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Dan Didio!I just watched the last part of Newsarama’s 20 Questions with Dan Didio video series, and read the questions asked of him at NYCC, and I have to say…wow. Some of those questions I felt were really kind of disrespectful!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m with Aron. I hated Final Crisis (loved pretty much every tie-in though), didn’t dig Batman RIP or Countdown, and absolutely despised the Titans books after Geoff Johns left them.

Still, for every one of those, there’s been something absolutely mind-blowingly amazing. Geoff Johns’ run on Action Comics (especially once Gary Frank joined), Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps (the Sinestro Corps War especially), Peter Tomasi taking over on Nightwing and Green Lantern Corps, 52, Infinite Crisis, All-Star Superman, Neil Gaiman writing Batman, Shane Davis, the return of Adam Strange and Captain Comet, Jim Starlin writing AND drawing DCU…and, my absolute favorite, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen’s run on Detective Comics. Never, in my 25 years of comic collecting, have I enjoyed Detective Comics as much as I am now, and I’m including in that the runs featuring Norm Breyfogle, Jim Aparo, Alan Grant, Knightfall, Kelley Jones…I mean, the list goes on an on.

Now I know that Didio can’t be given credit for all the good DC does, but he certainly shouldn’t be given all the blame for the bad. I mean, Marvel sucks it up just as much at times. Just as with DC, it’s often the case that the smaller crossovers (coughAnnihiliationcough) get overshadowed by overhyped, oversold crossovers (coughCivilWarcough) that, sure they change things for a while, but has anything really changed for the better?

Sure, we’ve disagreed with Didio’s decisions (or what we think are his decisions) about the direction of the DCU characters.  But you know…at least Superman didn’t make a deal with the devil in Final Crisis when Lois was in the hospital.  Just sayin’.

As the hype builds for The Blackest Night this year, and with the Crises over for now, I hope we’ll see a little bit more respect for probably one of the biggiest names in comic books right now.  I mean, the guy takes time EVERY week to answer fan questions.  If I ever had a chance to speak to Didio directly, I’d probably get stage fright.  I mean, comic guys to me are like meeting Brad Pitt to everyone else.  They’re the superstars in Paul World, and just like I’d treat anyone who’s job it is to entertain millions, I certainly wouldn’t disrespect them like I’ve seen on the Newsarama message boards.

Batman: Private Casebook

So…if you’re tired of the hate…bring the love for your favorite DC comic book in the last couple of years on the message boards below! One lucky poster will win a Hardcover edition of Batman: The Private Casebook graphic novel, containing the first issues teaming Dini and Nguyen (you know, the team I was gushing about above?)!  How friggin’ cool is that? (PS…Aron, you can’t play.)

Contest ends Feb 13th at noon EST!