It is a sad day for America.

Geoff Johns has announced he’ll be leaving Justice Society of America with issue #26.

Shocking news from someone who’s live and breathed the JSA since 1999. Here’s some of his goodbye:

It’s hard to say this but officially, I will be leaving the title after JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #26, which is a single-issue story entitled “BLACK ADAM RUINED MY BIRTHDAY.” Following the Black Adam arc with Jerry and I, #26 will be my last issue, Dale’s last and our fantastic editor Michael Siglain’s last. I think we’re going out on one of my favorite stories to date and I’m glad we are all going out on this together.

I’ve been writing JSA nearly my entire career. The book has steadily gained new and old fans and, with the re-launch two years ago, fixed itself as one of the staples of the DC UNIVERSE. Since then we’ve remained one of the top monthly books at DC alongside JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and BATMAN.

So, why is he leaving exactly? He says he has more stories to tell. Coming up in 2009 he’ll be returning to The Flash, writing Superman: Secret Origin and being “obsessed” with making Green Lantern and Blackest Night the best they can be. 

While you can read his work in other areas of the DCU there’s always hope for his future with the JSA, “I’m sure I’ll return to the Justice Society in some form or another some day, but for now I’m passing them off a new creative team,” he wrote. No word yet on who that creative team is but Johns says it’s someone who’s never worked with the JSA before.

I will miss Geoff’s work on the JSA. I’ve read it all and was never once disappointed. It’s sad he’s leaving the book but his work will be enjoyed in it’s other forms. I’ll leave you with this proof as to why Geoff Johns is one of the best writers in the business:

The JSA to me represents everything good about life, work and superheroes. In life, generations past, present and future all provide different viewpoints. There can be something magical when it’s past from grandfather to father to son or from mother to daughter or son to grandfather. There’s nothing more important than family – and family means a lot more than just blood relatives. That’s what my very first book, STARS & S.T.R.I.P.E., was about and that’s what JSA, and life, is about.

Thanks for the memories Geoff and keep up the amazing work.

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6 Responses to “It is a sad day for America.”

  1. Amber Love says:

    Yeeesh! He’s one of the only reason I stay with any DC pull list! I’ve never gotten into the JSA newer stuff (I’m reading the reallllly old trades) but I love him on Green Lantern!

  2. Randy says:

    A sad day for JSA fans, much like myself. He’s the best writer Dc has right now.

    I like the characters too much to say I’ll drop it after he leaves. I just hope it’s not Judd Winnick or Bruce Jones.

  3. Stephen says:

    sad news indeed. the new team will have big shoes to fill.

  4. LordShazam says:

    I’ve been a big fan of the JSA since the yearly cross-overs with the JLA way back when. I remember reading their first revival in ALL-STAR COMICS and being thrilled then. IMHO, Johns was one of the best writers to work on the JSA and I’m going to be sorry to see him go.

    If it hadn’t been for Johns and James Robinson, most of these great characters would have been left in obscurity because they were too ‘old’ and ‘no one cares about them’. Proof once again that there are no bad characters, only bad writers. And they did it all without a “Crisis” or “Countdown”! Ain’t that a kick in the nuts to DC?

  5. Eric N B says:

    I should add I’d recently read that Geoff Johns had expressed a definite interest in penning a possible Flash and/or Superman movie.

    It was just an article I read and nothing was concrete, it was just his statement that he’d be interested if the opportunity presents itself.

    I know it is probably coincidental that Johns is leaving JSA and the timing of the article was last week, but I can dream there might be a possible connection.

    I know it’s Fanboy fantasy, but wouldn’t that be great?

  6. Eric N B says:


    I’ve been following JSA rather loyally all this time! It’s the ONLY book I vowed never to drop simply because of Johns.

    It’s not even the characters or the team, which ARE great mind you, but it was his style of writing, how he “fixed” a lot of the continuity problems, and he did it while making the book ENTERTAINING.


    I digress.

    There are only a small handful of comic book writers I get excited about; Kurt Busiek, Neil Gaiman and Geoff Johns rank at the top of my list.

    I know Johns is only leaving the book and is still at work on other titles, but..aarrgghhhh…

    I am curious if the new creative team will make any significant changes. It may be time for some changes anyway, but I don’t want them to include Johns leaving.

    Thanks for the info, regardless of how depressing it is.