Birds of Prey will be getting an all-female creative team. In all these years, a book focused on women has been in the hands of men until Gail Simone took over writing chores. And I'm not complaining about the job those men did; the early stories were mostly wonderful. But Gail brought a certain sensibility to the book that most male writers can't grasp, the way women generally are with their friends, the way they talk to each other. The things that make them laugh when there are no men to overhear.
I hate to generalize, and I won't, but there is something to be said about the way BoP is being written now vs before Gail's tenure began. Some men might get that special camaraderie same as some women writers can capture that special guy friendship, male-bonding thing. But wouldn't it make more sense for books aimed at pulling in teen girls be the best possible to attract that demographic, meaning being something they can relate to? Wouldn't or shouldn't you try to get the odds as much in your favor as possible?
"'It’s time we got teenage girls reading comics,' said Karen Berger, a senior vice president at DC Comics."and
"Teenage girls, Ms. Berger said, are smart and sophisticated and 'about more than going out with the cute guy. This line of books gives them something to read that honors that intelligence and assertiveness and that individuality.'"Karen's got it right, of course, and DC has the distinction of having been run by a woman, Jeanette Kahn, for a lot of years before she stepped down and Paul Levitz took over. DC has been reasonably fair when it comes to females, with some of the strongest female superheroes and other characters out there. They've tried to improve on their diversity with minority characters, too. But come on, DC! Can't you find some talented women who can make these newly proposed books fly off the shelves when published?
I hope the books do well enough that more books are needed and there will be room and money to bring in women writers and artists, maybe some unknowns who will get their big break. I've said many times that things won't change until the creative teams are more equalized. It's not enough to have a few female editors in the business.
Meanwhile, the whole thing had me thinking bizarre thoughts. What if the whole DCU got turned on its ear and the male and female characters swapped roles? There would be Superwoman and Superboy; Batwoman and her sidekick, a girl named Robin, and a sometimes helper called Batboy. How different would the stories be? How different would the characters be?