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It's been quite a while since I've done a crazy pontificating semicolon-abusing teal deer rant here, hasn't it? I think it's time to rectify that situation. With footnotes, even, just to make up for lost time ::cracks knuckles:: So if you feel up to a bit of froth and a lot of , please join me as I natter on about a thing that's been bugging me for half the current BATGIRL run now.

This is Wendy Harris.

She's the comicverse translation of a character from the old Superfriends TV show, who was originally added to the Teen Titans for about six minutes; just long enough for McKeever to make a crass, immature joke about the show, or the Titans death rate, or who the hell even knows what was going through his head, by having a giant evil dog maul her and kill her brother. She's now a major supporting cast member in the BATGIRL ongoing, going by the cape name of "Proxy."

I hate her.

This is Barbara Gordon.

She's my favorite character in anything ever. (Yes. She is. Diana is too. So are Luthien and Susan Ivanova and -- look, it's a crowded top slot, okay? Point is I love her.) And Wendy, by her place in Barbara's life, does Barbara's character significant harm.

Now part of that is just that Babs abandoned Charlie. That crosses a line for me. You can't do that and still be a hero. The two concepts are simply incompatible from where I'm standing; the moment Babs pawned her own daughter off on someone else in a Goddamned note just so no one would interrupt her sulking, she ceased to be a human being and revealed herself instead a reprehensible sack of morally bankrupt fecal matter that somehow learned to talk. Now, like I said, I love Babs, so I'm perfectly willing to ignore that disgustingly, offensively OOC moment and just forget it ever happened, just like I do my best to forget that entire degrading and offensive arc. This is comics, after all, selective canon is pretty much what we do. On both sides of the fence - the Flash team shoved Mopee under the rug just as quickly and vigorously as Supes fans ignored that one time he murdered some dudes. It's actually a pretty important part of comics fannishness. So I kinda hate Wendy Harris, because she makes that important task way fucking harder; her relationship to Babs, what she needs from her and what Babs is getting out of mentoring her, is incredibly similar to Charlie's (and Cass') dynamic, so it's incredibly difficult to see her on panel and not be instantly and jarringly reminded of Charlie (and Cass') continuing abandonment.

But that's not really the main reason I hate Wendy Harris. For that, we need to talk a bit more about Babs.

Specifically, we need to talk about Oracle. Everybody knows this story, if only in brief, mostly because DC simply will not fucking shut up about it: Once, long ago, Babs was Batgirl.

She was a fairly typical badass normal Bat, who haunted the night with a grappling hook and a batarang and beat up criminals in the name of the moon of justice and entertaining comics.

Then she got shot.

(you see what I did there, DC? GIVE IT A TRY.)

All hail Ostrander and Yale, she then decided to reinvent herself as Oracle, who haunted the internet with bleeding-edge technology and bossed around other heroes in the name of justice and entertaining comics.

Okay, so we all know who "Oracle" is, right. She's a superhero hacker.

Except, she's actually not. That really doesn't appear to be how Ostrander and Yale conceived her, and it's certainly not how she's behaved for most of her publishing history as Oracle. What she is, rather, is a planner, a strategist, an organizer, and a detective. She can hunt any hidden truth out of the shadows, or direct a hero or coordinate a team and triple their effectiveness by doing so. For a while, her tagline was, basically, omniscience -- "there's little she doesn't know, and nothing she can't find out." She was more Batman than Batman himself, the logical conclusion of the Batman philosophy: knowledge is a weapon, and Oracle has so much knowledge and so little is known about her (even her closest allies, like Waller and Dinah, didn't know her real name in the beginning) that that alone is all the weapon anyone could ever want. Certainly there was no need for fisticuffs on her part. It was never about anything as mundane and limited as hacking; it was about being the smartest person in the room without having to even be in the room, about having the answer in every situation.1 She was supposed to be Waller's heir, remember. That was her template, not Tron-style cyberpunk. Look at No Man's Land; she ran the whole good guy effort singlehandedly the whole year long with a couple phones and some canned ham. She's never been more all-knowing, more all-controlling, more Oracle than she was then, and she didn't so much as click a mouse that entire crossover.

