Comic Book Question of the Week: Favorite Geoff Johns GREEN LANTERN Story?

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After spending almost a decade with the colorful cosmic universe, writer Geoff Johns is saying goodbye to Hal Jordan and the countless other ring wielders. Johns' finale hits stores this week and he's definitely going out with a bang -- the comic will be a whopping 64 pages. From 'Rebirth' to 'Wrath of the First Lantern,' DC's popular writer has spent his time expanding the already massive universe, but here at Comic Vine, only one adventure will rise above the rest. You -- yes, you -- will help determine Comic Vine's favorite Geoff Johns GL story!

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Voting will remain open until Thursday morning (ET). Be sure to check the homepage shortly after for an updated article with the results! Will the epic 'Sinestro Corps War' be the obvious choice or will another tale take the prize? Go vote and then be sure to check the homepage on Thursday!

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

#1 Posted by Mucklefluga (2609 posts) - - Show Bio

Johns has done so much to this corner of DC. He'll be missed.

#2 Posted by AllStarSuperman (22794 posts) - - Show Bio

blackest night or war of the green lanterns

#3 Edited by stevencarver_ (91 posts) - - Show Bio

I voted for Sinestro Corps War. I felt that it had a wonderful sense of urgency that wasn't overplayed or out of proportion. It was also suitably apocalyptic with only two main players. That was part of what I disliked about Blackest Night. It was huge and great and stuff, but it was actually too big. Revealing the Indigo Tribe was cool, but after a while, there were too many things happening. Mogo was basically eating a giant portion of the Black Lanterns and Earth was having issues and than the whole White Lantern thing was suddenly revealed... I don't know; it was just messy. Sinestro Corps War wasn't messy. It was just a great story.

#4 Posted by spidermonkey2099 (615 posts) - - Show Bio

Sinestro Corps War is definitely my favorite from his run.

#5 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

Johns has done so much to this corner of DC. He'll be missed.

SO true

#6 Posted by yo_yo_fun (643 posts) - - Show Bio

:/

#7 Posted by Captain13 (3516 posts) - - Show Bio

Can we stop boosting this guy's ego? His run was not that great. Sorry, I said it. I don't care if the fanboys hate me.

In the words of Matthew Brady, here is everything wrong with this series:

1) Geoff Johns Is Has a Very Creepy Crush on Hal Jordan and Is Way Too Into His Nostalgia

To make Hal likable, he has to retcon one of his most important character developments: going crazy, killing off all of the fellow members of his army of space cops, trying to destroy the universe, and eventually dying saving the Earth. But now he’s back, and it turns out he was actually possessed by some sort of fear entity, and…wow, just trying to explain the basic backstory of this comic is numbness-inducing.

At the start of the series, Hal Jordan is back to being an Earth-bound superhero, and since one of the core aspects of his characters back in the day was that he flew planes, Johns has him join the Air Force as a fighter pilot. Of course, the Air Force is a branch of the military, but Hal is too cool to have to go through any of the rigamarole of recruitment or orders; no, he simply asks a buddy to have a general let him join up and become a pilot, and even though he was kicked out years ago for punching that same general (another bit of fantasy; strike an officer, you just get a ticket home without any other consequences), they let him back in because, hey, he’s Hal Jordan and he’s awesome. Le sigh. SMH. This is the nostalgia factor at work; that’s what Hal did back in the 60s (when planes were futuristic and glamorous), so that’s what he does now, despite the fact that him flying planes is pointless and boring. Johns must have realized this, since he ended up pretty much completely dropping any attempts at non-Green Lanterning and focusing solely on space-bound action and intrigue.

Sidenote: It's funny how Hal is supposed to be a great pilot, but he crashes every plane he ever flies...

