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Geoff Johns Steps Down as GREEN LANTERN Writer

After nine years, Johns leaves behind Hal Jordan, Simon Baz, and the expansive world he has created.

Today marks the end of one of the most memorable runs in recent comic book history. Geoff Johns announced he is stepping down as writer of GREEN LANTERN. Johns began his run in 2004 of the mini-series GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH and rebooted the world of Green Lantern for a new generation of DC readers.

Geoff Johns took a good character (Hal Jordan) and made him great after Hal's reintroduction into the DC Universe. Johns expanded on the Green Lantern world by creating a plethora of new Lantern characters from the whole spectrum of light and gave us great story lines like the Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night.

I'm really proud of all the stuff we've built with Green Lantern — from Larfleeze to the different corps...The universe has expanded and will live well past my run. It was more than just telling another story, but really giving back to the character by expanding and adding to their mythology.

Johns' last issue will be Green Lantern #20, in which he promises a huge issue, which will be drawn by Doug Mahnke. This final story will be a 64-page issue

I was getting to an end point and a story line that made sense for me. I felt like it was time to close my run and focus all my energies on the Justice League corner of the DC Universe...It was a very, very hard decision. I absolutely love these characters but I felt like I had a story line that really made sense and felt emotionally satisfying and felt very big and very epic.

Johns will continue to write JUSTICE LEAGUE and AQUAMAN. Thank to Geoff Johns for an amazing 9-year run on GREEN LANTERN and reinventing this character for a new age.

What do you guys think about this news? What's your favorite Green Lantern story from Johns' run?

Source: Associated Press

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Posted by AtPhantom

@Zeeguy91 said:

So, to all of you writing "ding dong, the witch is dead" and "thank god, now I can start reading GL again" and who are chastising those who are expressing sadness at Geoff leaving (you know who you are), please just knock it off. Let those of us who really loved this historic comic book run say goodbye to someone who gave a lot to a character he truly loved. Whoever takes over on Green Lantern has big shoes to fill, that's for sure.

Dude. This isn't an obituary. I don't think anyone should feel obliged to give you guys a moment of silence for a writer leaving a comic book for God's sake.

Posted by hunter5024

I don't know why but I was under the impression he was leaving Aquaman as well. Maybe that was just a rumor or something.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Wow. was not expecting that. as much as i moan and complain about him, i owe Geoff Johns a lot. it was his GL work that finally made me a hardcore GL fan and help with my introduction to the DC Universe. i can thank him for that t least.

Posted by jinxuandi

I'm sorry to see him go as Green Lantern is one of my favorite books. But Mr. Johns has had a great run on the title and I hope he can work his magic on another title.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

Well that sucks, His work was amazing.

Posted by RoastedRay

Jesus 64 pages.

Posted by briangsharon
Posted by Dreadmaster

I feel very much like the Grumpy Cat right now... :|

Posted by TheMadMarvel

Look Rob Liefeld. A job opening. Mwahahahaha

Posted by LeaderVladimir

Thanks for the good times, Geoff. You will be missed. May the seven lights shine upon you.

Edited by Zeeguy91

@AtPhantom: Its not a moment of silence. Its a matter of respect for your fellow users. If you feel the need to chase down anyone who is sad to see Geoff leaving and basically say the entire run they spent almost a decade reading is garbage, then there's something wrong with you. (Just to be clear, I'm not saying you, I'm just being hypothetical)

Posted by JakeN7

Oh. My. God.

I was not expecting this and am deeply saddened by it. I can't even express in words how disappointing this is, so I'll just wish Geoff Johns the best of luck, and hope that he continues to do great work on his other titles.

Now that I think about it though, it makes sense. Not even Superman could write 4 of DC's biggest titles at the same time (Justice League, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Justice League of America) while simultaneously being DC's CCO. Poor Johns would've keeled over by the end of the year!

Posted by Red_Robin212

I'm OK with this

He's had a great run on GL and I hope he stays on Aquaman for a long time and does some great stuff with him too (I'm already loving his 2 storylines so far)

I just hope they give it to someone worthy

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@Lvenger said:

No damn it no! Green Lantern was awesome under Johns' guidance. This is very sad news to hear him go. He really innovated Hal and the Green Lantern franchise for a new age and has been one of the main reasons I like Hal and the Green Lantern mythology so much. Johns has made an undeniable mark on the GL universe that won't be overlooked any time soon. I wonder who will replace him?

