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Fans Go Batty Over New Look Of Batgirl

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#Batgirl

DC Comics has announced that October’s issue will sport an all-new look for Batgirl as well as a creative team, and the following art has been revealed which has received mix reactions from fans.

Readers will recall that fan-fave writer Gail Simone was initially going to be let go from Batgirl, but due to the online response, DC changed their mind.

Now Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr are taking over.

Twitter and Facebook are once again lit up with Batgirl posts and tweets.

DAN DIDIO FB:

Matt S:

Dan, I think even you know that I have been a MASSIVE fan of the return of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, particularly under Gail’s pen. I will miss her terribly on the book, but am excited that a new take may open my favorite character up to a growing audience. It’s a great opportunity. Kudos to seeking out a unique take.

Patrick G:

I’m a fan of Gail but, honestly, this is not only the Batgirl I was looking for three years ago. This is the Batgirl I had in mind when I met you and we talked back in 2006.

Glad Gail is landing on her feet. I wish you much success with this take, though! I don’t even think I’m going to have to wish that hard. Cam Stewart knows his stuff, I trust his co-writer, and the art looks fantastic and like nothing else on the stands.

Lawrence G:

Dear God the beginning of the end..Barbara looks like she is 15! She looks like Archie’s illegitimate love child….the art is cartoonish and childlike…She goes from being a serious superhero to something out of the children’s line of comics…The reaction so far on FB and Twitter, has been an outpouring of disapproval. An artist who does not look like she can’t draw adults realistically, A costume that reminds me of Kitty Prydes first costume as sprite and takes us back to the 70’s…What the ….is anyone thinking at DC that this travesty would be allowed!!!!!!This is a disaster waiting to happen….

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Gail Simone Weighs In On David Goyer She-Hulk Controversy

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Three days ago saw Batman and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer comment on Marvel Comics’ She-Hulk stating the character is a “giant green porn star.”

Goyer even went on to trash DC Comics’ Martian Manhunter.

The statements made by Goyer were strong enough to warrant a response from the man himself, She-Hulk co-creator Stan Lee who said that was nuts.

Now renown comic book writer Gail Simone weighs in on the She-Hulk controversy stating this is nothing new. Simone even mentions when she wrote Wonder Woman, she received similar responses from so-called industry professionals.

Here are the screen grabs of Simone’s comments from her Twitter (posted on her Tumblr as well):

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Exclusive Interview: She-Devil with a Sword: Gail Simone staying on Red Sonja

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Although Dynamite Entertainment just today formally announced that writer Gail Simone was extending her critically acclaimed run on its Red Sonja comic, Cosmic Book News M.E. Byron Brewer was already exclusively working behind-the-scenes during the Emerald City Con to get the scoop on this issue.

Discussing her best-selling run, Simone and Brewer talk everything from female characters (and writers!) to working for Dynamite and what makes the She-Devil with a Sword (Sonja, that is) such a great character to write.

Cosmic Book News: Gail, when we first interviewed you about doing Red Sonja for Dynamite, we discussed the seeming phenom of more women writers and more women characters in comics. Is that something that you see continuing in the industry?

Gail Simone: Oh, yeah, definitely…there was a little span of time where the female writers before me had left comics, and I felt very oddball showing up over and over again as the only female writer on superhero panels, and the only female guest at cons. I can’t even express how happy I am to not only see people like Kelly Sue DeConnick and Marjorie Liu and more coming into the industry, but some of my favorites like Devin Grayson, Christy Marx and Nancy Collins are coming back after a long absence. It’s lovely. It was a dream of mine for a long time, now it’s happening.

CBN: Why do you love doing a character like Red Sonja?

Gail Simone: I like that she’s earthy and bawdy. She wants a haunch of meat and about twenty ales and three jugs of wine and maybe a good scrap once in a while. I write a lot of characters like Batgirl, who live in their own heads a great deal. Sonja lives in the moment, in the exact spot where she’s standing. She changes history waking up in the morning. She’s just a blast, she’s in my heart now.

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CBN: What was it about this book that made you want to extend your run?

Gail Simone: Well, a lot of it is how Dynamite treats both myself and the book, to be honest. Dynamite has been open to some pretty wild ideas and we all took those risks together. It’s a joy seeing so many people discover Sonja for the first time, especially people who don’t usually buy Dynamite, or sword and sorcery comics.

But it’s also simply a matter of having one of the most charismatic and wildly entertaining lead characters in comics. Simply put, I’m not done with her yet, and she’s clearly not done with me.

CBN: Was there a certain story you felt you had left uncompleted with Sonja, or are there numerous arcs that you have waiting for our She-Devil with a Sword?

Gail Simone: We did a pretty serious first arc, the second is more fanciful. In our third arc, it’s several connected stories where I get to do the most fun part of these books … monsters! It’s full of creepy crawlies, and a real theme about forgiveness.

