For many decades, I never used to pay much attention to anything in the DC Universe unless it involved Gotham City or Metropolis. That changed with BLACKEST NIGHT when my weekly comic bill skyrocketed out of control. I don't think BLACKEST NIGHT was perfect, but what it did was reopen the whole DC Universe to me and reminded me of some of the characters that I used to enjoy as a child. It forced me to review my "lost years" and study up on practically every character that had ever graced a DC Comic and in turn reignited my passion for the world of comics. Today, the main writer I credit with that, Geoff Johns has announced that he is extinguishing his role with the Lantern. However, on a positive it is so he can concentrate on the JUSTICE LEAGUE, and that excites me.
Here is his full statement and I would just like to say thanks for the job he has done so far in making DC relevant again and I can't wait to see what he provides in the future.
So here’s the sad news: Doug Mahnke and I are closing the GREEN LANTERN SAGA that began with GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #1 with this May’s 64-page GREEN LANTERN #20. As every storyline is coming to a head, it feels like the right time. The book is still doing great. The characters are as vibrant as ever. Let’s go out how we started – on a high note.
Counting up between the GREEN LANTERN monthly series, REBIRTH, BLACKEST NIGHT and the various one-shots and specials…that makes over 100 issues of GREEN LANTERN I’ve had the absolute privilege, pleasure and fortune to write.
I’m obviously ending my run with a little sadness because I love these characters, every single one of them. But 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. 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.