Since DC announced earlier in the week that Barbara Gordon will return as Batgirl, there has been an outpouring of support from fans and creators, both talking about their fondness for the character. Newsarama’s own, Jill Pantozzi even started an Oracle Draw-a-thon. Oracle gave a voice to many readers, and artist Phil Noto created this digital piece portraying Oracle saying farewell.
From Phil Noto’s Tumblr:
“Oracle 1989-2011 – My first job in comics was creating covers for DC’s Birds of Prey and and over the the course of 24 issues I drew this lovely lady a lot. And then I did some brief interior work on the Cassandra Cain Batgirl and finally did the first run of covers for the Stephanie Brown incarnation. They’ve all been great Batgirls much like Steed’s partners in the Avengers. I’ve done numerous pieces of Babs as Batgirl more so for the retro iconography and the aesthetic look of the black, yellow and red then her actual persona as Batgirl. Honestly in terms of fictional characters, I always just considered her to be Oracle. I, like many others, am very sad her to see her go, but if there’s anyone to keep her spirit alive as Batgirl once again, Gail Simone is the one to do it.”
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Noto and Babs.