She's been around since the first few months of the New52. Her first appearance was more like a "cameo", as she was there, but not exactly identified. It's been a gradual build to her "Bluebird" status. After helping Bats a couple times, she's been in the running on some lists as a possible new Robin (which I wonder still applies; she's helping Batman, with a bird-theme), and when designs of her suited up got online, some were speculating she'd be Nightwing.
That's kind of what kills me. I like Snyder and Capullo's work, it's been one of the few good things to come out of the New52, and they're credited to her creation. I've heard scuttlebutt (here at the Outhouse) that she was only introduced because of DC's then-stagnant position on Cass and Steph. Row has had some moments that work to develop a character (standing up for her gay brother, and...uh...okay, that's the only one I can think of). But I still don't like her.
The qualities she's emphasized with, belonged to other characters. Her desire to help Batman, to keep him from destroying himself? That's Tim Drake (Row after Damien, Tim after Jason). Her insistence on crime-fighting despite Batman telling her to stop? That's Stephanie Brown (Row also has a criminal father, but that may be nit-picking). It's maddening, really. I want to say that's the basic entirety of why I loathe the character, but I get the feeling there's another reason I can't presently articulate.
I don't think she's going to buy it anytime soon. Someone on this site speculated, though, that her brother (who was probably the one directing them in #28 from the Batcave) might get killed soon.
The more I hear about her the more I hate her... damn it. I can see her brother dying as they try to make it her "trauma" for a while. At least they've been building her up for a while instead of how book 1 ended. We don't even get to see much of anything about Richard at all before we're seeing that DNA scan that--oh dear--he may be the killer of that dude!
Wouldn't it have been more dramatic if new readers perhaps got to know
the guy before that twist? As it stands in just one book in which we barely get to see his personality, readers have no reason to give a sh*t about Richard being a potential murderer.
As much good as I'm hearing about the Batman series, I finally read #1 yesterday and I was so damn annoyed... it was cheap thrills and half-hollow plot throughout, plus most of the characters seem to have the same personality base, even Bruce. It was highly disappointing, since I never read Snyder's stuff before (save Batman #28) and everyone seems to do nothing but praise the man. I was stunned at the cheap moves he was making in the very first book. Everyone has this "Sue feel" to them that's more tart than some of the other poor Nu52 books I've read. But I can't quite put my finger on the "feel" specifically... there just... IS something about them all... especially Bruce. I'm hoping things clear up in book 2 (planning on making some time to get to it) but I think it's better if I expect crap.
This is why I should never get my hopes up...
and I really was expecting something worth praising, too.
Still, Harper is the worst part, until I see something even more horrific. Damn, I hope they don't Sue-up Steph...
she was never a fave (she was annoying) but I liked what she brought to the story, when she wasn't being marked "Tim's girl."