Coming Soon…

I am currently working on a big freakin’ post on the evolution of Geoff Johns as a writer over the last 8-9 years. My thesis is that there was a major change in his use of continuity in 2004/2005, starting with Green Lantern: Rebirth, picking up steam in Infinite Crisis, and really blowing down the doors in his post-IC work - 52, Green Lantern (especially Sinestro Corps War), Action Comics, Booster Gold, Justice Society, etc…I’m reading through the major works of his career - JSA, Flash, and Teen Titans representing the “before” - I know, Teen Titans overlaps, but the tone was set for his run on the book before the changes really started showing up - and Green Lantern: Rebirth (and the ongoing), Infinite Crisis, Action Comics, and Booster Gold representing the “after”. I’m trying to figure out how exactly he went from being, as david puts it, a junior Roy Thomas (i.e., obsessively continuity-driven, loyal to the original works he’s referencing, not particularly innovative) to the guy who undid “Man of Steel”’s elimination of Clark Kent’s teenage costume and contact with the Legion. I’ve been working on it for the last week, and it’ll probably be a couple more weeks ’til it’s ready, but I just wanted to mention it to see if anyone can think of any books I should be reading for this and haven’t mentioned already. If so, lemme know in the comments.

One Response to “Coming Soon…”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Perhaps you might cite some of his Avengers work as further evidence of the “before” that you mention. His work just prior to Infinite Crisis was especially uninteresting (Green Lantern Rebirth aside). Teen Titans just never picked up after the Titans of Tomorrow/Legion of Superheroes arc.
    Yet the change in his writing the past two years has just been astounding. He’s the best, or at least, most exciting writer in comics today. He’s taken all the best parts of Morrison, Waid, and Rucka and surpassed them all.

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