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Green Lantern: Rebirth [Hardcover]

Geoff Johns , Ethan Van Sciver
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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23 Dec 2005
Wielding a power ring - a device that allows a worthy wearer to turn thought into reality - Hal Jordan was one of the greatest heroes in the universe, a member of an intergalactic police force, until tragedy turned him into one of its greatest villains. Today, his soul searches for redemption as the Spectre. But redemption may not be what Jordan himself needs...or wants. The fates of the entire Green Lantern Corps are revealed in this tale of heroism involving a colossal roster of super-heroes! A turning point in the history of the Green Lanterns begins here, written by fan-favorite Geoff Johns ("JSA", "Teen Titans", "Hawkman", "The Flash") with art by Ethan Van Sciver ("New X-Men", "The Flash")!

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761318
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 26.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,982,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 through 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 through 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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Geoff Johns is a highly respected writer and has written a great many comics titles, including The Avengers, The Flash, Hawkman, JSA, Superman and Wolverine, X-Men and Powers. Ethan Van Sciver is a relative newcomer to comics but has already worked on such titles as New X-Men and The Flash. He also pencilled the Batman/Catwoman: Trail of a Gun mini-series.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the long-time fans 17 Jan 2006
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
I'll start by saying that this is an exciting, well-written well-drawn tale. Geoff Johns shows a genuine love of the characters and a flair for staging action pieces and showing us characters without filling pages with characters just chatting. Ethan Van Sciver draws finely detailed pages of fantastic images as the Green Lanterns, cosmic policemen who have rings that transform will power into energy (the perfect metaphor for what a hero is), battle their greatest foe, Parallax. But Parallax was Hal Jordan, the greatest Green Lantern, who turned to darkness when his home city was bombed out of existence by alien invaders. And this is where I'm not sure how much of a buzz newcomers to the mythology will get out of this book.
This is a great story. But it is the continuation of a number of stories, those of the Green Lanterns, whose forces were decimated by Hal's betrayal and have only recently begun to grow again, and of Hal himself, who was transformed into the human host for the Spectre, another oldtime DC character, who represents the Wrath of God. Basically, Geoff's remit in this story is to fix things, to explain plausibly how you would bring Hal back to life and redeem him of the crimes he committed as Parallax (these aren't spoilers, by the way, if you consider the title of the story, it's clear that Hal comes back but that's only the smallest part of the story). In that way, he's playing to a preexisting audience. New readers may be a little baffled about all the fuss, but stick with it, because the ideas that are thrown around are great. There are several iconic moments in this where you want to shout out with joy. And hey, you may find that you want to check out some of the earlier stories to find out what it's all about...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As it should be.... 21 Mar 2008
Green Lantern was one of the heroes that got me reading comics when I was but a boy. The idea of the Green Lantern Corps was amazing and the greatest above all was Hal Jordan. Then the 90's came and Hal turned bad and all the Parallax thing happened, although there were other Lanterns who were good in their own right, many of us missed Hal. And here it is, a story to bring him back. And it worked, a plausible (ish) explanation for all that happened to him, a well paced and enthralling story and the return of the Green Lantern Corps. The writing was written with a love for the characters and the art gives a new fresh approach to them. The idea of the chest logos lighting up like a lantern seems so simple it's a suprise no one's done it that way before. Showcasing the heroes and villains that made Green Lantern such an enduring comic, this is part greatest hits and part return to glory. Everyone has their moment from Ganthet to Kyle Rayner to Hal himself. If you've never read Green Lantern before, or like me you've been driven away, this is where you start. A solid, well crafted story returning a long lost hero to where he should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, a work of brilliance! 10 Feb 2007
This title was one of the first Green Lantern stories I read, I've not been into the DC Universe for very long and mostly I'm a Flash fan. But I got this (embarassingly) because I thought the cover looked cool.

It only took about four pages before my mouth dropped straight open with the skill and depth of the storytelling and the sheer brilliance of the artwork. For any comic fan of any kind, this is one of THE must-have volumes in my opinion. Also, any fan of the DCU is sure to fall in love with this title, as the characters, cameo's and friends that appear are not just thrown in, but sewn into the rich and imaginative story.

Absolutely Brilliant!
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