YMMV / Gail Simone

  • Creator Worship:
    • Try criticizing her online. You will not survive. This has lessened in recent years, with her second Birds of Prey run and her New 52 Batgirl run being received a lot more coolly than her earlier work; that the latter would have been particularly controversial regardless of writers has not helped matters.
    • Due to her original call to fame being her calling out the tendency of writers to harm female characters for quick drama for male character, she's also had to deal with some of the more vicious defenders of comics, who refuse to accept there's anything wrong with the medium, to scrutinize her later work; its not uncommon to see people accuse her of being a hypocrite because in one story a female character is hurt somehow, regardless of the situation behind itnote .
  • Heartwarming Moments: Broadly, any time she stops to praise another creator, especially Kelly Sue DeConnick (more or less her Marvel equivalent) or a newer writer like Marguerite Bennett. Specifically, there's a cute bit on Twitter where she shares an anecdote about the first time she met Kelly Sue DeConnick in person. DeConnick had her young daughter with her, dressed up as Wonder Woman. Simone complimented her on her costume, but the little girl was disappointed in it, claiming "I don't have THE THINGS!" and bared her wrists— she didn't have Wonder Woman's bullet-blocking bracelets. DeConnick jumped in to tell Simone how great she was with her kid and to say that, for months afterward, every time Simone went to a convention, she tried to find Wonder Woman bracelets that would fit a preschooler.
  • My Real Daddy: Gail is considered one of the best hero and villain rehabilitators, and the Birds of Prey and Catman, amongst others, have become inextricably linked to her. She's particularly known for taking female characters initially created solely for fanservice and making them three-dimensional and worthy of respect. She is also responsible, alongside Greg Rucka, with setting the current tone of Wonder Woman comics. And Deadpool has declared her his mommy.
  • Never Live It Down: She's the face of the anti-fridging movement on the internet, formed primarily in response to the pointless murder of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner's love interest for drama. And then Simone had something of a Funny Aneurysm moment when she openly declared she was glad Brian Michael Bendis had killed off The Wasp.
    • For her detractors, the fact that she essentially used the power of Creator Worship and Internet Backdraft to make unsubstantiated claims of sexism after her firing, which got her re-hired via scandal. In reality, the circumstances of the firing are still largely unknown, with Simone and DC giving very different accounts of how it happened.