Geoff Johns Leaving GREEN LANTERN With #20


Geoff Johns is leaving Green Lantern with May's issue #20, reports the AP.

Johns's run started nine years ago with Green Lantern: Rebirth in 2004, which restored Hal Jordan to the land of the living and as the premier Green Lantern of Earth once more. Since then, he has established corps of every color of the light spectrum, made Sinestro the biggest villain in the universe - and then a hero in the GL Corps once more, and of course he brought multitudes of heroes and villains alike back from the dead in an attempt to destroy all life. He also introduced a brand-new Green Lantern of Earth, the Muslim Simon Baz, who is joining Johns's Justice League of America.

"I'm really proud of all the stuff we've built with Green Lantern — from Larfleeze to the different corps," Johns told The Associated Press. "It was more than just telling another story, but really giving back to the character by expanding and adding to their mythology."

No new writer was named for the series in the announcement. Johns will take the time to focus on his two Justice League books, and continue to write Aquaman for DC Comics.

Update: Johns has addressed his Green Lantern departure via a post on DC's official publicity blog, <a href=>The Source</a>.

"As every storyline is coming to a head, it feels like the right time," Johns wrote. "The book is still doing great. The characters are as vibrant as ever. Let's go out how we started – on a high note."

The writer says he'll be working with Green Lantern artist Doug Mahnke on a project later this year, and observes that, across various projects starring the character, he's written more than 100 GL comics.

"I'm walking away feeling very proud of what we’ve done and very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with so many fellow creators," Johns continued, praising specific names in the statement including Peter Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, Doug Mahnke and DC co-publisher Dan DiDio. "It's that collaboration, and every reader out there, who have made this a truly special experience. It's hard to imagine a Green Lantern universe without characters like Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Saint Walker, the Indigo Tribe or the rest of the gang anymore. And I can't count how many Lantern t-shirts of all colors I continue to see."

Johns teased that Green Lantern #20 will include "the biizarre return of Hal Jordan, the final fate of Sinestro, the revelation of the First Lantern and an ending that I hope pays off everything we’ve ever done and ever created with Green Lantern." The issue will feature artistic contributions from Van Sciver, Mahnke, Reis and Prado.

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