Like the headline states, this is why we can not have nice things.

“The “Batgirl” #41 variant quickly received criticism for highlighting a dark period in the character’s history, especially when juxtaposed with the current youthful, more optimistic direction of the series under the creative team of co-writers Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher and artist Babs Tarr. Multiple websites ran editorials critical of the image, and the hashtag #changethecover drew dozens of posts on Twitter and Tumblr asking DC to not release the variant.”

Really? There is better things in the world we could worry about. Like World Hunger, Global Warming, Kanye West posting nude photo’s of his wife on twitter and whether or not Pluto is even considered a planet anymore. But no, we waste time on attempting to be diverse and politically correct so we do not offend anyone? Could this be the line that was crossed?

I don’t know. Maybe I am making this a bigger deal than it needs to be. To me, as an avid Joker fanatic and collector, I want this variant. To others, it is traumatic, dark and some of these “people,” read too far between the lines of something as simple as a Comic Book Cover. But these people seem to forget all the other comic’s that have gone a lot further and more graphic than this cover. Like The Walking Dead. Scenes that depict possible child rape scenario’s, murder, sexuality and more. I am not complaining, trust me. I am fully aware that this is an adult oriented comic book. But I do not complain about it.

But, when I look at this “horrible,” and “traumatic,” Variant cover, I am confused how this is apparently worth threatening someone’s life over. A read later that the artist was not threatened and DC Comics exaggerated. Among all the other negative comments made towards the artist, Rafael Albuquerque, this makes me loose hope in the society we live on. C’mon. We spent 24 hours trying to determine what color a dress was for crying out loud! We had people break it down with science! All this energy wasted, where if we spent more time applying towards diseases, I am sure we would be cured from all existing ailments by now.

The Killing Joke loosely suggests that Joker may have raped Batgirl, but it has never been ever discussed in any other comic thereafter. That part I understand, but as a reader, I look at it as Joker just shooting/paralyzing her. If anything I find this cover very relaxed from other comic book covers I have seen printed over the last few years. But provide a person a reason to complain and they will picket. But it is acceptable that Harleyquinn has suggestive story lines and scantily clad costumes.

Great logic there people.

In the end sadly, Rafael asked for the variant cover to be cancelled and said this.

My Batgirl variant cover artwork was designed to pay homage to a comic that I really admire, and I know is a favorite of many readers. ‘The Killing Joke’ is part of Batgirl’s canon and artistically, I couldn’t avoid portraying the traumatic relationship between Barbara Gordon and the Joker.

For me, it was just a creepy cover that brought up something from the character’s past that I was able to interpret artistically. But it has become clear, that for others, it touched a very important nerve. I respect these opinions and, despite whether the discussion is right or wrong, no opinion should be discredited.

My intention was never to hurt or upset anyone through my art. For that reason, I have recommended to DC that the variant cover be pulled. I’m incredibly pleased that DC Comics is listening to my concerns and will not be publishing the cover art in June as previously announced.

With all due respect,

Rafa