Writer Geoff Johns recently ended his almost ten year journey with DC Comics’ Green Lantern. What began as a literal rebirth in 2003 was wrapped up in a neat bow last week but opened the mythos to a few interesting possibilities, including one relavent to our specific interests here at The Mary Sue.
[Editor’s note: Small spoilers for Green Lantern #20]
The Green Lantern Corps is an institution that spans, gender, race, species, as well as the universe, but back here on Earth, there’s been one thing missing – a female Green Lantern. In our home sector 2814, we’ve seen five official GLs – Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and the newly appointed Simon Baz. While there have been many awesome women in the Corps (Katma Tui, Laira, Arisia, Iolande, Soranik Natu), none have officially served as Earth’s Green Lantern.
Jade (aka Jennifer-Lynn Hayden), the daughter of non-Corps affiliated Green Lantern Alan Scott (in pre-reboot continuity), was given a spare power ring by Kyle at one point and served as a GL of Earth. But once her normal powers were returned to her she didn’t need a GL ring any longer. The ring didn’t choose her, which is what makes this new development news worthy.
To show the GL legacy would live on, in the pages of Green Lantern #20, Johns went on to mark a few beats in the future of several Lanterns. We witness a scene between Simon and the arm of a Lantern named Jessica paired with a narrator saying, “He was ultimately responsible for training the first female ring bearer of Earth — Jessica Cruz — a controversial figure herself who came into possession of her ring in the wake of the Justice League’s death.”
Who is Jessica Cruz and what does a Justice League death entail? That remains to be seen as well as whether or not the next or future Green Lantern writers will pick of the threads Johns weaved, whether this is part of something larger planned at DC, or if it will amount to nothing at all.
(via DC Women Kicking Ass)