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Monday, January 11, 2010 

NYT fawns for Geoff Johns

The New York Times Magazine has taken its turn in fluffing up the news for Johns, and among the things they tell here:
“I like taking the characters that aren’t necessarily Superman and Batman – though they’re great, too – and propel them into the mainstream,” says Geoff Johns of his work for DC Comics.
Given how his work is far from new-reader-friendly, that's certainly saying something.
Johns seems to have a golden touch with heroes in need of new life (sometimes literally) or just some TLC.
A pity they don't mention how over-the-top he can often be with violent content and shock tactics. Nor do they mention how he co-wrote Countdown to Infinite Crisis (with Greg Rucka and Judd Winick), which killed off Blue Beetle Ted Kord instead of giving the character what they claim Johns is good at.
Is Johns on a quest to be king of all media? No. It’s really about a hunger to explore and expand the heroes’ mythology, no matter what the medium. “These characters are going to be around long after we’re gone,” he says. And that’s not a bad thing. “The heroes are inspiring; they make the right choice. This is something that people will always need.”
But what about the writers and editors? Alas, they don't always make the right choices, and that's what's ruining DC and Marvel comics today.

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