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Saturday, February 20, 2010 

So DC is changing its staff at last, but it's mixed news

ABC News has reported that DC Entertainment, as they've been calling themselves for a few months now, is moving around the staff. They say that:
The company named Jim Lee and Dan DiDio as co-publishers of DC Comics.
Geoff Johns, a comic book writer who helped resurrect classic characters like the Flash, Superman and Green Lantern, will be DC Entertainment's chief creative officer, the company said.
Yes, I think that means he'll take over as EIC. There's more on Newsarama.

The good part would have to be Jim Lee's promotion, since he seems like a reasonable fellow. But DiDio is the bad part of this, because he's done little to deserve it.

And Geoff Johns? I'd like to think that as EIC, he'd be in a position where he'd do less damage, and maybe he'd even allow for writers who want to fix any damage to characters affected by Identity Crisis have the freedom to do so. And with a job so demanding he wouldn't be able to write much more than 1 or 2 books. But I'm not holding my breath. Besides, Jim Shooter, who'd been EIC of Marvel for about a decade, manipulated the writing for 2-3 series back in his time, and was responsible for launching the now dreaded crossovers that finally deteriorated into meaninglessness, so it's not like we can expect Johns to do much better.

So finally, the editors are changing at DC. Yet that doesn't mean the situation will improve. Especially if those terrible crossovers continue.

Update: on Chuck Dixon's board, where they brought this news up, Dixon himself doesn't think he'll get rehired because DiDio is still there, and could nix that possibility.

Update 2: the blogmaster of The Savage Critics provides his thoughts, providing some pretty good points about the problems DiDio created.

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It's too bad that Dixon can't work for DC because of DD. Of all the writers who have worked for Marvel or DC since the glory days of the mid-80s (IMHO), he was one of the few whose work I liked. It always seemed to me that he respected the history of the characters he worked on, unlike Bendis, Robinson and the rest of the usual suspects.

The dying days of DC Comics has begun...

Dixon can't work at Marvel because he isn't an extreme leftist, and can't work at DC because of DD.

Is it too much to wish for a thinly-veiled reworking of AMERICAN POWER, published via Image or somesuch?

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