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It was bound to happen and now it is official. Geoff Johns has announced his departure from the series that he brought back to life, Green Lantern.

Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics, Geoff Johns, made it official on Monday that Issue #20 of the Green Lantern series will be his last issue, which comes out in May 2013.  As he stated to the Associated Press:

I’m really proud of all the stuff we’ve built with Green Lantern – from Larfleeze to the different corps. 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 be focusing on his work on Justice League as well as continuing his work on Aquaman as well as the upcoming Justice League of America series. Johns’ run on the Green Lantern series, starting with Green Lantern: Rebirth in 2004, has brough the character from the B-to-C rankings of most fans all the way up to the forefront. He helped expand the GL universe through the Green Lantern Corps as well as introducing the color spectrum of various Lantern factions. No matter your opinions of the Green Lantern live-action film, it wouldn’t have been possible for a Hollywood studio to even consider doing a GL movie without the popular of John’s run.

As someone who got into the DC universe solely because of a description of the new Green Lantern books on a podcast, its sad to see him depart from the series. It’s the first DC book I read consistently and it really opened my horizons to the world of Green Lantern and other DC characters. Staff changes for a comic series are a normal thing, but I guess since he’s been attached to the Green Lantern name for almost a decade, its harder for most fans to believe that he will not be writing for it anymore.

But seeing as most of the staff for the Green Lantern comics, including Green Lantern Corps, Red Lanterns, and Green Lantern: New Guardians, are also taking their leave, this is a chance for some new blood to shape the GL universe. I just hope that they can find new ways to expand the comic as Johns did back in 2004.

Source 1: Comic Book Resources

Source 1: Comic Book Resources

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