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DC Shocker: Geoff Johns Fired from Green Lantern

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HNutz

Rain Partier

Postby HNutz » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:34 am

Herald wrote:
Like I said, people buy for the writer.

The problem remains that said writer won't be Hot Writer and CCO Geoff Johns, and the book will no longer be An Important Book to Buy in Order to Keep Up with the DCnU, so those numbers are still going to take a hit.


You might have a point now.

But 10 years ago? He was only writing Flash, I believe, when he started Green Lantern: Rebirth.

Regardless of whether or not you like it, kinda like Bendis' Avengers, it's hard to argue that he didn't reinvigorate the franchise. Or, in Green Lantern's case, develop it into a franchise with several titles.
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Keb

<( ' . ' )>

Postby Keb » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:08 am

A Muslim GL might be cool if he was more than just a tool to promote diversity among the company's properties. In this case, it just sounds like he's there to stir a pot.

I liked what Geoff Johns did with GL from Rebirth to Sinestro Corps War. He took a really uninteresting property and made it appeal. In some manner, he managed to take a property that was a cool concept and work it to the point where people who were not interested in the company jumped on board. It was a great comic right up until he started giving us all the colours of the rainbow. Granted, much of it was a Silver Age love song, but the same can be said about Bendis and Avengers.
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Keb

<( ' . ' )>

Postby Keb » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:09 am

HNutz wrote:
You might have a point now.

But 10 years ago? He was only writing Flash, I believe, when he started Green Lantern: Rebirth.

Regardless of whether or not you like it, kinda like Bendis' Avengers, it's hard to argue that he didn't reinvigorate the franchise. Or, in Green Lantern's case, develop it into a franchise with several titles.

I think he was writing JSA and Teen Titans as well.
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guitargod694

cheese

Postby guitargod694 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:55 am

HNutz wrote:
You might have a point now.

But 10 years ago? He was only writing Flash, I believe, when he started Green Lantern: Rebirth.

Regardless of whether or not you like it, kinda like Bendis' Avengers, it's hard to argue that he didn't reinvigorate the franchise. Or, in Green Lantern's case, develop it into a franchise with several titles.


Yeah, he had done Teen Titans and Hawkman as well. But your point is still valid.
He had some clout when Rebirth started, but at that time the book's draw had a lot more to do with Hal Jordan returning than Johns' name on the cover.
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IvCNuB4

Staff Writer

Postby IvCNuB4 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:29 am

Remember the good old days when things were simpler ? :P

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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:57 am

jaxstraww wrote:I'm almost 40 and I buy the books for the character not the writer. Back in my younger days it was Hal and it took 1-3 books to get a story in. Like it was said with the 5th GL everything is rushed and summarized in just a book or two. Having so many GL's IMO cannibalizes the character. Back in the day we didn't have so manyy GL titles. Just a mess right now to keep track of everything. IMO I liked it better when Hal was in a fight and he had a book or two to kick some ass. Now the stories are vast involving dozens of characters. I think its noble to have such a large story like blackest night but its also just as taxing to follow over so many titles. I miss the GL volume 2 days....and I disagree that Wally was the best flash....Barry from the 80's was the better read.
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GHERU

Rain Partier

Postby GHERU » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:24 pm

For me, the only real reason that Wally is the better Flash is because of his story. Of all the characters the Big Two have, if you read Wally's Flash book from beginning to end he is the only (probably) major character that was allowed to grow up. Single, rich, poor, loved, womanizer, hated, married, separated, father, and everything in between. Wally went through his 20s the same way real people do, with personal challenges and life lessons that actually stuck and had consequences.

Going back and reading Barry as Flash, IMO, is painful in how adequate it was
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:39 pm

GHERU wrote:For me, the only real reason that Wally is the better Flash is because of his story. Of all the characters the Big Two have, if you read Wally's Flash book from beginning to end he is the only (probably) major character that was allowed to grow up. Single, rich, poor, loved, womanizer, hated, married, separated, father, and everything in between. Wally went through his 20s the same way real people do, with personal challenges and life lessons that actually stuck and had consequences.

Going back and reading Barry as Flash, IMO, is painful in how adequate it was

yep. and i say that as somebody who actually liked/likes Barry and read a good portion of his run from about issue 285 to the end. but while Barry had some fun stories, he never had anything as good as Return of Barry Allen, or Terminal Velocity, or a bunch of other stuff from Waid's and Johns's runs. and i still think the whole Trial of the Flash thing and aftermath went on way too long.
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:49 pm

guitargod694 wrote:
Yeah, he had done Teen Titans and Hawkman as well. But your point is still valid.
He had some clout when Rebirth started, but at that time the book's draw had a lot more to do with Hal Jordan returning than Johns' name on the cover.