Johns tries to make Hal cool by making him a badass, but he fails badly at it. In one story, Hal and a couple of his fellow pilots get shot down over Chechnya and spend a few months in a prison camp, all because he likes to court danger by not wearing his ring when he flies. That’s a dumb way to start a plot, even if it’s already been established that Hal is a thrill-seeker and a doofus, but there are a hell of a lot of super-people who should have rescued them at some point. The Justice League shows up and apologizes, saying that they thought he was off in space, but none of his fellow Green Lanterns (three of whom are also from Earth) thought to check up on him when he went missing? It’s all meant to give him something to angst about (since he could have saved them all in minutes if he was wearing his ring), and maybe to plug some real-world threats into the book, but it takes some serious mental contortions to even attempt to accept.

And then things get dumber when Cowgirl, one of the pilots that got shot down along with Hal (and a sexy blonde chick that immediately falls for Hal, of course), gets the chance to fly a mission and avenge herself on the Chechen terrorists, and is promptly shot down again (the Air Force being rather carefree with their planes). Hal goes back to save her, and he’s not messing around this time! Facepalm.

Then it’s time to reintroduce another villain: Star Sapphire, whose redesigned costume has been the target of much ire. This involves Hal’s ex-girlfriend, Carol Ferris, who was possessed by an alien crystal and became a villain, but this time around, the crystal, which is sent by an alien race called the Zamarons, alternates between Carol and Cowgirl, and it wants to mate with Hal, because he’s so awesome, all the ladies want to get with him, even the alien ones (who still have the voluptuous physiques superhero fans crave, making interspecies love cool and sexy instead of weird and creepy). It’s rather embarrassing to see so much love directed at the dumb*** hero, as if Johns has a total crush on him and tries to act it out through his sexy lady characters. There’s a bunch of nonsense about the Zamarons being avatars of love, but their version of love involves being very possessive and controlling, and they like to cover entire planets with stasis-inducing crystals, because they love them so much and want to protect them. Geoff Johns obviously has some issues with women.

2) Too Many Things Make No Sense

Many of the early issues are spent establishing the oh-so-tiresome theme of “overcoming fear”, with characters constantly going on about how everyone is fearful, especially those who don’t want to repopulate Hal’s rebuilt hometown of Coast City (the destruction of which, along with the deaths of its populace, being what drove him into villainy), as if it is more susceptible to chaos than anywhere else in the DC universe. But Hal is the man when it comes to combating fear, as he exposits to the reader when he explains how he has overcome his rings’ former weakness against the color yellow (yes, really): “Feel fear. Overcome it. Not a problem.” Yes, this is serious, insightful treatment of battles between colors. Okay, so if the Sinestro rings are powered by their opponent's fear, then how do they have power against someone like Hal? Whatever...

In the Sinestro Corps War, Sinestro manages to get Parallax to possess Kyle Rayner by revealing that his (Kyle’s) mother was killed by a member of the Sinestro Corps who is a sentient virus. Why that makes him scared rather than angry is unknown. Dumber still is a scene in which we learn Hal’s greatest fear, which is that he’ll never know what his father’s last words were. WTF. Does that even make sense? What a weird thing to be scared of. That’s pretty typical of Johns though; he tries to work in dramatic moments that fit the themes he tries to write about (in this case, “fear”), while constantly mashing on the buttons labeled “Hal is awesome and everyone loves him” and “Hal wanted to fly just like his father”. The most cringe-worthy moment in this entire story comes when Sinestro and his minions are attacking Coast City, and Hal broadcasts a notice through everyone’s TV to evacuate the city for their own safety, but the people have learned through his example to have no fear, so they all stay and shine green lights through their windows to show their support. Aside from the question of why everyone has green cellophane lying around their houses, they’re just being really, really, stupid, intentionally putting themselves in harm’s way and giving the bad guys targets to use against the Green Lanterns, all as a meaningless gesture.

