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Herald wrote:And his Green Lantern wouldn't have sold as well as it did if it wasn't An Important Book You Must Read in Order to Follow the DC Universe. His Aquaman sure isn't topping the charts anymore; why?? Because there won't be any Blackest Night-style universe-wide crossovers coming out of it.
It's really hard to say one way or the other. When Green Lantern Rebirth came out it was a self-contained story that was telling the return of a character that branched off into the return of the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comics. I still say that Green Lantern Rebirth and Green Lantern sold well because they were simply good stories. It wasn't until several issues into the series that we got the first wind that something major and universe spanning was happening.
The quality of Aquaman started to go down-hill during the Throne of Atlantis arc. If anything, I would say that a crossover is what hurt it's sales in the long run.
I maintain that he became a superstar on JSA and Flash. Without them, he wouldn't have been allowed to bring back his pal Hal.
Johns was allowed to bring Hal back because he proved he was a good writer on JSA and Flash, there was a very adamant group of fans demanding it, sales of the title were shit, and nobody cared about the comic at the time.
But that still doesn't make Hal and Sinestro "always friends".
No, it doesn't but Johns has steadily been building towards an unspoken respect between the characters during his entire run.
The question remains: Did you only start reading DC comics in the last 10 years??