bat-family books. Hell, Batman: The Dark Knight is not necessary at all. I'm willing to forgive Detective Comics, as it was a long running series, but why the need for The Dark Knight?
The whole reboot seems to be author appeal. Why is Barry the Flash again instead of Wally? Because DC's editors grew up with Barry. With Wally as the Flash, they could've at least had Barry as a supporting character or given him a normal life with Iris. But with Barry as the flash and Bart as Kid Flash, Wally is now retconned out of existence altogether.
And there also lies a problem. They're not only not using these characters, they're retconning some of them out of existence altogether. I understand that not all characters can have their own series, but why retcon them out of existence? Hell, War of the Robins sees Damian Wayne confronting each former Robin, but he doesn't even make mention of Stephanie Brown, so I'm assuming she was retconned out of existence. But the question remains: Why? (Besides the aforementioned appeal to editors.)
The current Batgirl series is good (not as great as some say it is, though), but I'm pissed that we had to lose three
characters (Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown and Oracle) to get one.
Late post, but this issue really bugs me.