The rest of Sinestro Corps War is a pretty gleeful orgy of killing, with background characters regularly chopping each other’s heads off and tearing each other in half. The cover of one of the issues shows the Statue of Liberty being replaced by a statue of Sinestro, but it’s not meant to be symbolic; one of the first things the bad guys do after attacking Earth is build a big Sinestro statue, since they have weird priorities. The bad sentient virus infects Guy Gardner (another Green Lantern from Earth), but he is saved when a microscopic Green Lantern enters his bloodstream and rescues him. Amusingly, the Cyborg Superman just wants to die, and when it looks like he’s going to get his wish, a single tear emerges from his one human eye and rolls down his cheek. And while this moment isn’t written by Johns, but rather Peter J. Tomasi in the sister Green Lantern Corps title, it’s definitely worthy of inclusion in a tallying of the story’s hilariously awful moments.

There’s also a scene in which Parallax manages to possess both Kyle and Hal at the same time, and they overcome it by looking at a painting that Kyle’s mother bequeathed to him. Really, Johns?

But the big, “important” moment of the story, a revelation that would shape the series from this point forward, is when we learn all about the “emotional spectrum”, a whole series of lantern corps that will emerge, beginning an epic “War of Light”. In addition to green for willpower (which Johns apparently thinks is an emotion), there’s yellow for fear (Sinestro’s corps), red for rage, orange for avarice (green, for envy or greed, would make more sense here, but it was already taken), blue for hope, indigo for compassion, and violet for love (the Star Sapphires). And so begins the simplification of all emotion down into a small number of possibilities (what about happiness, despair, betrayal, regret, or, I dunno, nostalgia?), creating fodder for innumerable stories in which different colors can fight each other with a “my hope shall overcome your rage!” simplicity to their actions. As dumb as this idea is, it’s a concept that could work well enough for kiddie entertainment, like something out of Care Bears or My Little Pony, but wedding it to regular maimings, the constant spilling of blood, ridiculously-proportioned women thrusting their secondary sexual characteristics at the reader, and teeth-gritted angsting about law and justice turns it all into a loud, garish mess.

What is hope, anyway? The desire for something good to happen? A belief in some sort of god? Is that even an emotion? And how do Blue Lanterns control this hope? Do they feel it themselves and wish really hard that they can blow shit up, or do they have to channel it from other believers? In fact, there are tons of inconsistencies in these emotional powers; Green Lanters are super-willful, so they channel their mental forcefulness into making big green weapons, and Red Lanterns are so angry that they just boil over with explosive bile, but Yellow Lanterns don’t feel fear, they inflict it. So how do they make all sorts of yellow stuff, by being super-scary? If whoever they are fighting isn’t easily frightened, are their yellow force bubbles completely ineffective? Later, we learn about compassion, its main power being that it is able to channel the other emotions and emulate them. That seems to be taking compassion as synonymous with empathy, but if that’s the case, is it even an emotion? Would anybody describe compassion as the emotion of being able to feel other emotions? And how do the various lantern corps use their powers anyway? Do they love, or hope, or covet so hard that they create objects out of their color-coded energy? What if they’re not feeling especially angry or scary that day? Do they have to be completely single-minded, focusing only on their specific emotion, to be able to do anything? Obviously, thinking too hard about this nonsense is a path to frustration and insanity, but Johns never stops delving into the intricacies of this silly system he set up, which makes the inconsistencies and poorly-thought-out ideas impossible to ignore.

Let's skip ahead to Blackest Night, when Nekron possesses all the heroes who have died and been resurrected at some point, like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Arrow. The Barry Allen version of the Flash, who had recently been brought back to life some twenty years after he died in the originalCrisis on Infinite Earths, and Hal Jordan manage to escape being possessed though, because they’re Johns’ favorites. PIS, SMH.

As with most of Johns’ comics, this is action figure storytelling, grown men playing with toys and trying to think of cool playsets to build and different childish conflicts for them to get into, but while that sort of thing can have its charms (most Hollywood action movies aren’t much different), Johns turns it into a distasteful exercise in arrested development, trying desperately to make it serious and dark and violent and “adult”. Hence the nasty stuff with the zombies, the constant sexualization of any female characters (even the weird alien ones), or the more ridiculous stuff he comes up with later, like a scene in which zombie Aquaman presents Mera with a reanimated version of their dead baby, and she vomits red blood-acid all over it...

