Green Lantern: Rebirth by Geoff Johns

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Title: Green Lantern.
Volume: 0
Story-arc: Rebirth.
Universe:
 The New 52.
Writer(s): Geoff Johns.
Penciller(s): Ethan Van Sciver, Darwyn Cooke (Flight).
Inker(s): Prentis Rollins, Ethan Van Sciver, Marlo Alquiza & Mick Gray.
Colourist(s): Moose Baumann & Dave Stewart (Flight).
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh & Jared K. Fletcher (Flight).
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Hardcover – Deluxe Edition.
Release Date: December 17th, 2019 (first published October 12th, 2005).
Pages: 224.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781401295271.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.

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What transpires from acts of heroism are emotions. From joy to fear, many heroes embody these states and allow these emotions to take a life of its own through the people that are saved and those who are witnesses to these acts of justice. Others live off these emotions and attempt to create them, turn them into an omnipresent condition for their cities. Take Batman, for example, who establishes fear in all those who dare to defy the law, or Superman, who’s charisma allows happiness to bloom within all those who notice him save the day. And then there’s Hal Jordan, the iconic Green Lantern, whose willpower is beyond this world and infuses confidence within everyone who has the chance to stand by him. As part of the New 52 reboot, writer Geoff John sees to the return of fan favourite Hal Jordan into the DC Universe and begins one of the greatest comic book runs as the hero’s lore takes a refreshing twist for the better.

What is Green Lantern: Rebirth about? First hailed as the greatest Green Lantern of all time, now known as the one who brought an end to the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan’s history is overshadowed by a capital failure on his end that led to the corruption of his soul. This episode led to his disappearance until an apocalypse threatening Earth brought him back to make the ultimate sacrifice. Unfortunately, this act drew the attention of the Spectre, a supernatural embodiment of the wrath of God, who then utilizes Hal Jordan’s soul for his latest form. While trapped inside the Spectre and condemned to a life of resignation and regret, his fate is not yet sealed as life has other plans for the astral avenger. Collecting the six-issue mini-series, writer Geoff John’s original series proposal, his full script for the first issue, sketches and promotional art drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, and the short story “Flight” drawn by the legendary artist Darwyn Cooke, this deluxe edition presents fans with an exciting entry point into the New 52’s Green Lantern Corps.

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Although at its core, this is a tale centered around Hal Jordan, the story doesn’t solely look into reestablishing the hero as a prominent and active character in the canon continuity. Green Lantern: Rebirth also looks into the other classic Green Lanterns, from Kyle Rayner to Guy Gardner, as writer Geoff John builds a beautiful and robust mythology around the Green Lantern Corps. The story thus begins by pitting the Batman-led Justice League against a Spectre-manipulated Hal Jordan as the reader is slowly led to understand the imminent resurrection of Parallax in the midst of all the trouble and confusion. This allows us to understand the rich and colourful history of the Green Lantern Corps while also exploring the various heroes and villains who seek to utilize the Central Power Battery on Oa for their own personal plans of world domination. Through hardship, this tale ultimately sheds some light on Hal Jordan’s allies and foes, as well as what fuels this man with fearlessness and makes him such a special hero and leader.

To accompany the excellent world-building and impeccable character development, this graphic novel also contains some of the best artwork to illustrate the unique lore. Artist Ethan Van Sciver breathes life into these heroes through beautiful penciling and ends each issue with a stunning splash page that contributes to the intrigue as you progress through the story. The panels also follow an untraditional formatting as they play around with their position and their size to either accentuate certain character’s presence or to emphasize on the action sequences. After all, when things start to heat up, everything starts to get chaotic and creative, since the Green Lanterns utilize their imagination to conjure things at their will. It is also worth mentioning that the colouring and inking are incredible, with very vivid colours despite the darker tone of the story. The artwork thus serves these characters justice and allows the story to thrive and speak for itself. It wouldn’t even be wrong to understand this graphic novel as the rebirth of one of the most original material over at DC Comics.

Green Lantern: Rebirth is a dramatic and epic revival of the illustrious Hal Jordan as the fabled and commanding Emerald Crusader through a transformative tale of redemption and heroism.


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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!

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14 comments

  • Yeah, as much as I admire your enthusiasm, I just can’t treat Green Lantern seriously 😉 Not only because of the ill-fated movie (truly horrible, I might add) but because of the general absurdity of the green ring-wearer 😜 though granted, one should admire Johns’ effort! 😀

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    • Quite unfortunate that the movie left such a nasty impression on you but maaaaan, the character is so much more! How emotions and the colour spectrum go hand in hand, and all the good stuff. Hopefully someday something will change your mind on these Emerald Crusaders. Maybe a new Green Lantern Corps movie. 😀

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      • I will sound rather ruthless, but I preferred Hal Jordan dead 😛 I thought it was a really nice story arc, and a solid reminder that everyone has light and darkness within. Sigh.
        I’m too picky for the color spectrum and emotions thing – I can’t forget it’s cultural and the relations between the two are completely arbitrary 😉 But I’m glad you’re enjoying this!

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  • I am with you on the quality of the artwork Lashaan! Now Green Lantern has always been one of my least favorite and I don’t have any idea why!

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    • It’s indeed great. Ahhh, I think it’s something that was absorbed in pop culture by everyone. Sort of like how Aquaman seemed like a joke but once the movie came out, many loved the character (or at least the actor hahah). Hopefully someday people will change their thoughts and impressions on the Green Lanterns. 😉

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  • The art is quite vivid and the quality stellar. I’m not a fan of super heroes but with that art I’m quite tempted. I love that he’s built up this new mythology around green lantern even while setting him up to return to the super hero world. Sometimes this balance is the hardest thing for comic writers to do well.

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  • Awesome review my friend! I have the original trade paperback of Rebirth but had to pick up this new Deluxe hardcover for the oversized trimming and the extras, especially the Darwyn Cooke story. I loved what Geoff Johns did with the Green Lantern mythos during his run and Rebirth was a perfect way to reset things and restore Hal Jordan to rightful prominence (no easy task given his fall from grace in the early 90s).

    Have you read the Flash: Rebirth? It’s also by Johns and Ethan Van Sciver and does a similar job of placing Barry Allen back at the forefront.

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    • Thanks, Chris! I do love the deluxe hardcover edition for its size and content too. It’s also a wonderful place for anyone to start if they want to read about the Green Lantern Corps. I have the Flash: Rebirth with the return of the Flash on my list of priorities. Hoping on a deluxe hardcover for it too actually hahah

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      • Yeah, I have the Flash: Rebirth in hardcover but it’s only the regular trim size so hopefully there’ll be an eventual Deluxe Edition. I’d like to see a Deluxe release of Green Lantern: Secret Origin as well which would make for a perfect companion piece to GL: Rebirth.

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