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Green Lantern, Volume 6: Secret Origin (Green Lantern, Volume IV #6)

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This new edition of the Green Lantern tale written by Geoff Johns, with art and newly redesigned cover by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert, lays the groundwork for Blackest Night. It also includes pages from other Green Lantern collected editions designed to introduce readers to other volumes in the series and an introduction by Ryan Reynolds, star of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gr ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 16th 2008 by DC Comics
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Anne
Dec 01, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
Fun look at the origin of the Green Lantern.
Dirk Grobbelaar
It’s really surprising that there hasn’t been more mention here of Tygers, by Alan Moore. It’s an iconic Green Lantern story from 1986 which deals with the five inversions and the prophecy disclosed to Abin-Sur and it’s incredibly important to the Secret Origins story Johns is telling here. Even though so many years separate the two stories, it’s fascinating to see the impact that a story like Tygers can have on continuity. It’s one of the stories Johns collected in Green Lantern: In Brightest D ...more
Logan
Apr 24, 2017 Logan rated it really liked it
A fun little origin story! I actually forgot in recent years about the comic book dream team that is Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, they've done so much together and this was just a sweet reminder of that! So this one has been on my radar for a while now but never got a chance to read it; so it was a nice surprise to see it was part of the DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection they've been pumping out recently. Its pretty standard Green Lantern Origin story, but its got that Geoff Johns flare to make i ...more
StoryTellerShannon
This graphic novel was supposed to have been a great influence on the hit or miss Green Lantern movie. It follows the origins of how Hal Jordan, hot shot pilot with “father wounds”, joins the Green Lantern Corps. For those who don't know the tales the Green Lantern Corps is an organization of heroes who protect the universe from their version of evil and in time Hal Jordan will turn out to be the most powerful of the Green Lantern Corps heroes. The ring is fueled by an energy lantern but even ...more
Brad
Dec 30, 2015 Brad rated it liked it
I've always loved Green Lantern, even with that fairly recent movie. And then, every time I saw the Blackest Night comics in the bookstores, I kept thinking to myself, "Hey, that looks AWESOME."

It's time to buckle down, do my research, hunt all the comics leading to and through that huge story arc. There's enough fans out there that it looks like it'll be well worth my time. On to my New New-Year's Resolution! BLACKEST NIGHT. Wooooooo!

Origin. Check. Hints of the Black Light? Check. Sinestro? Coo
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Julia
Nov 13, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
Very effective origin story. I feel like I understand Hal Jordan and see his appeal a lot more now that I know his background. The artwork is great and the plot of this was fantastic. This goes by really quickly.
Maria Kramer
Sep 21, 2016 Maria Kramer rated it liked it
Good groundwork for Blackest Night, good introduction to the Green Lantern character. I'm just not a huge aficionado of GL, so this book wasn't as exciting to me as it would have been to a fan.
Javier Muñoz
El origen de Green Lantern, o mejor dicho la historia de origen de Hal Jordan como Green Lantern, se ha contado muchas veces. De hecho Geoff Johns ya nos contó el origen de Hal jordan de forma mucho más resumida al inicio de su andadura con este personaje (green lantern rebirth), pero en esa ocasión la idea era contar toda la trayectoria anterior de Hal Jordan poniendo énfasis en los sucesos que le llevaron a ser poseído por Parallax, y su posterior caída. En este caso tenemos una versión bastan ...more
Randy Lander
Apr 15, 2009 Randy Lander rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I didn't really think Hal Jordan's origin, and his relationships with Abin Sur, Carol Ferris and Sinestro needed revisiting again. Especially with all the momentum Geoff Johns has been building towards "In Blackest Night."

But I was wrong. While re-tracing a few steps of Hal's rise from test pilot to Green Lantern, Johns introduces backstory elements that reinforce his take on Hector Hammond, Sinestro, Black Hand and indeed the Green Lantern mythos as a whole. By going back to Ha
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Elizabeth
Dec 03, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I honestly went into this with extremely limited knowledge of anything to do with Green Lantern, and I didn't really have a clue what to expect. I was definitely really impressed.