CBN: Are there any new foes for Sonja that you are excited about  in your extended run? Any old big-bads returning?

Gail Simone: Not telling … but yes and YES.

CBN: Why do you think your particular version of Red Sonja has caught on so well with the readership?

Gail Simone: I want to be careful here, because I don’t want to give the wrong impression, but a lot of sword and sorcery comics in the past have tended to be a bit alienating. You know, first page is a map and some dull narration about the fallen empire of Wienerstan. I wanted to try to incorporate that stuff in a more organic way.  And I want to present Sonja as a woman with bad manners and many other flaws. I think people know we are all having a blast, and it shows in the book. It’s a labor of love.

And I also have to say, SO much of the credit has to go to the art team. It’s Walter Giovani just nailing it every issue, topping himself time and again. Great colors by Adriano Lucas and perfect lettering by Simon Bowland, it’s just an amazing looking book every time.

And the covers are just a feast, we got the best female artists anywhere, all my favorites, and they have just gone wild with Sonja.

There are a ton of good comics out there, but I think people can feel the love in this book.

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CBN: In a dream scenario, is there any artist you would like to work with on a Red Sonja book or any author with whom you would like to co-write Sonja?

Gail Simone: Well, that’s the thing, I HAD all those dreams, and we went out and did them! We got covers by Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, Becky Cloonan, just on and on and on, and then we did Legends of Red Sonja with a virtual Who’s Who of all my favorite female authors, some who had never done comics before. My dreams have already come true in a big way.

And honestly, I am so happy working with Walter that I can hardly ask for more.

CBN: When comic collectors and enthusiasts look back on your run of Red Sonja a decade from now, what would you hope they would say about it? And you?

Gail Simone: I would hope they would say, damn, that redhead is badass.

And Sonja’s pretty cool, too!

Cosmic Book News would like to thank the fantastically busy Gail Simone for taking time during the madness of the Emerald City Con to answer our questions. Thanks to Dynamite’s own Nick Barrucci and Keith Davidsen who helped make this interview possible.

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Gail Simone’s Red Sonja #1 Sells Out; Goes To Second Print

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RED SONJA #1 First Printing by Gail Simone Sells Out!
Dynamite Sends Second Printing to Diamond

 

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July 15, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Thanks to the overwhelming support of retailers worldwide, Dynamite is proud to announce that Diamond Comic Distributors has sold through the entire 35,000 print run of Red Sonja #1’s first printing prior to the store release date of July 17th.  Bolstered by enthusiasm from dedicated fans and exceedingly favorable early reviews, the successful Red Sonja relaunch — written by Gail Simone and featuring artwork by Walter Geovani — can still be enjoyed by consumers thanks to an upcoming Second Printing (Diamond Item Code MAY138378) featuring variant artwork by Jenny Frison.

“On behalf of Team Sonja, I cannot begin to express my appreciation to the retailers for supporting this book so whole-heartedly,” says Gail Simone, writer of the new Red Sonjaseries and acclaimed author of Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and Secret Six.  “Out of thousands of things to order from each month, they chose to spotlight our book in shops around the country and I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.  Even more, we are absolutely gobsmacked by the excitement and enthusiasm expressed by readers, many thousands of whom have never read a Red Sonja book before.  Nothing happens without you guys, and we humbly thank you from the bottoms of our little barbarian hearts!  Thank you also to the magnificent female artists who made all the sensational covers for this series, and above all, the spectacular Walter Geovani, whose dedication makes working on the book a joy.”

Tony Guerrero of Comic Vine conducted the first-ever review of the Gail Simone series, and his response:  “There’s a new Red Sonja series coming and she’s more than ready to kick plenty of butt!”  He continues, “There is a craving for epic fantasy adventures these days.  Red Sonja is no stranger to these types of stories and Gail Simone shows she completely understands the character.  Usually seen as just a female warrior with a sword, Simone shows that Sonja is not someone your favorite comic character would want to mess with.  This is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers, and old readers will enjoy Simone’s take.  We find out a little about her past without this being a full-fledged origin story.  There is a great mix of action, backstory, humor and good old fashioned storytelling here.  I’ve read Red Sonja comics off and on in the past and this issue fully captures my attention.”

Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite, commented, “Red Sonja and Gail Simone.  Really, what more needs to be said?  This is a match made in Heaven.  The entire Dynamite team is thrilled and gratified that the retailers have supported with such strong orders and feel they will be rewarded with instant sell-through.  We want to express our sincere gratitude to all the retailers and fans whose excitement and support have surpassed every possible expectation.”

The Red Sonja #1 First Printing celebrated its launch with a wide selection of variant covers illustrated by many of the industry’s top female artists, including Nicola Scott, Amanda Conner, Fiona Staples, Jenny Frison, Colleen Doran, and Stephanie Buscema.  Special retailer exclusives (Midtown, Mile High, and the Phantom Retailers) featured artwork from Nei Ruffino, Mariah Benes, and Agnes Gabowska respectively.

