Green Lantern, Vol. 1: Sinestro
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Green Lantern, Vol. 1: Sinestro (Green Lantern Vol. V #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,388 ratings  ·  122 reviews
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As part of the DC Comics—The New 52, the first six issues of the star-spanning series from superstar writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnkeis collected here in hardcover!

In the aftermath of a deadly showdown between the Green Lantern Corps and a mysterious foe from the past, Hal Jordan has been stripped of his ring. Left standing is an unexpec...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by DC Comics (first published September 2011)
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Very good story, but I probably should have read Green Lantern: War of the Green Lanterns first.
Yeah, as it turns out, I missed a huge chunk of important back story, so if you're thinking of just skipping ahead to the re-boot stuff....don't.
Any guesses as to what I'll be reading next?

Even without knowing how Sinestro ended up as a Green Lantern, and Hal ended up needing Carol to co-sign a loan for him, this was a lot of fun to read.
Recommended for fans of the Lanterns.
Caz Edmunds
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Jessica at Book Sake
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Let me start of by saying Green Lantern is my favorite superhero by far. But this book has the same issue as with all of The New 52’s. It's still pretty much a continuation of an old series or storyline. It starts off with Green Lantern being exiled from the corps, and Sinestro had been reinstated, but it never showed this happening, probably because it happened in another book (that some people may not have read). Obviously I'll continue to read it (bec...more
Okay, this is not a 'Volume One,' in fact you probably need to read at least Green Lantern, Vol. 6: Secret Origin, Blackest Night, Blackest Night: Green Lantern, Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern, Vol 9. Brightest Day, Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 8: The Weaponer, and Green Lantern: War of the Green Lanterns to understand how Sinestro Hal and Carol got to this point. This book is all about the mistakes the three characters have made and how they feel they should go about fixing the...more

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Why I Read It: After reading and enjoying Batman vol 1: The Court of Owls, I decided to try to read as many of the New 52 titles as possible (though I'm kind of aiming for them all, if I can.) Back when I read comics on a regular basis, Green Lantern was one of my favourites, so I decided to read it next. I will be divulging minor spoilers here, so read with caution if that bothers you. :D

I felt a little let-down by this title, but I'm not entirely sure why. I've n...more
David Green
I'll write a full review when I have the time, but for now here's...


- Sinestro shines in the spotlight and is given more depth
- Hal and Sinestro's buddy-cop routine is fun to read
- Action sequences are well done

- Overall story is rather simplistic and lacks originality
- Hal Jordan is a tad annoying this time around (actually, more than a tad)
- Some characters feel shoe-horned in and contribute very little (I'm looking at you, Carol Ferri...more
As a collector of (solely) Superman comics when I was younger, Green Lantern was a hero I was always interested in. During the Reign of Superman story--following his death--I read when Coast City was wiped out and ended up getting the three Emerald Night comics when Hal Jordan became Parallax. Fast forward to now, I've gone back and digitally read every Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corp, and Emerald Warrior comic since that event. I was not disappointed in that time and expense investment.

I led...more
Gl 1

Bad plotting, bad dialogue, but good story ideas. Couldn't Johns just do outlines and hand over the creative duties to people with talent? Johns is writing Jordan like he's twelve - not just a broken *man*, but one who's ridiculously arrested. If I sat him down with a psychologist they might well diagnose him as retarded, as well as Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Johns also still hasn't learned the art of conveying information without a shovel. Mansplaining in the grossest terms - like tw...more
Geoff Johns has always handled the Green Lantern mythos well, injecting life into the series in terms of characters and storylines and making character conflicts realistic. His recent work on "Aquaman" was astounding and he doesn't fail to deliver in "Green Lantern" either.

Following the events of the "War of the Green Lanterns," Hal Jordan is stripped of his ring; a shocking moment which made my jaw drop. Could this be the end? No. Green Lantern follows Sinestro a character made so realistic by...more
This Green Lantern book is a collection of the first 6 comic books from DC's New 52 Green Lantern series. The art is the same, the story the same, it's just been placed in a very nice hardback format. Geoff Johns has written the story lines, Doug Mahnke does the artwork, which is awesome.

This volume begins where the Green Lantern Corps wars ended. Sinestro has come to earth to retrieve Hal Jordan to do Sinestro's bidding, giving him a "created" ring and no lantern. Sinestro uses Jordan to free h...more
May 20, 2013 Kyle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: dcu
Is it just me? Or did the New 52 reboot have no effect on the Green Lantern continuity? It seems that this series picks up right where it left off pre-Flashpoint. Which I am totally cool with because, of all the story-arcs since Final Crisis, the Green Lantern story-arcs were some of the best, and there was a lot of development in that universe that I would have hated to see disappear overnight.

Geoff Johns writes another great, character-driven story for GL with this volume, "Sinestro". After de...more
William Thomas
The worst decision DC editors have made in the last 20 years- and yes, there have been too, too many- is to allow the use of lethal force in the Green Lantern Corps. DC Comics seemed to have always been able to pride itself on the fact that their heroes refused to kill their enemies. Where the villains would be the killers, the heroes would never resort to lethal force. At least in the core character titles like Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, etc. It separated them from Marvel in the 80's and...more
Be warned: even though it's a New 52 title, you really need to have read the prior Green Lantern event, War of the Green Lanterns. It seems DC chickened out of rebooting the entire line and allowed the Green Lantern books to continue on as though nothing had happened. Sure, you could tackle it anyways, but don't expect anything to be explained, or for this to be an origin story. That said, it can be a fun read.