Now certainly, her facility with computers is not unimportant. Obviously a lot of the world's secrets are stored on computers, so that's a great way to have access to them, and a lot of the world is controlled by computers, so that's a great way to manipulate things. And of course tech is the only way for a non-psychic to not need to be in the room. But there's a lot more to knowing and thus manipulating everything than just cracking some passwords. If you'll indulge me, in fact, I'll go down the list.

For one, Barbara's a genius. DC doesn't really have "geniuses" the way Marvel does, where you've got an explicit hierarchy of the smartest men (always men) in the world, and intelligence is itself a superpower. And Babs is often written like a perfectly ordinary 1600-on-the-SAT girl,2 who knows a few big words and some trivia but is otherwise basically like a million other basically intelligent people out there. But periodically in her portrayal, and certainly conceptually all the time, she's a Marvel genius. She does math in her head that humans are simply not capable of, and you basically can't make a reference that she can't follow.

It's not just the hard sciences, either; she can write a quatrain at the drop of a hat and speaks, again, more languages than a single human should really be capable of, and she memorized Lord of the Rings during a plane flight once.

She's got an instinct for creating new hardware and tech, as well; she's often written as buying Crays or whatever, but occasionally she's been shown to build her own rigs with the same facility with which she writes her own software. Which isn't new for Babs, she was inventing absurdly useful (and more than slightly impossible) Mr Fantastic-grade shit like the multi-color light tracer back in her earliest appearances.

You could wrap all that under the same basic heading of "comic book genius," but the next bit is distinct enough of a skill that we'll call it qualification number two: She's great at plans and fallbacks and the signature Bat tool of prep time. She had enough stockpiled fuel and food to last through the whole of No Man's Land without even a blink of interruption in her power- and resource-intensive Birds activities. Her tower is rigged so tight that Nightwing can't sneak up on her. And she's been known to have contingency plans for Batman's behavior. Yes, that's right, she periodically one-ups the unbeatable Batgod (let's ignore the obvious Birds-era choices and go pre-Crisis again for this one, just because I fucking love that multi-color light tracer).

For three, while she's no J'onn or Diana or even quite a Dinah, and while she's awesomely blind to her own internal workings, she's very intuitive and perceptive about other people and their relationships. She can guess a total stranger's book preferences just by watching her walk into a library.

She's equally good at reading her friends and family, always able to pick out what's actually going on in their heads, even when what they've been arguing about out loud is completely unrelated --

-- which leads us into her fourth qualification, that she's really good at giving orders. In any given situation, she knows what needs to be done and has no hesitation or trepidation whatsoever about telling people to do it, whether they're Batboys, her own loyal operatives, the legendary heroes of the Justice Society, or the bloody US Government.

She's also a detective; she basically grew up in a police station under the watchful aegis of the DCU's finest civilian gumshoes, most notably Jim Gordon himself. Depending on your continuity of choice, she was also trained by Batman, the DCU's finest gumshoe period (well, possibly second to Detective Chimp). Regardless, she's always had a keen talent for putting together clues, seeing patterns, knowing what questions to ask and where to look for the answers to solve a mystery.

(there are better examples, but I felt this post could use more Alfred.)

She is, of course, aided in this by her eidetic memory -- a unique advantage that gives her access to a far wider range of clues, facts and connections waiting to be made than any normal human -- and by her original formal degree (not to be confused with the law degree she got for shits and giggles once), which seems to be pretty widely agreed to have been either Library Science or Computer Science. There's been canon for both and I tend to like her for a double-major myself, but either one would teach her organization and info-mining skills most people wouldn't have such easy access to.

This, my friends, is what it takes to be Oracle. This is what makes Oracle. Inhuman genius across multiple fields; intense computer savvy; a long history of Bat-standard preparedness verging on paranoia; a strong talent for strategy and battlefield leadership, both reactive and proactive; a passion for learning and the keen intuition, exhaustive education, and top-tier detective and info-gathering skills to support that thirst for knowledge; a confident, even bold faith in one's own expertise and authority; a more-than-human capacity to memorize and an equal knack for innovation.