This.

@Xwraith said:

Second most surprising story I've heard today, after the Pope resigning.

Who cares about the pope! This is huge! Johns is stepping down from GL! I really hope GL stays as good... and doesn't suck...

Posted by fabo_puertorican

Tears just came out of my eyes reading this... Geoff Johns, you have no idea how much i'm going to miss your writting.

This is honestly feels like a break-up. Worse... it feels like the death of someone close to you.

Edited by colonyofcells

Now that Johns is gone, would like to see in the future villains like : Weaponers and their thunderers, Robot manhunters and their alien manhunters, Anti monitor and shadow corps with anti matter fusion energy powers, Controllers and darkstars, Nekron and black lanterns, Volthoom and his own color lanterns like Power Ring, Mordru and his magic corps, Computo and Robotica army, Lobo and clone army, Dark Circle and Superman clone army, Dominators and Daxam clone army.

Posted by Batmarcus

@briangsharon said:

My thoughts exactly!

Posted by Mercy_

Knew about this last week :) you guys have no idea how hard it was to keep mum.

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Posted by cyberchop979

Wow. Well, this sucks. I will definitely miss Geoff Johns on GL, but I am proud to say that I own every single issue of his run, loved the vast majority of them and really liked the rest.

Thanks for an amazing nine years!

Posted by ILLO_29

He will be missed on GL, some of my favorite stories are from Johns GL run. It feels like something fishy is going on. Hop on over to DC and check out the solicties for every Lantern title, every creative team is leaving at issue 20 of every title.

Posted by CrimsonAlchemist

What a cold day woe is me.

Posted by Fantasgasmic

I don't really mind this. I haven't cared much about the new Corps, other than Orange, and if it means more time to do great things on Aquaman and Justice League that's fine with me. Those books are good, GL wasn't that great, and I'd rather him leave the mediocre one that will never get canceled, than risk one of the good books getting worse by leaving it to try and save a floundering one.

Posted by nappystr8

This comes as a surprise, I think everyone knew he'd be stepping down from some book, but I think most of us assumed it would be Aquaman. I'm glad to hear he is going to continue strengthening Aquaman as a character, and although I'm loving his new character Simon Baz in Green Lantern, it has been almost 10 years Johns has been on GL, it makes sense he'd be ready to move away from that universe.

Posted by GothamRed

I can taste the new coke...

Posted by AtPhantom

@Zeeguy91 said:

@AtPhantom: Its not a moment of silence. Its a matter of respect for your fellow users. If you feel the need to chase down anyone who is sad to see Geoff leaving and basically say the entire run they spent almost a decade reading is garbage, then there's something wrong with you. (Just to be clear, I'm not saying you, I'm just being hypothetical)

Well seeing as how you've quoted my post almost word for word I suppose you can say I'm feeling called out. And you know what? I think I'm entitled to say I think his the decade long run is garbage just as much as everyone here feels entitled to think it was the second coming of Shakespeare (I don't, mind you, but that's not the point here).

Posted by bunkerbuster05

First Brubaker with Cap, now Johns and Lantern.

;[

As much as I love new beginnings, I'm gonna miss it.

Edited by Zeeguy91

@AtPhantom said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

@AtPhantom: Its not a moment of silence. Its a matter of respect for your fellow users. If you feel the need to chase down anyone who is sad to see Geoff leaving and basically say the entire run they spent almost a decade reading is garbage, then there's something wrong with you. (Just to be clear, I'm not saying you, I'm just being hypothetical)

Well seeing as how you've quoted my post almost word for word I suppose you can say I'm feeling called out. And you know what? I think I'm entitled to say I think his the decade long run is garbage just as much as everyone here feels entitled to think it was the second coming of Shakespeare (I don't, mind you, but that's not the point here).

Well just because you are entitled to say something doesn't always mean that you should. I stand by my statements. If you feel the need to call someone out who liked Geoff Johns' work on GL and basically tell them that their opinion is wrong, then you're just being immature. I'm not telling you to not have your own opinion. I'm not even saying you shouldn't express that opinion. But there's a proper time and a proper forum to express said opinion and that would be in a debate. This isn't a debate forum. This is a thread meant to say goodbye to Geoff and, if you haven't noticed, a lot of people are sad about him leaving.

