15th December 2014
I have some surprising news to report, Lantern fans. DC Comics has released its March 2015 solicits, which reveal that Green Lantern Corps #40 will be the final issue of Green Lantern Corps. I’m really not sure what to make of this. This title has been selling well above cancellation levels, so this leads me to believe a relaunch of some sort is under way. Green Lantern: New Guardians and Red Lanterns are also being cancelled, but I actually suspected those might be. But Green Lantern Corps!? That comes as quite a shock, especially since the Sinestro title, which Green Lantern Corps regularly outsells, is continuing.
I can only hope that DC has bigger things planned for John Stewart. I’m really hoping that we get something new that features him as a solo star again, akin to the current GLC run. He’s had such great development under Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo. I’d hate to see him lumped into some kind of ensemble title. John Stewart has proven to be a PoC character that can successfully hold his own, and probably the only one DC has. Here’s hoping DC recognizes that and continues to feature him as the primary lead in an upcoming Green Lantern title.
Here’s the solicit with the cover art:
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40
Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
MOVIE POSTER Variant cover by TONY HARRIS
On sale MARCH 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
John Stewart comes face to face with the failure that has haunted and defined him for years – the destruction of the planet Xanshi. Will he find salvation as history threatens to repeat itself? Plus, a moment that will forever alter the course of the Corps in a final issue that had to be extra-sized!
It sounds like Van Jensen is finally going to put a nail in the coffin to John’s Xanshi phantoms, and in an extra-sized issue! I’m looking forward to it.
This is an odd time. I’m not sure whether to feel excited or… something else. I do feel a bit of trepidation right now. If DC chooses to launch a new John Stewart book, at the very least, I really hope they keep Van Jensen as the writer. He’s displayed a genuine care and mastery of the character that very few comic writers have.
I’m confident there will be plenty of news coming in. Keep your eyes on GreenLantern.Co to stay up to date.
DC Comics continues its fun variant cover themes. The latest one is movie posters. This coming March, Green Lantern Corps does a tribute to the classic movie Forbidden Planet. Take a look at the fun cover below.