Geoff Johns is leaving Aquaman

#1 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

Not sure how recent this news is but I just saw it pop up. Geoff Johns is taking his leave from Aquaman in addition to answering a lot of questions with IGN's Joey Esposito. When asked what forced him to make his decision he answered:

Aquaman is one of the greatest characters at DC Comics and one of my favorites. Ultimately, there are some reveals coming up in the “Death of a King” arc through issue #25 that sets the stage for his world and some of those threats are going to carry over to Justice League in a pretty big story next year. But between making Forever Evil and Justice League the best they can be and Gary [Frank] and I doing Batman: Earth One, issue #25 felt like the right time to bid farewell to him for now.

In addition to some other questions, he went to answer what he has in store next:

Yeah, there’s some other stuff brewing but the only thing I’m focused on right now is Justice League and Forever Evil. Right now, it’s 100% villains, 100% of the time. People who love Black Manta, he’s a main character in Forever Evil and there are a lot of plans for him in that. There are plans for Ocean Master. There are plans for lots of characters in Justice League as well, and I’ll still be working with Aquaman and Mera in the months ahead.

What do you guys think of Johns leaving?

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/09/09/geoff-johns-leaving-aquaman

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#2 Posted by d_bones (1396 posts) - - Show Bio

saw this on ign was waiting for someone to post on here. its a bummer Johns is leaving but it was inevitable hopefully they find a talented writer to further the awesomeness that is Aquaman.

#3 Posted by jointron33 (1902 posts) - - Show Bio

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#4 Edited by comicfan11 (740 posts) - - Show Bio

It's Jeff Parker, so all things considered he is a great replacement.

Overall Johns can realistically go down as the greatest Aquaman writer ever starting with Blackest Night. At least he gets my vote.

Apart from that

1) Aquaman is in great hands with Parker.

2) He will have his second leading arc in JL, something like a sequel to Throne of Atlantis, and Johns said he will take center stage in the team. So Johns will still play a major role in Aquaman.

3) Parker tweeted "In short the upcoming stories are about HIM KICKING ALL GRADES OF AQUATIC ASS", which is how every new writer should be.

4) Also big plans for Orm and Manta.

5) Big ramifications in Aquaman 25 which will expand the Aquaman universe.

6) Johns makes it clear that he hopes to return to an Aquaman title in the future.

Overall I'm sad that Johns is leaving but the Aquaman universe seems to be in the right direction and getting bigger and more important with a new good writer.

PS: 7) Sea King will be back in Justice League Dark!

#5 Posted by Justthatkid (3025 posts) - - Show Bio

@comicfan11: Didn't sea king die right when the got to the main earth..?

#6 Edited by comicfan11 (740 posts) - - Show Bio

@justthatkid: The solicits for Justice League Dark

"A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The Crime Syndicate’s Sea King, last seen at the end of “Trinity War,” has cheated death and plagues the JL Dark team!"

#7 Edited by Samimista (20609 posts) - - Show Bio

Aw man. Really enjoyed Johns run. Looking forward to reading Parker's run though.

#8 Posted by Fallschirmjager (15312 posts) - - Show Bio

Just hope Parker continues the theme. I've wait a long time for Aquaman to finally be the badass he is. I hope it lasts =)

#9 Posted by Justthatkid (3025 posts) - - Show Bio
#10 Posted by Justthatkid (3025 posts) - - Show Bio

My guess is he's going to Flash.

#11 Posted by comicfan11 (740 posts) - - Show Bio
#12 Edited by SupBatz (1701 posts) - - Show Bio

Dang. Batwoman and Aquaman have been my joint-favorite series in the New 52. But I hope that I'll love the new writer just as much.

#13 Edited by PeppeyHare (4310 posts) - - Show Bio

Very sad to see that Johns is leaving the book. If anyone had to replace him I'm glad it's Parker

@comicfan11: Shazam ongoing seems more likely

#14 Posted by comicfan11 (740 posts) - - Show Bio

@peppeyhare: Seems like a good guess.

I'm also very glad with the choice of Parker.

#15 Posted by hausmanjm92 (19 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not familiar with Jeff Parker's work. Can anyone give me a quick overview??

#16 Edited by ViperKing (422 posts) - - Show Bio

Geoff Johns was an incredible writer for Aquaman and will dearly be missed. Aquaman has become one of my favorite character due to his superb writing and I will miss him in this series. Anyways, I hope his replacement can live up to the high expectations set for him. Also, I'm quite happy due to the fact that Sea King is not dead, after all.

