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Old 02-11-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Geoff Johns Leaving Green Lantern

It looks like Geoff Johns will be ending his long tenure as writer for the Green Lantern comic.

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,
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Not only him, but every creative team on every Green Lantern book is leaving.

I am kinda happy about this, since the New 52 relaunch, and really even before that since Blackest Night ended, it felt like Johns threw everything he had into that, and it has been kinda boring since. I am quite interested to see who takes over.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:53 AM   #3
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Gotta admit that it makes me nervous...books rarely have successive high-end creative teams. Red Lanterns isn't a sales juggernaut, so one creative team mistake could cancel the book outright.

Geoff has really had an awesome run on the franchise and I have nearly every book. Hopefully we get someone who'll be nearly as good and stay around for almost as long.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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I suspect Green Lantern returns to being a second-tier entity in the DC universe with Johns leaving. He really did bring a new life and energy to the brand that will be hard to match going forward.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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I just started reading some of the new GL comics dealing with Simon Baz, and really enjoyed his character. More of the personal interest stuff rather than the Third Army battle stuff, but the character of Baz is an interesting one to me.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:41 AM   #6
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this book has kind of sucked since blackest night ended. not surprised by this news. hes been on the book too long already.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:45 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by returnofthemack View Post
this book has kind of sucked since blackest night ended. not surprised by this news. hes been on the book too long already.
glad I wasnt the only one that thought this the seemingly neverending bore of brighest day killed all the momentum built by blackest night
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #8
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Here is something I swiped about the new creative teams:

Last week, DC Comics and Geoff Johns announced that, after more than eight years and 100 issues, Johns would be stepping down as the writer of Green Lantern. The publisher also revealed that the creative teams behind each Green Lantern title would be leaving their respective books, which left fans to speculate who'd be taking over. The speculation has now ended, as this morning DC Comics announced new creative line-ups for each book, with Robert Venditti and Billy Tan taking over the main title.

Via MTV Geek, here's the new line-up for each series:

Green Lantern

Venditti, who recently took over as the writer of Demon Knights for DC, will be joined by Tan on the main title, taking over for the celebrated creative team of Johns and Doug Mankhe

Green Lantern Corps

Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire) takes over as writer, with Bernard Chang (Demon Knights) on art.

Red Lanterns

Fialkov will also be penning this title, with Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors, Avengers Arena) providing art.

Green Lantern: New Guardians

Justin Jordan (Team 7, Deathstroke) will now be at the helm of this series, joined by artist Brad Walker (Action Comics).


After DC announced earlier this month that they were canceling six titles, many wondered what new titles would fill the open spots. In addition to the new series already announced, we now know of one more, as the publisher is set to launch a monthly book starring Larfleeze, written by Keith Giffen and with art by Scott Kollins.

Each new creative team will debut in their respective titles this June.
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