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Subj: Re: Shock about Gerard Jones
Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 at 12:35:51 pm EST (Viewed 784 times)
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I enjoyed his work on Green Lantern and to a lesser extent Guy Gardner (Reborn being the highlight). I didn't really care for his JLA run and I'm not familiar with much else he's done.

I hate when someone whose work I admired turns out to be capable of something like this. I try not to sit in judgment of people but when it's something like this it's impossible not to. I'm all for delete the guy from the history books but it's hard. I actually own some pieces of Green Lantern original art which were written by this guy. Do I have to throw out the fine work of the penciller and inker because this guy was attached to the project?

Disappointing. Innocent until proven guilty, I suppose.

It's difficult I agree, but there is a simple ethical principle in question and I think on the whole his work should stay locked up in the 1990s and we move on past it. Is it possible to judge the Work rather than the man, when the crime is this serious and links to what was/is a childrens medium? On consideration I tend to think it best to stay away and avoid anything that might give any praise at all - for instance I was planning on writing to write something looking at his Justice League America run, I was reminded of it last year and how much I felt it was rather underappreciated, after 20 years i found I still have a soft spot for it, so on the one hand I suppose you could write something briefly saying "I really liked that story..." and avoid mentioning 'Gerard Jones' altogether. But then he DID write it, and you are admitting you liked his work there, a lot.

It's a dilemma I would rather not be associated with, and frankly despite his lengthy contribution to Green Lantern history his work, for the most part, wasn't all that brilliant. We shouldn't miss a writer of this very average calibre. So for me the choice is an easy one. Though it is a shame it came to this nevertheless.

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