As everybody undoubtably knows, Barbara Gordon being made able to walk again has been amongst the most controversal aspects of the "New 52".
Some people like her back as Batgirl. Some people don't like it so much. And a lot seem unsure how they feel.
I think I'm in the latter category. And I've been asking myself why that is for a while.
I've reached the conclusion that it's not so much Babs being back in action that irks me so much as the fact that she ran right back to being Batgirl.
This got me thinking: rather than just throwing her back in a wheelchair and having her become Oracle again, would it be possible to have her retain her mobility and yet still be Oracle (or an Oracle-like charatcer?)
It's bittersweet seeing her back in action as Batgirl - on the one hand I like seeing Babs on the street kicking butt and being a hero. On the other hand. Batgirl kind of feels like a step backwards. Oracle showed that Barbara has evolved over the years from some kid in a Bat suit to an intelligent, independed, and strong character. (And in my honest opinion - since the new 52 started, I feel like she has been dumbed down and weakened).
I'm starting to ramble so I'll just get to the point - I think that Barbara should lose the Batgirl persona (give it back to Cassie or Stephanie) and should become a new hero (a sort of blend between Oracle and Batgirl maybe?). Or perhaps just take the name Oracle again but still fight crime and keep her ability to walk.
Does anybody else agree?