Gail Simones Batgirl was one of the first comics i started reading when getting into comics. Honestly its pretty awesome for most part, that is up until around issue 27 when the arc Batgirl Wanted ends. Batgirl Wanted was the best of Simones run and after it ended the book couldn't hold my attention and i dropped it.
Oracle isn't really brought up much, just some nodes to her time in the chair.
Gail Simone's Batgirl was the ONLY New 52 book that I was buying after the reboot, having been a huge fan of her Birds of Prey that had made Oracle one of my all-time favorite characters. Ms. Simone's Batgirl always played up the strength of Barbara Gordon's will to succeed at helping others, but it was set in the very darkest corners of Gotham City, apparently by editorial edict which also caused the series to be disrupted by umpteen event tie-in issues. I went a little past Matt, sticking it out to the book's satisfying and nostalgic conclusion, and I would say that Batgirl was one of just a few of the New 52 books that seemed to have some of the "Old 52" DNA, although as far as I know, Barbara has not been Oracle in this continuity.
The newest re-launch has the potential to be a great new chapter in the history of Batgirl, but only time--and sales figures--will tell!
I loved Gail's run on Batgirl but I can't read this new vision for it, I tried 2 issues and it just didn't grap me sorry but can't say I didn't try in the 2 issues I tried I just found her to be annoying as a character which is a first for me. I know some people like it but it just doesn't speak to me the way the pre 52 Oracle did or Gail's Batgirl has. I'm basically just waiting for a creative change whenever that happens I'll try again. If you like cool I don't. It has some minor bright spots that remind you of how she used to be as Oracle so if that's enough for you then i'm sure you will like it. It wasn't for me but I'm still keeping up on reviews and keeping an ear out but everything I hear doesn't excite me. I'm pretty excited to see the pre 52 Barbara in Convergence though.
I'm in the same boat. I read the entire Simone run, and really enjoyed it (it helped me get back in to comics), but I feel like this new creative time is narrowly focused on attracting a very specific (and much younger) type of reader. That reader is most definitely not me, and that's a bummer. Though I will say I at least tried issues 35 & 36. It didn't seem fair to walk away from a book just because it seemed like I wouldn't like it.
I know how old Barbara is supposed to be, and maybe the new run is portraying her as such, but I feel like she's been de-aged, especially after everything she'd been through in the past 34+ issues. The idea of recovering data from a dead laptop seems kind of petty after battling Knightfall and the Joker, murdering your brother, and oh yeah your dad is in prison. But hey, get on that new dating app, guuuuurl.
Sorry guys. I have feelings and opinions and I don't get to voice them often. None of my friends read comics :/