These 2 panels sum up everything that is wrong with Geoff Johns in recent years.
Superman wants to help.. because he wants Diana to like him.. not because he is a good person who goes “someone is missing? lets fucking find them” instead he is a selfish prick who only cares because the missing person impacts someone in his life. Not thinking about the bigger picture and doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.
No, these fucking “Heroes” only do shit if it affects their lives, if it’s PERSONAL, that is not what a hero does.
Johns has been ruining DC by making everything personal and to the core of a hero, which you know.. an arc or two about it being personal is good, but when everything becomes so centered on the heroes, they just become a protagonist, no longer fighting the better world and justice, but for their own wants.
Aquaman has been entirely selfish, Justice League as well, they only fought Darkseid because he attacked them, and Graves was just going after them, they don’t give a fuck about the rest of the world.
Then the implication that Diana doesn’t help with Lex Luthor because it’s not her problem.. fucking shitty.
This is why I hate Green Lantern now, it’s all about a selfish journey. Everyone is in it for themselves. I don’t know if it’s a line-wide push, but I’ve noticed it in a lot of books, that the conflict is centered on the hero and comes to them, rather than seeking out the problem and fighting against it.
It’s part of why I’m really loving Batgirl, because for the last year, she went after bad guys because it was the right thing to do, not because it was personal, this arc? it’s personal.. but generally Babs fights crimes that aren’t about her.
I just get this sense in some books, like Aquaman, that he would just sit around doing NOTHING if not for bad guys coming after him, that isn’t a hero, that is just a dude with super powers.
Wonder Woman pulls it off, as it’s personal.. but the conflict wasn’t about her, she could have walked away, she knew it would be tough and still choose to do it. That is what a hero does, they do the job that they don’t HAVE to do.
Johns doesn’t really ever give his characters a chance to say no, it diminishes them, he shows them to be selfish cynics who don’t care about the world.
In short.. the comics are shitty, and I’m getting a sense that many of the other DC books are doing that as well, I don’t know if it’s an editorial edict or a individual chosen move, but it’s making the DCu feel like a mean and selfish place.