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“Hal Jordan has more personality than he has in ages, and it feels like a whole new book.” – MTV Geek 

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: The New 52
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234553
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 thru 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 thru 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In 8 years since Geoff Johns took over Green Lantern, Hal Jordan has reclaimed his position among Batman and Superman as top tier characters in the DC Universe that expanded upon the entire GL mythology including the entire light spectrum of lantern corps., and Blackest Night, and a whole bunch of continuity like never before. What Johns also did was make Hal Jordan's greatest villain Sinestro, far more complex and villainous being then ever done. After Green Lantern: War of the Green Lanterns and War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath, Sinestro went from being that top villain, and thanks to an odd twist of fate became a Green Lantern again, while Jordan was discharged from the GL Corps. all just before The New 52 Re-boot. Now Johns begins this new chapter in the GL legacy with Sinestro at the helm and this looks to be quite a different chapter at that.

GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO collects issues #1-6 and begins with Hal Jordan (again, discharged from the Corps.) back on Earth and trying to fit back into modern society, which hasn't been working out for him in his favor (all done in a comedic fashion). All the while back at Oa, Sinestro wants nothing of being a GL again, but has no choice in the matter but to follow the orders of the Guardians. Sinestro wants to take back his Yellow Lanterns, but finds out they strayed away from his teaching due to his new allegiance to the GLs...Sinestro then needs Hal Jordan by his side to take back his old Corp...but with a huge catch.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Lewis on June 21, 2012
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A little bit on my background as a Green Lantern fan, before I begin. Before the New 52, I'd never read a Green Lantern comic. Not completely, anyway. I read a little bit of Blackest Night while browsing in a library one afternoon, and I've perused an issue here and there while shopping in bookstores, but before DC relaunched its universe, I'd never actually read one in its entirety. Having watched nearly every animated and live-action TV show and movie that's featured Green Lantern since the year 2000, television and film are the extent of my Green Lantern knowledge.

With that in mind, know that if your experience with Green Lantern is similar to mine, then the first volume of the New 52's Green Lantern should be very accessible to you. You should know that Sinestro is the leader of the Sinestro Corps and one of Hal Jordan's greatest enemies. You should have a bit of background on Hal's romantic past with Carol Ferris. You should be aware that Hal was recently discharged from the Green Lantern Corps. BUT THAT'S IT. If you want to know the whys and hows of any of these past events, read some pre-New 52 GL, or save some time and money and look it up on Wikipedia. But you don't really need any of it to enjoy this book. It's a story that, as long as you have a little bit of familiarity with the characters, stands on its own. Geoff Johns spins a great little tale, and sets up what's sure to be an intriguing mystery in the coming volumes of Green Lantern. Mahnke's pencils are great, and the art team's use of shadows and colors is excellent.

For newbies who have no idea who these characters are, this may not be the best title. But if you've got at least a little familiarity with world of GL, this one gets the green light.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Hitmanclark on June 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some may say I'm overrating this book. I've read reviews elsewhere accusing the book of being too "safe" for five stars, and that it didn't progress the story. I disagree.

This book is just tremendous, from open to close. It progresses the story, but it does so in a different way. Rather than another epic battle, Johns and Mahnke decide to slow things down a bit and reestablish the characters that make this whole series tick. Here we see Hal Jordan dealing with the unfortunate fallout of War of the Green Lanterns, while Sinestro deals with fallout of a different variety. These two sworn enemies are drawn together by events, and they have to work together, whether they like it or not.

This story represents a long-overdue slowdown in Green Lantern. For the last five years, Hal and company have been "warring" non-stop -- against the Sinestro Corps, the Red Lanterns, Larfleeze, the Star Sapphires, the Black Lanterns and, finally, each other. Here we're allowed to take a breather and remember what makes Hal Jordan tick, what truly drives Sinestro (hint: it's not "I'M EVIL AND LIFE MUST BE DESTROYED!") and how the people that matter to both men deal with their current lots.

This is a great continuation of the GL saga, with none of the baggage associated with other New 52 titles.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mathachew on September 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a recent comic book enthusiast, having read many Batman, Superman and Green Lantern graphic novels. Over the last few months, I have read a good portion of Geoff Johns' Green Lantern stories, and he has done a tremendous job making Green Lantern not only relevant, but elevating him as a top tier superhero. I am only recently exposed to The New 52 movement and have some reservations on it as a whole considering the problems that appear to keep coming up. However, I was quite happy to learn that Green Lantern's story would continue where the incredible War of the Green Lanterns left off instead of starting over, providing a seamless transition for Green Lantern.

Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro has a slower, but great story and beautiful artwork. The only exception to the artwork in issue #6, a style I never have cared for and simply fails in comparison to the first five issues. This volume provides some great insight into both Hal Jordan and Sinestro, and is the start of what will likely become another great story with a very uncertain future. A solid four start graphic novel.

One final note. If you have not read War of the Green Lanterns, then I strongly recommend you do so, but before reading that, reading the Brightest Day arc would help too as some of the issues provide the setup to WOTGL. I also recommend reading them in chronological order (search: green lantern brightest day reading order). It is a lot to read and slightly cumbersome, but you will be in for a treat.
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