I guess Silver Age fans are still out there.
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Herald

YOU WILL NEED A NURSE

Postby Herald » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:13 pm

HNutz wrote:
You might have a point now.


As with many of my points concerning DiDio-era DC, I fervently wish I didn't have that point. But there it is.

But 10 years ago? He was only writing Flash, I believe, when he started Green Lantern: Rebirth.


He also had a beloved run of JSA going, had Rescued the previously "radioactive" Hawkman from the Scrappy Heap, and was about to start writing Teen Titans.

I actually liked Geoff 10 years ago, before he started ruining the Young Justice characters in Teen Titans, and only got worse from there... :-(

Regardless of whether or not you like it, kinda like Bendis' Avengers, it's hard to argue that he didn't reinvigorate the franchise. Or, in Green Lantern's case, develop it into a franchise with several titles.


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Green Lantern was a 4-book franchise BEFORE Geoff.

There were 4 GL-related titles in the early '90s, prior to the Executive Meddling that ruined it all: GL, GL: Mosaic (starring John Stewart -- If current Geoff is so great, why can't John get an ongoing starring role under his rule, hmmm??), Guy Gardner, and GL Quarterly.

Contrary to current popular belief and "Captain Retcon" Johns's constant ego-stroke tampering with history, Green Lantern and DC comics in general were on the map BEFORE Geoff got here. And they didn't need to destroy the uniqueness of the Lantern concept by making readers "Taste the Rainbow!" in order to achieve it.
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:02 pm

Herald wrote:
As with many of my points concerning DiDio-era DC, I fervently wish I didn't have that point. But there it is.



He also had a beloved run of JSA going, had Rescued the previously "radioactive" Hawkman from the Scrappy Heap, and was about to start writing Teen Titans.

I actually liked Geoff 10 years ago, before he started ruining the Young Justice characters in Teen Titans, and only got worse from there... :-(



Image

Green Lantern was a 4-book franchise BEFORE Geoff.

There were 4 GL-related titles in the early '90s, prior to the Executive Meddling that ruined it all: GL, GL: Mosaic (starring John Stewart -- If current Geoff is so great, why can't John get an ongoing starring role under his rule, hmmm??), Guy Gardner, and GL Quarterly.

Contrary to current popular belief and "Captain Retcon" Johns's constant ego-stroke tampering with history, Green Lantern and DC comics in general were on the map BEFORE Geoff got here. And they didn't need to destroy the uniqueness of the Lantern concept by making readers "Taste the Rainbow!" in order to achieve it.


Mosaic was canceled after 18 issues.
Guy Gardner lasted 44 issues.
GL Corps Quarterly lasted 8 issues.

That's hardly a franchise there.
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Herald

YOU WILL NEED A NURSE

Postby Herald » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:19 pm

Juan Cena wrote:
Mosaic was canceled after 18 issues.
Guy Gardner lasted 44 issues.
GL Corps Quarterly lasted 8 issues.

That's hardly a franchise there.


That's hardly a collection of all the facts there. :P
Like I said, there was Executive Meddling afoot.

GL: Mosaic was loved by readers well enough, as it was selling just fine. But DC Editorial hated the book, so they cancelled it.

John did a good job cleaning up the place!
But his bosses didn't like it
So they shot him into space!




:P

GL Corps Quarterly was cancelled not due to sales, but due to DC Editorial mandating Emerald Twilight, which -- :shock: Spoiler Alert!! :shock: -- wiped out the titular GL Corps!

And Guy Gardner, also due to DC Editorial's Emerald Twilighting, had Crazy Hal destroy his yellow ring, thus necessitating him gaining the Vuldarian powers and becoming Warrior -- a move many fans didn't like, which therefore hobbled the character's sales.

So you see, Editorial systematically dismantled the '90s GL franchise of their own accord.
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:40 pm

Herald wrote:
That's hardly a collection of all the facts there. :P
Like I said, there was Executive Meddling afoot.

GL: Mosaic was loved by readers well enough, as it was selling just fine. But DC Editorial hated the book, so they cancelled it.

John did a good job cleaning up the place!
But his bosses didn't like it
So they shot him into space!




:P

GL Corps Quarterly was cancelled not due to sales, but due to DC Editorial mandating Emerald Twilight, which -- :shock: Spoiler Alert!! :shock: -- wiped out the titular GL Corps!

And Guy Gardner, also due to DC Editorial's Emerald Twilighting, had Crazy Hal destroy his yellow ring, thus necessitating him gaining the Vuldarian powers and becoming Warrior -- a move many fans didn't like, which therefore hobbled the character's sales.

So you see, Editorial systematically dismantled the '90s GL franchise of their own accord.


I never had the chance to read Mosaic.

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