Please note the single most prominent and harped-upon Babs trait there is in modern comics, and the fact that it does not appear on that list.

So what does any of this have to do with Wendy Harris?

Wendy Harris is, as Proxy, a mini-Oracle, an Oracle heir, an explicit Oracle substitute when Babs isn't around to be in Steph's ear.

Wendy Harris has the following in common with Babs:
Computer savvy
A wheelchair

Wendy Harris, as she exists in BATGIRL right now, is a flat-out statement that what makes Babs Oracle, is that her legs don't work.

Guys, I'm not stupid, alright? I know that the second Babs gets the use of her legs back, some dumbass writer will shove her back in spandex and toss her off a roof. I've been reading comics for a while, now, I'm familiar with their patterns of fail. Frankly we're halfway there already, how many times across two volumes of Birds and a few of Justice League have half a dozen writers put Babs in face-to-face escrima combat? Comics writers do not want to write an REMF.3 They want punching and kicking and direct physical peril and badassery through violence. It's what they know how to write, what they're used to writing, what they came into the genre expecting to write, and what they think their audience wants, and we've only been allowed to have Oracle for as long as we have because TKJ didn't give them a choice. I know this. I know that, on a meta level, what makes Babs Oracle is that her legs don't work. And it's not like it's news that writers tend to miss the point of Oracle. And I admit I'm being a little unfair to Wendy, here. If nothing else, there remains the possibility that many of those skills are things that BQM intends for Babs to teach Wendy as she grows into this Proxy role; that "Proxy" itself is designed to grow from the simple mundane superhacker identity that the name, skillbase and everything about the character suggest, into something larger, rather than merely being a demonstration of a perception of the Oracle role as so much smaller than it actually is.

But the meta has never been this bald in the text, and vague potential plans that the creative team might hypothetically have for the distant future make no difference to the here and now. And here and now, I have to say that paraplegia and the ability to write a Python script does not make a person Oracle any more than a tendency to kiss girls and the ability to speak English makes me Wanda Sykes.4 To suggest otherwise is frankly insulting, and speaks to a serious failure of respect and understanding on the part of the characters' handlers.

And that is why I hate Wendy Harris.

1 (And frankly a baseline human like Bruce on a team with Clark, J'onn and Diana should be a thousand times more useless to his allies then post-TKJ Babs could ever be if you put her back the field alongside the other Bats - the physical disparity between a human and a kryptonian is a dozen orders of magnitude greater than the physical disparity between any two humans, period - so in that sense Oracle is actually more suited to play the Batman role on the League than Batman himself. What he brings to the JLA table is not his physical presence in any way, it's his brain, and thus what Babs does for the Birds is far closer to the fulfillment of the "Batman" concept than Bruce has ever managed on the League, where he always ends up punching things in defiance of all sense or reason.)
2 Or 2400, whatever the max score is these days. You kids today and your crazy newfangled essay sections.
3 Rear Echelon Motherfucker. A good succinct explanation is here. Basically it's (slightly outdated) military slang for people whose jobs keep them off the front lines. It's not a friendly thing to call someone, and that perspective on the relative merit of front line folks vs rearguard folks is not limited to the army even a little. Which obviously (and demonstrably, as mentioned) is rather to Oracle's detriment.
4 Man, I wish.

Date: 2010-12-15 10:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
I'll put one point in favour of the REMF (as I understand it) and that's that Paul Crocker is ace.

Date: 2010-12-15 10:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jarodrussell
But the meta has never been this bald in the text...

Says the bipede.

