Never mind Geoff Johns leaving the Green Lantern books – No, not really; he’s been there for a long time, and resurrected the franchise as well as Hal Jordan. This is Bendis off Avengers-level news for DC – the solicit surprise for me yesterday was the sign of Nick Spencer coming on board Avengers as co-writer with #12. On Twitter, he described this as “co-writing… for a bit,” but part of me was reminded of Sam Humphries joining Hickman on Ultimates last year as co-writer with #10 before going on to take over as solo writer – something that was, oddly enough, announced almost a year ago.
That change was to free Hickman up to write Avengers, of course. The notion of Hickman leaving Avengers feels… unlikely, somehow, but not impossible. Could it simply be that the twice-monthly schedule of the series, plus the accelerated New Avengers schedule and whatever Infinity ends up being, means he needs someone to pitch in and help him? Or is this really the start of a surprising hand-off of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?