Dynamite has made its Second Printing available for retailer orders immediately through Diamond Comic Distributors.  Retailers can place orders use the Diamond item code MAY138378.

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More Zero Year Issues Coming From DC Comics: But With No Gail Simone On Batgirl

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:8965:]]DC Comics announced at the recent reseller show that they will be extending their “Zero Year” event from Batman out to a bunch of new titles.

The full list can be seen below, which includes Batgirl.

However, apparently the issue(s) will not be written by Gail Simone.

DC Women Kicking Ass spotted the following on Gail’s Simone’s tumblr:

So since you’re not writing the Zero Year tie in, does that mean that the tie ins were editorial’s decision and not the creators?

GS: I don’t know how much of this stuff has been announced yet, so I can’t talk about it much at this point. I had what I thought was a cool story, but it won’t be used.

GS: I don’t know what the replacement story will be or who is writing it, that’s all handled by editorial.

A fan also brought it up to Dan DiDio who responded as follows:

This decision wasn’t made by the guy that tried to fire Gail Simone, was it?

Cause I wouldn’t trust him to pick the color of the balloons at an eight-year-old’s birthday party.

DD: This is a November event and none of the creative have been announced.

Readers will probably recall that Gail Simone was let go from DC Comics and Batgirl, but due to the overwhelming support from the industry and readers, DC relented and brought her back, much to their benefit as Batgirl is a consistent seller.

Gail Simone is also writing Red Sonja for Dynamite this July.

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Gail Simone Wants To Do A Faora Comic Book For DC

Regardless what you felt about the Man of Steel movie, one stand out – at least for me – was the character of Faora, played by German actress Antje Traue.

Arguably she was more bad ass than Zod.

Well, I’m obviously not the only one that has noticed as a certain popular DC Comics writer known for her take on female characters has chimed in.

Gail Simone, presently writing Batgirl for DC and Red Sonja for Dynamite, and who has a fierce-fan following, wants Faora.

“I just want to write Faora. That’s all,” Simone tweeted.

Faora gave a great showing as a female comic book character in the Man of Steel; how about for DC Comics as well?

Let’s make it so Mr. DiDio!

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Advanced Review: Red Sonja #1 (Simone and Geovani)

 

Writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) has been one of the leading advocates, more by actions than by words, of bringing strong women into the masculine world of comic books. And here, in a fresh, new iteration of Red Sonja from Dynamite, she lets her heroine shine!

But this is not your daddy’s red-tressed barbarian, living in the shadows of Conan. No, this is a strong woman who nonetheless in this era of sword and sorcery has her foibles and follies. In fact, during most of Red Sonja #1, our heroine is plastered!

But that takes away none of the fun or adventure from the book as Simone scripts the tale of an intriguing debt owed by Sonja to the one person she respects above all. Paying back that debt just may take our scarlet-haired warrior woman and her rag-tag army to the other, darker side of death’s door.

It is not easy to balance character and action, especially in a first issue, but Simone does her usual masterful job and coming out of the gate, boom!, and picking up the nuances of character along the way. So well, in fact, you will have to give this book a second read to pick it up.

Carrying his own weight in this premiere issue is artist Walter Geovani (Prophecy, Witchblade) who renders the adventures of the swash-buckling maid to perfection, in many spots reminding me of the Buscema style of Sonja derring-do more than, say, that of Barry Windsor-Smith. He keeps up with Simone’s script while adding a layer of nuance all his own.

The pace is fast and furious, the characters are there warts and all, and the drama will make your pulse race.

Looks like Dynamite has another winner on its hands. 

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Gail Simone’s Red Sonja Kicks Off In July; Covers Revealed

Head on over here for the Cosmic Book News Gail Simone interview about Red Sonja.

 

Press Release

 

GAIL SIMONE’S RED SONJA BEGINS IN JULY AT DYNAMITE

 

 

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April 9, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ – Dynamite’s relaunch of Red Sonja with writer Gail Simone will arrive this coming July will be supported by covers by some of the most distinguished female artists in comics.  Red Sonja#1 contains covers by Nicola Scott, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frison, Stephanie Buscema, Fiona Staples, and Amanda Conner! Fans will definitely want to pick up Gail Simone’s Red Sonja #1 this July!

In Red Sonja #1, Red Sonja gets a fresh new attitude Sonja pays back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect, even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! You do NOT want to miss this re-introduction the She-devil with a Sword!

“Red Sonja is one of the original female ass-kickers in comics, of COURSE I would want to write her,” says writer Gail Simone.  “Any reader who likes sex, blood, swordplay, sassiness, red hair, adventure, and monsters getting stabbed in the face should get this book.”

