So, I heard SOMEBODY’S got a birthday today! Hit it, Kougami!
So yeah, it’s Gail Simone‘s birthday, and in spite of my headache and overall lack of sleep making me feel like hell today, I thought I’d come online to talk a little bit about some of the things I’m thankful to her for…
Lemme put this in perspective. When Gail Simone was given Wonder Woman, Amazons Attack had just happened a few months ago. Y’know, that book that pretty much tore down Wonder Woman’s mythos and shat all over it? Well, DC kinda realized they royally frakked up there and decided to let Gail Simone fix Wonder Woman. Turns out, that actually was a REALLY good decision. I’ve read The Circle, it is AMAZING, and anyone who loves Wonder Woman should go read it…Although I wish DC would give her Wonder Woman again to try to fix the mess they’ve made of her in the New 52.
Okay, here’s a book I have yet to read, and I REALLY need to rectify this someday. I only ever hear great things about her initial run on Birds of Prey, and if gave SO MUCH by just being there. There was supposed to be an episode of JLU that would feature Barbara bringing Huntress and Black Canary together for a mission, which Gail Simone wrote, but sadly, it couldn’t happen due to copyright issues involving Batgirl. Still, we got an episode to feature them together, which led to more down the road. Again, rumours have been circulating that the DCAU is making a comeback in the near future, and I would LOVE to see Gail get another crack at writing a Birds episode.
This might just be one of the best DC animated movies ever. It’s gotta be at least in the top 5. While the violence of the 2009 Wonder Woman movie could get a bit excessive, it is still the closest portrayal to the character and the best revamping of her origins I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, I love the JLU version of Wonder Woman too, but as far as a stand-alone movie that’s just about her, this was amazing. It kinda makes me wonder why live action attempts at portraying the character in the past few years have failed so miserably.
Okay, let me make one thing abundantly clear for anybody who doubts this: Making Barbara Gordon Batgirl again, taking her out of the wheelchair, and retconning the existence of her replacements and her time as Oracle was fucking STUPID. PERIOD. If there is anybody that still debates that, it is only for a single reason: Gail Simone is the writer for Batgirl in the New 52. That does not make the concept behind this book any less stupid, people. However, it does speak volumes of Gail Simone’s writing talent. She took this ludicrous concept that went back on DC’s word for YEARS, and she made it WORK. To this day, I still don’t know how she did it. Now, there have been recent issues that had moments that annoyed me, I’ve mentioned them before, and I MIGHT be skipping the next couple of issues as a result. But, overall, Gail’s run on Batgirl has been a HUGE success.
So, there’s the four biggest things I’m thankful to Gail Simone for. I’d add Red Sonja, but her run has only just gotten started, so I gotta wait it out a bit to see if it continues to be so awesome. Also, while The Movement has been an enjoyable read, I wouldn’t put it up there with the rest of these, though I do hope it sticks around. Anyway, be sure to send your own birthday wishes to her on Twitter, and I will see y’all later, ‘cuz I gotta rest my head for a bit. Ja né!
- Gail Simone Wastes No Time Making Red Sonja the Best Book EVER. (whatchareading.com)
- Gail Simone writing Tomb Raider Series for Dark Horse (comicsbeat.com)
- The Movement 2 (retcon-punch.com)
- Marx Discusses Starling’s Betrayal, Basilisk & the “Birds Of Prey” (comicbookresources.com)
- The Movement #3 – Review (weeklycomicbookreview.com)
- Batgirl 21 (retcon-punch.com)
- Wonder Woman graphic novel: Grant Morrison takes on the feminist icon (herocomplex.latimes.com)
- ‘Justice League’ Movie Cast Rumors: Will Olivia Munn Play Wonder Woman? (hngn.com)
- There’s No Reason We Should Not Have A Wonder Woman Movie Already [VIDEO] (themarysue.com)
- DC Comics Solicitations for October, 2013 (comicbookresources.com)
- How Hard is it to Write a Wonder Woman Movie? (hopeburnsbright.wordpress.com)