3) Geoff Thinks That Over The Top Violence Makes Stuff Cool, Guys!
But it's really just a disturbing look into his head...

Interrogating prisoners by beating information out of them is a pretty common practice in action movies and detective fiction, but that doesn’t make it any less morally troublesome (especially considering the still-continuing debates in U.S. politics about torturing prisoners), and having a guy dressed in green tights bloodying a giant-headed freak just cheapens the whole issue. It should be embarrassing for everyone involved, if only they had any shame.
This is more of a failure at trying to look cool
This is from Tomasi, but really? You guys are tying too hard.

4) Geoff Johns Doesn’t Really Understand Zombies

In Blackest Night, Johns is going for an assault on the emotions of the living heroes, having their dead friends and family returning and attacking them both physically and verbally. The thing is, these zombies never shut up. They are the most annoying villains in modern superhero comics (and that’s saying something), trying to provoke the heroes by invoking their failures and assaulting them where it’s really supposed to hurt, then killing them as viciously as possible. As we learn, it’s all part of the main villain’s scheme, which requires the zombies to provoke emotions, which will then power him up for his attack on Earth. How this makes any sense is beyond me (why does a master of death need to drain emotions? What do emotions have to do with death at all, except as a way to connect this nonsense to Johns’ ongoing color-war plot?), and the scenes of zombie attacks are eye-rollingly dumb, as various characters are seen via zombie-vision to glow with whatever color on the “emotional spectrum” corresponds with whatever single emotion they are currently feeling, thus allowing the zombies to steal those colors when they kill them. It’s sheer stupidity, but while it drives the early chapters of the story, it’s mostly forgotten when Nekron, some sort of death god and the true villain behind the black lanterns, rises and starts his attack.

5) Sexism

Johns knows sexism is wrong but he tries to have his cake and eat it too, by having Carol complain about having to wear a swimsuit while fighting evil across the universe (even though other Star Sapphires are shown as wearing versions of the costume that aren’t as revealing) and including a scene in which she bumps into a guy on the street who spills a drink on her boobs and then leers at her along with his fellow frat boys, as if we’re supposed to frown upon that objectification of women, then ogle the cleavage pushed into our faces a few pages later.

In Conclusion

That’s what ultimately sours me on the entire enterprise: the need to turn what could be dumb-but-enjoyable action-adventure stories into some sort of statement, even if that statement is just “look how mature and adult this is!” That’s the nature of superhero comics these days, adding sex (or hints in that direction, mostly consisting of skimpy costumes and cleavage/upskirt viewing angles for female characters) and violence (which is not nearly as coy, usually being front-and-center on the page and as gory as possible) to the children’s entertainment which the creators and the audience have such nostalgia for. Johns’ ambition in revamping and “maturing” the characters and milieus that he loved so much as a kid is obvious, but while he may have stumbled upon some halfway decent ideas and managed to put together some pretty good action sequences, the execution is so blunt and dumb, full of ridiculous nonsense and crammed with tawdry attempts to make the stories “dark”, that anyone in their right mind should just laugh, rather than celebrate him as some sort of master storyteller.

So what’s the big takeaway from this overlong exercise? Are Johns’ comics as terrible as I always thought they were? Really, they’re pretty awful from top to bottom, full of nonsensical twists and terrible dialogue (seriously, a little bit of wit would go a long way; instead, the stories are full of lines like “This rainbow rodeo’s locked and loaded!” and “I hope it still will be [enjoyable] when my foot’s up your wrinkled blue ass!”).

