The following is a quote from Alan Moore that’s been circulating online regarding Blackest Night:
I was noticing that DC seems to have based one of its latest crossovers [Blackest Night] in Green Lantern based on a couple of eight-page stories that I did 25 or 30 years ago. I would have thought that would seem kind of desperate and humiliating, When I have said in interviews that it doesn't look like the American comic book industry has had an idea of its own in the past 20 or 30 years, I was just being mean. I didn't expect the companies concerned to more or less say, "Yeah, he's right. Let's see if we can find another one of his stories from 30 years ago to turn into some spectacular saga." It's tragic. The comics that I read as a kid that inspired me were full of ideas. They didn't need some upstart from England to come over there and tell them how to do comics. They'd got plenty of ideas of their own. But these days, I increasingly get a sense of the comics industry going through my trashcan like raccoons in the dead of the night.
(the story in question is ‘Tygers’ and can be found in both the DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore and a Blackest Night tie-in collection)
I thought I would throw this out to the blog and see what you guys thought and if any of you had been keeping up with the Blackest Night crossover. Also, Moore seems to be bemoaning the idea of building upon old story ideas but, isn’t that what superhero comics have always done? Geoff and I have discussed before that one of the fun things about comics was their often convoluted mythologies and how there are all these stories and characters bouncing around out there for different creators to play with. In fact, Morrison, a favorite among us here on the blog, does this ALL THE TIME. Where would his Batman run be without the far out silver-age tales that he drew from to create his ‘black casebook’ (there’s even a collection of these stories available now under the title of ‘The Black Casebook’), the results there were mixed, but he has done the same thing in many of his other works from Animal Man to All Star Superman to Final Crisis; he takes old, long forgotten plot points and builds on them and, while the results can sometimes be mixed, they always seem to be an original twist on an old idea. So, where does Geoff Johns fail where Morrison Succeeds? Is it that Johns’ reusing of these old plot points is too ‘straight’? I’ve often commented that Johns’ work seems like glorified fan-fiction (I’ve also stated that, in a fan driven medium like comics, I’m not sure that’s really such a bad thing) so, it seems to me, that, while Morrison tries to take these old ideas and build them into interesting concept, sometimes turning them on their ear to reveal something that we hadn’t previously thought of before regarding the character or their world, Johns seems to play them more for the (melo?)drama and, of course, the action. As in most of his work, he isn’t seeking to reveal something new about the characters so much as reinforce their most obvious traits (at least that’s what I’ve gotten out of the stuff that I’ve read from his JSA, GL and Flash stuff). Anyway, just throwing it out there, what do you guys think? Discuss.
[Morrison put Scott with the White Queen in a serious and effective way and (for however long it lasts) someone else as Batman (yeah it's not good, but at least he is trying to move things forward). Johns just keeps rolling back to the "classics" -- Hal Jordan as Green Lantern AGAIN, Barry Alan as the Flash AGAIN.]