justbrokenandbruised asked: First off, let me tell you that while I've been sorely disappointed with the DCnU in general, your Batgirl has been one of the few highlights of it, so thank you! When DC made the decision to completely wipe out Helena Bertinelli and the Six did they ask you, or did you just find out when they didn't announce their names as coming back to the new universe?
No, they didn’t ask me. Part of the idea of the new52 was to change people’s perceptions of long-running characters, to get people to think of them in a new light. That, I can understand and agree with, but the unfortunate thing obviously is that some characters were changed in ways that are hard for me to accept, just like it would be for any fan. For publishers, it’s not great when one writer is too closely affiliated with a title-it makes it harder for them to continue that title when that writer leaves, for example, and I think some people had that connection with my name and Birds of Prey. So they wanted to move the characters from being thought of too much with one name. It’s understandable, but it’s also kind of a drag.
Also, my books at the time had no real connection to Helena, so there was no reason to keep me in that loop.
Greg Rucka and I pitched the idea of a Renee Montoya/Helena Bertinelli road trip story that we would write together, but they said they had other plans for Huntress, that’s the first clue I got that she was being changed.