We became aware that Robert Venditti (and team) will be departing Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps come issue #50 back in May. You could say it was a sad day, because Venditti has forged himself into one of the best Lantern writers we’ve had. From his NEW52 run on Green Lantern (after taking the reins from iconic Lantern writer Geoff Johns); where he gave us the likes of RELIC, had the “Greatest Lantern of them All” go rogue to save the Corps’ reputation, and reinvented SONAR to his REBIRTH run.
Venditti has certainly carved his name in the pantheon of greats.
Though when Venditti had announced #50 would be his final issue we essentially were led to believe a new creative team would take over, but yesterday we found out that the title itself is ending with Venditti’s final issue:
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #50
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art and cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
This. Is. It! It’s an extra-sized anniversary celebration, and one of the biggest battles the Green Lantern Corps has ever fought to mark the occasion. John Stewart issues a dramatic order: no lethal force! The Green Lanterns need to prove they can keep law and order in the universe without killing. Elsewhere, Hal Jordan faces down Tomar-Tu, and looks to use the Darkstars’ armor as a weapon against them—with some psychic help from Hector Hammond (who probably shouldn’t be trusted).
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This plays into what I’ve suspected since it was announced that DC Comics was pushing a (ridiculous) “Creative Refresh” where they’d be introducing new creative teams on titles, and (re)launching brand new ones. Bleeding Cool‘s Rich Johnston reported,
So we get Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp giving us a new Green Lantern #1.
This leads me to believe (if true) that much like Super Sons being “cancelled” and the story carrying over into Adventures of the Super Sons (by Peter J. Tomasi), we might see the general idea that Venditti leaves off with in his finale issue carry over into Grant Morrison/Liam Sharp’s new Green Lantern.
I, for one, am extremely pumped to see a Morrison and Sharp take over of the Lantern portion of the (DC) universe. The two are favorites of mine in the industry, and I think that their styles would greatly play off one another. This new team could definitely raise the bar from where Venditti had brought it to after picking up from Johns’ monumentally high risen bar, and this could very well introduce and explore new corners of the Lantern mythos with the tying in of that coming out of “No Justice.”
Overall with the direction DC is heading, I haven’t had much hope, but this move would definitely keep my hope alive.