Some storylines are more palatable than others, with one big reason: the artist. Doug Mahnke brings a bit of humor and energy to the proceedings that other artists on the book lack, providing enough exaggeration and strangeness as to make things occasionally seem more farcical and less self-conscious. He can’t completely overcome Johns’ stupidity, but he definitely makes it more enjoyable.

But no, some very minor redeeming qualities and backhanded praise aside, this is a collection of modern superhero comics that begs to be ignored and forgotten by anyone with half a brain. It’s certainly not the worst thing out there (just read a few issues of the Green Lantern Corps tie-ins that get packaged along with the main series in the compilation volumes to see stories that are uglier and worse-written), but it surpasses those lesser efforts through sheer influence. Somehow, Johns has determined how to push the nostalgia buttons of man-children like himself who can’t manage to expand the boundaries of their sphere of knowledge beyond stories of muscular behemoths in colorful, skin-tight costumes beating each other into oblivion, and he has shaped the industry to his liking, convincing everyone that this is how superhero stories should be told. It’s an impressive feat, especially considering that he doesn’t have the cleverness of a Joe Casey or Grant Morrison, the cult of personality of a Brian Michael Bendis or Warren Ellis, or the humanity of a Mark Waid or Kurt Busiek. Those writers might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they’ve all proven themselves to be miles beyond Johns in creativity, style, and just plain comics-writing chops, but as so often happens in the world of commercial art, mediocrity rises to the top.

For More See: http://hoodedutilitarian.com/2012/09/speaking-power-to-stupid-the-ever-dumb-green-lantern-comics-of-geoff-johns/

#8 Edited by Superdork (917 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly, my favorite Geoff Johns Story took place behind the scenes:

The promotion of Johns, Didiot, and Harras to senior positions.

Johns, Didiot, and Harras really need to be let go. Bring back Waid and some people who have real talent.

#10 Posted by dondave (38797 posts) - - Show Bio

Sinestro Corps War

#11 Posted by Perfect 10 (1171 posts) - - Show Bio

really love his run. hard to pick a favorite. they are all equally stellar in my eyes. brightest day, blackest night, rebirth, secret origin, sinestro corps war, etc etc. but since rebirth started it all, im going with that one

#12 Edited by baron2011 (1154 posts) - - Show Bio

SCW

#13 Edited by Dud317 (297 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain13: wait, could you elaborate, I'm not sure i understand.

#14 Posted by Dabee (2399 posts) - - Show Bio

Choosing the best Green Lantern story by Geoff Johns is like choosing the best Jack Kirby character. There is no possible way you can go wrong.

I love Geoff Johns' run so much, despite what these other guys are saying. I just... love it so much... I

Uh, oh...

Dabee of Earth... you have great love in your heart...

#15 Edited by The Stegman (25523 posts) - - Show Bio

Blackest Night got my vote.

#16 Edited by modunhanul (413 posts) - - Show Bio

Rebirth or Sinestro Corps War. Aaaagh, it's hard to pick. Can I choose both?

#17 Posted by Green_Tea_Light (67 posts) - - Show Bio

Secret Origin, but like - all of it pre-52?

#18 Posted by detective38 (183 posts) - - Show Bio

Sinestro Corps War was good but I cant say I was a fan of the rest of his run

#19 Edited by longbowhunter (7511 posts) - - Show Bio

I got into GL with Sinestro Corp Wars and I feel as though Johns never quite topped it. Secret Origin and Blackest Night were really good also.

#20 Edited by sagejonathan (2013 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm slowly buying all the TPBs of his GL run. I only have Rebirth and No Fear so far.

