Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Fearsome
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Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Fearsome (Green Lantern Corps Vol. III #1)

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As part of the DC New 52 event, the Green Lantern Corps return, led by fan favorite Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart.When a new menace, The Keepers, begins to march across the space sectors and devouring not only their natural resources but their entire populations, it is up to The Corps, severely outnumbered, to stop them. The Corps soo...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by DC Comics (first published September 2011)
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Not a bad addition to the GL books, but it almost feels like there are too many GL off-shoots out there right now. It's getting hard to keep up with all of the stories floating around in the Lantern-verse.

This one deals with John and Guy on a mission to stop some bad guys called The Keepers. Unfortunately, they are mostly just cleaning up the mess made by the Guardians. It's a good story and the writing and art are solid, but I'm not convinced that I care enough anymore. It may be time to stream...more
On the one hand, this is a heck of an introduction to the Green Lanterns. There's so many characters and concepts packed in, and I had to play a fair amount of catchup. I was never sure what was a New 52 innovation and what was established canon, how I should be judging the storyline. So I couldn't tell you if someone was suddenly overpowered or turned into an enormous asshole.

I did enjoy it, though. It's a bit thin on character because there are so many Green Lanterns in the story, but it gives...more
Great book! Easily one of the very best of the New 52, maybe even the best. Tomasi's been handing in terrific stories now for years and he should be considered DC's best and brightest. He's right up there with Johns and Morrison and often he's better than either. Though I must admit that the gimmick of the Guardians' screw up biting the Corps on the butt is getting a bit tired. It's time to see them as wise and flawless for a few years or their screws up won't mean anything. Still what we have h...more
Thom Foolery
When I read about the Green Lantern Corps, I hope for mind-stretching alien characters à la Alan Moore.

Like Mogo...

or Rot Lop Fan, blind member of what he calls the "F-Sharp Bell" Corps...

Alas the current volume, a "reboot" of the franchise, is a lot less about intriguing aliens and a lot more about the military nature of the Corps. The reader, like the contemporary US citizen, is treated to lots of morally ambiguous stuff that is glossed over with sentimentality. And when the story went all Di...more
Caz Edmunds
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Robert Wright
GL Corps continues as a solid book despite the New 52 "reboot." Though from the story, characters, and action on display here you'd hardly know there had been a reboot.

Good story that throws in some intriguing concepts, including where each Lantern's power battery goes when not being used to take the oath/recharge their ring.

Tomasi throws in some good character bits too. Like Guy & John not really having secret identities and how that impacts their daily life. Though honestly, as funny as th...more
David Williams
Despite my limited knowledge of the Green Lantern universe, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. This story arc begins kind of ho-hum: exciting, yes, but rather thin. The story quickly fleshed out, both in terms of story and emotionality. The art is very well executed; however, I don't envy the colorist for this title, as those pencils must be ridiculously dense. While the corps members do tend to gravitate toward hackneyed battle cries and bouts of forced braggadocio, they are all awesome. Whi...more
I guess the New 52 wasn't really a reboot. When you reboot something, you at least explain the basics of it over again for new readers. And that's definitely not happening here. Barely any explanation of what the Green Lantern Corps is, or who the characters are; instead it delves into minutia built off a new feature of the corps. The story itself is okay; not wonderful and the new twist is basically an excuse for new enemies who are in the end pretty uninspiring. It does explore a little of the...more
I've been thoroughly enjoying Green Lantern and New Guardians, so I decided to give this title a go, despite having some bad reviews. I have to say this ones another hit in my book! Though not as solid as the others but this still stands up as a quality Green Lantern series.

The thing that sets this title apart from the others is that this focuses on the 'police force' side of the Lanterns. I really enjoyed seeing a new side of how the corps operates. I didn't know much about Guy Gardner prior t...more
Chris Aylott
Now here's a relaunch that's true to its own spirit. The Green Lantern Corps has always been about Big Damn Heroes facing even bigger problems, and that's certainly the case when a mysterious horde of enemies begins cutting a swath through the Corps.

Guy Gardner and John Stewart are the headliners here, and writer PeterTomasi does a good job of capturing both their determination and volatility. These are easy characters to screw up (especially Guy), but Tomasi never lets them turn into cartoons....more
James Dunphy
After reading the fantastic volume 1 of the core Green Lantern series, I figured it was time that I delve into the GLC seeing as how DC's bi-title run of GL and GLC makes up some of my favorite long running comic series runs of the last decade or so. Seriously, everything from Recharged to Blackest Night is great. Go read that if you haven't already...
Anyway, this New 52 GLC vol isn't much of a reboot title into a new universe or anything, as much of the GL mythos from those prestigious two afo...more
A good story with a great plot. A strange menace is killing Green Lanterns and Guy is sent to discover what it is. There's some very nice twists and breathtaking character development. A very good read.
Nicholas Donohue
A great build-up for the coming fate of a certain Green Lantern. Seeds of the Third Army as well! Great read.
John Yelverton
A fairly decent story, but I'm still not quite sure how it fits into the whole new universe.
A little late to the game of the New 52 but I don't mind because the trades are just coming out and they are a bit cheaper if you wait a while on Comixology. I've read Superman and Green Lantern titles in former years and picked them back up with the New 52. I really like the GLC stories. It's just fun to get off Earth and see some crazy alien and space stories. Fearless delivers on that front. One of my favorite aspects of GLC comics is their full page panels. I love studying them and seeing al...more
(Read the single issues)

This was a very well written story.
Jim Black
I never really thought about where the lantern batteries go when they are hidden between recharging. Tomasi crafted an excellent story that shows the society that takes care of the batteries...and what happens when the Guardians take them out of the picture.

