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Green Lantern: Rebirth Paperback – May 11, 2010
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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
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The artwork is some the best i have see. Through the entire book is some stellar full page artwork.Ethan Van Sciver is the penciller. I will not forget that name when searching other comic books or graphic novels.
Will get one for me most definitely. My nephew loves it and wants to read the events i mentioned. Recommend.
Why does this matter? Jordan was the greatest for decades, then rather horrifically trashed his legacy and before DC brought him back as the Spectre for a further period of time. So when bringing Jordan back to a newer generation of readers, this story has a goal of reintroducing Hal Jordan as a Green Lantern that tops them all. Put simply, this story does that in spades. Between Johns' writing and Van Sciver's art, Rebirth emphasizes how important of a character Hal Jordan was, and sets up how important he would become in future stories. The writing masterfully summarizes past events without dragging on, yet still providing adequate history for plot development. Johns is able to craft in Jordan's fall, rampage, involvement in a semi-crisis, death and time as Spectre in such a way that even those only casually familiar don't feel left out. The art is fantastic, not perfect (Batman's portrayal is somewhat confusing) but is able to capture the magnitude of the story appropriately. Another plus of the art is that it is consistent, as some artists fail to be through the course of a big arc.
While Rebirth may no longer be Hal's canon history, it nonetheless a definitive story for this character. There really is no excuse as to NOT purchase this book.
The writing's a bit dodgy on this one... although Jordan and Rayner, Green Arrow and Batman are written convincingly well, the plot is sort of convoluted. I wasn't fully pulled into this, and didn't care as much about the goings on. Sure, some of that is down to me not having any investment in Jordan or Parallax or whatever... but hey, I'd not heard of Elongated Man before I read Identity Crisis either, and I cared a lot about that tale!
It gets four stars from me anyway because the art is so damn good! Whether establishing scale in major set pieces or in close up/nostalgic character moments, it is simply beautiful. I pored over some panels long after I ran out of text to read (this is not how I normally read comics). My only complaint is Rayner and Jordan look too much alike. Got hard for me to tell their square-jawed selves apart in a few panels... :-)
So yeah, not a must read, but a decent read this is. Maybe it'll grow on me once I have finished the trilogy (Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night)...
I started with the Sinestro Corp War which proved to be a good starting point as well but decided to go back to complete my collection.
Green Lantern Rebirth did not disappoint. Geoff Johns uses this book to set up his long Green Lantern run,and for that do happen he had to make
some changes to the status of Green Lantern in the DC universe. The biggest change was bringing Hal Jordan back! This book is a good read and a
great starting point,which no one following GJs Green Lantern run should skip. There are a lot of great character moments with some good actions scenes.
I loved Ethan Van Scivers beautiful and highly detailed art which fit the story perfectly. The book also has some nice extras in the back.
The story is not perfect and some flaws are noticable,like Geoff Johns Batman portrayal which a lot of people including my self did not like.
I saw where he was going with it,trying to show the contrast between Hal and Bruce,but I think he went a bit too far with it. Although I cant say
that it ruined my experience.
Great for the price!