Gail Simone got her start in comics writing for Bongo Comics, home of The Simpsons. Following her time there, Simone entered the mainstream comics world with a run on Marvel Comics’ Deadpool, and later, Agent X. Gail is best known for known for runs on DC’s Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl.

To celebrate the bold new direction of one of comics’ most iconic female characters, Red Sonja #1 will feature a wide selection of variant covers by some of the leading ladies in the industry, including Nicola Scott, Amanda Conner, FionaStaples, Jenny Frison, Colleen Doran, and Stephanie Buscema.

“I had this idea to ask the top female artists in the industry to do the covers and Dynamite ran with it beyond my dreams, says Simone.  “Not only did all the artists we asked immediately agree, they all confessed their secret love for Sonja.  They adore her! Lots of the artists submitted multiple sketches because they couldn’t stop, and many top names submitted sketches without even being asked, they love Sonja so much, and are dying to see this project.”

Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, is a fictional character, a high-fantasy sword and sorcery heroine created by Robert E. Howard, and adapted for comics by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. She first appeared in Conan the Barbarian #23 (Marvel Comics). Red Sonja has become the archetypical example of the fantasy figure of a fierce and stunningly beautiful female barbarian who typically wears armor resembling a bikini or lingerie. For nearly a decade, Sonja has had many successful series with Dynamite Entertainment, and she now appears monthly, as well as in mini-series and one-shots, all published by Dynamite Entertainment.

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About Dynamite Entertainment:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowVampirellaWarlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more!

Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity,Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent!

Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

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Neil Gaiman Writing An Arc For Guardians of the Galaxy; How About Gail Simone On Angela?

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It was previously reported that Neil Gaiman will be coming on board Guardians of the Galaxy #5 which springs out of Age of Ultron #10 with the introduction of his Image Comics character, Angela.

We now learn that the writer will be on Guardians of the Galaxy for at least an arc as Tom Brevoort gave an update on the project.

“Neil and Brian’s Guardians arc starts I believe in issue #5, and springboards directly out of that scene in Age of Ultron,” Brevoort told CBR. “It’s a much bigger commitment and involvement from Neil than people might have thought. He’s working with Brian on an entire arc of Guardians.”

The artist most likely will be Sara Pichelli, BendisUltimate Spider-Man artist, as she starts with Guardians of the Galaxy #4, which was previously described for an arc as well.

The status of Steve McNiven returning on the book hasn’t been addressed.

Gaiman comes on Guardians at a time when the new Marvel Cosmic seems to be caught at the cross-roads with only a few issues in.

In addition to the aforementioned possibility of McNiven leaving Guardians so soon, Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness have already left Nova after only two issues being published.

Gaimain’s knowledge of science-fiction should be a most welcomed asset to the new Guardians of the Galaxy which seems to be less space-based and more Earth-centric.

The new James Gunn movie seems to be more based on the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning that included more heavier sci-fi themes as well.

Cosmic Book News will also throw this out there: In a recent interview we did with Gail Simone, she stated she is no longer DC Comics exclusive; is there any chance she might be taking on Angela for Marvel Comics?

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Exclusive Interview: Gail Simone Talks Red Sonja, Women In Comics, Batgirl and More

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6553:]]What artist Barry Windsor-Smith was to creator-owned comics in the 1970s, writer Gail Simone is to strong, powerful, women-driven comics nowadays. Once known for penning DC’s Birds of Prey, in the world of the New 52 she became identified with the extraordinary changes in the life of Barbara Gordon in Batgirl.

Now this prolific author is hitting Dynamite Entertainment, putting her stamp on one of the most famous female warriors of all time: Red Sonja!

Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer sat exclusively for a pint of ale and blood pie with the scribe Simone, unlocking the secrets of her success and what is in store for readers of Red Sonja.

CBN: How did this marriage of strong female character and known powerful female character writer come about?

Gail Simone: Just a fortunate confluence of events, really. It’s not really a secret in the industry that I love barbarian comics. I love the sword and sorcery genre, and several publishers have been after me to write Conan or other barbarians in the past.

But until recently, I had been under a long and fruitful exclusive with a single publisher and outside projects weren’t possible. When my exclusive ended, a bunch of publishers kindly and generously offered me pretty much any project I wanted to do, and the first thing that really hit me, that just slapped me upside the head, was Red Sonja.

It just seemed a natural. I jumped on it.

CBN: Your Batgirl was critically acclaimed in DC’s New 52. What do you think you can bring to this classic character?

Gail Simone: Well, I’m still on Batgirl, so I get to keep writing my two favorite redheads!

With Red Sonja, it sounds a bit odd, but I’m hoping to modernize her concept a bit. We don’t plan to get rid of any of the great stuff, the loincloths and giant serpents and the wonderful Howard setting. But female badassery has evolved a bit. I want to make her even more terrifying as a warrior, but at the same time, I want to show that she has flaws. She’s not a perfect ice queen.

