MTV announced this morning that Gail Simone would be departing Batgirl in October, and would be replaced with a creative team of Cameron Stewart, Braeden Fletcher and Babs Tarr. The new creative team is radically changing the book, with series lead Barbara Gordon moving across town and re-inventing herself as a lighter, more happy superheroine. ".Just prior to the start of our story she’s pushed to the breaking point and decides that she’s had it with misery and darkness and wants a change," Stewart told MTV. "She wants the opportunity to have some fun and live the life of a young, single girl in the city, so she packs up and moves to Burnside, the cool, trendy borough of Gotham, to focus on grad school."
The creative team also said that Batgirl would be breaking off from the rest of the Batfamily, and that she'd be "stepping out of the shadows" and making more public appearances. Fletcher describes the comic as a mix of Veronica Mars, Girls and Sherlock with a lighter tone than past versions of the character. I like two of those three shows, so I'm pretty optimistic.
In conjunction with this change, Batgirl will be getting a new costume, designed by Stewart and Tarr. The creative team provided MTV with a character design sheet, which we've graciously copied and pasted below:
Is that... a functional costume design? No spandex? No heels? No super tight costumes that show off impossibly perfect curves? Just....practicality? Stewart explained to MTV that the costume redesign was based off of items Barbara finds in boutiques and vintage stores in her new neighborhood, and that she'd be making the switch when her old costume becomes unavailable.
We attempted to reach out to several experts on female chest-clinging spandex costumes, but received only "no comments" usually accompanied by sobbing.
Stewart will be providing covers, layouts and co-writing the series along with Fletcher. Tarr will be working on interior art Batgirl's new creative team begins October 8. Here's the cover to the series (again, courtesy of MTV):