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By Amber Lena

Welcome one and all to our daily Geek Tweet Recap, where we bring you the best tweets from your favorite Geek celebs and personalities each day. From the awesome to the absurd, here's what you missed in the Twittersphere on September 17, 2013.

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At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, DC and Marvel each took a break from their "next big thing" announcements to hold panels discussing how to get started in the comics industry: Marvel's "Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way" on Thursday morning, and DC's "My Secret Origin" panel on Friday.  And while both panels covered similar territory, they ended up differing wildly in style and approach.

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Our friends at NewNowNext exclusively revealed that Barbara Gordon's friend and roommate Alysia comes out as transgender in the pages of "Batgirl" #19.

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DC sent along an exclusive first look at the solicits for its "Edge" Group of titles featuring Lobo's tussle with Apollo, Gail Simone's "The Movement," and an on the run Jonah Hex.

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This July, "Birds of Prey" and "Batgirl" writer Gail Simone will be joining the sword and sandal set for an all-new ongoing "Red Sonja" series at Dynamite. We spoke with Simone about this ECCC announcement, the legacy of Sonja as a character

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In news that should be ever so slightly shocking to anyone who has followed the comics news-o-sphere the past few weeks, writer Gail Simone just announced the following on Twitter:

You can go get your socks now, because clearly they were just KNOCKED RIGHT OFF. For the rest of you, here's the deal, and what we THINK is going to happen: Read More...

We're getting dark here, folks!

With "Batgirl" writer Gail Simone announcing on Twitter that she is no longer writing the comic -- in the middle of the pivotal "Death of the Family" arc no less -- my mind is starting to speculate on the fate of Barbara Gordon. When we last checked into the comic, in issue #14, Joker seemed to have the  hots for Batgirl, complete with standard flowers and a box of candy. At the same time, as we saw in "Suicide Squad" #14, Joker came back and confronted his former partner/sidekick/doormat Harley Quinn regarding her cheating on him with Deadshot. Read More...

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SIMONE OFF 'BATGIRL'

Gail Simone is no longer the writer of "Batgirl." She announced her exit with the following tweet. We'll have more on this story later today.

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The longtime Birds of Prey and current Batgirl writer is making her exit at issue #6 with Ghost Projekt creator Joe Harris taking over with issue #7.

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All-Star Western #1, Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray (w), Moritat (a) [Print]

THE PITCH: In 1880's Gotham, crime stalks the streets and Jonah Hex is the twisted face of justice.

HOW WAS IT? You can usually gauge home much I enjoyed one of these by how stupid the PITCH second reads--it's kind of 1:1 deal with the better books getting the more hyped up, goofy-sounding blurbs. And I did enjoy All-Star Western a lot, primarily because Palmiotti and Gray (and the stellar artist Moritat) gave me something I didn't even know I wanted: a buddy cop thriller set in 1880's Gotham starring Jonah Hex and stuffy physician/student of the human mind Amadeus Arkham. In this deluxe issue, Hex is hired to find a serial killer preying on prostitutes on the streets of Gotham and Arkham--a budding practitioner of the still-not-quite-a-thing-yet science of psychology--tags along. The conceit is that he's doing it because he believes he might have some insight into the inner workings of the mind of the killer but really he functions to provide a viewpoint character as Hex tears it up around Gotham. Read More...

Ethan Van Sciver can’t talk about Firestorm. Like, really, really can’t talk about it. The first issue of DC’s relaunched Fury of Firestorm series finds the acclaimed artist back in the writer’s chair for the first time in nearly two decades (with one exception we’ll get to in a second). He’ll be co-plotting the book with Gail Simone, bringing a new vision of the teen hero to the DC Universe. Except he can’t tell us how, or why, or any of the details.

Don’t think we didn’t try, though:

MTV Geek: What’s it like getting back into writing after such a long time?

Ethan Van Sciver: Well, I’m going to take it very slow. I wrote seven pages for Blackest Night last year all by myself, and it was fun, but it was a little bit stressful. Working with someone like Gail Simone who is a skilled, and very, very talented writer, I think I’m going to learn a lot. And hopefully – maybe next year – use this as a launching pad to write something myself.

Geek: Now you and Gail have been rumored to be working on something together for a very long time. Is this that thing?

EVS: [Laughs] No, no, this is something else. We’ve been working on something that I’ve been drawing and inking for about six or seven months now, so we have been working on that. But in MegaCon in February, Dan Didio, who’s the Co-President of DC Comics, came to me and offered me a number of choices that I might want to do for this big DC relaunch.

So I said, “I’d kind of like to do Firestorm covers?” And Dan said, “Firestorm covers, are you kidding me? Why don’t you take the whole book?” And I had no intention of doing that until I talked to Gail Simone, and the two of us, we came up with a really cool, new concept that actually got us excited to make that pitch to DC. And it really is… It’s different. If you’re a Firestorm fan, it’s going to be a little bit different for you, but we think that you’ll like it. And if you’re not a Firestorm fan, this is the perfect time to check it out and become a Firestorm fan. Read More...

Today, on the Source Blog, DC announced the post-Flashpoint Batman titles as well as their new creative teams. Many of the existing titles are returning (Batman, Batman and Robin, Detective, Birds of Prey), some lapsed and M.I.A. titles are coming back (Catwoman, Batwoman), and one is mysteriously missing (Batman, Inc.).

As with so many of the big Flashpoint-related announcements, this invites more questions than anything else. Check out the new (and returning) series along with a couple of thoughts about them below:

The highly-anticipated new series from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder begins in BATWOMAN #1.

For me, this is one of the most anticipated titles Flashpoint-related or otherwise. Williams and Rucka's work on the last batch of stories featuring the new Batwoman were incredibly strong. There were so many interesting threads being laid out by the duo that haven't really been followed up anywhere, but the lack of stories since (with the exception of appearances in Batman, Inc. and Batman and Robin) have actually had the effect of adding to the mystique of the character. So, well played, I guess, DC?

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April saw its fair share of Big Events (Fear Itself launched from Marvel, Superman’s defection from America generated mainstream press, we finally found out what happened after Blair kissed Dan Humphrey*), but it was the smaller books, or side looks at those Events that really had us buzzing this month. From some stunningly good art, to a story that had us dizzy with suspense, these are the ten best comic books of April, 2011:

10. Annhilators #2

There’s the kick-arse lead story to this book, which teams Marvel’s physically strongest cosmic characters together to battle a seemingly unstoppable threat – and features what might be the only time the Silver Surfer has acted like a TV detective – but it’s the back-up that put a giant smile on our faces. Well, my face. I won’t claim I have any clue what’s going on with your face. The full-length story features honorable tree-alien Groot teaming up with Indiana Jones-esqu fuzzball Rocket Raccoon as they battle evil clowns from outer space. Not only that, but it might feature the most purely enjoyable resistance movement in comics history, consisting of rebellious mushroom people and armed-to-the-teeth woodland creatures. Kudos to Marvel for publishing a book that shows off everything a cosmic comic story can – and should – be.

9. Fear Itself: The Home Front #1

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By Janna O'Shea

Gail Simone, best known for her Wonder Woman run and current work with Birds of Prey and Secret Six, is one of the most candid writers in the comic field today. Famous for integrating LGBTQ characters and topics into her books, Simone is unapologetically outspoken on a variety of issues. An active Twitter user, Simone is open about her thoughts on sexuality, comics in general, and her political views. She pushes the envelope in her story arcs, and puts strong female characters into situations that are as psychologically dark as often as they are hilarious.

Alexa Dickman, comic fan and lawyer in training, runs the Ladies Making Comics blog and the Women in Comics Wiki. She recently started a Facebook campaign to get Gail Simone and her strong opinions on The View. When asked about the campaign, Simone remarked: “I turned down the opportunity to appear on Glenn Beck’s show… but being on The View would be hilarious. Alexa rules!”

MTV Geek caught up with Alexa to discuss her reasons behind the campaign, her love of Simone’s work, and what fans can do to help!

MTV Geek: What inspired you to start this campaign and why did you choose The View?

Alexa Dickman: There is already a campaign to get Jimmy Palmiotti on The View. Palmiotti is a great guy and writer, but I couldn't help but think it was some kind of a joke campaign, because while he's very good at writing cool, kick-ass women (like Power Girl, Misty Knight, and Colleen Wing), his material tends more towards the "exploitation" genre that I wouldn't think would appeal to a large swath of The View's audience. But I'm a huge evangelist of the comics medium, and of female readers and creators, so the idea of getting a comics creator on a major daytime talk show was too tantalizing not to speculate on. Read More...

The roster of DC’s Birds of Prey has changed over time, but one thing has remained constant: they’re mostly ladies. Okay, granted, they currently have macho man Hawk on the team, but that’s balanced out by his partner Dove, Black Canary, Huntress, Zinda, and of course, Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Oracle – the leader of the team. That all aside, we think it’s time to expand the roster. So here, humbly, are some suggestions on new recruits for the BoP:

1. Batgirl

This is almost a no-brainer, as Stephanie Brown, former Robin, and former Spoiler, is currently being trained by Oracle herself. We expect the new Batgirl will show up in the title sooner rather than later. Hopefully, sooner.

2. The Question

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