GREEN LANTERN #20

• It’s the final battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians in this, the extra-sized finale of Geoff Johns’ historic run on the title!

• Plus, don’t miss a special retrospective on Geoff’s run on GL!

Story by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Marc Deering, Mark Irwin, Wade Von Grawbadger, Tom Nguyen, Patrick Gleason, Cully Hamner, Aaron Kuder, Jerry Ordway, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado, & Ethan Van Sciver
Colors by Alex Sinclair & Tony Avina
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover by Doug Mahnke & Alex Sinclair

Price: $7.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 34.1%

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  1. Although I think Geoff’s run on this title went about 2 or 3 years too long, I gotta say overall I have enjoyed the hell out of Green Lantern since Rebirth. Nice work Johns.

  2. $7.99 Really??? Does that include a jar of Vaseline with it?

  3. consafo80 consafo80 (@consafo80) says:

    End of an era

  4. I’m gonna be sad to see Johns go, but I am hoping that this means that he can focus all of his creative juices on the Justice Leagues and Aquaman.

  5. I’ve been on since Rebirth, and I’ll be taking a break from GL after this. It’s gonna be strange not having it every month, but this corner of the universe isn’t doing it for me anymore. This is bound to stir up mixed emotions.

  6. I was never a huge GL fan growing up. I liked Guy in JLI, but that was pretty much it. Johns’s storytelling has been so compelling(as usual) that this has been in my pull box for 6 or 7 years. And now, like Johns, it’s time for me to move on to “greener” pastures.

  7. really was a end of a era,

  8. Thank you Mr. Johns! It’s been an amazing journey!

  9. So bittersweet. Johns brought me back to comics after a 10-year hiatus, and he made my favourite DC character shine like never before. Thank you for the stories, Mr. Johns, and here’s to a light that never goes out.

  10. Magnificent! From Rebirth to this finale!!Awesome run, one of my all-time favorites of all time.

  11. Waitaminnit, I agree with giving Mr. Johns credit for his tenure with Green Lantern. He really did revitalize the character. Now lets talk about the story. I’m still not sure I understand what The first Lantern is doing.I don’t understand his look, I don’t understand what his power is doing to his victims, and I don’t understand why he’s called the First Lantern when I don’t see anything resembling what we’ve come to know as a Lantern. I also felt some of the plot choices in the issue weakened previous canon. Parallax and Nekron seemed to be dispatched easily and I still don’t understand how Hal was able to return to the land of the living. The epilogue was very cliche and although there were great artistic moments in this issue I felt the story was a mixed bag and did not leave me excited for the next issue.

    • Dude did you miss the whole page in this issue where The First Lantern’ s origin is told to us? You know, that part on page 10 that explains that the Guardians placed their emotions into a containment vessel (a lantern) and that Volthoom, a human that had traveled through time to witness this, saw the lantern filled with all the Guardians emotions, or HEARTS so to speak, created the very first Lantern ring. Volthoom reached into the lantern to take the ring and was transformed into The First Lantern.

      I guess you missed that part yeah?

  12. Epic. So… what’s next?

  13. Super epic but this was written sort of like issue 21 isn’t coming out next month. Sounds like a lot of people are treating it as a jumping off point.

    I’m going to give the new creative teams a chance. Venditti on X-O makes me think he could write an amazing Hal Jordan.

    • This is going to be a jumping off point for me along with Green Lantern Corps, which is the only other GL book I’m reading. It’s not that I don’t think the new team will do well or that I haven’t been enjoying the books, it’s just that I like good endings. Those are hard to come by in superhero stories but I thought Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke did a wonderful job here so, for now anyway, I’m going to give the Green Lantern universe a break. I’ll check reviews here and if the community says the stories are good, I’m sure I’ll come back for more.

  14. I jumped off John’s books a while back for (among other things) what I saw as either the never ending stories (GL) or endings he just couldn’t stick (JL). So I’m interested that people seem pleased with this ending. Maybe I’ll check it out.
    I plan to use issue 21 as a jumping back on point for GL and Corps. After their run on Demon Knights, I’ll Follow Venditti and Chang wherever.

  15. I enjoyed the fact that this was a summary. I have not been reading the “first lantern” story line and this kind of caught me up on it.

  16. This was a delightful mess. Really, the art was gorgeous, but Johns threw in everything but the kitchen sink. The whole Necron thing had be scratching my head. Why did they even need him? And he just went back to his crypt when Hal told him to?

  17. I thought this was fantastic. Not only did he put a pretty bow on it, but he made a blueprint for the future of the power ring books.

  18. Meh, this felt like 5 or 6 issues mashed into 64 pages. Its just the final battle, but there is way too much happening on all fronts so nothing it given enough time; a lot needs to be explained in the caption boxes, which I don’t like. I would have preferred either this spread out more or simplified. A lot of splash page work is lost in the binding of the book’s spine too: there is one long, vertical panel that was completely lost, you’ll need the digital version to see what was on it.

    That said, I’m going to Miss Geoff Johns on this immensely, I doubt I’d be reading Green Lantern without him. The art in this was excellent too and I wouldn’t have guessed that many artist contributed, they matched up well.

  19. Man, I was blubbing like a baby during the wedding scene.

    This issue was thoroughly satisfying. A great end to a great run.

  20. this was an awesome send off. Johns did a fantastic job tying 10 years of stories in a meaningful way. He also did a good job setting up his successor with plenty of stories to explore. I hope Mahnke is staying on this because his art is breathtaking.

  21. This turned out to be a thoroughly satisfying end to a long run but as others have said, it was a messy one. I’ve only been reading Green Lantern recently. I’m sure the other three titles provided some insight into the setup. Both the Third Army and The First Lantern were completely pushed to the side as antagonist for people only reading the main title.

    But I can just take all that for granted and enjoy this conclusion for what it was. Time to step away from Green Lantern for a while. It’s been a nice ride.

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