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Green Lantern Corps, Volume 1: Fearsome (Green Lantern Corps, Volume 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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by DC Comics
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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
May 02, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it
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
Aug 31, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
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
C.J. Edmunds
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Very strong opening volume in the NU52 run of GLC. While it has its silly parts, this is a thoughtful story with more depth than just "bad guys vs good guys."

It's a look at colonialism, for one, cloaked as a battle between the GL Corps and creepy aliens called Keepers. Consider a loose parallel from history: The Congo, a place colonized by the Belgians and plundered for its resources. When the Belgians left, they had taken almost everything of value, leaving the people poor and disorganized.

Feb 08, 2014 Jason rated it it was ok
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
Sep 13, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Green Lantern Corps Volume 1 collects issues #1 - #7 of Green Lantern Corps.

Considering that the Green Lantern Corps are the group that I know the least about (I do not count the movie), I found it very easy to understand that was going on and why what was occurring had occurred.

The storyline follows Guy Gardner and John Stewart as they face off against the Keepers, a new alien race that no-one knew existed. A tad predictable a times ruined it for me, althoug
If you are looking for action then this volume has it in spades, and green ink, wow, the Green Lantern comic line must have their own green ink reservoir somewhere! This was my introduction to Green Lantern comics, and there is a lot going on but for the most part it is fairly easy to follow. The only rough spot for me was toward the middle when the background on the Keepers was revealed. The reveal made everyone's motives suspect, and they never really followed up on that, which I thought would ...more
Robert Wright
Jun 13, 2013 Robert Wright rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc, new-52
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
Jul 23, 2015 Arturo rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-2012-gl
I can't quite put my finger on it, what it is that makes this book so forgettable, what it is that is wrong with it. I'm not sure if I'm just tired of the corp. or what.
The writing is good, the art is great, the action is awesome, it just feels like the same ol' same ol'. I did keep putting off finishing the book, because of how dark (which is ironic considering how colorful it is), bleak and serious in can be. Any Corp member could die in any issue and many do die. They did.
Die that is. It's h
Alex Sarll
Well, that's the last of the bastards. I can't even remember to whom I said that I'd read whichever of the New 52 volume ones turned up in the library. Whoever it was, I'm sure they wouldn't have held me to it, and yet I did it all the same. Even as it became ever clearer that - as so often - first impressions were entirely accurate: there was half a good idea (make accessible, clearly-signposted starting points for new readers) mired in oceans of shit (editorial micromanagement; a needless univ ...more
David Williams
Sep 25, 2012 David Williams rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2013 Cale rated it it was ok
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
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 06, 2016 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Pretty good. I'm relatively new to the Lantern Universe and this is the first time I've come across Guy Gardner. Can't say I liked his attitude much. But it also has my favourite Lantern: John Stewart. There are also over a dozen more Green Lanterns, a couple of which I'd heard of before. The story was action-packed but fairly cliche, being the story of a race who is wiping out entire planets and the Lanterns have to get them before they take over Earth, or in this case mainly Lantern headquarte ...more
The plot of this volume was interesting and the artwork was stunning. However with next to no previous knowledge of the Green Lantern universe I found it quite confusing. I was also unsure how this universe coincided with the Justice League universe (ie. Does the Green Lantern from JL appear in these comics at all? If so who is he?)
Sep 16, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
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.
RIP people who died. Very good story. Wonder what is going to happen next. Can't wait to read the next one!!!
Nicholas Donohue
Sep 10, 2012 Nicholas Donohue rated it it was amazing
A great build-up for the coming fate of a certain Green Lantern. Seeds of the Third Army as well! Great read.
(Read the single issues)

This was a very well written story.
Jesse A
Jun 24, 2015 Jesse A rated it liked it
Not bad. Not exactly special either. A pretty diverting but ultimately forgettable book.
John Yelverton
Sep 04, 2012 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
A fairly decent story, but I'm still not quite sure how it fits into the whole new universe.
Charles Mitchell
Jan 27, 2017 Charles Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Okay so this is really a two star book with the exception of the last issue which was so beautiful and heartbreaking it brought me to tears. One of the best single issues I've read. I will be picking that one up (#7).
Gabriel Wallis
Jun 16, 2017 Gabriel Wallis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Green Lantern Corps: Fearsome, volume 1, was an entertaining graphic novel top read. The Keepers, those who keep watch over the lanterns, wage war against the Green Lantern Corps. The art was well done and the story was intense. I'll definitely be reading the next in the series soon.
Jul 06, 2013 C. rated it really liked it
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Jan 26, 2013 Cameron rated it it was ok
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
Rick Hunter
Jun 01, 2014 Rick Hunter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any GL fans
This is the 20th wave 1 book out of the 52 titles DC launched to start the New 52 that I've read. I've read 20 New 52 books overall, but the other one was from wave 2 after the first round of cancellations. I held off on this book for a long time because I really loathe the character John Stewart. I've never read many comics with him in them, but I hate Stewart because they chose him instead of my favorite Lantern, Hal, to be in the Justice League cartoon. Every single time I saw him on my TV, I ...more
James Dunphy
Feb 26, 2014 James Dunphy rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2014 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
THIS! This is exactly why Pete Tomasi needs to be doing nothing but writing GLC. He's been a revelation since he started in 09, and it's no different in the New 52 era. There's none of the specialness of Kyle Rayner, and the emo iconicness of the current Hal Jordan run. It's Guy Gardner and John Stewart, and the other 7200 lanterns. It's Band of Brothers. It's a cop show. It has the excitement of a galactic comic, the grittiness of a good police procedural, and the poignancy of a war movie. It's ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Gavin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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
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Peter J. Tomasi is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics.
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