CBN: Robert Howard’s Sonja was very different than Roy Thomas’ at Marvel. Who is your biggest influence?

Gail Simone: The Red Sonja that exists now is a mix of Howard’s wonderful mood, tone and setting, and the comic book She-Devil with a Sword we have all grown up reading. People are often surprised to realize how much of the Sonja we know was invented by Thomas and the writers that followed him.

It’s a great balance, I love the Thomas character and I love the Howard landscape. No reason to favor one over the other.

CBN: You had been hinting in your social media you would soon be handling a female iconic character. Many people were surprised with the announcement that it was Red Sonja. What challenges are now ahead for both heroine and writer?

Gail Simone: Probably the same challenges that are attached to any project, every reader has a comics budget and each new book is measured carefully.

All I can say about that is, I think people know I put my heart into the books I write. I never want readers to feel they didn’t get their money’s worth, I want them to have a story that makes them feel, that moves and thrills them. That’s the fun of comics, for me.

We are putting our all into Red Sonja. The story is exciting and new, the art, by the wonderful Walter Geovani, is spectacular, and as a bonus, we have a raft of covers by the leading female artists in the industry. You WILL get your money’s worth!

CBN: There seems an upswing all across comics to give females a lead in their own titles, and yet so many have failed to hold that title over history. What can be done in the comics market about this?

Gail Simone: There are many reasons, but I have to say, I personally haven’t really had that problem. Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman and Batgirl have all been very successful under my watch and the trade collections are still in great demand even years later.

People want adventure comics to be bold and funny and thrilling and sexy and smart, regardless of the gender of the lead character.

CBN: What will artist Walter Geovani bring to the table? Are you a fan of his work?

Gail Simone: I am, good lord, I so am. Walter slaves over these wonderful, small details. It allows me room to tell a sweeping epic with armies and fortresses because I know he will put it all on the page. On top of that, he’s an outstanding character designer, and that’s a rarer skill not all artists have.

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Gail Simone: Lots. Watch out for Dark Annisia. ([Geovani’s] design for Dark Annisia is just absolutely stunning.) We aren’t using previous villains for a while, we want new readers to be on equal footing and we want long-time readers to have surprises, too.

CBN: What will make your Sonja different from other comics interpretations?

Gail Simone: My Sonja isn’t a distant paragon. She drinks too much, she carouses, she dances on tables, she’s lusty and quick to anger when called upon. She’s impetuous and impolite and good LORD I dearly love her.

I hope people give it a try, it’s one of the most purely entertaining books I have ever worked on.

CBN: Any other projects, present or future, you would like to promote?

Gail Simone: I am still doing Batgirl every month, which I love; major events taking place with issue #19! And The Movement is my new DC team book with Freddie Williams II, it’s a ton of fun.

I also am finishing work on my Kickstarter project with Jim Calafiore, Leaving Megalopolis, and my secret project with the brilliant Ethan Van Sciver. There maybe one or two more secret projects around the corner, as well.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Gail Simone for speaking with us during a busy convention season as well as Nick Barrucci and Josh Green of Dynamite Entertainment for helping make this interview possible.

Dynamite’s new Red Sonja series is set to launch in July.

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Damon Lindelof Plugs Jeff Lemire, Gail Simone, Peter Milligan & Dan Abnett (audio)

Damon Lindelof, the writer behind Lost, Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness, recently participated in QnA where he plugged comic book creators Jeff Lemire, Gail Simone, Peter Milligan and Dan Abnett.

All five writers are featured in the Vertigo Comic Book, Time Warp, which went on sale this week.

Lindelof praises Jeff Lemire who did the art for his story and mentions Simone, Milligan and Abnett.

We also previously heard Lindelof discuss plot holes, Prometheus, Back to the Future and The Dark Knight Rises in a podcast for charity with SlashFilm.

Listen for yourself and check out preview pages for Time Warp below.

TIME WARP #1

Writers: Dan Abnett, Matt Kindt, Damon Lindelof, Peter Milligan, Toby Litt, Ray Fawkes, Simon Spurrier, Tom King, Gail Simone

Art: Mark Buckingham, Jeff Lemire, MK Perker, Victor Santos Montesinos, Jorge Corona, Rafael Albuquerque, Tom Fowler, I.N.J. Culbard, Various

Price: $7.99
 
Pages: 80
 
In Stores: March 27, 2013
 
Description:
 
Let’s do the time warp again! It’s time for another fantastic Vertigo anthology filled with spectacular sci-fi stories. Robots, deep space and lots of time travel twists by a bevy of comic greats and the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire bring us a blast from DC’s past, plus another installment of the “Dead Boy Detectives” from Toby Litt, Buckingham and Victor Santos, Matt Kindt presents a stirring story of man vs. machine—and so much more!
 

