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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Comic Book Review: Green Lantern - Rebirth

Green Lantern: Rebirth
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Number of Issues: 6
Published By DC Comics

Since the Green Lantern movie is just looming there, I thought I would read one GL comic book, and after some good 'ol research, I  picked the most recent book that "resurrected" our favorite cocky, overconfident, and fearless test pilot/intergalactic policeman. Finally got to read Geoff Johns' and Ethan Van Sciver's amazing work on the most popular GL in Green Lantern: Rebirth, and I must say, this was one of the best... not just one of the best GL stories out there, but by DC as well. Time for some love for the greatest Green Lantern of all time, Hal Jordan!
Story is basically about the rise of Hal Jordan again as the main Green Lantern of the current DC continuity. Jordan was infected by the villain Parallax back in 1994 and became one of the most powerful supervillains in the Universe.

He "died" at the time and then after that, he was chosen as the new host for The Spectre, the Spirit of Vengeance. And in this story, he tries to get himself back and separate himself from those entities and to prove himself again - that he can still do the right thing, fight his fears and weaknesses and save the Universe from the most powerful forces ever known.

I got a lot of satisfaction from Johns' story and Van Sciver's detailed art. Those guys really did capture the whole element of the Hal Jordan - Green Lantern mythology. They also showed the hateful relationship between Jordan and Batman which I really liked.

You also get to see the JLA here - Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Arrow and the Martian Manhunter. If that's not enough, we also got our beloved Green Lantern Corps - Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, Kilowog and Ganthet. And of course, the villainous Sinestro and Parallax will not be forgotten here. The egghead (as Green Arrow described him) and the yellow parasite makes for a great villain tandem and never fails to make up a good fight with our emerald policemen.

The verdict: Whether you're a GL fan or not, you'll enjoy this book.And do not worry about not having some GL background before, because the writer provides a summary of the events that happened before which lead us to this story. Johns' great storytelling combined with Van Sciver's art makes a great story of overcoming your greatest fears, friendship and redemption. (Reading this would not be bad either if you're planning to watch the GL movie in 2011. )

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