This is the epic kind of tale I expect in this title. Planet wide resources are stripped from various planets. An enemy who is appears to have an immunity to the Green Lantern power. Devastating defeats. Star gates powered by...but that would...more
Jul 23, 2013 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This was a really good Green Lantern Corps story with plenty of action and testing of characters. I especially liked the final issue which acts as denouement/post-mortem to the first six issues and really focuses on Lantern Stewart's inner conflicts.

This volume really makes me wonder something, though: why do the Green Lanterns not jump ship? I mean, it is SOOOOO obvious that the Guardians are not the good guys, and it has been apparently so for a long, long time. If the Green Lanterns have suc...more
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Despite being volume 1 of a relaunched title, Fearsome is not an origin story. You can't even really call it the beginning of anything thematically speaking. It's a self contained story that could have very well been volume 7 or 13 as much as volume 1 with hardly, if any, changes made to the script. As such, a certain amount of familiarity with the concepts of Green Lanterns is needed to fully understand what's going on in the story. It's not a bad spot to jump in at, but it's not a good one eit...more
The writing here by Tomasi is horrid. He just feels the need to hammer you over the head and spell out everything he has just done. It ruins some of the rather good art, and some of the concepts in the storyline that might have been cool if not just bludgeoned to death by his awful dialogue.

The idea for the story is actually one I like: yet another stupid move by the Guardians in their arrogant treatment of everyone leads to another group of people pissed off, and this time they're immune to Gre...more
I love Green Lantern, he has quickly become one of my favorite super heroes. I’ve always liked reading about Hal Jordan and his adventures. From time to time his book crosses over with the Green Lantern Corps title. Normally I only read those story lines that cross over, but with things starting over with The New 52, I figured I would give this a shot. I am so glad I did.

This series revolves around all the Green Lanterns throughout the Universe, but at the forefront is two of the Green Lanterns...more
Awale Abdi

This was a good book with some fantastic art and I really enjoyed... Story was pretty decent; I like how shit keeps coming back to the guardians, pretty much every villain or catastrophe since the Sinestro Corps War has had something to do with them and I wonder when the Corps' going to snap and make those bluemuchachos pay for their shit.

This didn't get a five cos I had some qualms with how John, Vandor and that other lantern as well as the chick were spared. They don't respect a...more
Matt Raymond
Green Lantern Corp is really for people who already like the GL world, and are maybe a little more familiar with the characters & back story. This is probably why I liked it so much. While Guy Gardener isn't my favorite (it's like they're recycling Hal Jordan's personality or something), John Stewart is the best in this volume. The emotional wringer that he goes through during the story is shocking, and he actually shows some personality that makes him feel fleshed out & real.

All this ta...more
John Calhoun
Shockingly, I found this read better than any of the other Green Lantern (or Red Lantern) first volumes from the New 52. What bothers me the most about these new books is the dialogue, which is so clearly trapped in the 80's. Phrases like "mincemeat" and "chucklehead" just don't do it for me.

Thankfully, most of that is absent in this book where a story about Green Lanterns not as superheroes, but as soldier is the main story. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
This is another one that isn't really a first one, but gives you enough about the characters that it can be a gateway into the Green Lantern Universe. Guy Gardner and John Stewart must face a group of resource stealing assassins that the Guardians claim to know nothing about. These villains destroy a whole world easily and use powerful willpower based weapons.

At the start this is a typical Corps story, but at the end there are some very nice touches that make it more complex. This is definitely...more
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Jeff Raymond
Of the New 52 reboots, this is absolutely my least favorite, and for two reasons:

1) It comes across as very juvenile, to its detriment. I get the "comics aren't really for adults" thing from time to time, and perhaps Green Lantern Corps are sort of the more kiddie type, but this really just didn't work at all for me in terms of overall tone and story.

2) Even so, there is a good story and good universe here that, if it weren't so stuck on Green Lantern mythology and story, would really be an inte...more
This volume has the best return read value. There is a good reason that it was a New York Times best seller.
I was really disappointed by this volume. Although it included some GL Corps members I've enjoyed in the past, for the most part I didn't connect with any of the characters. The insertion of Martian Manhunter to 'tell' the Corps who was attacking them made solving the mystery too easy and the final battle was way too easy as well. The attempts at creating narrative tension felt forced and the 'war' cliches fell flat. It's a shame because this series could be a great showcase for the various GL m...more
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