I didn't actually realise this was the sixth volume in the series until I pulled it up on goodreads. I got it from the library, and normally they number graphic novel and comic series. I assumed an origin story would be a good place to start, and if you have any doubts that it would be, lay them to rest. I didn't suffe
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Brad
Oct 12, 2009 Brad rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dc
Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis are on auto-pilot retelling Green Lantern's origin story. There's some neat stuff, like new versions Abin Sur and Sinestro meeting Hal Jordan, and Pie Face not seeming like such a ridiculously racist caricature, and Blackest Night is becoming more and more ominous. At this point Geoff Johns can write most DC characters in his sleep, and this book feels like he's going through the motions, with only a little bit of momentum toward the next big space story.
Jerry
Sep 23, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

I honestly thought this was the first of the series when I read it; it definitely seemed more like an origin story than anything else. As usual, I enjoyed the artwork, the action, and the acts of heroism. There were dashes of profanity here and there, but definitely not as much as the live-action movie from a few years ago. Fans of Green Lantern should check this one out. Even if they haven't read the others in the series, they should be able to follow it just fine; I did.

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Gabriel
Sep 27, 2015 Gabriel rated it liked it
3.5

This one helped me a lot when I was a teen. It still does, actually. A really fun read.
Lizz
Apr 18, 2017 Lizz rated it really liked it
Hal's a little shit, honestly, but that's not necessarily a criticism. It works for him, or for the story, even when I'm sighing at him. I really liked this; I was familiar with Hal's origin story from 'The New Frontier,' but I liked having it fleshed out more and being introduced to other members of the Corps. (Mostly I'm just excited that this fits perfectly with the work project I read it for.) I definitely wouldn't mind reading more GL in the future.

ETA: To anyone unfamiliar - even though it
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Zack! Empire
Mar 28, 2012 Zack! Empire rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
I really feel like this is the book people should start with if they are looking to get into Green Lantern. Not only does it explain the origin of Hal Jordon, it sets up most up what has been going on for the last ten years in the book.
I liked the story of Hal before he was a Green Lantern. The scene where he is sleeping outside the air force recruitment office is a really nice one. It gets across the character of Jordon very well. Here we have a young man going against everything his family
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Aaron
Mar 03, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
Green Lantern is probably one of the strongest of the superheroes in the DC Universe. With just the power of his imagination and the use of his power ring, he can create whatever he needs to fight for justice. The Green Lantern Corps is an inter-galactic police force that has been set up to create order out of chaos and protect the innocents.

This is the story of how Hal Jordan, the first of the human Green Lanterns gained his ring and started his career in the Green Lantern Corps. Those familiar
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Vicenç Sanz
Aug 29, 2016 Vicenç Sanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Origen Secreto me ha gustado bastante, un buen comic para acercarse a la figura de Green Lantern y de su alter ego Hal Jordan. Y es que no sólo veremos cómo era su vida antes de convertirse en súper héroe, también la veremos en el proceso y durante sus primeros escarceos con enemigos poderosos.

La narración está bien llevada, sabiendo en todo momento lo que nos quieren contar y dejando una cantidad de pistas ingente de cara a futuras sagas (cuyos nombres ya he visto en la web de la editorial). So
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Vanessa
Aug 11, 2011 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
If you are looking for where to start with the current incarnation of the Green Lantern, this is the place. This is the beginning of Geoff Johns' fantastic reboot of the series. It stays faithful to the origin stories while updating them and sowing the seeds for numerous future storylines: the Red Lanterns, the Sinestro Corps and Blackest Night.

If this weren't a comic book storyline, I feel like this story would get the respect it deserves. Hal Jordan is-yes-a psychologically complex character
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Sophie
Feb 23, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who've never read Green Lantern and want to start.
Shelves: comics
If you had told me six months ago that I'd end up reading Green Lantern, I would have laughed. BUT since that is true for pretty much ever comic series I've been enjoying lately (apart from Batman) that isn't saying much, I suppose. Let's just say I always thought a bunch of guys with magic rings flying around in space was kind of boring. Turns out it isn't. Oh well. Cases like this, I don't mind being wrong.

