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Thursday, November 19, 2020 

With DC collapsing, Geoff Johns moves his new creator-owned book to Image

Well isn't this interesting. The Hollywood Reporter says the writer responsible for soiling DC with repellent violence and other unpleasantries in the past 2 decades is taking a new creator-owned project he's got (his last one, possibly named Ghost Detectives, came out at least a decade ago), illustrated by Gary Frank, and getting it published at Image, clearly because with the Vertigo imprint no longer in use, he can't get it greenlighted at the publisher whose downfall he played a part in. And what he says about a certain prominent contributor to Image isn't very appealing:
Former chief creative officer of DC Geoff Johns will be publishing his first comic book outside of the company in more than a decade, with the announcement of Geiger, a new creator-owned title for Image Comics launching in 2021. [...]

“Gary and I have been secretly working away on Geiger since we finished up Doomsday Clock earlier this year and we couldn’t be more excited to be doing our first creator-owned book for Image,” Johns told Bleeding Cool, which broke the news of the title. “Now that we’re miles ahead of the release schedule, we can finally talk about it. Geiger was inspired by the early days of Image when wonderfully all-new, graphic characters like Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon and so many more were at the forefront of their publishing line.”
Oh, how clever, he's praising Larsen and his overrated sci-fi concoction, which has lately degenerated into a lot of adult sleaze. Even McFarlane's more of a class act than Larsen. Still, it's actually a good thing if Johns won't be working at DC anymore, considering he played a part in their downfall over the past 2 decades. Some might compare this to a rat fleeing a sinking ship, and chances are he'll never say he's sorry for bringing such a bombastic viewpoint to his scriptwriting in the 2000s.

Since we're on the subject, Cosmic Book News got hold of a rumor provided through Ethan Van Sciver, who already spoke earlier about how they're scaling back their output considerably, this time suggesting that come the middle of next year, they could be closing shop altogether:
"Comic books themselves have fallen into the hands of extremely irresponsible people in editorial and in publishing who have taken comics and turned them from a good, fun pastime, escapist fantasy into identity, political, evil, poisonous pamphlets that insult their own readers," says Van Sciver on his ComicsArtistPro Secrets YouTube channel. "AT&T fired a BIG portion of their editorial staff in April and just this week they fired the rest of them, essentially. We understand from sources at this point that there are no editors at DC Comics anymore. There are the people who just used to get coffee, interns, people who aren't making very much, people who are going to be running the company until it ends."

Van Sciver continues, "I received a tip, by the way, an unverifiable tip, I gotta say, I don't know if it's true or not, but they are saying DC Comics will close down publishing paper comics in June of 2021. I think they just solicited March's comics, and I guess that, if this is true, that's going to be it."

Ethan Van Sciver continues with an example of the major problems at DC Comics and what led to its possible closing, which involves former DC Comics editor Andy Khouri whom AT&T fired, as the editor insulted a large part of the DC fanbase.

"So this company was ruined. It was ruined by far left-wing radical activists who would I say invaded," explains Van Sciver. "These parasitic monsters used DC Comics as their host, their platform to change culture, in an attempt to change politics."
If they do close shop, it'll actually be a great mercy. Of course, van Sciver might want to consider that he was involved in some of the most embarrassing moments they put out, such as specific content in the Green Lantern stories written by none other than Johns, who, lest we forget, subsequently exploited the title for pushing pro-Islamic propaganda in the form of Simon Baz 8 years ago, in a story where the villain of the tale was - surprise, surprise - a white supremacist of non-Islamic/Arabic background. Which proves where Johns stands politically, and should serve as an important clue that he's little different from the other leftists running the store today. Those looking for important reasons why DC was laid low in past decades would do well not to overlook what Johns brought to the table, whether it be jarring violence, or terrible politics, or both.

One more reason a DC closure would be welcome is because, according to New York's PIX11, filmmaker John Ridley has taken up the role of another leftist exploiting their products for more social justice propaganda:
His new five-issue mini-comic book series, "The Other History of the DC Universe," re-frames iconic moments in DC Comics history—looking at them instead, through the eyes of superheroes representing traditionally disenfranchised groups. [...]

Last month, Ridley hosted the second national Nō Studios Social Justice Summit. The three-day virtual event focused on the community and policing, voter suppression and art activism.
Anybody who's going to take up that kind of approach is not improving upon a divisive situation, and will only speed things up for DC's eventual collapse. Besides, it's already apparent that film and TV producers were part of the problem over the years, with J. Michael Straczynski serving as a leading example of somebody from Hollywood who brought down comicdom with his own political injections that turned up in Spider-Man in the early 2000s, and let's not forget what a monstrosity the Sins Past storyline was by extension.

One good thing about a potential closure of DC is that then, they may finally get around to reprinting a lot of the older material they haven't yet from the Golden/Silver/Bronze/Iron Ages, such as the early Hawkman and Starman stories, Justice Society in All Star Comics, Metamorpho, the Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane solos, and even the original Omega Men stories from the mid-80s. And there is plenty more. Still, as dire a situation as we have now, of course it's a terrible shame it's come to this, and now the publisher could be on its way out with a whimper. All because of far-left ideologues putting their politics before entertainment while insulting and despising their audiences practically in the very pages of the books they turn out.

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Thanks for the great analysis. These are things I noticed but thought was the only person to see how totally wretched and leftist the comics have become. I am 69 so have been reading comics since oh 1958. I cannot imagine a young kid starting out now to read comics. DC can drop in a black hole, they deserve it.

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