#21 Posted by paralaxsteve (52 posts) - - Show Bio

Blackest Night for several reasons but mainly because it was the first graphic novel I bought and also reignighted my love for comic books

#22 Posted by Green_Tea_Light (67 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain13:

I don’t know why I am giving this the time of day here, but here goes... These bullet points basically follow your essay in order, so I hope you can find the parts I am referring to. I don’t mean this to be a personal attack on you, but my enjoyment of the series may make me come over as somewhat passionate:

  • · It makes sense that to make a character likeable we have to make him not a mass murderer. That’s like saying “to make a character likeable you need to make him likeable”. If you’re upset that it removed the heroic death – that did still happen, it doesn’t diminish it; adding parallax into the mix makes it his struggle even more significant, don’t you think?
  • · Trying to explain the back-story is easy. Colour Spectrum has an overlapping Emotional Spectrum – Power is drawn from those emotions. Every emotion has an entity which embodies it. Simple.
  • · Hal is a test pilot. He doesn’t actually fly into combat.
  • “Another bit of fantasy” – Yes, it’s a comic – suspension of disbelief. Instances like the one you cited can be found in any comic, and any other form of storytelling.
  • · I think the planes no longer being flashy and cool is reflected in the story. Ferris Airfield is undergoing financial difficulty.
  • · You must remember that the story where he is captured by the Russians is set during the year gap. Superheroes are in disarray. The big three are doing their own thing. Without a way to contact him – it’d be hard to know where he was or keep tabs on him.
  • · You can’t say something is dumb and not explain why it is dumb. You simply described the plot of an issue.
  • · The Star Sapphire crystals focus on the love of the hosts. If both characters are in love with Hal, then yes they would both want to erm “mate” with him.
  • · This “Johns loves Hal” thing has got to stop. Hal Jordan was a charismatic, free-living, ladies man way before Johns was writing. Does Johns like the character, of course he does – it is reflected in how much attention he pays to the characterisation.
  • · Geoff now has issues with women... I don’t think that is founded in any real evidence. A writer can write a story about a murderer, it doesn’t make him so. The Zamaron’s are possessive and controlling. It’s almost like they are morally gray and sometimes villains...
  • · People don’t want to move into a city which was levelled. Yeah, it isn’t any less dangerous than anywhere else in the DCU, but consider the real world – the same thing would happen. Also the people moving into Coast City is a metaphor for the people’s faith in Green Lantern. This culminates at the end of the Sinestro Corps War where the people decide to stay despite being told they are in danger.
  • · Hal is able to overcome fear because he has met the embodiment of fear. Consider how much more scary the monsters you don’t see are.
  • · Sinestro’s rings are not powered by their opponents fear. You must remember that the power of all the Corps’ rings comes from their wearers, otherwise anybody could wear them. The Sintestro Corps rings are powered by the ability to instil great fear. This means the ring is powered by malice and other such emotions.
  • · While “fear” is what the Sinestro Corps insight – it is the lack of will (mostly through fear) which is what leaves them vulnerable. Making Kyle relive his mother’s death and moreover saying “This is what we are capable of” is of course going to make Kyle falter.
  • · The green lights in the window bit is not “cringe worthy” it is a vital moment in Green Lantern. Since Hal’s return he hasn’t been trusted or accepted fully. This moment defines Hal’s re-establishment of a hero and in turn leads to his victory over Sinestro.
  • · Wait... the Sinestro Corps WAR... has killing in it?? ...oh my.
  • · Building statues is easy with a ring of infinite wonder.
  • · Yes, the Cyborg Superman wants to die...which is why he is helping end the universe. Saying something is stupid just by saying the thing that happens doesn’t make it so.
  • · Each Lantern Corps has a set of beliefs. These beliefs conflict. They fight. Is that not how every fight goes? In addition... it is not as simple as them fighting for no reason at all. They all have their own goals and motives. Each Corps has defining characters too, with their own stories to tell.
  • · Blue Lanterns cannot “blow shit up” unless they are in proximity to a Green Lantern. This is quite clever and actually answers your questions. While the blue rings of hope can help heal, there is no good in hoping if you do not have the will to act.
  • · Empathy is a by-product of compassion.
  • · The zombie story was violent? :-(
  • Geoff thinks that over the top violence makes stuff cool... Read a Garth Ennis book some time (parental advisory, of course). Not only will it show you how mild Geoff Johns’ comics are (also – he isn’t the one drawing them) it will prove to you that violence doesn’t mean bad story telling. Perhaps you are coming at this from a “comics are for kids so we shouldn’t have bad things happening in them” stance. Which is a really antiquated view. Most comics are more for adults and mature readers these days. Also – you see Yellow Blood... I see custard :)
  • · The Zombies Never Shut Up ... They feed on the emotions of their victims by channelling memories of the host’s loved ones and using it against them. Talking is how they evoke an emotional response. I know we say “zombies” because they are undead – but remember, they are Black Lanterns.
  • · The emotional spectrum is connected to the White life force. Like when you shine a light through a prism. The emotional spectrum is therefore fuelled by life. That makes sense, a lot of power’s come from life forces and natural energies. Black Lanterns are the opposite – so yeah, they don’t like that emotional spectrum too much.
  • · Of course the stealing of the emotion filled hearts stops when Nekron shows up. It was what was charging the black powering rings to bring Nekron back. Therefore, once he was back – they didn’t need to do it.
  • · The over sexualisation of characters (both female and male) is a bit much and is an issue of contention which goes way beyond Johns. But this is a fair point.
  • · Comics are far beyond children’s entertainment. It is so beyond that.