Date: 2010-12-15 10:24 pm (UTC)
megaspork: "Hello Mr. Hat!" (Default)
From: [personal profile] megaspork
... Wendy isn't just 'computer savvy'. To say that's all she's capable of is undercutting her just as much as calling Oracle a hacker undercuts her. She and Marvin rebuilt and upgraded Cyborg of all people over the Missing Year, were registered as 10th-level geniuses that graduated from MIT before most people graduated high school. That's 2 levels below Brainiac and Brainiac 5, but in some continuities earth as a whole counts as a 6th-level intellect.
If anything, Wendy's training with Barbara could be compared to Cassandra's and Stephanie's own training with the bat-family. All three come from villianous families and all have skills they inherited from their parents as a result. In fact, it could be construed that Calculator's rise to villiany comes from impulses derived from that intelligence. He doesn't have that rubic's cube in his hand all the time for kicks and giggles.
It's less 'well, she's a hacker, alright! I'll take her on' and more 'She's already in this life because of the titans, she has some smarts but she needs a guiding hand or otherwise we're going to have calculator 2.0 running around in a cyborg suit.'

Date: 2010-12-15 10:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I'd say that any soldier who is seriously badmouthing the support staff that actually keep the fighters in a fit state to fight is sort of missing the point of the concept of "army".

Date: 2010-12-15 10:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
As I said in an earlier post, I don't like Barbara Gordon/Oracle because ALL the writers try to push her into a den mother/mentor role, and she ALWAYS is terrible at it.

And it's not always with neophyte heroes. Huntress never knew Bruce Wayne was Batman until after Final Crisis. Meaning Oracle trusted Huntress a lot, but apparently not enough for her to know the secret that Black Canary knew. What was her logic there.

Date: 2010-12-15 10:39 pm (UTC)
jarodrussell: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jarodrussell
What she is, rather, is a planner, a strategist, an organizer, and a detective.

Also, not any more. Gail Simone says Oracle is nothing like Nathan Ford or Michael Westen, who are both planners, strategists, and organizers. So, really, Oracle's just some chick in a wheelchair these days.

Date: 2010-12-15 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] warpedhand
Your analysis of Batman aside, and I disagree as to Oracle's effectiveness on the field vs Batman's, I think you give Wendy short shrift here. She's an established genius as well. She has many similar abilities, she just hasn't appeared in or starred in as many comics.

Date: 2010-12-15 11:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pyrotwilight
Ummm, megaspork above said.

Wendy and her brother Marvin were certified genius' so saying that she's suddenly smart because she's in a wheelchair doesn't really fly. Both her and Barbara are just good examples of the fact that just because you can't walk anymore doesn't mean all your other skills will suddenly vanish.

Granted if anything Proxy should be better than Oracle at the whole computer thing given each's history, but yeah selective fanon and all that and the fact it's more fun for a writer to have Barbara as a computer networking genius.

Date: 2010-12-15 11:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] christianconnor
I was going to complain that you've said nothing about Wendy as a character, and only how she reflects on Barbara. But that's the point isn't it? She stopped being her own character when editorial decided to create a second Oracle.

Even Babs doesn't seem genuinely concerned about Wendy. She keeps saying "I remember when I was like that."

Date: 2010-12-16 01:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espanolbot
Could have been worse, they could have opted to have the Chief be Bab's replacement as he's already established as being both techsavvy and in a wheelchair.

He probably would have found, kidnapped and used Steph's kid as a means of control though, or messed with her head in unpleasant ways.

Date: 2010-12-16 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
"She was supposed to be Waller's heir, remember."

And how many comics guys--the guys who write comics--get Waller at all?

Date: 2010-12-16 02:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] big_daddy_d
Funny that you mention her being more like Batman than Bats himself, which is a character flaw I criticized her for often..mainly do to her calling him on shit when she does the kind of things he does as well. Pretty much pot calling kettle black..or a sports commentator hating another one because he a commentator it's your job to talk...yeaa..if you're wondering I'm referencing at WWE's Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler's dislike of Matt Stryker..apparently for..talkng too much? Yea you see where I'm going. lol But yea I love Babs, but her being like Batman is a flaw that grinds my gears. Also..she had a daughter?

Date: 2010-12-16 02:13 am (UTC)
alexiel_neesan: girl in a batman sweatshirt with background of tagged bunker and trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexiel_neesan
Just passing around to point out that for a a genius at language, that is one exemplary botched and just... very botched french bit in that panel with the blond guy (sorry I don't know who he is). It's word for word a translation of "Do you remember the last work I gave?" "Yes, I remember" except direct translation do not work at all. (and quite frankly is headache worthy)
I don't recognize the other two languages used, maybe greek for the last one?

