Joshua Hale Fialkov Leaves Lantern Books (Updated)


It was announced earlier today that Joshua Hale Fialkov, who was set to take over Red Lanterns and Green Lantern Corps with issue #20, will not be going forward with the titles due to creative differences with DC.

Initially, Fialkov seemed excited about the titles, even saying this in an interview with CBR:

 “For me, the attraction was that I wanted to tell a crime story on a galactic level. That was my pitch to DC. Geoff and all of the other guys have done such an amazing job, prior to us, of telling those big, giant space operas. Now it’s time to narrow it down. Let’s do stories that almost fall into a different genre while still being in the Green Lantern universe.”

Since the announcement of his departure, it’s been reported that Van Jensen (Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer) and Robert Vendetti will be taking over Green Lantern Corps, while Charles Soule will be taking over Red Lanterns.

What are your thoughts on Fialkov leaving the Lantern titles? What about the new writers? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

UPDATE: Fialkov has released a statement about his departure from the Lantern books:

“Just a quick note to confirm what everyone knows, I am no longer the writer of GLC and Red Lanterns for DC Comics. There were editorial decisions about the direction of the book that conflicted with the story I was hired to tell, and I felt that it was better to let DC tell their story the way they want. I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’ll miss working with the entire Green Lantern team.”

9 thoughts on “Joshua Hale Fialkov Leaves Lantern Books (Updated)

  1. Dare I say this is… WTF Certified!

    Oh DC; I don’t miss you at all.

    any other company going through this many changes?

    Bob Rerer if you read this, does this bare any resemblance to when marvel were approaching bankruptcy? I have a feeling that the DiDio/Lee admin might very well be likened to Ronald Perelman’s running of Marvel.

    1. James,

      As the internal workings of DC are closed to us at present, it’s tough to say, but I have always likened the “New 52” re-launch to Marvel’s 1996 “Heroes Reborn” debacle from the period you’re asking about, which followed on the heels of the “Image Boys” departure, and many contretemps among the editorial and creative teams.

      It’s a good thought James, but we may have to take a wait-and-see attitude to know for sure if it’s analogous.


      1. I have now discovered Heroes reborn; these were truly dark days for the industry.

        For the moment I fear we will see far too many indie series’s disrupted as the artists and writers are lured by the siren song of a DC paycheck.

        Also thanks for the input, James.

    1. Yeah it does seem a bit odd that all of this is happening so quickly and around the same time. I mean I get a creator leaving a book or shuffling different teams around, but losing/dropping/replacing authors 3 times in one week should raise a few eyebrows.

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