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Thursday, September 21, 2006 

Why a writer on the inside shouldn't be a "critic"

A few years ago, Geoff Johns did something that insiders really shouldn't be doing, because it only makes them look like defensive spokespersons: he "reviewed" the second issue of Marvel's Truth miniseries for the Fourth Rail website. It's enough to make me pull my hair out in despair, especially when he says, in parenthesis, no less:
'(Say what you will about this being created by the "Marvel Hype Machine" -- the simple fact is, the topic does deserve "hype." I've heard people say this isn't as big or important as Origin. In my eyes, it's damn more important that Wolverine's origin.)'
My, he sure made a real effort to cover his tracks. But all he did was to ruin a lot of his credibility in my eyes. What did he really expect to accomplish from this?

Writers, whether popular or not, shouldn't be doing things like this, because it's fairly apparent that they're acting as company spokespersons, even if it isn't their very own work that they're reviewing. But that's what Johns did a few years ago, and IMO, it only puts a stain on his resume, and makes him look blind to the real intentions behind this abominable book.

And I'm not impressed with the promo he did for Brad Meltzer's story on Green Arrow either.

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