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Dan DiDio Man’s Up; Apologizes To Creators For Editorial Problems

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If you recall, there has been what has been perceived as editorial interference in some of the DC line of comic books.

The latest was regarding Gail Simone and Batgirl, and when she was brought back onboard it came out that any other creators that went public would feel the wrath of DC ED and not get any work.

There’s been other editorial issues such as the departure of Rob Liefeld, a number of creative changes, and even going all the way back to the start of the New 52 with Ron Marz.

Well, that all may be behind DC as currently they are holding a big creative summit.

Bleeding Cool reports that – with DC Comics president Diane Nelson at his side – Dan DiDio apologized.

With President Diane Nelson to his side, DiDio admitted that there had been problems in the editorial chain, apologised for the repeated back-and-forths on people’s scripts and art, and committed to reducing such editorial inputs once an editorial direction has been agreed upon and approved.

And Diane Nelson said she’d ensure this happened.

Which left a number of frustrated people… rather happy actually.

As they say: a house divided…

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DC Comics Threatens Creators To Shut Up Or Get Put Out?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4955:]]While 2011 was the year of the New 52 and DC Comics, not one DC Comics comic book made its way into the top ten ranks for 2012.

Image Comics’ The Walking Dead took #1 followed by nine Marvel titles leaving DC — pretty much the same place they have always been?

DC did manage finally to get listed on the charts with with Batman at #17 followed by Justice League at #19.

Apparently, DC Comics and Dan DiDio are none too happy with those results and a plethora of writing changes are going to be made on the lower selling to mid-tier books.

Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool suggests the recent firing – and rehiring – of Gail Simone on Batgirl was only the beginning, but Simone’s social network response seems to have saved her job.

However, with the new firings that are coming DC Comics wants none of that, and according to Rich, has threatened their creators with loss of future work if they make a stink about it.

DC Comics is even said to be going so far as to ask their network of public relation websites to take down interviews and articles about new creative teams that are getting the boot.

It will be interesting to see if that actually happens, and also if a few more creators do come out. 

Regarding Simone on Batgirl, it seemed as if there was an issue between her and the new editor on the book.

I remember when the New 52 was upon us, it was an invigorating fresh start for the DCU. Promises were made to the readers that the writers would be left to create their own stories; however, for a majority, that frankly wasn’t the case.

Why DC Comics is making writing changes is anyone’s guess as obviously the problems do not lie there.

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Gail Simone is back on Batgirl!

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4819:]]A couple weeks ago Gail Simone received word via e-mail from the new editor on Batgirl that she had been let go.

Well, the internet exploded with fans and fellow creators alike voicing their support for Gail.

Turns out it made a difference as Gail Simone tweeted that she is the “new” writer on Batgirl.

Here’s a thing. Gail Simone is the new Batgirl writer. 🙂

She also thanked everyone and DC:

I am driving a snow road, cell is about to cut out, but THANK YOU DC for this privilege and THANK YOU everyone who wanted this to happen!

And if you think that maybe this was a marketing gimmick (like Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man tweets), think again:

Also? NOT A HOAX.

It’s unknown which issue Gail Simone returns to Batgirl on as Ray Fawkes is set to right Batgirl #18 and #19.

Simone’s Batgirl #15 was DC’s 4th best selling book in November.

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Gail Simone’s Batgirl Is 4th Best-Selling DC Comic Book For November

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Yesterday saw the news that Batgirl writer Gail Simone was let known through an e-mail that she would be off the book.

There haven’t been any reasons as to why she was let go, but we know for sure it’s not sales.

Diamond released their top 300 books for the month of November where we see Gail Simone’s Batgirl #14 coming in at #4 for DC Comics.

Only the likes of Batman, Justice League and Green Lantern managed to sell more.

Fans and industry professionals have taken to Twitter to offer their support for Simone.

Marvel Comics writer Jason Aaron tweeted, “I’m a @GailSimone fan. Hate to see her let go like that. But sometimes you’re better off without them, Gail..”

There’s been murmuring that DC Comics is going to do some kind of villain switcheroo event, where villains from certain characters will mingle with characters they normally would not. In addition, it’s been rumored that creative teams will get switched around as well. Perhaps this is all related.

