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The Greatest Green Lantern Story Ever Told?,
This review is from: Green Lantern: Rebirth (Hardcover)
To tell the truth, I didn't think they should do this. After the continually evolving changes of the past decade - the turning of Hal Jordan, the fall of Oa and the Corps, the introduction and progression of Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern, the return of Hal as Parrallax, the events of the 'Final Night' epic, the new incarnation of the Spectre in 'Day Of Judgment'.....to return Hal Jordan to the role of Green Lantern I thought would be, at best, clumsy; and at worst, a thinly-veiled scratching out of ten years of good stories to try and go back to square one. Happily, I couldn't have been more wrong. "Rebirth" is perhaps The defining event of the GL mythos, strengthening rather than weakening all that had come before it, while opening up exciting new paths to the future not just for Hal but a whole host of characters. Not least of all The Spectre, who obviously went on to different territory outside the GL books again once no longer bonded with Jordan.
The beginning of the story - the spirit Of Hal Jordan attempts to attend a ball game with old friend John Stewart and old not-so-friend Guy Gardener, but is unable to stay because the power of the Spectre draws people to him in droves to confess their sins; Kyle Rayner crash-lands a badly damaged spacecraft onto Earth, bringing a green coffin and a dire warning imparted to the backpackers who find him: 'IT has a name'; Carol Ferris is re-opening the Ferris airfield and comes across Jordan's old plane; Green Arrow and Mia encounter The Spectre on a day when he's in a particularly ominous - and rather confused - mood. This all starts up an epic that brings in many of the important GL figures from over the decades (and at least references many of those that it doesn't); that fully ignites one of the greatest threats the DC Universe has ever seen; that involves a heavy dose of the DCU's other champions - from Superman and Batman to the JSA and Zatanna - and does it all with outstanding art and storytelling. Its epic battles more than live up to the grandeur demanded of them by taking place in a storyline so pivotal. It handles the core GL characters so well that it actually turned me into a major Guy Gardener fan, of all things. And it winds up being not just The pivotal GL story of recent years (and quite possibly of all time) but one of the very cornerstone events of the DC Universe itself. Essential.