Writer tells IGN that it’ll be a long time before he returns to Hal and Sinestro
For many, many fans the Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern was their introduction to the mythology and while other creators have left their mark on the book it’s safe to say that none have had the success that Johns had during this nearly ten year run with the characters. The finality of Green Lantern #20 which wrapped up his tenure with the series was a clear bookend to Green Lantern: Rebirth and while there are still many stories that Johns could write around that cast of characters it won’t be any time soon according to comments he made in a recent interview with IGN discussing Lex Luthor’s upcoming stint as a member of the Justice League. You can read the entire interview here.
IGN: I also wanted to ask you about Sinestro’s unexpected appearance at the end of Forever Evil #4. When you wrote your Green Lantern finale — which I loved — it was written with such finality that I thought we weren’t going to see Sinestro for a long time, and he’s already back. I’m interested to hear, when you wrote that finale, did you know that you were going to bring him back so soon? And did you know he would be getting his own series?
Geoff Johns: I didn’t know that he was going to be getting his own series, but I did know that we were going to be bringing him back in Forever Evil. I knew that he would never see Hal Jordan, and for me, the finale was about Sinestro and Hal Jordan. And we’ll see why Sinestro shows up in Forever Evil and what his role is, but he won’t be interacting with any Green Lanterns, save for Power Ring, who is technically not a Green Lantern. I knew he was going to play a role in Forever Evil, but for me the finality of Green Lantern #20, on a lot of levels, was the flash-forwards to the Book of Oa and ending of days for Green Lantern and ending of the tales of the Green Lanterns, but the ending for me, the real finality, was the relationship between Sinestro and Hal Jordan. With that, it wasn’t so much about saying we’ll never see Sinestro again, but that I was up for writing Sinestro or Hal Jordan again, but just not together.
IGN: I see what you’re saying. It maintains the integrity of the finale because they never meet.
GJ: Exactly. The emotional finality of that is between Sinestro and Hal. That’s what I didn’t want to disrupt. I didn’t want Sinestro and Hal to meet. It was way too early to have those characters meet again. Ethan Van Sciver and I talked about doing Green Lantern again some day, but it’s not going to be for a long, long time.
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