This attack on a really entertaining series is unfair. You could do what you did to nearly any comic series ever. But what I really take away from this is that, despite your explicit hate for the series, you read the whole thing. Hope my comments clear up some of your problems and may hint at why some people do like this series so much. Sorry for being a raging fanboy.

#23 Posted by czechoslovakia (147 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain13: here's some attention for you. since you want it and all.

#24 Edited by czechoslovakia (147 posts) - - Show Bio

sinestro corps war! GL fan for life now, all because of Johns

#25 Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt (13626 posts) - - Show Bio

To be honest, Geoff's GL stories dont really do it for me as much as they used to anymore. there was more heart, better storytelling and common sense in the stories set in previous continuities. Geoff did bring Hal back into the public eye and favor but to be honest, he really didn't do anything for his character.hopefully Venditti does better.

#26 Posted by CrashBang (125 posts) - - Show Bio

Blackest Night definitely gets my vote.

I'm noticing a lot of hate spring up recently but, honestly, I've adored every story Johns has told and he will be sorely missed.

I will admit that his New 52 stuff hasn't been quite on par with the older stuff. Baz seemed to come out of nowhere unnecessarily, for example.

#27 Posted by saoakden (1075 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved his run. I haven't read all the GL he's written but from what I have read is pretty freaking awesome.

#28 Posted by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

Sinestro Corps War is one of my favorite stories of all time

#29 Edited by Herokiller12344 (999 posts) - - Show Bio

Sinestro Corps War

#30 Posted by ILLO_29 (159 posts) - - Show Bio

@green_tea_light: Here! Here! While the captain is entitled to his opinion I think you present many good counterpoints. You said a lot of things I wanted to bring up, but I was work and didn't have a whole lot of time to type something up.

#31 Posted by sentryman555 (804 posts) - - Show Bio

@dabee: LOL best comment I've seen on here =D

#32 Posted by DrBones (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope the new creative team proves to be halfway as awesome. And umm -- Blackest Night is my personal favorite, indisputably! Surprised so many people prefer SCW.

