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Geoff Johns to step down as ‘Green Lantern’ writer

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013
The image provided by DC Entertainment shows the illustration for the cover of "Green Lantern" No. 20, due out in May, which is the last issue written by Geoff Johns. He is leaving the book after nearly nine years of writing Green Lantern titles to focus on DC Entertainment's family of Justice League titles and Aquaman, too. (AP Photo/DC Entertainment) ORG XMIT: NY129
The image provided by DC Entertainment shows the illustration for the cover of "Green Lantern" No. 20, due out in May, which is the last issue written by Geoff Johns. He is leaving the book after nearly nine years of writing Green Lantern titles to focus on DC Entertainment's family of Justice League titles and Aquaman, too. (AP Photo/DC Entertainment) ORG XMIT: NY129

DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns will step down as writer of the company’s “Green Lantern” title, the Associated Press reports.

Johns has been the writer of “Green Lantern” since 2004, with the miniseries “Green Lantern: Rebirth.”   May’s issue No. 20 will be Johns’ last.

In this publicity mage released by DC Comics, DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns is shown. DC Comics is going back to the starting point in September, renumbering its entire lineup of DC Universe titles with No. 1 and retooling nearly all of its major characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.(AP Photo/DC Comics)  ORG XMIT: NYET786
In this publicity mage released by DC Comics, DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns is shown. DC Comics is going back to the starting point in September, renumbering its entire lineup of DC Universe titles with No. 1 and retooling nearly all of its major characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.(AP Photo/DC Comics) ORG XMIT: NYET786

“I’m really proud of all the stuff we’ve built with Green Lantern — from Larfleeze to the different corps,” Johns told the AP. “The universe has expanded and will live well past my run. It was more than just telling another story, but really giving back to the character by expanding and adding to their mythology.”

Johns will continue to be associated with some Green Lantern characters — Simon Baz is a featured character in “Justice League of America,” and Hal Jordan is still featured in “Justice League.”    Johns tells the AP he’s going out with a bang.

“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.”

The final issue, Johns says, ties everything together.

“It really, for me, ties everything else and ends the Green Lantern saga,” Johns said of the 64-page issue No. 20. “This story — the way the story evolves — I think people will get a sense of finality from it.”

- Matt Price

 


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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