Update: Gail Says 'No Villains Here' in DC BATGIRL Firing

Update Monday AM: Gail Simone showed even more respect for DC Comics on Monday morning, pleading with her fans not to attack the publisher for their decision. "Guys, I'm hearing that people are getting personal nasty emails about this Batgirl thing. PLEASE don't do that," she wrote on Twitter. "No one is a villain here, it's just a thing that happens in all creative media. Please, please don't send anyone nasty emails. REALLY."

Meanwhile, when reached by Newsarama, DC declined to comment on the story Monday morning.


Original Story: Gail Simone is no longer the writer of DC's Batgirl, according to a series of posts on her Twitter account.

"On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed me by email that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl," Simone wrote on Sunday. "It is baffling and sad, I will probably have a statement later today or maybe tomorrow."

Simone had been writing the series since the inception of The New 52 in September 2011, and previously wrote the character of Barbara Gordon — in her Oracle identity — in a lengthy stint on Birds of Prey.

While making it clear that it was not her decision to leave the series, Simone expressed appreciation, writing, "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," and "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."

It is not publicly known at this point what Simone's last Batgirl issue will be, or who will replace her on the title — though as a consistently solid seller for DC (ranked No. 36 this past October), it seems to be a safe bet that the series will continue. Simone is solicited through February 2013's Batgirl #17, and DC's March solicitations are scheduled to debut online early this week. Simone has been billed as a contributor to DC/Vertigo's new Time Warp anthology, premiering March 2013.

The New 52 Batgirl series was met with pre-release controversy due to the decision to heal Barbara Gordon of the paralyzing injury that redefined her as wheelchair-using information specialist Oracle, and return her to the Batgirl persona. Simone talked frankly about the issue with Newsarama in June 2011.

Lucas Siegel contributed to this article.

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