#33 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

Johns had so many no brainer stories it's not funny. I wasn't even a Green Lantern reader, but I was familiar with him enough to get really curious when I saw the 1st ad for the "Sinestro War" story. The concept of a Sinestro .................Corp..........was just such a no brainer it was pure genious at the time. The follow up of stories to showcase the introduction of the other colored corps was genious as well. We were all just damn curious to see what was going to happen next. It brought out so many new characters, and changed some old ones in ways we didn't expect from Carol Danvers becoming a Star Saphire that wielded a ring. Fatality too. Then lame ass Black Hand became one of the coolest villains out there redifined, and also gave us one of the best single eplogue stories with what might be in the top 10 covers ever. Blackest Night blew us away and is my favorite cross over title I've ever read. It went thru everything DC and had me on wild goose chase looking for those damn figures for my little nephew. He didn't listen to me tho when I told him not to open them and I'm glad he didn't. I must have staired at some them for hours thinking to myself "I got robbed as a kid with my toys. They sucked compared to these." And it all started with great rebirth story drawn by an artist who changed how Green Lanterns are drawn. Always and forever. I'm sick of Green Lantern in space now tho. I want a Green Lantern to be grounded on Earth. The whole alien thing has gotten a little stale to me, but that's because I don't like cosmic stories, but for years I couldn't stop buying the issues. Johns has made G.L. a step higher then he ever was, and there is no more trinity. G.L. sits there with them, and the Flash also, but we're not talking about Flash right now. Right now, it's al about the green.

#34 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain13: WOW, I can't believe how much effort was actually put into hating something so much. The problem with you is that even tho you did't like it, your stupid ass kept waisting money on buying every issue just to not like it. Boy you sure waisted a lot of time.

#35 Posted by Mister_Sensational (195 posts) - - Show Bio

@illo_29 said:

@green_tea_light: Here! Here! While the captain is entitled to his opinion I think you present many good counterpoints. You said a lot of things I wanted to bring up, but I was work and didn't have a whole lot of time to type something up.

Agreed! The thing I especially liked about your counter argument was how you brought up the fact that everything the captain complained about could easily be applied to any given Superhero comic so in fact his issue is bigger than Green Lantern.

#36 Posted by ptigrusmagus (495 posts) - - Show Bio

Basically I'd pick anything pre new 52 over anything in the new 52 and I have liked the new 52 in general. Third Army was woefully disappointing and First Lantern has felt forced.

#37 Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt (13626 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain13: WOW, I can't believe how much effort was actually put into hating something so much. The problem with you is that even tho you did't like it, your stupid ass kept waisting money on buying every issue just to not like it. Boy you sure waisted a lot of time.

actually he copied and pasted that article so they are in fact someone else's words that he just happens to agree with. and please maintain some class and refrain from personal attacks.

#38 Posted by Captain13 (3516 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain13: WOW, I can't believe how much effort was actually put into hating something so much. The problem with you is that even tho you did't like it, your stupid ass kept waisting money on buying every issue just to not like it. Boy you sure waisted a lot of time.

Do you know what happens when you assume? You make an a** out of u and me. Jokes. I rented several graphic novels from the libes to see what the hype was about, so no I did not spend my own money. But you cannpt say the critique is not well thought out. =P

#39 Posted by CommanderShiro (198 posts) - - Show Bio

John's run on GL got me into comics. Its hard to choose, I absolutely love all the arcs pre New 52.

#40 Posted by WWAJfan (242 posts) - - Show Bio

Sinestro Corps War, AGent Orange and War of the GL

#41 Posted by fullmetaladam (53 posts) - - Show Bio
#42 Edited by wade_wilson22 (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@mucklefluga: I love his work in Blackest Night. Bringing the most foreboding line of the oath to life was a great experience.

To see more fans favorite moments of Geoff Johns' Green Lantern career, check out www.marveldcforum.com

#43 Edited by Voltes (14 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh I love the one were the character gets stabbed in the back from behind, so Johns. Or how about the one where the *insert your colored ring* army beats the the Green Lanterns back to defeat but somehow they manage to come together and win at the end. He is a genius, man so many colors and so many rings, bravo.

#44 Edited by sinestro_GL (3284 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Sinestro Corps War

2. Rebirth

3. Blackest Night

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#45 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Secret Origin, definitely!

#46 Posted by aquaman98 (54 posts) - - Show Bio

Rebirth

#47 Posted by Awale (4 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't read the post new 52 stuff but I doubt anything will beat Blackest Night for me. So... Blackest Night.

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