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Subj: Re: Dan DiDio has left DC Comics.
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 at 12:45:51 pm EST (Viewed 165 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Dan DiDio has left DC Comics.
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 at 10:05:16 am EST (Viewed 154 times)
I agree with you.
It is hard to gauge the effects that Dan Didio had on Geoff Johns over time, and vise-versa, but Johns' style and quality did change significantly during Didio's tenure as Publisher. And certainly not for the better.
Without a doubt Geoff Johns' writing style and especially its tone changed over time, and in as much as anything the complete abandonment of established continuity with 2011's New-52 had a very noticeable effect on what it was Johns was putting out as it took away one of the very elements that made him a success in the first place and helped guide his writing - the element of tradition that these characters and books all had. By restarting it all from scratch, and making its distinctly darker in its tone, it took away the established continuity of characters and demanded writers think their approach from the ground up and invent new approaches. In many ways darker approaches at that.
But While Johns landed with the restarted Green Lantern title and Aquaman it would be subsequent work on the Justice League title where his worst traits came to be manifested in my view and his weaknesses exposed. But was that down to the political climate behind the scenes at DC that were directing the New-52 imperative, or was it a willing choice from Johns to seize on the more vicious and grim elements of Dan Didio's approach? The 'Rebirth' reboot seemed to suggest it might be the case yes, but as yet Geoff Johns has yet to demonstrate that his writing has recovered from the darker turn it took under the New-52. But I'm digressing...
I do wonder whether a Didio-free DC Comics, if put under Geoff Johns & Jim Lee's management, might lead to some better stability and a greater emphasis on creative talent being assigned correctly. It may be that Johns is too busy with his role on the Media side to spend the time necessary on taking charge of what appears in print, but either way this is a change I do feel relieved about as for so long now DC has just staggered along as a comics line, repeating the same formulaes and rebooting as the easy option rather than the creative option. Getting a new manager with a new perspective might be the shot in the arm the comics line needs right now. It needs that new vision.
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