After ten years working on the character, and reigniting one of DC’s struggling titles into one of their most popular franchises, Geoff Johns has announced that he will be leaving the world of Green Lantern with the giant-sized issue #20 in May.
Johns’ posted a farewell note on DC’ Source blog today, to confirm the news. His run officially started with Green Lantern: Rebirth in 2004, which brought back Hal Jordan as the central character and re-purposed the Green Lantern mythos. Over the course of his run, some of DC’s more spectacular event storylines of the past decade grew into existence, from The Sinestro Corps War to Blackest Night. And it’s telling that, when the New 52 reboot hit the DC Universe, the Green Lantern franchise was one of the only books to be barely affected by the change. Because his stories were working.
Essentially turning the central concept of the franchise into ‘Power Rangers in Space’, Johns brought back a range of forgotten characters, created a load of his own, and managed to spin the book into three other titles, all of which have lasted the New 52 with little creative strife. It’s an impressive run, and makes Johns one of the few writers to maintain a 100-plus issue run in recent memory, alongside Robert Kirkman and Brian Michael Bendis. I particularly liked when he had a talking squirrel join.
The last issue of the run will be the 64-page issue #20 in May, and will be drawn by a host of familiar faces including Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke, Ethan Van Scriver, and Joe Prado. The question now is — how the heck do you follow that?