#17 Posted by Jake Fury (18167 posts) - - Show Bio

Just hope Parker continues the theme. I've wait a long time for Aquaman to finally be the badass he is. I hope it lasts =)

Morrison did it first.

#18 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

And just like that...I have lost all reason to read DC until Morrison finally comes out with Wonder Woman.

In all seriousness though, I am a little disappointed, because I was hoping Johns would bring Arthur to a higher level of popularity by expanding his world (ala Green Lantern). And while Johns did do that to an extent with Throne of Atlantis, I'm still a little sad he couldn't stay longer. But I guess his new position has bigger responsibilities compared to his SCW days. Oh well.

Here's to hoping this Jeff Parker fellow lives up to expectations.

@fallschirmjager said:

Just hope Parker continues the theme. I've wait a long time for Aquaman to finally be the badass he is. I hope it lasts =)

Morrison did it first.

TRUF.

#19 Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642 (1975 posts) - - Show Bio

@deranged_midget: *Sniff* you just made me a really sad panda now :( along with Manapaul and Buccellato leaving Flash my pillow shall be covered in tears tonight.

#20 Posted by JLDoom (2310 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, I saw this. So bummed.

#21 Edited by Jake Fury (18167 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: I can only speak for Parker's Agents of Atlas work but it was excellent.

#22 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: I can only speak for Parker's Agents of Atlas work but it was excellent.

You know, now that I think about it....I read X-Men: First Class by him, which was really enjoyable.

#23 Posted by Jake Fury (18167 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: almost forgot, his Red Hulk was good too.

#24 Posted by BlackWind (5615 posts) - - Show Bio
#25 Edited by comicfan11 (740 posts) - - Show Bio

@blackwind: I've read Agents of Atlas from him and it was great.

#26 Posted by Black_Claw (2918 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn it man, I was hoping he would expand Aquaman's universe like he did with Green Lantern. I hope a good writer can take over.

#27 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@deranged_midget: *Sniff* you just made me a really sad panda now :( along with Manapaul and Buccellato leaving Flash my pillow shall be covered in tears tonight.

I know right... Two of my favourite New 52 books :(

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#28 Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642 (1975 posts) - - Show Bio

@theincrediblesuperhulk8642 said:

@deranged_midget: *Sniff* you just made me a really sad panda now :( along with Manapaul and Buccellato leaving Flash my pillow shall be covered in tears tonight.

I know right... Two of my favourite New 52 books :(

Yeah even if I don't read them monthly i've been getting all the trades and loving them this is really disappointing if they announce Azzarello is leaving Wonder Woman I don't think I'll be able to handle the feels anymore

#29 Edited by Baberaham_Lincoln (921 posts) - - Show Bio

AT LEAST, Pelletier is still on it!! X( ..... but i wouldn't worry. Aquaman's still in Justice league, and Geoff Johns is still in control of that. So i'm sure that some way, Johns will have plenty of indirect influence and input in Parker's run. Plus, i'm sure Johns has planned things out already for Aquaman in the LONG RUN, and he's just handing over his package (hehe) to Parker. GOOD HANDS I SAY!

edit: P.S. How the Hell is Lobdell still writing Superman? i have nothing against him, but judging by the internet sayers, it seems like a majority dislike his writing? =/

#30 Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg (2213 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

And just like that...I have lost all reason to read DC until Morrison finally comes out with Wonder Woman.

In all seriousness though, I am a little disappointed, because I was hoping Johns would bring Arthur to a higher level of popularity by expanding his world (ala Green Lantern). And while Johns did do that to an extent with Throne of Atlantis, I'm still a little sad he couldn't stay longer. But I guess his new position has bigger responsibilities compared to his SCW days. Oh well.

My thoughts exactly.

#31 Edited by sinestro_GL (3066 posts) - - Show Bio

#32 Posted by TDK_1997 (14471 posts) - - Show Bio

Johns' Aquaman was great but I believe in Jeff Parker.I think Parker is a good replacement and we may see stories equally great as Johns' stories.

#33 Posted by lifeofvibe (3430 posts) - - Show Bio

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#34 Edited by Raw_Material (3212 posts) - - Show Bio

He's telling lies.

#35 Posted by Paragon_Sean (70 posts) - - Show Bio

Why am I just now finding out about this!?! I know that I'm not entitled to anything, but I feel almost betrayed. I love Johns' Aquaman... Anyway, I really hope that Parker can keep the same level of quality.

#36 Posted by longbowhunter (6810 posts) - - Show Bio

Parker's Thunderbolts was one of the best team books in years. This guy is gonna work wonders with Aquaman.

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