Here’s the top 300 for November:

TOP 300 COMIC BOOKS

Rank

RetailRank

Index

ITEM CODES

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VendName

1

1

113.75

SEP120542-M

ALL NEW X-MEN #1

$3.99

MAR

2

2

100.00

SEP120170-M

BATMAN #14

$3.99

DC

3

5

77.42

SEP120573-M

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$3.99

MAR

4

12

74.49

SEP120598-M

DEADPOOL #1

$2.99

MAR

5

6

74.00

SEP120531-M

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1

$3.99

MAR

6

7

72.95

SEP120550-M

IRON MAN #1

$3.99

MAR

7

14

71.70

SEP120586-M

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$2.99

MAR

8

4

71.53

SEP120538-M

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2

$3.99

MAR

9

3

70.80

SEP120137-M

JUSTICE LEAGUE #14

$3.99

DC

10

8

69.14

SEP120562-M

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #1

$3.99

MAR

11

9

60.37

SEP120548-M

ALL NEW X-MEN #2

$3.99

MAR

12

27

54.52

SEP120580-M

X-MEN LEGACY #1

$2.99

MAR

13

11

50.93

SEP120621-M

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698

$3.99

MAR

14

29

50.52

SEP120593-M

FF #1

$2.99

MAR

15

10

50.16

SEP120300-M

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #1

$3.99

IDW

16

23

49.15

SEP120188-M

GREEN LANTERN #14

$2.99

DC

17

25

48.50

SEP120180

BATGIRL #14

$2.99

DC

18

28

47.29

SEP120179

BATMAN AND ROBIN #14

$2.99

DC

19

13

46.68

SEP120174-M

DETECTIVE COMICS #14

$3.99

DC

20

19

45.64

SEP120557-M

IRON MAN #2

$3.99

MAR

21

45

42.21

SEP120603-M

DEADPOOL #2

$2.99

MAR

22

22

41.03

SEP120560-M

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #2

$3.99

MAR

23

26

40.45

SEP120569-M

A PLUS X #2

$3.99

MAR

24

20

40.28

SEP120155-M

ACTION COMICS #14

$3.99

DC

25

16

40.03

SEP120970-M

MASKS #1

3.99

DE

26

38

39.87

SEP120215

SUICIDE SQUAD #14

$2.99

DC

27

37

39.85

SEP120183

CATWOMAN #14

$2.99

DC

28

39

39.31

SEP120177-M

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #14

$2.99

DC

29

21

37.48

SEP120620

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #697

$3.99

MAR

30

18

37.12

JUL128188-M

BEFORE WATCHMEN MOLOCH #1 [*]

$3.99

DC

31

24

36.61

AUG120577-M

AVX CONSEQUENCES #5

$3.99

MAR

32

41

36.48

SEP120151-M

EARTH 2 #6

$2.99

DC

33

43

36.42

SEP120166-M

BATMAN INCORPORATED #5

$2.99

DC

34

48

36.33

SEP120584-M

X-MEN LEGACY #2

$2.99

MAR

35

40

35.97

SEP120524

WALKING DEAD #104 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

36

15

35.88

SEP120610-M

AVENGERS #34

$4.99

MAR

37

17

33.72

SEP120613-M

NEW AVENGERS #34

$4.99

MAR

38

46

33.60

SEP120141-M

AQUAMAN #14

$2.99

DC

39

30

33.39

SEP120609

AVENGERS #33

$3.99

MAR

40

31

33.05

AUG120586

NEW AVENGERS #32 AXFO

$3.99

MAR

41

47

32.91

SEP120159-M

SUPERMAN #14

$2.99

DC

42

52

31.75

SEP120186

NIGHTWING #14

$2.99

DC

43

33

31.33

SEP120612

NEW AVENGERS #33

$3.99

MAR

44

32

31.30

AUG120140-M

BEFORE WATCHMEN SILK SPECTRE #4 (MR)

$3.99

DC

45

54

31.05

SEP120191-M

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14

$2.99

DC

46

35

30.32

SEP120659

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #20

$3.99

MAR

47

34

30.30

SEP120128-M

BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #4 (MR)

$3.99

DC

48

36

30.20

SEP120660

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #21

$3.99

MAR

49

55

30.06

SEP120145-M

FLASH #14

$2.99

DC

50

58

29.46

SEP120193-M

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #14

$2.99

DC

51

57

29.41

SEP120520-M

SAGA #7 (MR)

$2.99

IMA

52

42

27.37

SEP120664

UNCANNY X-FORCE #34

$3.99

MAR

53

44

27.29

SEP120663

UNCANNY X-FORCE #33

$3.99

MAR

54

62

26.53

SEP120143-M

WONDER WOMAN #14

$2.99

DC

55

49

26.35

SEP120605-M

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #9

$3.99

MAR

56

63

26.32

SEP120202-M

SWAMP THING #14 (ROT)

$2.99

DC

57

66

25.53

SEP120195-M

RED LANTERNS #14

$2.99

DC

58

70

24.88

SEP120218-M

TEEN TITANS #14

$2.99

DC

59

51

24.09

SEP120629

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #17

$3.99

MAR

60

72

23.61

SEP120187

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #14

$2.99

DC

61

53

23.40

SEP120625

MINIMUM CARNAGE OMEGA #1

$3.99

MAR

62

65

23.24

SEP120163-M

TALON #2 [*]

