The big fat anniversary issue of Green Lantern marks the end of Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern. But this isn’t just a send off to a writer, it’s the end of an era.
Johns began writing Green Lantern in 2004 with the Rebirth story arc, which freed Hal Jordan from being the human host of The Spectre, introduced the fear entity Parallax, and began a story that would change the Green Lantern universe forever.
Pre-Rebirth the Green Lantern universe admittedly mediocre. Ask someone to name a pre-Rebirth Green Lantern villain and you’ll probably get Sinestro, and maybe Star Sapphire.There were many GL villains, but not many of note, except perhaps for Hector Hammond. By introducing the spectrum Johns breathed life into the GL universe, opening doors to more exciting concepts and giving us fantastic characters like Saint Walker and Larfleeze. Now, the events of the various Green Lantern characters impact stories all over the DC universe. Johns remade Green Lantern in his image, and it was glorious.
After this, I don’t know where the GL universe is headed, but I do know what’s already there is great potential.