By Methos 51 Comments
3 years ago this thought would have been completely unfathomable to me... 3 years ago, Green Lantern was one of the best books out... it had characters you could identify with and relate to...
then came Rebirth... then came the Sinestro Corps war... which, and don't get me wrong here, were amazing events for all of DC and brought Green Lantern into the mainstream again, but i believe they have actually killed the spirit of Green Lantern comics right off...
so now it comes to this, thanks to a writer by the name of Geoff Johns, who i now completely loathe and will be avoiding anything he even touches from now on, i have completely dropped Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps from my pull list at my comic store... needless to say, as i have been collecting Green Lantern comics since 1987, that's over 20 years of reading, my comic store owner was shocked...
I just can't do it anymore... the needless Retcons, the character bashing... the endless changes to the well known universe of Green Lantern... i just can't take it anymore... it's got to a point where i can't actually pick up a Green Lantern comic and enjoy it, my main thought is "Oh god, what the f**k have they changed this issue..."
I was going through this with several friends on the GL message board and even some of the moderators and admin, who have been reading Green Lantern for 30 / 40 years have now dropped the comic...
we've even discovered that Mr Retcon (Geoff Johns) has actually been making stuff up as he goes along, such as the fabled Lethal Force Law, which didn't actually exist until Johns took control of Green Lantern for the Rebirth series, which he then altered during the Sinestro Corps War for shock value... not the style of a good writer if you ask me...
but i'm not the only one doing it... at the end of Kyle's run in Green Lantern 181, the issue was selling around 150,000 copies just in the US... the sales figures to date show exactly what's going on with the book...
#21-81,929 (Start of the Sinestro Corps War)
#25-90,545 (End of the Sinestro Corps War)
Not only halved sales since Johns took over... but he actually managed to take sales down to just over a third of what they were when he started... and then he had the bonus of the shock value of bringing Hal Jordan back from the dead... they are now trying to drag on the Blackest Night storyline to include all of the DCU, just to that the Green Lantern and GLCorps books can actually shine through again, well personally i don't believe that will help... hell, i don't even believe that the Blackest Night arc will sell enough to actually bring Green Lantern back to what is used to be, let alone put it back on the front page of magazines again...
sorry Geoff, this is the final straw... you've managed to drive me away from a comic that i have been reading and loving since i was 8 years old... enough is enough...