$2.99

DC

63

75

22.86

SEP120637

DAREDEVIL #20

$2.99

MAR

64

77

22.79

SEP120181-M

BATWOMAN #14

$2.99

DC

65

79

21.50

SEP120153-M

WORLDS FINEST #6

$2.99

DC

66

81

21.42

SEP120643

HAWKEYE #4

$2.99

MAR

67

83

20.97

SEP120201

ANIMAL MAN #14 (ROT)

$2.99

DC

68

84

20.21

SEP120623

SCARLET SPIDER #11

$2.99

MAR

69

56

20.20

SEP120280-M

JUDGE DREDD #1

$3.99

IDW

70

59

20.16

SEP120665

WOLVERINE #316

$3.99

MAR

71

60

20.13

SEP120616

SECRET AVENGERS #34

$3.99

MAR

72

61

20.08

SEP120635-M

DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #2

$3.99

MAR

73

86

19.58

SEP120162

SUPERGIRL #14

$2.99

DC

74

87

19.48

SEP120624

VENOM #27

$2.99

MAR

75

67

18.96

SEP120666

X-MEN #38

$3.99

MAR

76

68

18.85

SEP120619

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #14

$3.99

MAR

77

69

18.84

SEP120230

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #2

$3.99

DC

78

71

18.20

SEP120630

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #18

$3.99

MAR

79

91

18.13

SEP120205

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14

$2.99

DC

80

93

17.54

SEP120161

SUPERBOY #14

$2.99

DC

81

74

17.27

SEP120662

ASTONISHING X-MEN #56

$3.99

MAR

82

76

17.04

SEP120672

WOLVERINE MAX #2 (MR)

$3.99

MAR

83

95

16.82

SEP120416-M

SPAWN #225

$2.99

IMA

84

97

16.73

SEP120655

GAMBIT #5

$2.99

MAR

85

99

16.11

SEP120627

VENOM #27.1

$2.99

MAR

86

101

15.98

SEP120656

GAMBIT #6

$2.99

MAR

87

80

15.93

OCT120235-M

ARROW #1

$3.99

DC

88

104

15.92

SEP120631

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #18.1

$2.99

MAR

89

82

15.91

SEP120632

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #19

$3.99

MAR

90

73

15.68

SEP121219-M

SHADOWMAN #1

$3.99

VAL

91

105

15.59

SEP120185

BIRDS OF PREY #14

$2.99

DC

92

64

15.46

SEP120661

ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1

$4.99

MAR

93

107

15.34

SEP120027-M

BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #15

$2.99

DAR

94

78

14.81

SEP120936-M

ADVENTURE TIME #10

$3.99

BOO

95

98

14.58

SEP120390-M

CLONE #1 [*]

$2.99

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DC Comics Boots Gail Simone Off Batgirl Via E-Mail

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4576:]]Back in September of 2011 when Cosmic Book News reviewed every single issue of the New 52, Gail Simone’s Batgirl was one of the many fine new comics that sprung from the event.

I never read Batgirl before, or even would think to have in the first place, but the New 52 gave me an opportunity to try something new, and I’m glad I did.

While I didn’t stick with a majority of the books as it seemed they were all mucked up by Editorial interference, Batgirl and a handful of others stood out as diamonds in the rough.

I remember early on when Ron Marz was booted off of Voodoo for no apparent reason. I wrote in my New 52 6-month update how a majority of the books seemingly read as if they were no longer being written by the writers, but instead how Editorial screwing everything all up.

And by the latest sales figures they have.

Now the latest is that Gail Simone is departing Batgirl — and not by her choice.

Simone let out a series of tweets announcing the news with one being that her editor informed her she was off the book — via e-mail.

This is my Yes-the-news-is-true-and-it-sucks super sad dance. Oddly, it’s square dancing.

On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed me by email that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl.

It is baffling and sad, I will probably have a statement later today or maybe tomorrow.

But I want to give huge, huge thanks to the other creators in the bat-offices, and editors Bobbie Chase and @yourpallsmitty, champions all.

And the biggest thank you of all to you guys for supporting this book so hugely and making it a commercial and critical success.

I honestly don’t have the words right now to thank you all. I’m pretty choked up and it’s all gratitude, not bitterness.

I am very proud of what we accomplished with Batgirl and it was an honor to get to write Barbara Gordon again. Love that dame.

And with Simone off the book, this won’t be a book I’ll ever be buying anytime soon.

Another “plus” for the New 52.

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Review: The Fury Of Firestorm: Nuclear Men #1

Firestorm was always an odd sort of hero for me because as powerful as his abilities were, what made the character interesting was the fact he was a physical manifestation of dichotomy.  The first Firestorm was a fusion of the young Ronnie Raymond and the old Dr. Martin Stein.  Youthful creativity combined with experienced wisdom …

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