Geoff John's well-received rehabilitation of Hal Jordan, "Greatest of the Lanterns", begins here, and it's definitely readable, with some crisp, colourful art (love how Batman is always standing in shadows, even with 4 dudes glowing green standard around him) but on the whole, as it is pre-New 52 reboot, I felt it was bogged down by a lot of backstory and unappealing secondary characters.
Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, down a path of self-destruction and then eventual redemption and death, this story tells the resurrection of our fallen hero. It’s worth a read if you like this character. Its followed up by the Blackest Night and Brightest Day series
In 1994, DC Comics caused a big stir among superhero comics fans when they turned the popular, beloved hero Green Lantern into an insane, mass-murdering villain. It was an interesting turn to take, having a great hero feel betrayed and fall from grace, but many were upset with the development and felt it went against what made the character of Hal “Green Lantern” Jordan so great. Ten years ago, Hal Jordan was brought back as the new Spectre, the superheroic spirit of vengeance. But fans still weren’t happy.
Then came the mini-series Green Lantern: Rebirth. Writer Geoff Johns crafts a fantastic but plausible explanation for Hal Jordan’s descent into madness and evil, at the same time giving the character redemption and a second chance at being a hero. Johns writes a really good superhero story, with great characterization, good timing and a brilliant understanding of what makes superhero stories fun and engaging. I haven’t always liked Ethan Van Sciver’s art in the past, but it’s particularly good here.
Green Lantern: Rebirth isn’t particularly profound, and it probably won’t mean much to readers who aren’t big superhero fans with a good knowledge of Green Lantern’s history, but for Green Lantern fans, this is a thoroughly entertaining story (which starts laying the groundwork for the current Blackest Night crossover series).
I have a soft spot for this character for no good reason. His overly complicated history is treated well and refined to a comfortable degree for anyone familiar with his history. Those not so familiar? Maybe not so much.
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