Geoff Johns To Leave 'Green Lantern'

Geoff Johns is exiting the series that he's been most heavily associated with for years, "Green Lantern." The exceedingly busy writer, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer told the Associated Press that he wants to let Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and the rest of the Lanterns go to concentrate more on his "Justice League" and "Justice League of America" work. "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," he said. "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."

In an official statement on DC's The Source blog, Johns said:

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.

Johns' final issue will be the 64 page "Green Lantern" #20 with artist Doug Mahnke. In his official statement, Johns teased the issue will be about:

The bizarre 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. It has art by Doug Mahnke, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and I’ve poured everything I can into the script.

To read Johns' full statement regarding is exit, head over to The Source.

This marks another change in a long line of creative shifts that have come out of DC in the past couple of weeks from the addition of Sterling Gates on "Vibe" to Ales Kot on "Suicide Squad," and several cancellations. There's no word on who'll replace Johns on "Green Lantern," but based on what we've been seeing thus far, Jeff Lemire should be dusting off the old power ring.

"Green Lantern" #20 is out in May.

[Source: Huffington Post]