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The Green Lantern Archives, Vol. 6 Hardcover – January 3, 2007

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Green Lantern, one of DC's most popular superheroes in the 1960s, has proved to be among the most durable. He remains a company mainstay, essentially unchanged from how he looks in the four-decades-old stories in the sixth gathered collection of his adventures. More sf-ish than most comics of the day--the titular hero was one of hundreds of Green Lanterns patrolling the galaxies as a sort of interstellar police force--what really set Green Lantern apart was the energetic artwork of Gil Kane, always one of the most distinctive comics stylists, right up to his death, in 2000. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401211895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401211899
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Green Lantern has always been one of my favorite Silver Age titles from DC for two big reasons: Gardner Fox and Gil Kane. Fix was simply the most consistent writer for DC during the Silver Age and always respected the characters and rarely allowed them to fall into the silliness that other titles did during this period. And then there is Gil Kane. Kane was truly a shining star for DC in the early and mid-1960's. So many of DC's titles were done in their "house" style of artwork of people like Mike Sekowsky and Wayne Boring. It was all a bit bland. Kane had a dynamic and fine line detail that these other artists lacked and gave his work a layer of depth that made anything he worked on rise to the top.

In volume 6 of the Green Lantern archives we get issues #39 - 47 of the series, all featuring art by Kane and stories by Fox as well as John Broome. This volume is significant as it includes one of the most important key books of the Silver Age, Green Lantern #40, featuring a team-up of the Golden Age and Silver Age Lanterns. This wasn't the first time the pair had met, that happened in an earlier issue of Justice league of America, but it was the first time they were paired together in a Green Lantern comic. Issue #40 features one of the best Green Lantern covers of all-time.

In #41, GL battles Star Sapphire. This is the Carol Ferris version of Star Sapphire, actually the second of four different women to take that name. The last was killed by the Spectre during the recent Infinite Crisis storyline.

There are numerous guest stars in this volume...Zatanna teams up with Hal in issue #42, the Flash guest stars in #43, The Golden Age GL returns in #45, and the Green lantern Corps shows up in #46.

The last story is one of the best in the book.
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Most people, including this reviewer, have bought this Volume 6 Archive, as well as the previous 5, because they are longtime Green Lantern fans. However, younger fans will not be disappointed. This volume expands and explains the GL Mythos, which exists to this day, and is a vital part of the DC Universe. The reader will find the original story of Kronos, who dared defy the Guardians........and a sequel formed a large part of the 1986 Crisis of Infinite Earths epic. Hal Jordan is every bit the hero here. The wonderful scripts by John Broome and Gardner Fox shine. One can also follow the greater sophistication of the Gil Kane artwork. The design package is quite striking as well, and it is worth the price. Enjoy!
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The stories in this volume represent the peak of the Silver Age Green Lantern. Hal was at his bravest, most confident and resourceful; the mythology of the Green Lantern Corps was at its most developed; the stories were imaginative and wide-ranging; and the Gil Kane artwork was at its most sophisticated and dynamic. The stakes were high in many of these stories.

The next volume will begin Jordan's long decline into loserhood, which was only recently reversed. The pivotal event was when Jordan allowed his girlfriend's wishy-washy antics to essentially ruin his life, driving him to quit his job as a test pilot and start wandering around in a succession of ridiculously mundane jobs. In the later issues of Hal's first solo series, the stories often showed him frankly losing his mind for various reasons. It was a sad decline for the once relentlessly focused hero.

Read Volume Six for a look at what Hal once was, was meant to be, and should always have been.
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By S. M Thiel on July 24, 2007
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Another collection of FUN Green Lantern Stories.
Broome and Fox were writing quality stories with keen art from Gil Kane.
My Two favorite stories were the crossovers with Alan Scott, The Golden Age Green Lantern.
One explains the origin of the Multiverse and the other is a love story for Alans' friend Doiby Dickles.

Plus there are teamups with Zatanna and the Flash.
And many GL Foes make their return appearance. Especially a memorable
appearance by Dr. Polaris in a two-part story.
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