By coming on here and calling people out by saying "no, it sucked, you shouldn't be sad", you're just trashing other peoples' opinions and essentially saying they were wrong to like it. Why is it that when some minority disagrees with the general consensus, they always feel the need to shove their opinions down peoples' throats? Like I said, I'm not asking you to not have an opinion, I'm just asking for people to be a little considerate of other peoples' opinions and show a little decorum.

Posted by JamDamage

@Zeeguy91: why can't someone says someones run sucks? this is not debate forum, but it is a forum for any and all to leave an opinion. Don't be a fanboy and get pissed off just because someone else didn't like the run. Happens all the time. People do it to a lot of writers. Sure the numbers in sales shows that more poeple obviously liked Johns run, but look at Bendis on his titles. That guy sells a shit load of books and gets hammered all the time. Same thing with Mark Millar, but in the end they're the ones lauging at the bank when they get their par checks. If YOU want a particular response maybe you should start the forum for that. Til then, let anyone who wants to say they don't like something say it. Maybe if you don't like their opinion, you shouldn't be reading the News Forums.

Posted by ghostsuck

let go kill one piece writer

Posted by AtPhantom

@Zeeguy91: He. Didn't. Die.

Jesus Christ the guy just left a title. I get that he's your favorite writer and your favorite title and now the magic is gone, but seriously, way to overreact. Last time I checked, this thread, not to mention this whole forum, is a place for everyone who has an opinion on the matter, negative or positive. So no, I'm not going to feel obliged to sit down and give people a mourning period of grace just because their writer isn't writing their comic anymore.

I'm all for respecting other people's rights and feelings, but this is just ridiculous.

Posted by mcbean

Well that sucks

Posted by jemckinn214

One day a few years I stumbled into a comic book store for the first time. On the wall opposite of the cashier I saw a poster for the Sinestro Corps War. Instantly intrigued by this, I asked the store clerk about it, and ever since that moment I have been going back the comic store weekly. Geoff Johns and his stories in the Green Lantern universe changed my life, from giving me hope in times of desperation to giving me the willpower to overcome adversity on a regular basis. Green Lantern #25, the finale to Sinestro Corps War is still my favorite comic, the day I read that issue was the day I knew that I would be a Green Lantern fan for life. Green Lantern under Johns pen has been such a blast to enjoy. As sad as I am that this day is finally going to come, I celebrate his larger than life bombastic run. Thank you Geoff.

Posted by modunhanul

I've became Green Lantern fan by Green Lantern Rebirth. I've enjoyed Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night and Brightest Day. Mr. Johns, I appreciate your wonderful work on Green Lantern comics. I don't know who will be the next GL writer, but I will miss you.

Posted by MrDirector786

While it is shocking to see him go I also feel that after almost 10 years it will be nice to have a new writer, and best of luck to Geoff in other series he's writing and to whoever is going to be the new writer of Green Lantern.

Posted by dontbelievethehyperion

In response I'll be stepping down as Green Lantern reader.

Posted by Bushwhacker_

Well.

Damn.

Posted by saoakden

I woke up this morning, went on to comicvine, saw this headline Geoff Johns Steps down as Green Lantern Writer & said, "Wait, what??? Am I dreaming?" I'm not going to lie, this bummed me out. Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern is amazing, awesome, epic, great, fantastic, epic. I remember when I first bought Green Lantern Comics. I started getting into comics around late 2010, early 2011, I remember Fear itself and Death of Spider-Man coming out so it was around that time I really got into comics. Around the time the Green Lantern movie was coming out, I decided I wanted to read Green Lantern because he looked cool and I remember from the Justice League and some Super friends reruns, Green Lantern did some cool things with his ring. I was in Vegas at the time and I found a comic shop and I bought Green Lantern: Secret Origins, and Green Lantern: Rebirth, both by Geoff Johns and an Avengers hardcover by Bendis. I later read Secret Origins and then Rebirth and remember thinking, this is awesome. After reading those two stories, I feel in love with the Green Lantern series.

I loved Rebirth, Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night, War of the Green Lanterns and the New 52 Green Lantern. I'll admit I still have some catching up to do, with both Pre-52 and New 52 Green Lantern. but Johns run on Green Lantern shall be missed.

Thanks for the awesome Green Lantern stories Geoff Johns!

