I've been seeing so much criticism of Geoff John's recently and while everyone is entitled to their opinion - I just don't get it.
In the era of decompression, failure to notice continuity, eccentric subplotting, glacial action, and heroic characters who aren't just dark but down right reprehensible - John's tells clear stories, juggling huge casts effectively, with a nice ratio of action to plot developement.
Johns on his worst day kicks Loeb's ass up and down the block.
Recently I was concerned by the numerical build up of JSA membership.
the fight with Mangog was so cluttered that it looked like JSA was going the same direction as the Avengers and JLA where powerhouses had to look like they had been lobotomized in order to justify not taking over the tema.
With the direction of the Gog storyline it is clear why the numbers were needed.
A lot of criticism is being leveled about telegraphing the identity of Mangog. Sorry - it didn't seem telegraphed - it seemed clear and coherent. Sometimes the best route between two points is a straight line.
I would rather read Johns worst story than 75% of the mainstream writers out there.
No complaints towards Johns here. In fact, I think heâ€™s the best writer in comics right now, period!
Why do I think heâ€™s good? He actually has me buying DC comics, and I could care less about the DC Universe. I used to pick up Flash when Waid was writing it, because Waid was my favorite writer at one point (When he was writing Cap), but once he left, I was going to drop the. I read the next three issues and found I loved the book even more. Then I read the Avengers Red Storm series and I seriously think it may be my ALL-TIME favorite comic story (Bold Statement There). Then I saw the return of Hal Jordon and loved the art work (Van Scriver) so I picked it up and loved the story. The point is, without following him specifically, I found that the vast majority of stories I thought were great were written by Johns. I just recently picked up JSA and Action Comics, only because just now Iâ€™m starting to purposely follow what books Johns writes and I love them all.
In terms of the complaints, you do realize this is the Internet? Very few people think, â€œHey, I love this (Thing)! I think Iâ€™ll go on the Internet and post my appreciation via a faceless, mostly non-point driven, untraceable web-board.â€