Towards the end of my stint with WildStorm—which is to say, towards the end of WildStorm's life—I had the distinct pleasure of working with Jon Sommariva on a book. It was a limited series, so as it was wrapping up, we started discussing what he could/should do next. I'd have loved to work with him again, but didn't have anything free at the moment, so I suggested doing some DC characters, to show the east coast what he could do, offering to give him a rave review as to what it was like to work with him. I knew that the then-current Batgirl artist was going to be leaving the book, but had no idea what the plans were going forward, so thought doing a variety of versions of the character might be a good way to go.

This was the result, and it made me all the sorrier I wasn't able to give him oodles and boodles of work.

By the time he was done with it—after all, he was still drawing a monthly book at that point—the Batgirl book had already gone in another direction. Fortunately, Jon's gone on to do very well for himself...but I'm still holding out hopes of working with him again someday. I mean, just look at that thing. Who wouldn't love to work with that artist?

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