Hal Jordan is now without a ring, and Sinestro is a Green Lantern again. This leads,...more
You know, as a character I really hate Sinestro, but I love this story. Geoff Johns at his craft again, and he puts on a spectacular show. Sinestro is one of those characters that you love to hate, and as such he has a marvelously complex back story with all kinds of fun twisty places to entangle a plot. The very thought of Hal Jordan trying to give up the Green Lantern mantel and trying to live without being a hero is as strange as Sinestro trying to be a hero again. Except...nothing is quite a...more
David Caldwell
Hal Jordan has been stripped of his ring. Sinestro has gotten a green ring again. Sinestro makes Hal a deal. If Hal helps to take out the Sinestro corps, Sinestro will give him a ring again.

I know that Green Lantern is a fan favorite for a lot of people. truthfully, he doesn't do that much for me though. I never cared for the whole "space cop" angle of the storyline. A lot of the stories seemed a little too far removed for me to connect. Also Hal usually comes off as a jerk to me. The whole atti...more
Tony Laplume
Even though it comes in at the end of his near-decade writing Green Lantern adventures, Sinestro as it turns out is an excellent way to discover Geoff Johns in this franchise.

This is the first volume from the fall 2011 New 52 relaunch. Technically it continues right from where Johns left off with the previous series and everything he's done since 2004's Green Lantern: Rebirth. But that doesn't really matter. Two characters matters, Hal Jordan and the other title character, Sinestro.

Again, techni...more
Desmond Fox
For all the time Johns spent crafting the various corps. of the DCU, he sure does treat them as pretty expendable. In this volume, the most interesting thing to ever happen to Sinestro (i.e. the Sinestro Corps) is undone, favoring a story with him as a Green Lantern instead. The Sinestro Corps is (view spoiler), we do some par for the course romantic back and forth between Hal and Carol, and really hit every beat we've come to expect from Johns' GL. It's starti...more
James Dunphy
Being the huge GL fanboy that I am, I was excited to read Geoff Johns' "New 52" Green Lantern beginning arc. Although it is to my understanding all of the very exhausted GL history that Geoff Johns spent the last 8 years building up will not be rebooted in the new DCU (similar to the great Grant Morrison Batman stuff). Again, this is great because Johns' run on GL is what MADE me the huge fan of Hal Jordan the corps that I am. I spent the last year reading his run on GL and GLC. Although it shou...more
I loved Hal Jordan and Green Lantern as a kid and I wondered why he was an arrogant prick in as a member of the Justice League reboot. Well, this book did nothing to explain that. It started up the reboot with Hal losing his standing as Green Lantern and Sinestro gaining it. There were lots of references to a major story arc causing this turn of events with quite a bit in the story around the Guardians but nothing was really explained. It felt like the story started up in the middle; there was n...more
Aug 15, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comic
Pretty good. A little confused about the timeline, though. In his title, Lantern isn't currently a member of the Guardians, but in JL he is. Same writer, so I hoping this will all tie together neatly.
TJ Shelby
Geoff Johns...

A. Can do no wrong apparently with Green Lantern.
B. Continues to amaze me at every plot turn with his imagination.
C. Has a lifelong fan in me.

John Yelverton
So basically, this book takes a super hero that we all know and love, and gives his mantle and powers to his arch enemy. Does this sound good to anyone else?
Top-notch super-hero writing! Geoff Johns' Green Lantern is just perfect and his monumental run continues here. First class stuff.
Mike Korth
It's good, but it really feels like an introduction to a story rather than a story on its own but it flows nicely into the next one. I liked getting to know Sinestro better but I feel like they were a little unfair to Hal Jordan and made him a little too selfish.

Even though this is the first volume in the New 52 line, it may not be the best place for a new reader to start since it continues old story lines. You may want to catch up on your lantern lore before starting this one.

It's a good read b...more
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
This wasn't really what I was expecting from a New 52 Volume one. With most of the other restarts I've gotten a chance to familiarize with characters I didn't really know about and got at least a glimpse of an origin story.

This was not the case in Green Lantern: Sinestro. I'm wondering if Green Lantern is like Batman and just the fact that most people know a chunk about the series that they don't need to do a complete reboot. Is Green Lantern that popular with people who don't read comics? I di...more
Joseph R.
It is often said that the best villains are the characters who do not think they are doing evil. A fine example of this is Sinestro in the "New 52" reboot of Green Lantern. Originally I was less than enthusiastic about the "New 52" as it seems like another attempt to get new people into reading comics by promising to let go of the previous character continuity and freshen up the stories with more modern settings and characterizations. For example, Clark Kent becomes an independent blogger rather...more
Imagine that you used to have power, the kind of power that could save almost anyone and everything. Then, this power was taken away from you. Would you do anything to get that power back? Even if it meant coming from your greatest enemy, who wants to give it back to you for you to do good again? Can one do a good thing for a bad reason, or is it a bad thing to deal with an enemy, no matter what they ask of you?

This slightly melodramatic portrayal of these questions largely drives this Green Lan...more
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Thaco Latvaria
Some very light spoilers..barely spoilers really.

1. It's worth picking up...just know there will be a big cliff hanger
2. It's best to read "Blackest Night" first
3. It's a little slow moving towards the really titillating plot points.
4. A must own for Green Lantern fans.
5. A good read for DC New 52 fans.
6. A decent read for any comic fan but not what I would start off with if I was new to the 52 series.

If you are planing on reading this title I will give you a warning I wish I would ha...more
Paul bailey
As many of the comic book fans reading this will be aware, DC recently reset many aspects of its universe, this was true with the exception of its most popular book which continued on with their pre-flashpoint storylines, now many of you won’t be surprised that batman continued as normal (even if Snyder decided to change everything we knew about batman) but what may surprise you is that the little known character of Green Lantern also continued unabated into the new 52. The event that preceded t...more
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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 moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career...more
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