I’m not sure how well documented this next statement is. I know every time I talk about Geoff Johns, I always make it clear that he is one hell of a writer, but I don’t think I’ve divulged this next tidbit to many outside of my fellow LUN writers and maybe an ex-girlfriend or two.
Geoff Johns is the sole reason that I read comic books. I know I’ve touched on that fact before, but it’s absolutely true. I received a copy of Blackest Night #1 on Free Comic Book Day 2012. I ran home, blew off my girlfriend for the afternoon, and dug in as hard as possible. I blasted through the first issue within minutes and immediately ordered the graphic novel of Geoff Johns’ Blackest Night that collects #0-8.
Thank god for Amazon Prime.
I received the book and tore through it within an hour. That’s when I became hooked on comics.
From there, I got Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. Basically, I started at the top of comics, and it got me hooked for life.
So it was naturally a big deal for me when I heard that Geoff Johns will be stepping down as the head writer of one of my favorite titles, Green Lantern, after the epic 64-page issue #20, out this May.
Johns stated that he’d be handing over the reigns to someone else to give him more time to focus on his present runs of Justice League of America and Aquaman.
Long story short, it’s just another reason to hate Aquaman…
Mind you, I’ve not been on board with either of the titles Johns is leaving GL to focus on, so I can’t comment if the move is necessary or will be beneficial. Either way, the fact remains that Johns leaves behind an 8-year run of slightly over 100 issues starring multiple Green Lanterns, including Green Lanterns of Space Sector 2814 (which contains Earth): Guy Gardner, Kyle Raynor, John Stewart, new-comer Simon Baz, and the world-famous Hal Jordan.
DC has yet to announce who will take over writing duties after Johns steps down, but it’s safe to say that whoever takes over has some pretty big shoes to fill, shoes that have been well worn by Geoff Johns for almost a decade now.
I’ll surely miss Johns at the helm, but this is an opportunity to get new blood behind the wheel of a top DC title, and only time will tell if execs make the best choice of a writer, and if the writers brings his/her best ideas to the reader. And one thing is for sure…
In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night,
Geoff Johns will soon be out of sight.
And though his leaving may seem a plight,
When Johns is gone, new blood shall write!