Date: 2010-12-16 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] turtlefu
I like to break my points into bullets to help organize them better
1. Wendy was already a computer genius
2. Oracle IS a computer genius, as well as a master tactician/planner
3. Wendy was depressed after the loss of her legs
4. It was suggested that Babs take Wendy under her wing to show that just because you are paraplegic doesn't mean your life is over. You know, sort of like Big Brother, Big Sister or any other role models program.
5. Wendy, already having computer skills, fills in for Babs because sometimes Babs can't always be there for Steph.

So it's not so much that Wendy is like Oracle because of the wheelchair. It's more like Oracle is intentionally showing Wendy a path she could go on to still contribute to superheroing even though she lost control of her legs. A phase I'm certain Babs had to go through once too.
Because I don't think comparing the two are a bad thing, especially since Wendy's computer skills come from her abled father, not her chair. After all, who is better to deal with Wendy's feelings in the chair than someone who understands what it is like to be able to walk unassisted then then not?

Date: 2010-12-16 02:45 am (UTC)
feyandstrange: Batgirl admiring a taser (taser)
From: [personal profile] feyandstrange
I'm about a month behind on comics (threatening to send a Sherpa to my LCS in fact) so I daren't comment on whatever's happened to Babs since then.

But we've seen other comics instances of nerd-style backup to hero characters who weren't disabled - the brother-sister pair who backed up the new Blue Beetle, for example, in the virtual Beetle-cave. (And who would make a neat parallel for Wendy and Marvin, come to think of it, and somebody should arrange for Proxy and Black Beetle to intersect for that alone.) And it's not a new concept - you mention the army reference, and the nerd girl backup from Max Headroom is an obvious source for a lot of these sorts of tech-backup characters. Hell, you could argue that the butlers almost fit into this slot as well; how many times did Bruce call Alfred for some information in the antique days?

More differentiation between Wendy and Oracle would be nice, both to get Oracle back to her badass self and to make Proxy a more interesting character. And that differentiation should not (have to) come at the expense of either wheelchair. (Although if they're going to 'fix' Oracle, it makes Proxy look awkward, now doesn't it.)

And you're so right about the damn escrima. Quite aside from the fact that they're not a great weapon to be using in a chair (I greatly prefer the Batarangs - if you can't run well, you want a damn range weapon - and of course the classic multi-target taser she used once when rescuing a tied-up Nightwing from some lame ninjas - how I covet that taser!) and feel like a copy of Nightwing's weapons, she shouldn't be using them except as a last resort. There's a great sequence in No Man's Land where Huntress and a bunch of rogue cops break into the Clocktower to try to bring down Oracle. Who bails her out? The wounded (and conveniently shirtless) Nightwing she's harboring? Na, it's mostly Babs. That "Someone obviously let their subscription to WIRED lapse" moment is to me, an epitome of how Babs should be defending herself in most situations. None of this escrima shit. Babs is hands-free.

Although there's a damned good question: why the hell has Mr Terrific not given her some T-spheres? Babs with T-Spheres would be like a one-girl Brother I. Oh man now I wish we still had Checkmate because Babs could go work for them - there's a series and org that understood REMF - and would play out the Waller-successor idea a lot better. Sigh.

Date: 2010-12-16 03:42 am (UTC)
airawyn: (Robin!Steph and Batgirl!Cass)
From: [personal profile] airawyn
I can't disagree with anything in this post, sadly. Except I think I'm more optimistic. I do think Proxy has the potential to become her own, unique character and I'm hoping we'll see it happen in Batgirl. Or even Teen Titans; I'd love to see Wendy return to the team.

Date: 2010-12-16 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jlbarnett
I don't really remember much of that arc, but from what I recall Wendy and Marvin were supposed to be tech genius types. Not just computer savvy. You know like the multi-light tracer thing.

I believe the reason why it's always men who are geniuses in the MU is because 95% of them were created that way in the 60's. Cho's the only new genius I can thing of.

