After a report earlier this week that Joshua Fiakov resigned as "Green Lantern Corps" and "Red Lanterns" writer due to an editorial edict to kill off John Stewart, current "Green Lantern Corps" co-plotter Robert Venditti has stated via Twitter that there are not any current plans to kill the character.
"Lots of rumors out there. Here's the truth: ["Green Lantern Corps" writer] Van [Jensen] and I have never even contemplated killing John Stewart," Venditti said via Twitter. "We have plenty of plans for John. Plans that probably wouldn't work as well if he was, you know, dead."
The comment has also been re-Tweeted by DC's Executive Director of Publicity Alex Segura, who followed up on Twitter, saying, "Seeing a lot of unverified reports on this. To clarify: John Stewart is not going anywhere."
While John Stewart might not be on the chopping block any longer, his death was reportedly a story point that caused Fialkov's departure. He stated on his blog, "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."
It was revealed shortly after Fialkov's exit that he departed in large part due to an editorial edict to kill off John Stewart. Currently, Venditti and Segura's comments state that there are not any current plans to kill off John Stewart, but do not address the existence of the editorial mandate in the first place.
Stay tuned to CBR for more on this story as it develops.