Batgirl (2000-2006) #20
Chuck Dixon guest writes once again for another team-up issue! This time with once-current Batgirl, Stephanie Brown as the Spoiler! (Am I possibly being topical for once? Maybe… on accident)
Steph becomes Cass’ best friend and one of the most stable relationships she has throughout her series. It’s really a wonder that we are still, to this day, absolutely struggling with having any female-led superhero books where the main female has multiple relationships with other females that are positive and influential and diverse in their nature when they did it so right in the early 2000’s here.
And I really can’t emphasize enough, Cass was incredibly popular during this time period! And that’s among male and female demographics - we’ll later see her named as the 2002 Wizard (Fan Award) Best Heroine. A female dominated book, with a woman of color as the central character, a legacy title, and starring two women with disabilities. And, again, this was in the early 2000’s.
Every argument made about comics on the internet is void. This series defied everything dudebros argue about in comics. And at the time it was being published, even they loved this series. So I fail to see what current hurdles the industry has in regards to representation.