WHEN GEOFF JOHNS began writing Green Lantern: Rebirth — a story that re-established Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern to which all others were compared — he had no idea that he was about to embark on a decade-long adventure that would see multiple lantern corps created, the villainous Sinestro return to the Green Lantern Corps — and the debut of an Arab-American Green Lantern.
Comic Riffs recently caught up with Johns to talk about his just-concluded run on the Green Lantern, his future with DC Comics and the 75th anniversary of Superman.
DAVID BETANCOURT: Did you think your run on Green Lantern would last as long as it did when you first started with Green Lantern: Rebirth?
GEOFF JOHNS: When I was writing “Rebirth,” I didn’t consider [how long I’d be writing] Green Lantern. I tend to like writing long stories in comics. I worked on “Flash,” “Teen Titans” and “JSA” for years. I always like diving into characters. For Green Lantern, I didn’t imagine it would go this long or get this big.
It was a privilege on my part. I had a great time on the book.
DB: Is Sinestro just as important to you as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern?
GJ: Sinestro is one of the greatest villains in history. He’s complex and unpredictable and a good guy in his own right. He’s the perfect yin to Hal’s yang. That friendship [that emerged when Sinestro came back to the Corps] is the core of Green Lantern to me. Sinestro became the backbone of my run until the very end.
DB: What does Green Lantern Simon Baz mean to you, and is the further diversifying of the earth Lanterns an important step in diversifying the DC universe over all?
GJ: Clearly, Simon Baz brings such a different viewpoint to Green Lantern. The very nature of the corps concept of overcoming fear, I felt Simon was a great character to explore, while getting a different viewpoint on things. I had a great time writing that arch where we introduced him and I’ve gotten a lot of heartwarming responses to that character.
DB: What’s your future looking like in terms of other projects?
GJ: I’ll be writing Justice League, Justice League of America, Aquaman and Trinity War [a crossover of Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League Dark].
DB: [Looking back] Do you consider the emotional spectrum with multiple lantern corps, each powered by an emotion, one of your biggest contributions to the Green Lantern universe?
GJ: Yes [in a way]. Working with [the multiple artists] and creating those characters was incredible.
It was amazing to work with such talented artists.