It’s A Christmas Miracle! – DC Comics Rehires Gail Simone For Batgirl

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Ok, first of all, don’t get excited about the image. I chose it for obvious reasons, my head is spinning and I have no idea what the hell is going on. Ok, I kind of know what’s going on and it’s that Gail Simone is back on Batgirl at DC Comics after being unceremoniously fired two weeks ago. WHAT IS HAPPENING I AM SO CONFUSED?!?! 

Simone had hinted at some big news coming yesterday, big news that pertained to DC, and that would probably break the internet. And boy, she wasn’t kidding.

I’m sorry, what? What did that mean? Was this a joke? She quickly followed up with:

And then I promptly named her the meanest meaner that ever meaned. I quickly took to Simone’s tumblr to see this message:

BATGIRL, baby!

Thank you to DC for this privilege, and a million thank yous to everyone who wanted to see this happen.


So, this is really happening. My first thought was perhaps she was going to write one of the other Batgirls but that’s not the case. Simone followed up on just a few questions from fans as to the fate of the title. When asked if fill-in writer Ray Fawkes will still be doing his planned issues she replied:

I didn’t know Ray Fawkes when he was announced as the full-in writer…but all my friends were RAVING about him. I got to speak to him a little bit by email, he could not have been nicer. A real gentleman. I can’t wait to read his other work…honestly, people I really respect won’t shut up about it.


He is doing issues 17 and 18, I return on 19.

And that’s basically where we’re at today. Simone seems overjoyed at the news, as are fans, albeit still a bit confused since they have no idea how this all went down. No word on whether or not the editor who initially let Simone go from the title will be overseeing her continued work. “I promise. DC did a nice thing here. A happy thing, and there’s more news coming I can’t tell yet, but soon. ALL good news,” she writes. “It’s been a roller coaster for sure, but the endless support here and on Twitter and elsewhere made everything worthwhile and now things are better than I could have hoped for and I’ll be talking about all of it soon!”

As for the actual stories we’ll be seeing, Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass asked Simone if the stories she had already written were going forward. She said there would be new issues instead with two of her previous stories being worked in some how down the road. It’s not clear whether that includes her new planned transgender character.

And now she’s back to talking about things like Batpickles on Twitter so things are back to normal?

Thoughts? Concerns? GIF reactions?

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."