I finally got around to reading this big ol’ thing and… wow. What an issue.
As you may or may not be aware, this is the last Green Lantern comic that Geoff Johns wrote. Not because someone told him to stop or because he didn’t have any interest in writing GL anymore, but because he finally finished the story he’s been telling since… Rebirth, I think?
I gotta say, this was a helluva way to end it.
In fact, this issue is a great stopping point if you wanted to put Green Lantern away and get into another series, but hell, I can’t get enough of these space-cops. Johns is a tough act to follow, sure, but I’m actually looking forward to seeing what the next writer can contribute to the characters and lore that he developed over the years.
One of the things I was quite surprised at was that this issue brought me to tears, which has only ever happened, as well as I can remember, when I read Flashpoint and when I read WE3. For spoiler purposes, I won’t get into the specific scenes that got to my feels, but I will say that there were three moments in particular around the climax of the story and one of them involved Sinestro.
I also appreciated the lack of ads between the pages. There were a handful of congratulatory pages celebrating Geoff’s successful run with heartwarming notes from his friends and coworkers, but these were placed in such a way that the pacing was not disrupted.
I wouldn’t say it was a perfect fairytale ending, but I suppose that sort of thing is awfully cliched. Nah, I was very satisfied with this conclusion, and really, Geoff’s whole run of Green Lantern. In fact, his GL work is what really got me interested in comic books in general. I’m gonna miss him on this series, but I’m glad he got to tell his story, and that he’s still got enough ideas in his head for others.
So congrats, Mr.Johns, and keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.