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Hitting comic stores on April 8th, writer Gail Simone, along with artists Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons, take on CONVERGENCE: NIGHTWING/ORACLE, which has the creative team taking on the pre-Flashpoint versions of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. Simone answered a few of our questions about the upcoming issue.

COMIC VINE: Gail, was writing this as awesome as the feeling I'll get when reading it?


Well, you know that feeling when you revisit something you dearly loved, and you find out it's even more awesome than you remembered? That's what happened here.

I got to write Nightwing and Oracle in their own story. That's a very, very happy task for me. Birds of Prey will always be one of the books I am most known for and a huge part of that was the core, which was always Oracle. Having her in this story meant the world.

CV: How did it feel to bring back Oracle for one more story?

GS: Barbara Gordon is the reason I have read comics all these years. It's like bringing the bazooka out of the attic and you find out it's loaded and ready to fire. I loved it.

CV: What is this story about?

GS: Our heroes are called out by two angry, alternate world Justice Leaguers, and we find out they are not even remotely nice, which is quite a challenge for Nightwing and Oracle.

CV: What did all of you want to bring to this Convergence story?

GS: It's not nostalgia, that's not what I was aiming for. I wanted to tap into what a living, breathing space the DCU had been, so huge and sprawling. It was never as neatly and fussily organized as the Marvel Universe but I actually LIKE that. I liked that there were rough edges and weird intersections.

I did miss the characters tremendously, but I think we found a way to present them that says new things, not just repeating a Greatest Hits album.

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CV: The Barbara/Dick love story is something fans really embraced in the Pre-52. What makes their story so compelling to readers?

GS: That's a fair question. I think, a lot of the time in comics, because it was felt that the audience was all very young boys, romance was sort of stapled on casually, in a way that was unobtrusive to the adventure aspects, which makes a bit of sense, I suppose. But it also meant that a lot of the couples in comics were never really developed as couples, we never knew WHY Aquaman and Mera were attracted to each other, I don't think, until fairly recently. I don't think romance became a big element in superhero comics until the new X-men stuff, where we learned that everyone likes a love story told well.

With Babs and Dick, I think there was something there that just always worked, that always transcended that. I think it felt like it was real, in comparison to so many weird, perfunctory superhero romances. Dick and Babs always had that thing, that feeling of destiny. We felt it.

CV: Aside from Barbara ad Dick, will we get to see some other familiar faces in this story?

GS: Yes, but I am not saying who so DON'T EVEN TRY, nosey!

Thanks to Gail Simone for answering our questions and make sure to check out CONVERGENCE: NIGHTWING/ORACLE #1 on April 8th.


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Written by GAIL SIMONE



Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

On sale APRIL 8 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Just as they’ve finally been reunited, the romance between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon is sentenced to execution by Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman!

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#1 Edited by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio

If Nightwing actually beats Hawkman I will be sad.

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#2 Posted by CrystalMaster (272 posts) - - Show Bio

Oracle > Batgirl, just saying

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#3 Edited by PsychoPinata (365 posts) - - Show Bio

Paraplegic love scene please!

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#4 Posted by youknowwhattodo (2196 posts) - - Show Bio

Dick/Babs are quite possibly the most overrated pairing in comic-book history.

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#5 Posted by deactivated-5a77aa5e0a324 (310 posts) - - Show Bio

Babs/Ted Kord > Babs/Nightwing

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#6 Edited by youknowwhattodo (2196 posts) - - Show Bio

@divingfalcon713 said:

Babs/Ted Kord > Babs/Nightwing

This, and I would like to add Dick/Kori > Dick/Babs

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#8 Posted by MadFacedKid (6596 posts) - - Show Bio

Birds vs Hawks excited for this.

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#9 Posted by mfundo (1717 posts) - - Show Bio

"Familiar faces" huh? My money's on Starfire...

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#10 Posted by SupBatz (2186 posts) - - Show Bio

I forgot how much I love Gail Simone's Oracle. Her Batgirl run didn't appeal much to be, but I am genuinely excited to see her take on an older, more mature Babs again.

And it helps that I'm a sap who enjoyed Nightwing and Oracle.

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#11 Posted by Vitalius (5172 posts) - - Show Bio

I would like to see Oracle on Prime Earth even if Oracle is a walking Oracle.

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#12 Posted by viin (953 posts) - - Show Bio

I really wish Barbara would of stayed Oracle. Im fine with giving her the use of her legs back but I feel like Barbara became Oracle as Dick Grayson became Nightwing...that step away from Batman's shadow yet still very useful. Its not terrible seeing her as Batgirl again it just seems like a backstep to me.

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#13 Edited by oompers (99 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, it didn't take long for the ship wars to start up.

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#14 Edited by StMichalofWilson (5631 posts) - - Show Bio

@viin said:

I really wish Barbara would of stayed Oracle. Im fine with giving her the use of her legs back but I feel like Barbara became Oracle as Dick Grayson became Nightwing...that step away from Batman's shadow yet still very useful. Its not terrible seeing her as Batgirl again it just seems like a backstep to me.

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#15 Posted by mak13131313 (1601 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait for this to come out!

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#17 Posted by Koays (11488 posts) - - Show Bio

Yea I'm not ashamed to say I liked Babs as Oracle, but I love her as Batgirl. Not everything is about being in the shadow of someone, sometimes its just about being a hero, and now far more then anything from her previous period as Batgirl I feel like she is a completely rounded hero and person instead of being swallowed by the gimmick of that role. Oracle was cool for being unique and inspirational, Batgirl is cool for carving out her spot despite not being unique at first glance. She's earned the current spot and continues to forge a new one where Oracle had reached her peak and that's one of the themes of the reboot.

Also Dick/Babs greater then all others no matter what incarnation. FACTS