Well, after nearly a decade, and roughly 100 issues, Geoff Johns is stepping away from the Green Lantern universe with May's Green Lantern #20. He announced the news over on the DC Comics blog, The Source, this morning. Johns not only reinstated Hal Jordan as DC's primary Green Lantern, he re-imagined virtually the entire Green Lantern mythology in the course of his tenure, expanding the cast of characters, power sets, and mythology of a property that had been around since the Silver Age of comics.
"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," said Johns. He has good reason to be proud. While Green Lantern has always been a recognizable commodity for DC Comics, it wasn't until Green Lantern: Rebirth, written by Johns and with art by Ethan Van Sciver, launched in 2004 that the character became a consistent top seller for the company. Johns hit his stride with galaxy-shaking storylines like the Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night, both of which resonated throughout the wider DC Universe.
It would appear, however, that Geoff has no plans of slowing down, as he teased, "I’m fortunate enough to continue working with Doug [Mahnke, Green Lantern artist] as we head over to a new project later this year." You can read his complete statement over at The Source!