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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227555
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1994 DC Comics decided to shake up the long-running Green Lantern by killing off Hal Jordan, wielder of the ring of power since 1959, and bestowing power and costume on someone new. After a decade of fans' protests, however, a five-issue-spanning Rebirth resurrected Jordan (in superhero comics, no one ever really dies) and restored the original Green Lantern concepts. Bringing Jordan back wasn't easy because he had gone insane, murdered his fellow Green Lanterns, become all-powerful villain Parallax, and finally been transformed into the latest embodiment of godlike vengeance spirit the Spectre. Popular DC writer Johns set things right by means of a necessarily convoluted and contrived resurrection ploy that yet supplied the intergalactic brawls and superhero valor the fans demand. Meanwhile, Ethan Van Sciver's drawing epitomized the cluttered, over-rendered style dominating superhero comics today (in reviving classic characters, DC might have considered restoring the visual clarity of earlier comics eras, too). Rebirth was a smash serialized; the collected edition should be equally popular. Gordon Flagg
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 “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

Customer Reviews

The Writing is good and is easy to read and understand for new comic book fans.
I liked how Geoff Johns crafted the return of Hal Jordan as a hero in the D.C. Universe and the return of the Green Lantern Corps.
Michael Stepney
I loved Ethan Van Scivers beautiful and highly detailed art which fit the story perfectly.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on December 20, 2005
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He turned evil and tried to destroy the world. He was killed by his closest friend, but came back even more powerful -- and more evil -- than before. He had a last-second change of heart and sacrificed himself to reignite the sun. His spirit was used to drive the earthly manifestation of the Wrath of God in a war against injustice. And he was replaced in his old job by a younger, hipper hero.

And yet, Hal Jordan's return as Green Lantern was always inevitable. The question was how -- and how well -- it would be done. Geoff Johns succeeded admirably in "Rebirth," a book that neatly reconciles the various personae of Hal Jordan in one man -- the one he was always meant to be.

"Rebirth" isn't just another chapter in the ongoing story of the Green Lantern Corps. It's an in-depth study of the mythology of the Guardians, the rings of power and the entities that bear them. It is a dazzling portrayal of personality and conflict, not just of Jordan and his immediate circle of friends, but of many familiar DC characters. And, it's a much-needed reinvention of Jordan himself -- the hero he was and, for many readers, always would be.

The art by Ethan Van Sciver is ultra-realistic, his lines are crisp, clean and startlingly expressive. Johns' story flows from the pages in bright colors and shadows, and the glowing green light of Lantern's power will dazzle your eyes with blinding intensity. It's a brilliant story, artfully written and packaged, of incredible scope. "Rebirth" is truly one of DC's finest.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Green Lantern: Rebirth ties up loose plot lines and reveals answers to questions that have plagued Green Lantern fans for decades, such as what really is the story behind the power ring's impurity and its vulnerability to yellow, as well as some startling new information about GL's arch-enemy Sinestro. No one re-tools their major characters like DC, due in part to their own lack of confidence in the character often times. And no one has had a bumpier ride in recent years than poor Hal Jordan. Seeing Coast City destroyed Hal tries to recreate it leading to a conflict with the Guardians, and Hal's usurping the power of the central battery to become Parallax, destroying most of the Guardians and other Green Lanterns, before finally sacrificing himself to save Earth's sun. Hal would then become bonded with the Spectre as the new Spirit of Vengeance.

All of the surviving Green Lanterns play a role in the book including Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Killowog, and yes, even Guy Gardner. While off at the edges of space Kyle learns finds an alien race living in terror. His ring translates the name "Parallax". Kyle returns to Earth as he and the other Green Lanterns soon come under the influence of a menacing influence. Guy Gardner even has his body turned inside out as he's taken for treatment to the JLA and Mr. Terrific. Meanwhile Hal is having his own problems controlling the Spectre's thirst for vengeance which is growing more and more aggressive, literally turning the hand of the villain "Black Hand" to coal.

The Justice League is growing suspicious of Hal as well, particularly Batman who has never had a great affinity for Jordan to begin with.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Andy on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Can Geoff Johns do any comic wrong? He writes the most amazing stories. This one is so big, involving so many characters and so much continuity, but it is SOOOO fun! This collects the 6-issue mini.

#1-#2. Everyone knows that Hal Jordan is being brought back as GL, but it's not easy - Batman remembers all too well that Jordan is responsible for horrible chaos in the past, and is very reluctant to trust him. Really, can you blame him?

#3. We get the works here: drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat, big action, the JLA, the secrets behind Spectre/Parallax/Jordan, and one mischievous lover of yellow. I couldn't be more pumped for the new start of the ongoing Green Lantern series.

#4. The last page of this book will send shivers down your spine. It is that good. The whole series has been building up to this point, and it pays off.

#5. Hal Jordan vs. Sinestro in an AMAZING battle! The art was spectacular, and the layout very good. So many great splash pages that maximized the action scenes. In the final scene, Batman holds Jordan back from fighting against Parallax. Bats still doesn't trust him, given his murderous past while under the influence of other beings.

#6. The 5 lanterns take on Parallax together, and we get resolution for the JLA-Jordan conflict. Big action, nice character moments.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Cleary on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Hal Jordan, the once-dead Green Lantern, is an interesting road-map of comic trends. Early in his career, Hal was portrayed as the perfect hero - most comic characters were. He was fearless, heroic, fit, and ceaselessly noble. But, as time wore on and America became less confident, Hal became a less confident character. No longer a 'golden child', his hair began to gray a little at the temples, and in one of his more touching stories, he travelled across America with his friend, Green Arrow, experiencing firsthand the problems with race, poverty, and drugs that he had never really paid attention to previously.

Time passed, and Hal Jordan eventually died in disgrace, after becoming the monstrous Parallax and tearing apart the Green Lantern Corps in his quest to rewrite time and save his home city from destruction. Comics moved on, but for once, managed to look back and try and salvage the wreckage of Hal's madness - they made him into the Spectre, and thus began a long period in which Hal tried to reign in both his own destructive impulses and those of the Spectre.

Enter Geoff Johns, more than a decade later. Geoff Johns is an unabashed Hal Jordan fanboy, and he starts his now-epic Green Lantern run by reviving his favorite character and relaunching the franchise as a whole. Green Lantern: Rebirth is Geoff Johns' love letter to Hal Jordan, and while many of the ideas that are birthed in this series are fascinating and go on to provide some of the most compelling cosmic adventures in comics today, this book is, as a whole, disappointingly juvenile.

Johns has never been shy about admitting his fandom of Hal Jordan, but even if you've never read a single interview with him, his allegiance shines clear in this book.
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