I say "simply" although no, there's no "simply" to being a good writer, taking whatever combination of talent, skill and work to make words into stories. But I say "simply" because Gail is good at what she does and there are no qualifiers needed. Yet I'm sure she's heard this or something like: "she's one of the best female writers in comics."
Y'see, Gail is (spoiler!) a girl!
A little background if I may. My first exposure as a young Dave-El to women working in comics were the coloring credits: Adrienne Roy, Tatjana Wood, Glynis Wein (Oliver). I can't think of any instances in my early days of reading comics of seeing a woman's name anywhere else in the credits other than as a colorist.
Maybe I thought that made sense. My experience as a young boy taught me that girls were better at staying inside the lines than boys.
Actually I remember the first time I saw a woman's name in the credits as a pencil artist and that was Ramona Fradon and that was in the pages of Super Friends.
You know, the kids book.
I have no problem with women in comics. It was just that my little male mind was use to seeing names like Gerry and Len and Steve and John and Curt and more: the names of men. So it was always a little weird when someone of the female gender popped up as a writer or an artist. Not wrong, just weird.
Yet to my thinking, women in comics were a good thing. When Jeanette Kahn took over as publisher of DC Comics, things began to get exciting. New books, new formats, new ways of telling stories came out during her time. Yeah, the dreaded DC Implosion happened on her watch but that just goes to show that bad stuff can happen to male AND female executives. And she rolled with that punch and DC just got better than ever.
Two of my favorite books, Swamp Thing and Legion of Super Heroes, were overseen by editor Karen Berger. Yeah, it caught my attention that a woman was editing these books. But ultimately what counted was these were some damn fine comics; it didn't matter the gender of the editor. And whenever I saw the credit "Karen Berger, Editor", I knew I had a good comic book in my hands.
Still, it seemed that women in comics were for too long the exception, the oddity, the aberration. Change has come to the comics industry and at the forefront of that movement has been Gail Simone. But that change has not occurred without significant struggle and effort.
Here are some recent Tweets from Gail on the subject of diversity of characters in comics and the writers who imagine their adventures.
The weird thing about diversity in comics is...people are more comfortable with diverse characters if the writer is not from that group.
The audience seems to be more on board with lgbtq characters when the writer is straight, females when the writer's a guy, POC when white.
And writers from marginalized groups have the additional concern of being stereotyped as a chick writer, a black writer, a gay writer, etc.