It’s been nine wonderful years for me and other fans of Green Lantern, but now comes word that DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, is leaving Green Lantern behind. It’s the latest shift in writers since “The New 52” began a year and a half ago.
“I’m really proud of all the stuff we’ve built with Green Lantern — from Larfleeze to the different corps,” Johns told The Associated Press about his decision. “The universe has expanded and will live well past my run. It was more than just telling another story, but really giving back to the character by expanding and adding to their mythology.”
Folks may remember that Green Lantern had gone through a tough time, with sales falling significantly. Johns’ return (and HIS bringing back Hal Jordan as the main ring wielder) ushered in an era that saw all kinds of expansions and developments regarding power rings of all colors as well as the Guardians.
So, with all this success, why leave GL now?
“I was getting to an end point and a story line that made sense for me,” Johns said. “I felt like it was time to close my run and focus all my energies on the Justice League corner of the DC Universe. It was a very, very hard decision. I absolutely love these characters but I felt like I had a story line that really made sense and felt emotionally satisfying and felt very big and very epic.”
For now, Johns will continue on Justice League, Justice League of America and Aquaman.
However, Johns will go out on Green Lantern with a bang. Issue #20 will be 64 pages long, and will be drawn by Doug Mahnke. Check out the cover above!
“It really, for me, ties everything else and ends the Green Lantern saga,” Johns said. “This story — the way the story evolves — I think people will get a sense of finality from it.”
As I think back over the last decade or so, a lot of powerful stories jump to mind, such as the “Sinestro Corps War.” But the one that will always stand out to me was the Blackest Night event, which included Black Hand committing suicide so he could be part of the Black Lantern Corps. I remember my jaw hitting the ground when I saw that. And it was only the beginning of that astounding experience.
But Johns will likely be remembered for expanding the GL “universe” from Kyle Rayner being the one and only Green Lantern to literally a whole rainbow of ring corps, each with their own oath to recharge their rings.
I’m hoping maybe Peter Tomasi will take over the writing of Green Lantern. He’s been doing a great job elsewhere in the Lantern family of comics, so I’m thinking he’s the perfect one to pick up the main title in this group.
And I’ll keep supporting Mr. Johns’ excellent stories wherever else they appear, including the upcoming Justice League of America (although I’ll pass on the multiple covers)!