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'I will not be reading Babs as Batgirl'
Can we please stop the anti Babs-as-Batgirl comments? Thanks.

No, I don't think I'll give up my Constitutional right to bitch and moan on the Internet, Anonymous. As I've admitted, I could be wrong. Regressing a character who has undergone tremendous growth over the past 23 years might be a terrific idea. Taking a character who is truly a woman and making her a "girl" could be just what the doctor ordered. Getting rid of Steph, whose book has proven to be delightful, fun to read and charming, gaining many, but to be fair not enough, fans could be totally worth alienating people like me, who really enjoy the current Batgirl book.

I will give DC credit. They promoted the heck out of Steph-Batgirl. The stories and art, for the most part, have been great. They put Steph-Batgirl into other books, such as The Web and World's Finest and Red Robin and promoted those books. Yet sales have dropped to about 25,000 a month. That's an average of 500 books per state. That's not good and I fully understand why they aren't happy with those sales numbers and why they're doing something to shake things up. I truly get that.

But Babs as Batgirl just doesn't strike me as the solution. I don't see how it will get new readers, and I can see how it will drive people like me away.

Like I said, I could be wrong. Time will tell. But I don't have to sit by and keep my comments to myself as long as I'm polite, explain my reasoning and let others speak. But as I said, we'll see. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to admit it, Anonymous. You must do something about that name.

Those numbers you state, Quinn, probably have to do with both the economy and the failing comic market in general more than anything else. Either this DC relaunch is going to jumpstart the industry, or it won't. I'm actually more concerned for "comics" than any individual book at this point. I won't be buying Babs Batgirl to protest the ditching of this book as well though.

I don't know who anonymous is, but asking to not whine about a big shift a company is doing on a board about the topic that's being shifted on the internet is like asking paint not to dry.

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