Saturday, May 25, 2013

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: A Tribute To Geoff Johns' Run On Green Lantern

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, after almost a decade of being the central battery for DC's Green Lantern franchise, Geoff Johns is stepping down from his post. To mark the occasion, I wanted to post this double-page splash by Ivan Reis, as it was these pages (2 and 3) of the first issue of the series under the One Year Later banner (#10) that heralded this book going from a great comic to a @!$#@% @!*!@%!@% sensation.

You have to click to enlarge this bad boy! I'd just finished drooling over Ivan's pencils in Rann/Thanagar War, where he redefined drawing 'cosmic', to return to Green Lantern and find him doing just as wide-screen detail like the above, gave this fan all his Christmases at once. 

While Reis and Johns would go on to produce many sweet splashies together, this was the first that gave me that wholly @#$% feeling. Tied in with Geoff's more intertwined plots such as Hal being distrusted by his fellow Green Lanterns and The Sinestro Corps, it was clear a new force was dawning.

Unlike the old GL weakness, Geoff stayed strong for over twenty-four issues and while I departed the franchise when it expanded beyond my budget with the 52 revamp, he ensured Hal Jordan's place in the new DCU with his work. For The Sinestro Corps War, Larfleeze and all points in-between, I just wanted to say 'With you behind the writers desk Geoff, we the fans had no fear'.

 What do you think? 

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