|Geoff Johns' "Sinestro Corps War" may have eclipsed other, "bigger" Event Stories in 2007|
Superstar writer Geoff Johns helmed what was arguably the Event book of 2007 -- and it wasn't even intended as an Event. The epic "Sinestro Corps War" saga (named one of CBR's Best Of 2007 titles), told in the pages of DC Comics' two Green Lantern books – "Green Lantern" and "Green Lantern Corps" -- was both a commercial and critical success, and gave the other green guy a run for his money while he was making love and war over in Marvel Universe.
2007 also saw Johns bring the original Legion of Superheroes back to the future in the pages of "Action Comics;" welcome Alex Ross' "Kingdom Come" Superman to "Justice Society of America;" and made "Booster Gold," well, for lack of a better term, boosterrific.
Oh, and there was that little side project named "52," as well. You may have heard of it.
How does one follow up such a performance in 2008? Well, CBR News recently enjoyed a lengthy conversation with Geoff Johns (one of CBR's picks for Best Writer of 2007), in which he shared his plans for his many ongoing books and revealed a new project – a return of sorts for the writer and an old friend of his, to the world of the Fastest Man Alive.
|Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins' original "The Flash" stories are collected in trade paperback|
In other Flash news, Johns confirmed for CBR there is still more story to come from "The Lightning Saga," the best-selling five-part crossover in his "Justice Society of America" and Brad Meltzer's "Justice League of America" books that marked the death of one Flash (Bart Allen) and the return of another (Wally West).
|Geoff Johns will leave "Booster Gold" in 2008|
The next "Booster Gold" arc will feature characters from a subplot in "The Lightning Saga," but the two stories aren't substantially connected. "If you read 'Booster Gold,' you will see Degaton, Ultra-Humanite and Despero in the next storyline," said Johns. "They will be in 'Booster Gold' for a while." The villainous time traveling trio was introduced into "Booster Gold" continuity last month in #5.
|"The Lightning Saga" has more story to tell in 2008|
The Booster Gold storyline is not tied to any developments in Dwayne McDuffie's "Justice League of America." "No, 'Booster Gold' is its own story," said Johns. "There is no tie-in there other than the characters growing out of it.
|"Kingdom Come" Superman's presence in "Justice Society of America" will have ramifications in 2008|
As for the JSA, Johns did say what is a definite is that things are only going to get bigger for comicdom's original superhero team in 2008. No small task considering "Kingdom Come" Superman was introduced into the DCU proper in the latest arc. "I don't want to divulge what happens following our 'Kingdom Come' arc yet, but it deals with somebody that is very important to the JSA," Johns tased. "For now, I want to keep the focus on what we're doing with Alex and 'Kingdom Come.'
"[Artist] Dale [Eaglesham] and I always call the JSA Norman Rockwell superheroes," continued Johns, who has been writing the Gardner Fox-created team for nearly eight years. "It's the one book where you can have these quirky characters. All of our characters are a bit weird and a bit off-center. All of our characters are a little bit strange. They're weird because they are real people. They're funny, they're tough, they're cool and they're tragic, all at the same time."
|Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham's first issues of "Justice League of America" are collected in hardcover|
"And the one thing you can do in 'Justice Society of America' is have them go to a pancake breakfast, it doesn't feel out of place," continued Johns. "You can have them in a boxing ring. You can have a character, who talks incessantly and that's okay. You can have a character who talks to nothing. You can have another guy who hides behind a mask and grumbles a lot. But underneath it all, he's a good kid. I love these new characters with the old classics. That's the point of the Justice Society and, to me, always will be. We're introducing more heroes, more members of this ever-growing society, but it's all for a reason. Every character plays a part, and the team as a whole and its expansion, plays a part in the 'Kingdom Come' storyline. We've really only begun to scratch the surface of it."
Johns said fans of "JSoA" should pay special attention to the opening pages of an upcoming issue for a little more insight into one the team's biggest dreamer. "There's a scene at the beginning of 'Justice Society of America' #14 with Sandman that I really, really like. It puts him a little bit more in perspective," said Johns. "And it's scene like that that are a lot of fun to work on with Dale, who is unbelievably talented, and Alex. I feel that 'Justice Society of America' is a central, important book to the DC Universe and I feel those characters are vital to the continuation of the DC Universe.
And what about that other Superman?
"The introduction of 'KC' Superman to the cast has been a great challenge. We've been really happy with it," explained Johns. "I don't mind taking on the projects that might be a little bit risky. Like someone said to me, why aren't you writing 'Superman' instead of 'Action Comics' because 'Superman' would sell better? And I said because 'Action Comics' is the first one and it's okay to be the underdog Superman book. As long as I'm telling Superman stories with Gary Frank, I am ecstatic.
|Geoff Johns and Gary Frank returned the original Legion of Super-Heroes to the DCU in "Action Comics"|
"The fact that he is there is a major event for the JSA team. You don't just pop in a Superman and pop out. It doesn't work that way for us because we wanted to show the gravity of what it would be like to meet someone from an alternate universe, from a parallel world. And that's what the storyline is about. That he comes from a parallel world and in many ways, he is a great reminder and a great image of what the world would be like without the Justice Society."
"I would love to do Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, all those guys together. A real classic JLA lineup book would be sweet. I love Aquaman. I really, really love Aquaman. I'd love to work on Aquaman. I'll just leave it at that."
Check back tomorrow for more from Johns on subjects ranging from bringing "Action Comics" and "Superman" more inline by the end of '08 to the two-years' worth of Iron Man stories he has plotted out should an opportunity ever present itself. All that and more Aquaman, too.
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