That’s Not What I Meant: Geoff Johns on Secret Six

No matter which comics news site(s) you read, I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of coverage on the recent New York Comic Con. My Google Reader was packed with stories from the show, many of them duplicate information. Sometimes, I like to read how Newsarama, Comic Book Resources, and Comics Alliance cover the same information. In CBR’s coverage of the Justice League of America panel, one quote jumped out at me.

“A ‘Secret Six’ fan wanted to know if there was a possibility of those characters appearing the New 52 soon, Johns stating that because Gail Simone defined them so well he wanted to leave them alone for a while and focus on characters that were less well known, but ‘Never say never,’ Johns added.”

So Simone did such a good job with them that you want to leave them alone? That’s mental! She defined the characters so well, that you put them away? The superhero industry is built on well-defined characters. Look at the DC line. Take away the Justice League characters. What’s left? A bunch of under-performing books filled with bland characters. Without distinct personalities, they will just fade away. He was around for barely five years, but who can’t instantly hear Ragdoll’s voice? It was the same way with the other Secret Six members – Scandal, Deadshot, King Shark, Catman, Jeanette, Bane, the whole gang.

Secre Six #36

You ever hear the joke about the Justice League? How if you put them in a dark room, you wouldn’t be able to tell who said something? I’ve read each of them for years, but I’ll be honest; I can’t tell you how Aquaman and Hal Jordan’s voices are different. Or Barry Allen. Or Ted Kord. Or Ray Palmer.

Just to finish off my DC hate, let’s look at the X-Men. Make fun of Claremont and his “accents” all you want, but his characters had voices: Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, Cannonball, Banshee, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Beast, Magneto, Wolfsbane, Emma Frost, and on and on and on. Well-defined. Unique. Lasting.

Sorry. I’ve been rereading Secret Six recently. It was such a good book. I hate that it doesn’t come out anymore.

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