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Geoff Johns Departing ‘Green Lantern’ & DC Cancels Many Titles

The artist and B.M.O.C. of DC offers a long good-bye after over 100 issues of emerald knighthood.

Green Lantern #20

It seems Geoff Johns is leaving Green Lantern once his First Lantern story is over to focus his energies on Justice League and Justice League of America. Sadly, he'll be bringing back Hal Jordan again before he does so. Unfortunately, that douchebag can't stay dead.

Through Blackest Night and Brightest Day, The War of the Green Lanterns and The Rise of the Third Army, Johns has been co-piloting the entire GL sector for quite some time, and he gave us a massive slew of new characters with the creation of all the other Lantern Corps of every other color of the spectrum. Thus he's offered a big statement on this change over on DC's blog page The Source. Here's the missive from Johns himself:

 

So here’s the sad news: Doug Mahnke and I are closing the GREEN LANTERN SAGA that began with GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #1 with this May’s 64-page GREEN LANTERN #20. As every storyline is coming to a head, it feels like the right time. The book is still doing great. The characters are as vibrant as ever. Let’s go out how we started – on a high note.

Counting up between the GREEN LANTERN monthly series, REBIRTH, BLACKEST NIGHT and the various one-shots and specials…that makes over 100 issues of GREEN LANTERN I’ve had the absolute privilege, pleasure and fortune to write.

I’m obviously ending my run with a little sadness because I love these characters, every single one of them. But I’m walking away feeling very proud of what we’ve done and very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with so many fellow creators. It’s that collaboration, and every reader out there, who have made this a truly special experience. It's hard to imagine a GREEN LANTERN universe without characters like Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Saint Walker, the Indigo Tribe or the rest of the gang anymore. And I can't count how many Lantern t-shirts of all colors I continue to see.

It was Dan DiDio and Peter Tomasi who I first spoke with about GREEN LANTERN. Dan was the Executive Editor of DC Comics at the time and Pete my editor on JSA. They both wanted to relaunch GREEN LANTERN. My very first proposal that I could find dates back to September 2nd, 2003 meaning I’ve been working on GREEN LANTERN for nearly ten years in some way or another. I’ll never forget Dan telling me his idea for the title, “Rebirth,” he said.

Through BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY, literally, Peter Tomasi has always been there. From the incredibly long conversations and debate on REBIRTH to later writing GREEN LANTERN CORPS beginning with the conclusion of SINESTRO CORPS and up until today, Pete has been my creative partner in crime and what GREEN LANTERN grew into would not have happened without him.

And, of course, look at the amazing artists I worked with: Ethan Van Sciver, your mad genius was key to everything we expanded the universe into – the endless energy you have for creation is unmatched. Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, you brought a scope only you two could deliver culminating with BLACKEST NIGHT – and you’re showing the world what JUSTICE LEAGUE should be. And Doug Mahnke…he’s the current superstar I work with every month on GREEN LANTERN and have for years now. Doug, you’re one of the most amazing and unique artists in the business. Your power, grit and sense of wonder can be seen at its very best in the gatefold cover for GREEN LANTERN #20.

I’m fortunate enough to continue working with Doug as we head over to a new project later this year.

We all owe a debt to Julius Schwartz, John Broome and Gil Kane for creating such an incredible foundation to build on with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Without them, there would be no Green Lantern.

So what will GREEN LANTERN #20 bring? The bizarre return of Hal Jordan, the final fate of Sinestro, the revelation of the First Lantern and an ending that I hope pays off everything we’ve ever done and ever created with GREEN LANTERN. It has art by Doug Mahnke, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and I’ve poured everything I can into the script.

I’m off to focus my energy on the JUSTICE LEAGUE universe as we head into what I hope is an exciting plan – Simon Baz and B’dg will be along for the ride in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA – and you’ll no doubt see Hal Jordan and some of the other Lanterns in the world of the Justice League before too long. And Sinestro…? You’ll have to read GREEN LANTERN #20 for that…

Thank you again for reading – whether you started with REBIRTH or started this month – I sincerely appreciate your time and imagination.

In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night –

All Will Be Well,
Geoff

 

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So there it is. A new project for Johns and Mahnke later this year, 10 years of Johns on GL (and he's to blame for bringing Hal Jordan back, too, for those of us who find him insufferable), and the potential death of Sinestro to look forward to. Or re-death, since he's currently dead in the Book of the Black.

Will his First Lantern story actually pay off the entire decade of his Green Lantern run? That remains to be seen, but we're willing to lay odds on the idea that Hal Jordan will win by punching it in the face.

 

UPDATE: It seems ALL the Green Lantern writers are leaving the GL books at the same time. Peter Tomasi is leaving Green Lantern Corps, Tony Bedard is leaving Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Peter Milligan is leaving Red Lanterns. Huh.

Also, apparently no one likes Power Girl if she's not showing off her cleavage, so Worlds' Finest #12 is bringing back the boob window thong outfit. Greaaaat.

And Batman Inc. #8 is slated to have Serious Repercussions and a 'media blitz' of some sort. We think we know what's on deck there, considering May's Batman Inc. #11 solicitation notes that Batman is at war with Talia Al Ghul. You'll either hate it or not care.

Also, I forgot they cancelled Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. with #16 and now I'm sad. However, the aforementioned May solicits let us know that The Savage Hawkman, The Fury of Firestorm, Sword of Sorcery, Team 7, Deathstroke and The Ravagers are all cancelled, too. A quick in and out for poor ol' Amethyst, and no real surprise that the Rob Liefeld death touch finally took hold. That's a lot o' cancelled. Or canceled. They're apparently both acceptable spellings. The double-L looks more correct to me, though, and yet I use them interchangeably. I hope you can deal with that.