In 2004 Green Lantern: Rebirth brought Hal Jordan back and Geoff Johns began one of the biggest, longest, and most successful runs in modern age of comic books. That run comes to an end this May as DC recently announced that Geoff Johns will be leaving Green Lantern, his final issue will be Green Lantern #20.
John’s himself from the offical release:
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.
Concerning his final issue:
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.
On where he’s headed:
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…
He had to move on at some point but this far into his run the news was probably always going to surprise and sadden comic fans to some degree. He touched a portion of the comic universe to a degree that few creators can say they have. Anyone who comes after him will inevitably play with a lot of the toys he created.
And speaking of who comes after that seems to be the big question. The June solicitations are only about a month away so I’m sure an announcement is coming soon. Right now Jeff Lemire seems to be the name brought up the most.
While it’s hard to imagine buying a Green Lantern book without the name “Johns” somewhere on the cover I would buy the heck out of a Jeff Lemire Green Lantern book.
For now we’ll have to wait and see.