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Posted by frandj

Well... Soon or later he will drop the book. And its been 9 years... Geoff and all the team already put many elements and expands its universe big. So... I guessed i understand. But what worried me is who will continue the franchise? Before geoff... GL is betwean kyle, stewart, hal, and guy. Now... 4 of them are having their chance plus baz, though i still not familiar with this new GL. I hope next team can continue the spirit...no! I hope they even better.

Posted by mattwing87

NOOOOOOO! He can't leave! He has done too much! Whoever takes over has huge shoes to fill!!!

Posted by QuantomMan

NNOOOOOO!!!!!

Posted by Gambit1024

Guys, it's not just Geoff Johns. It's everyone working on GL titles:

GREEN LANTERN #20

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY

Wraparound cover by DOUG MAHNKE

1:25 B&W Variant wraparound cover by DOUG MAHNKE

On sale MAY 1 • 64 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $8.99 US

It’s the final battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians in this, the extra-sized finale of Geoff Johns’ historic run on the title! Plus, don’t miss a special retrospective on Geoff’s run on GL!

Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digitaldownload of this issue.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #20

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA

Cover by ANDY KUBERT

1:25 B&W Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT

On sale MAY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

“WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN” epilogue! In the aftermath of their battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and the other survivors to try to put the Corps back together, or decide if there should even BE a Corps anymore. Join Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin for the epic conclusion of their run!

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #20

Written by TONY BEDARD

Art by ANDRES GUINALDO

Cover by AARON KUDER

1:25 B&W Variant cover by AARON KUDER

On sale MAY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

“WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN” epilogue! As a White Lantern, Kyle played a crucial role in the battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians. But a loss they suffered in the battle has left Kyle devastated, throwing off the control he had over the entire emotional spectrum. Has his time as a White Lantern ended before it’s truly begun? Find out in the conclusion of Tony Bedard’srun!

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

RED LANTERNS #20

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by WILL CONRAD

Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

1:25 B&W Variant cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

“WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN” epilogue! Following the battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians, for the first time in centuriesAtrocitus feels peace. What could possibly calm his legendary rage? And more importantly, what does that mean for the Red Lanterns? A surprising turning point for Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns in this, the conclusion of Peter Milligan’s run!

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Posted by brightstarr731

Well, I may be a dolt, but I think the Green Lantern mythos has grown too "epic".

I miss the days when he was just a space cop. I really don't like the Jesus Christ persona Hal has now. I really don't like the long ongoing stories. I miss the one shots that were just fun to read. I think the rainbow of different corps is pretty dumb too.

I think it is just an example of the disconnect in DC stories in general. Earth seems petty and dull compared to all the events in GL - until you act like GL doesn't exist. Then the DC universe is cool again.

I love Hal, but he died and should have stayed dead.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Welllll He is writing GOD DAMN 5 DC titles!!!! He is crazyy. I respect his work ethic

Mad Respect

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Posted by Cavemold

wow crazy

Posted by KnightRise

NOOOOO! I was hoping Simon would be his new baby :((((((((((((((((((

Its been real. Thank you, BasedGeoff.

Posted by spiderbuck

NOoooOooOoooooOOOO00OO00!!!!

Posted by Zeeguy91

@AtPhantom: Yeah, he's really not, though. He used to be my favorite writer a few years ago, but since then, I've had a few favorite writers. I'd say my favorite writer right now is a toss up between Scott Snyder, Brian Azzarello, or Mark Waid. I still respect Geoff John, though, and I respect peoples' opinion of him.

I would honestly say the same if this was news about any writer leaving a title, even if I didn't like him. If Scott Lobdell left Teen Titans tomorrow, even though I hate the direction that title has taken under him, I wouldn't post saying that his run was utter garbage because some fans might get offended. I have no problem with people saying how they feel, I just have a problem with the way they've gone about doing it, which has basically been responding to fans and basically telling them that they liked garbage.

Posted by Ren_

I think it's a good thing. Regardless of whether or not you like this work, there gets to be a point where a writer has told all of the stories they have on a character/mythos without rehashing stuff and growing stagnant. I think it's better for people to step out when they've told their stories and allow others to take charge.

Posted by Zeeguy91

@KnightRise said:

NOOOOO! I was hoping Simon would be his new baby :((((((((((((((((((

Its been real. Thank you, BasedGeoff.

He'll still be Baz in JLA. I'm looking forward to it.

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