If, like me, you’ve been thinking it strange that Geoff Johns would choose to leave Green Lantern with #20 instead of the more-traditionally-important #25 – or, for that matter, with the 87th issue of his run (93rd, if you include Green Lantern: Rebirth) instead of his 100th… Well, Johns might have had a slightly more long-term math in mind, perhaps.
To wit: The 1960s original solo series for Hal Jordan, Green Lantern (AKA Green Lantern/Green Arrow and ultimately, The Green Lantern Corps), ended with #224 in 1988. It was followed in 1990 by Gerard Jones’ revival, Green Lantern, which outlasted both Jones and Jordan himself, ending in 2004 with #181, to be replaced by the six-issue Rebirth series, which spun out into a 67 issue series, and now the current series.
Now, here’s the math: 224 + 181 + 6 + 67 + 20 (The number of issues Johns will have written by the time he leaves the series) = 498. So, close, but so far…! Except, of course, there have also been two zero issues during that time (1993 + 2012)… Which would make Johns’ last issue the 500th issue of Green Lantern since the Silver Age series launched. Kind of.
You see, here’s something to throw the math off somewhat: There’s also a Green Lantern #1,000,000 in there, from 1998… which makes Johns’ last issue the 501st issue of the series, all told – Slightly less impressive, really. Maybe we can all choose an issue to pretend didn’t exist in one of those runs…?