3. Gail Simone Gets Fired (Then Rehired) for Batgirl
This is where things just get really weird. Gail Simone is perhaps the defining writer for the character of Barbara Gordon, having written her for the better part of a decade in the pages of Birds of Prey, as the handicapped former Batgirl in the new identity of Oracle. When the New 52 initiative was announced, and it was said that Babs would assume the Batgirl role once again and have her disability removed, Simone was reluctant to do it, realizing that Oracle was an inspiration to many real life disabled readers. But DC was going to do this with or without her, so better for her to make sure they handled it right than let someone else screw it up.
I totally understand her reasons. And for the most part, they did handle it right; Gail Simone's Batgirl has been a consistently good book in the New 52, and instead of waving the magic "it all never happened" wand, she's dealt with Barbara's recovery from spinal injury in a realistic and thoughtful way, all while giving us some of the best Batgirl stories ever. Oh, and it was, on almost any given month, one of DC's top twenty (and sometimes even top ten) selling books.
But DC doesn't reward success so much these days, so naturally, Gail Simone was fired. She took to the Internet to let her readers know that editorial was going in "another direction" and she wasn't going to be asked back to the book. Even worse, she was fired via email. SO tacky. Considering she was one of DC's only female writers, not to mention the fairly high sales of the books, fans were OUTRAGED. And rightly so. I'm not entirely sure what happened, but within days, Gail Simone was rehired to the book, supposedly from someone at the top of the DC food chain, who probably didn't want the bad publicity that firing the only high profile female writer on one of DC's most high profile female heroes would entail. Gail Simone is still on Batgirl, but the entire incident remains a big WTF moment for the company.
2. Chris Roberson Leaves DC for Good Over Before Watchmen
Although not directly related to the New 52, creator of iZombie Chris Roberson, back in April of 2012, laid down the gauntlet and said he would never work for the company again, due to the way the company was treating creators.Mostly he was referring to the specific instance of Alan Moore, who was none too pleased about DC doing a prequel to Watchmen."My reasons for no longer wanting to be associated with DC don't stem from anything to do with my personal experiences there, but from watching the way that the company has treated and continues to treat other creators and their heirs. The counter-suit against the Siegel estate and the announcement of the Watchmen prequels were the specific incidents that crystallized my feelings on the matter. Ouch. Roberson was just one of the first, along with Liefeld of all people, to really make a stink about how DC was treating creators. He would not be the last.
1. Batwoman Not Allowed to Get All Gay Married, Creative Team Walks
DC did the LGBT community proud with the creation of Kate Kane, the new Batwoman, back in 2006. Originally thought by many (including yours truly) to be a token character created just to grab headlines, under the auspices of writer Greg Rucka, and later writer/artist JH Williams, the character flourished and became a fully rounded and awesome superhero in her own right. Although Rucka left DC prior to the New 52, artist JH Williams suprised everyone with how good his Batwoman run was at the start of the New 52, writing and drawing some of the most beautiful looking comics DC has ever produced. In fact, for two years Batwoman has been a consistent bright spot at the company.
And then this week, it all went to hell. Creative team J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman announced they'll be leaving Batwoman, citing DC's editorial interference and the company's total refusal to allow characters Kate Kane and her girlfriend Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer, to marry each other.Earlier this year, Batwoman proposed to Maggie twice, and the fact that DC didn't make a big public thing about it should have been a warning sign that they were never going to go through with it. "We were told emphatically no marriage can result," said J.H. Williams via Twitter. Although he felt that the idea "was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage" it just seems DC doesn't want any of their heroes - be it Superman and Lois, or the Flash and Iris - to be married. Because marriage is for old people, and we all know no-one over thirty reads comic books.
Regardless of whether or not it's actually homophobic (I honestly don't think it is, just DC being stupid) to most people it comes across that way, and worst of all, it has cost DC one of their very best creative teams. But DC is just going to keep doing what they're doing, until readers have finally had enough and just walk away from it.
Previously by Eric Diaz: