foxglovesandtea said: Hey, not sure if this blog is still active, but i just got into BoP, and i was wondering... does the meaning of Ev's tattoos or the significance of calling herself 'starling' ever get explained? If not, I'd love to here any thoughts you have on it :)
Hi there! :D
Unfortunately, with Marx’s arrival the title as the new writer, Ev’s story goes by the wayside, and we don’t ever truly get an explanation for anything concerning her background (i.e. her “Uncle Earl,” the origin of her codename, her tats, her relationship/past history with June, etc.).
The editors apparently wanted Ev out of the book and had prearranged her exit (we can’t blame Marx, really), and this has tragically meant that she’s been lost to comics limbo, as angry as that makes me.
I have a feeling she’ll be back some day (and you know I’m rooting for it with all my heart), but the original plans Swierczynski had for the character, especially concerning those matters you’ve brought up, are probably never going to be realized as he’d meant them—if ever they’re even addressed by a future writer, that is.
I’d love to ask him, personally.
To spare those disinterested readers, I’ll put my own shoddy attempts at tattoo/codename explanation under the cut :]
Starling’s removal from BoP seems to have been, like most narrative irritations in the New 52, ordered by editorial. Ev’s return, however, is not completely out the question, it seems.
From series writer Christy Marx’s interview with CBR:
CBR: You’ve also mentioned that you’re introducing a new character coming up in the series, and your run began as Starling left. For you, how important is it to have a rotating cast around Dinah? Do you see the Birds Of Prey as similar to Suicide Squad in that during any mission they may lose or gain members?
Marx: Letting Starling go was something that had been established for the series well before I began work on it. My inclination is to keep the team more stable rather than rotating people in and out. That’s not to say it won’t happen, but not in the near future. I want to explore this set of people more deeply before making a change. Also, I don’t want to make a change just for the sake of making a change. It should feel organic to the story and make sense.
CBR: Similarly, do you have any interest in bringing back old team members, like Poison Ivy or Starling?
Marx: I don’t have an interest in bringing Ivy back. She is, pardon the pun, a toxic character. I definitely want to have a rematch with Starling and have some plans for that.