Green Lantern: RebirthPaperback Green Lantern
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 166mm x 256mm x 10mm | 281g
- Publication date: 1 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1401227554
- ISBN 13: 9781401227555
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 13,819
Written by Geoff Johns Art by Ethan Van Sciver and Prentis Rollins Cover by Ethan Van Sciver The six-issue miniseries that restored Hal Jordan as Earth's Green Lantern now features a new cover by Ethan Van Sciver. This collection also includes the preview story from Wizard Magazine! See how a man born without fear rebuilds his life, putting cosmic forces into motion that will have repercussions on Earth and across the universe. Advance-solicited; on sale October 7 - 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
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Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics. Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod. Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.
By Amanda Johansson 07 Feb 2012
In 1994 DC Comics published the storyline Emerald Twilight where the Green Lantern Hal Jordan went insane after the destruction of his hometown Coast City. He went on a rampage and slaughtered his colleagues in the Green Lantern Corps. He would then go on and take the name Parallax and try to remake the universe.
Later he would sacrifice his life to reignite the earths sun and his soul would become the host to the spirit of vengeance, the Spectre.
Though DC Comics tried several times to rectify the events brought on by Emerald Twilight, a story full of by plot holes and a atrocious treatment of Hal Jordan's character, they could never get it right.
And in 2005 they did another try. They assigned writer Geoff Johns, who before successfully had rejuvenated the Justice Society, the mission to restore Hal Jordan to the title of Green Lantern. Not a easy task. And the result? Glorious.
In Green Lantern: Rebirth we get to follow Hal Jordan, now a broken man full of guilt over everything he has done but who is determined to make up for his mistakes and get back on the right track. But things are not going to be easy. His former friends no longer trusting him and when some parts of Coast City suddenly reappear and Guy Gardner a former Green Lantern suffers from mortal wounds after a explosion in his bar, everybody's suspicions turns to Jordan. And if that wasn't enough, Kyle Rayner the man who took up the title of Green Lantern after Jordan's fall from grace, crash lands on earth in a space-shuttle bearing a mysterious cargo, the shocking truth about Parallax and what really happened those year ago to Jordan.
Green Lantern: Rebirth was the first comic book's I bought and still remains one of my personal favorite comic book of all time.
Geoff John's writing is fantastic. Not only the in the way he revives one of DC Comics oldest legacies Hal Jordan but also in the return of the Green Lantern Corps mythology. Yes the true nature of Parallax may be really silly, but in a good way. It is a interesting concept that at it's core is grounded problems we see today but is presented in a way that pays homage to the Silver Age of comics. And come on Green Lantern is about a guy being given a magic ring by a dying alien to fly around the universe to fight crime, it was already pretty silly.
The artwork my Ethan Van Sciver is gorgeous with a sense of detail not seen with many comic book artists. I will admit that when I first read Green Lantern: Rebirth I wasn't that pleased with the artwork. But it has grown on me since then. The only complaint I have is that the characters feels to stiff some times and that Ethan has a tendency to draw characters in weird poses from time to time.
One of the complaints against Green Lantern: Rebirth is that is a love letter to Hal Jordan. And yes that is true but that is also the point. Hal Jordan's character has suffered terrible treatment for ten years and deserved to get his chance to shine.
This paperback edition collects the entire run of Green Lantern: Rebirth mini-series, issue 1-6, and features the beautiful cover by Ethan Van Sciver from the sixth issue with Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kilowog all with their arms raised and their rings shining with the light of the Green Lantern Corps.
It also features a introduction written by Brad Meltzer, which I recommend that one reads after finished reading Green Lantern: Rebirth, because it will spoil a few important things in the story.
At the end there is some extra material. There is some alternative covers done by Ethan and a partial script by Geoff Johns on how he initially had thought the story should be.
Not really that much but still enough for a trade paperback edition.
Overall Green Lantern: Rebirth is a good read and strongly recommended especially if one is interested in starting to read Green Lantern. It is also the best starting point before jumping on to the ongoing Green Lantern series.
"Readers will thrill at seeing one of the DC Universe's best mythologies begin to return to its former glory"--THE WASHINGTON POST "Rebirth was a smash serialized; the collected edition should be equally popular."--Booklist "This is comic book storytelling at its absolute finest."--IGN "An epic blockbuster ."--GREEN LANTERN, CNN Best Comic Book of 2007