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Racer Cool

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Punchdrunk

Subj: Re: Why the recent criticism of Johns?
Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 12:17:52 pm EDT (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Why the recent criticism of Johns?
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 12:12:53 pm EDT (Viewed 525 times)

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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.

I guess people critiize Johns work is because it it actually that damn good!

I enjoy his works and intricate storytelling. My top 5 favourite things Johns did that made the DC Universe more exciting again:

1. The return of Superman in the LSH mythos
2. The return of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern
3. The return of the JSA
4. The reformation of the Teen Titans
5. The return of the Rogues as a major contender in the Flash

His stuff is great and I am continuing to buy it. Heck, 80% of the titles I get are mostly written by Johns.


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