Date: 2010-12-16 04:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
So my takeaway is that there should not be an Oracle-Lite, and I kind of agree. I have had the feeling that she was shoehorned in, that her parallel to Oracle was contrived to be too close. I don't hate her or like her, but if bitterness is all she has left, she's got no chance with me. No hate left over, it's all used up on the filthy bastard midget as fast as I can work it up.

I think I disagree about the multi-color light beam, I need a reason that she doesn't have a normal heads-up display. Maybe it's coded so that only she can use it? Or I'm overthinking how nice it is that she has a rainbow headlight.

This is comics, after all, selective canon is pretty much what we do.

Truer words there have never been. There's no way around it, with all the contradictions, and that's only the beginning of why we can't accept it all.

And look how all the pics you've chosen have Babs with blue eyes! Sorry! Had to go there.

Date: 2010-12-16 05:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] superfangirl1
It's nice to have you back and great post. :)

Date: 2010-12-16 05:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kenn_el
Glad you showed the rainbow tracker (or, as I used to call it, the Gaydar) because, as I've mentioned in the past, Barbara was a victim of her time period. A woman with a doctorate in library science, we often saw her going through actual books and microfiche(!) in a search for clues, and faring rather well. Had she been created a decade or two later she'd perhaps BE a computer genius before TKJ ever occurred.
I don't really have an opinion about Wendy, except that Barbara was needed in her own book, and Steph played well with the dynamic of someone in the 'Oracle' position, so BQM did what he could.

Date: 2010-12-16 07:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maxisanacorn
Wasn't Babs retired as Batgirl when she got shot? Why do people talk as if she was still Batgirl when it happened?

Date: 2010-12-16 02:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jaybee3
I've never actually understood the thinking behind the idea that if Barbara is healed she ceases to become Oracle and will become a costume crimefighter again (outside of DC's own plan to do that of course that they pulled the plug on). Even taking the "Batgirl" name would be dumb at this point - she's about the same age as "Batwoman" and has years more experience.

Conflicted on Wendy though - on one hand she (and her brother) were at the heart of one of the most disgusting scenes/moments in recent comics and something many point to as a symbol of the present "Dark" Age of DC Comics filled with blood and gore. The fact it did seem like the whole point was for McKeever (or Editorial) to flip the bird to some 1970s cartoon for kids made it even more tasteless. I mean how childish is that? On the other hand, the presence of Babs in her - and Stephanie's - lives in the Batgirl is part of the reason I just don't enjoy the Batgirl book as so many others do. I refuse to believe the Barbara Gordon I grew up reading with would simply not only palm off girls (Cass and Charlie) who look to her as a mother figure and who she has EXPLICITLY taken responsibility for but she ignores their existence entirely (I don't think Babs has mentioned either Cass or Charlie's name in the Batgirl book - EVER) all so she could suddenly mentor two new teenage girls spending more time with them than she ever does with the actual girl who she quasi-adopted. The Oracle I knew was not fickle like that. I'd rather she didn't appear in the Batgirl book than get characterization like that.

Date: 2010-12-16 03:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] promethea4
With Babs being my favorite character ever, there's a lot I love about this post. Just sayin'.

Multicolor light beam tracer. <3

Date: 2010-12-16 10:16 pm (UTC)
alienist: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alienist
I like Wendy as a character regardless, but I definitely see your point. It's a reflection of issues writers have had with Oracle for a long time.

And I love that you used so much of Batgirl here, because Oracle came from skills Barbara already had, which was what made her a formidable vigilante in the first place and a lot of people forget that.

Could I link to this at Fuck Yeah Batgirls?

(By the by, I think being a politician lent some helpful experience, too. It is TOO still canon, dammit.)

Date: 2010-12-17 01:32 am (UTC)
red_menace: BFF? (yes)
From: [personal profile] red_menace
At least they picked an existing supergenius out of limbo rather than make a new one.

There's also a third thing they have in common. They both got fridged something fierce. There's kinship, and a similar skill set. It's, at the very least, not much of a stretch.

And it's not like Wendy has suddenly become the tech-support for the whole DCU. It's strictly Batgirl at this point, which suits me fine.


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