Letter to the editor in this week’s Batgirl #23
We’ve written about why Stephanie Brown should interact with Jason, as they have not at this point, however, fan Priscilla Hagle makes a good case for them in this letter.
(Note: Her letter is italicized, the editorial response is bolded. We’ve cut down some of her letter for space)
Dear Janelle and Katie,
I absolutely love Stephanie Brown as Batgirl. Her title is the one DCU book I always look forward to because her characterization is spot on every month. I miss her constant contact with Barbara, but Oracle has such a large presence in the DCU that it makes sense she can’t always baby-sit Steph. I would like to see more of Steph’s home life. Her mom has to figure out she’s Batgirl at some point, right?
Well… Stephanie’s mom hasn’t always been the most… adept mother out there. She did have quite the prescription drug problem back in the day, so she might not notice all of Steph’s whereabouts. But, seeing more of her home life could be interesting…
One thing I would LOVE to see in Batgirl is romance. I realize comics are a traditionally male medium, but there are those of us that are female and miss seeing a little bit of romance with our action. Jason Todd is just begging to be a supporting character for Batgirl. He and Steph are both failed Robins who had a rough upbringing. In some ways, they are two sides of the same coin. It would strain her already stressed friendship with Tim and the rest of the Bat Family as well, which is always interesting. She could also be the one to help Jason find his redemption, or he could pull her over the line into his gray world… it could really go either way, which adds more conflict. Jason and Steph have the potential to be an amazing story!
Hmm… while seeing a Batgirl romance would be quite titillating, seeing her and Jason as a couple just seems… improbable. Jason is so mercurial and wrapped up in his own problems, it would mean nothing but heartbreak for our dear Steph. But, then again, that would make for some GREAT tension!
On a side note, it would be cool to see Batgirl cross paths with Batwoman, even if it’s just a brief exchange.
That would be neat… we’ll have to put a call in to J.H Williams III and see what he thinks…
Overall, I am so pleased Steph is Batgirl now. I also love Batgirl’s creative team. Easily the best in the DCU.
On behalf of Bryan, Pere and Guy — thank you! You’ve got some good ideas going on here. Take note, other readers, we love seeing letters like this! Keep ‘em coming!
Also, Priscilla, comics may be a “male medium,” but you’ve represented the female readership with a strong voice and kick-ass ideas! Don’t sell yourself short! Not all chicks want to read comics about unicorns and daisies (no hate to those who do!), and that’s why we keep bringing the awesome to the pages of Batgirl!
Really interesting letter. There’s more if you check out this week’s Batgirl. Absolutely, Steph and Jason need to interact as it would be quite interesting, given their own personal histories.
Personally, I (mod!Liz) am not entirely sold on the idea of a Jason/Steph romance, though it would be complicated, interesting and full of tension, but given Jason’s emotional and mental state, I don’t think it would be the best for both Steph or Jason at this point in time, but much moreso, Steph. As well, I don’t know how healthy it would be for them as it would seem to only be about furthering Jason’s goal to get back at his family (First Talia, then Steph…). Awyeahlongbox raises some good points about this in a Batkid meta essay.
What do you think?