Once the current "Wrath of the First Lantern" arc wraps up with Green Lantern #20, so goes Geoff Johns, ending his long run with the emerald knights. It's such a big deal that all the other GL book creators are going with him, leaving four books in need of writers and artists. Today, MTV told us about five new creative teams on the GL books. That's right, five teams, because we're getting a fifth title in the mix.
So here's the rundown:
Green Lantern proper gets Robert Venditti as its scribe and Billy Tan as its artist. You may know Venditti from his current Valiant book X-O Manowar, and you may also remember that he was initially going to be writing the Constantine solo series before it was given to Jeff Lemire instead.
Green Lantern Corps and Red Lanterns will both be written by former I, Vampire writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, whose suckhead series has gotten the axe. Bernard Chang will be his illustrator for the former, while Alessandro Vitti will draw for the latter.
Green Lantern: New Guarrdians will have another Valiant alum in Justin Jordan writing, with Brad Walker on art duties. Jordan is currently writing Shadowman for Valiant, and his DC book Team 7 just got cancelled.
Then there's the new book, Larfleeze. The skeezy Orange Lantern is getting his own series, written by the legendary Keith Giffen, who's currently writing the fuzzy greedball in backup stories for Threshold. Scott Kolins is handling the art duties for them, too, and he'll step up to the solo book alongside Giffen.
Giffen's Larfleeze is likely to be a fun yukfest, while Fialkov had talent enough to make me interested in vampires for a while, so I'm thinking he might be a strong draw for GLC and RL. I am enjoying Shadowman so far, and GL:NG had been my favorite GL book, but Team 7, not so much, so the jury's out on Jordan's title. Venditti will likely still have the problem of writing a book around Hal Jordan, but it's possible he'll be able to de-douche the guy. Yes, I know some people are sick of me bagging on Hal Jordan, but if you like the guy, shrug it off. Different strokes and all. My exposure to Hal Jordan has mostly been in the Geoff Johns era, so maybe the Venditti era will scale back the stuff that annoys me. I will give it a chance.
So what do you think?