Today, an era comes to an end.
Since 2004, with the first publication of the mini-series, Green Lantern: Rebirth, writer Geoff Johns has been synonymous with the interstellar titular hero and his awesome green power ring. Johns, along with a slew of top-industry artists, revitalized both the character and the lore surrounding him within the pages of the monthly Green Lantern series, rescuing him from b-level superhero status and turning him into, arguably, the most popular of DC comic book heroes. Indeed, he’s a bigger draw than Wonder Woman, Superman and, sometimes, even Batman!
But today, that era comes to a shimmering, emerald-coloured end. After almost ten straight years writing Hal Jordan and the main Green Lantern title, Geoff Johns is leaving the series.
Find out more after the jump!
Written by: Geoff Johns
Illustrated by: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
Published by: DC Comics
If Rebirth reinvigorated the character for fandom, it was Johns’ first storyline in the monthly series proper, titled “No Fear”, which truly brought Hal Jordan, the hero, into the big time. Here was a flawed man trying to reclaim his integrity, and indeed his reputation, in the eyes and minds of his peers, his family and the population of his home city. Readers fell in love with him again. Many new readers jumped aboard for the first time. Popularity of the character and sales of the comic book skyrocketed.
I remember heading out on a road trip to Chicago with this site’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Burns and another buddy of ours, to hit that city’s big comic book convention in the summer of 2008. It was there that I picked up the hardcover compilation of Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War Volume 1 – and getting blown away by the action, the visuals and the star-spanning scope of the series! Here was a storyline for this day and age! Star Wars meets DC superheroes! It scratched me exactly where I didn’t realize I had an itch!
Since then, Johns has delved deep into the history and lore of the Green Lantern Crops themselves. He’s created many other characters that rub shoulders with the original, while also adding to the mythos of the DC Universe. The Green Lantern series of comic books, under the writing and stewardship of Johns, created and expanded plot points to a degree the publishing company, it can be argued, had never before experienced! Currently, there are no fewer than six monthly titles dedicated to this shared universe including Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lanterns, and the upcoming Larfleeze series.
Today is truly an end of an era. In an extra-sized issue, Hal Jordan battles, for the last time, the First Lantern and the Guardians. A new status quo for the character starts here! Plus, as a bonus, you get a special retrospective of the Geoff Johns run on the Green Lantern title.
So make the run to your local comic book shop today. Be part of history-in-the-making and pick up Green Lantern #20. It might make you a little weepy-eyed, but it’s a bright day indeed!
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!