Rich Johnston came back yesterday and through he says its an “investigative journalism column,” Lying in the Gutters is just that. Lying.
Now, I’ll agree, it’s important that comic book readers know about Marvel’s lack of reprinting defective collections--collections people spend their hard-earned money on--and that Joe Quesada blames us at DC for not having been a bankrupt company in the 1990s for being able to give comic book readers what we promised them, instead of defrauding them. Because that’s what misprinting really is, people, it’s fraud. Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis, whoever. They promise you something then they cheat you. That’s Marvel, that’s what they do. And look what Millar said about it? Can you imagine a DC writer using language like that? Comic books are for everyone, not just anti-American Scots.
But the part about Alan Moore, Paul Levitz, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen leaving. That’s lying. Rich Johnston didn’t talk to Alan Moore in anything but his head. Right now, as we speak, DC Comics’s best people are working on putting together Absolute Watchmen--with Alan Moore’s blessing. His blessing, people. Does that sound like someone who doesn’t want to work with us anymore? No, I don’t think so.
Obviously, I can’t speak for what happened here at DC before I got here or before Paul became publisher--I’ve only heard stories about that. But I want you to look not at the past, but at the future, like I do.
Look at the new logo:
What does it say?
It says strength, it says future, it says American. That’s what DC is all about. Maybe that wasn’t what DC used to be about, especially not when Jeanette Kahn let Mark Millar work here, but he doesn’t any more. We don’t want anything to do with his negativity, with his hate. Did you know, he doesn’t even leave England? Geoff Johns did research for his Green Lantern--he flew with USAF test pilots so he could see men without fear in action. He didn’t have to watch bad movies with Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend. No, he was with real heroes. Just like Hal Jordan.
Stick with us, people, and you’ll never pick up anything but a DC Comic again. This summer, we have Batman Begins in the theater and I’ve already read some critics saying it’ll be Oscar-time for star Katie Holmes and writer David S. Goyer! Then in the fall, we have Infinite Crisis.
We have it all. I can’t say how happy I am that you’re all here to share it with me!