When last we left Green Lantern (as written and drawn by Robert Venditti and Billy Tan), Hal Jordan and his new recruits were under attack by Larfleeze and an army of his intelligent constructs. Not much of a threat for the Green Lantern Corps, you say? Well, we mentioned these recruits were new, right? That’s new as in untested, right off the proverbial bus, will-be-lucky-if-they-survive-their-first-morning. Yes, these new Lanterns are in for a baptism by fire. They’ll either quickly rise as Green Lanterns or fall into Agent Orange’s clutches.
A few weeks ago, the creative teams behind the Green Lantern titles all metaphorically retired from the Corps with the release of their respective series’ 20th issue (that said, once a Lantern, always a Lantern).
However, like the rings of the Corps themselves, worthy successors have been chosen to carry on the tradition set before them and to guide the Green Lantern Universe to new and exciting heights filled with crazy adventure, dangerous villains, and characters both old and new.
The Beatles once memorably sang, “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.” We doubt very much they were singing about Green Lantern—though we kinda wish they were, just for the sheer awesome factor—but we can’t help thinking of that line when looking at this week’s GREEN LANTERN #21. Yes, many of us are still saying goodbye to Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke and savoring the pages of their final issue.
Following the thrilling conclusion of writer Geoff Johns’ historic near-decade run on GREEN LANTERN with last week’s issue #20, the acclaimed and New York Times bestselling series will be going in an all-new new direction with the introduction of the new creative team of writer Robert Venditti and artist Billy Tan.
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read GREEN LANTERN #20 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).
We often get told that all good things must come to an end—because otherwise we’d be happy all the time and dang if the universe is going to have any of that malarkey. Even still, we like to believe that maybe, just maybe, this once, the good thing we love so much will just keep on going.
Sadly, universal fact proves true once again.