Thanks to Blackest Night, I came to like the Green Lantern Corps, and these past few wee
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Feather Mista
Sep 07, 2010 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores y del personaje
Recommended to Feather by: Curiosidad
Antes de leer este tomo pensé que me iba a encontrar o bien con un comic pedorrísimo o bien con una obra maestra de los retcons y las vueltas de tuerca. Y, una vez más, le pifié horriblemente, ya que me pareció un comic entretenido, con aportes muy bien pensados y otros recontrarrebuscados al pedo. No creo que me lo compre ni que lo relea a mediano plazo, pero tampoco me pareció detestable como algunos de los trabajos de Johns de los últimos años.
Charles
Jun 11, 2011 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I liked it pretty well. I haven't read anything to do with the Green Lantern in 20 years but I liked the character, and I thought this was well drawn and well told. The story had some meat on its bones, which is a requirement for me for a graphic novel. I like the emphasis on the novel part. Certainly it's no "Watchmen," but it was good enough to hold my interest all the way through.
Brini
I knew Hal Jordan's origin story but this was the first time I actually read it. I really like Hal, Sinestro and even Carol Ferris. Hal's thoughts about the Guardians are intriguing and a brilliant idea of the author. I hope to learn more about the Guardians but I'm not sure if I'm going to read more Green Lantern stories. I prefer Justice League stories.
AmirCat
Mar 25, 2009 AmirCat rated it really liked it
As a "nube" to comic books, and Green Lantern in particular, I really enjoyed this book. The art is good, and Geoff Johns is my favorite (active/Currently writing) author. My only complaint is that even as a newbie, the book seemed watered down. I am buying more GL books in the future just to find out that there is more to Hal Jordan than the generic superhero origin.
Daniel
Aug 09, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Green Lantern is a great superhero and in this edition I knew more about him thn I did in the movie. The movie was great but the book has a stronger story line.
Shannon Appelcline
May 13, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
A bit retconny at times, but generally a good retelling of GL's lantern that meshes well with Johns' modern story-telling.
Charles
Nov 11, 2016 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a long-time fan of comic book heroes, my favorite stories have always been the origin histories. How the hero came to acquire their skills or powers and the expression of whatever rules and limitations they must operate under. This graphic novel is a retelling of the origin of the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern.
Hal Jordan was the son of a test pilot and he also became a hotshot test pilot when he reached adulthood. He idolized his father and was present when the plane his father was p
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Richard
Mar 12, 2017 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
V podstate, pribeh vsetci pozname. viac-menej bol aj vo filme. Napriek tomu v komikse je ovela, OVELA lepsi :). Green Lantern u mna normalne stupol.
Gemma
Apr 02, 2015 Gemma rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fiction
Mi contacto con Green Lantern se limitaba hasta ahora a los dibujos animados (Green Lantern: the Animated Series) y la participación de John Stewart en los dibus de la Liga de la Justicia. Todo dibujos animados, vaya. Y como Hal Jordan no es un personaje que me entusiasme en exceso, lo he ido postergando hasta ahora. Es un cómic que está genial. Ha conseguido que me caiga bien Hal Jordan, que me resultaba más bien indiferente. Pero en esta historia le conoces desde niño y ves cómo la pérdida de ...more
Wing Kee
Sep 10, 2015 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
This is an example of how to properly rewrite history!

The origin of Hal has been written again and again with each telling having something a bit different to further the author and his take on the character at the time. So now, we get Johns retelling to prepare readers to Blackest Night, how does it read? Pretty amazing!

World: Ivan Reis is one of my favorite artists to draw GL simply because he makes the ring feel so powerful. His illustrations make the ring pop and the power flowing from it ne
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คุกกี้
Aug 10, 2013 คุกกี้ rated it liked it
Another secret origin of another superhero, Green Lantern surely deserves this new ret-conning of origin after Geoff John's explosive takes on the Green Lantern and DC Universe.

However, eventhough the book is done well in all parts, the writing being solid and the art work from Ivan Reis on the good days never disappoints, it certainly fails to realise enjoyment for the reader. This origin of the Green Lantern being told in a rather conservative nature with several tweaks here and there. People
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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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