DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recently announced he plans to step down as Green Lantern writer after over nine years, leaving the issue in May after Green Lantern #20. “I’m really proud of all the stuff we’ve built with Green Lantern – from Larfleeze to the different corps,” Johns told The Associated Press. “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 began his nine-year run on Green Lantern with Green Lantern: Rebirth in 2004, reintroducing Hal Jordan as the premiere Lantern of the DC Universe, which led to some of DCs most memorable storylines of the last decade to include The Sinestro Corps War.
Johns was then named DCs Chief Creative Officer in February 2010, just before Flashpoint and the New 52 began. Following the launch of the New 52, Johns continued his Green Lantern stories, introducing characters like Simon Baz during Rise of the Third Army. “It was a very, very hard decision,” he told AP. “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.” After writing Green Lantern, Johns’ focus will shift to Justice League and Aquaman. On DCs official blog, John’s elaborated on the ending to his run, also teasing his plans for Simon Baz and B’dg in the upcoming Justice League of America. “So what will ‘Green Lantern’ #20 bring? 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,’” Johns said in his post. “It has art by Doug Mahnke, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and I’ve poured everything I can into the script.”