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Green Lantern (Green Lantern, Volume IV 0)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  8,010 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
The sold out 6-issue miniseries event of 2004-2005 - written by Geoff Johns (The Flash, Teen Titans) with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Prentis Rollins - is collected for the first time, complete with the preview story from Wizard Magazine!
Hal Jordan was considered the greatest Green Lantern of them all. But Jordan lost control, allowed himself to be corrupted and transforme
Published (first published October 12th 2005)
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This will be my 3d time reading this story, so I decided to check out the Absolute Rebirth from the library, instead of just Plain Old Rebirth.
So, what's the difference?
Well, this one is taller. You know, like physically bigger than a normal volume?
Part of me thought it was cool, and the other part of me felt like I do when I accidentally request the large print version of a book.
Oh, shiiiiit. This is fuckin' huge!
Still, it's different with graphic novels, because bigger actually is better.
Apr 04, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
It’s Batman vs. the Green Lantern Corps!!!

Those jade weenies are causing problems on a galactic scale and it’s up to Bats to set those bastards straight. The Green Lanterns have their power rings. Batman is Batman. Nuff said.

So Bats basically says, “I’m Batman.” Lobs a few well-placed batarangs, whips out his anti-Green Lantern kit and the Lanterns kneel before the greatness that is Batman.

The End.

Wow! Jeff, this sounds like the greatest Green Lantern book! Ever!

Is this actually what happened?

Sep 29, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As reboots of a franchise goes, this is definitely one of the best. The horrors of Parallax and Sinestro come back to the forefront, but this isn't all just about Hal Jordan. This is about all the Earthly Green Lanterns.

I feel spoiled and rather silly.

I read the volumes leading up to and through the Blackest Night cycle, of which this began it, but I started several volumes after this one. I feel kind of stupid, now. This was very good. It also looks like I need to go back and read through all t
Dan Schwent
Hal Jordan, possibly the greatest of the Green Lanterns, battles with the two entities bonded with him, The Spectre and Parallax, for a second chance. Will he return to the land of the living and, if so, what will be waiting for him when he gets there...?

First off, the very first super hero action figure I owned other than some Mego ones was the Green Lantern from the Super Powers collection. That being said, I only have a handful of Green Lantern comics in my collection. I picked this one up be
Nov 28, 2015 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first standalone Green Lantern title I've ever read. Zero Year Crisis in Time does not count, trust me.

Hal Jordan has a long history. At some point he became Parallax and destroyed Coast City. That's no spoiler anymore. And now he's back from the dead, following his reign as Parallax and flying into a star. As I'm told.

So Hal Jordan rescues a fighter pilot from crashing. It seems that he, Spectre (the spirit of vengeance) and capital P Parallax are all stuck in his fleshy meat sack
For those following Hal Jordan's career you know he did some horrible things and without going into details I'll leave it at that though there are spoilers further below. I found the artwork engaging for an action piece with some of the frames overlapping and almost exploding to one another in an interesting fashion. You get the Justice League showing up as it takes on epic proportions, previous and current Green Lantern heroes and even a few people from the Justice Society (a la Earth 1, Earth ...more
Jesse A
Hal Jordan is back to kick ass! Featuring the Justice League and all (at this point) the earth lanterns.
Pablo Fernández
Mar 05, 2016 Pablo Fernández rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente la imagen de Hal Jordan queda limpia y podemos hacer las paces -o mejor dicho, puedo hacerlas yo mismo-, con quizás el Linterna Verde más relevante. Bravo, Geoff. Bravo, DC.
Dec 17, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
Wow, that was exciting.

It took a little while to really get started, seeing as I had to put all the pieces together. I didn't have any prior knowledge of what led up to any of this honestly, but I came out better than fine!

This plot is really intricately designed, and I dig that. The dialogue was good and there were a lot of small cameos by other heroes aside from the Lantern Corps. The artwork was amazing.

I really like that this introduces more of who the other Green Lanterns are. It focuses on
Aug 23, 2016 Praxedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story arc --which reunites all the Green Lanterns of Earth's sector-- is greatly buoyed by its excellent artwork. Three sentient beings are inhabiting the same body, all struggling for in the world does one capture that in a drawing? Yet artist Van Sciver is able to do it?

There are some unnecessary battle scenes (as well as superfluous extra superheroes) but all in all this is a very entertaining story. Deep in some places but never boring. A very nice work.
Jan 11, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: green-lantern, dc
This is the first Green Lantern Book that I have ever read. The only prior knowledge I have of the Green Lantern Corps is from A few events/crossovers so I really know very little about them or their villains. I would recommend this book as a good place for new readers to start. While it does continue stories and themes from previous Green Lantern arcs, it does also explain certain aspects of the Corps. It also introduces you to the more familiar members of the Corps including Kyle Rayner, Guy G ...more

Before i've read Rebirth i didn't really like DC all that much aside from The Flash and Batman so i thought just let me give it a try and damn it did not disappoint me at all.

This story explains the return of the true Green Lantern of earth Hal Jordan. The story shows a great deal of insight into the character and also details his history and the characters that surround him.

This a complex story that wraps up years of continuity problems, and yet it is made relatively simple here. All of the su
Jan 08, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I probably came at this backwards, reading Rebirth so long after virtually every other Green Lantern story of note Johns has written. Oops. And as far as Johns's Lanterns go, this is good, but not the best. But maybe that's just me. Maybe if I knew (or cared) about Hal Jordan before Johns got his hands on him, I might be more moved when he returns to his old self. I might be able to get behind the sheer amount of fawning Johns is throwing at Hal. (He's the best Lantern ever! EVER!) And I might h ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johns is getting better as he plays longer in the DC sandbox - the bombast quotient is lowering, the action:monologue ratio is improving. As a relaunch goes, this shapes up early into some interesting twists and mysteries.

I can't say I'm in any way invested in Hal Jordan staying dead, but I *am* always disappointed when the comics bring someone back from the dead without a really good goddamn reason and explanation. Half the time (as here) it feels like the writer is completely throwing out the
3.5 stars. While I am a big fan of superheroes, I have not read a whole lot of Green Lantern material so I may have liked this more than some fans who may have found inconsistencies in the description of the "power ring" mythos. For me, I thought the description of the rings power being based on "strength of willpower" of the user was excellent. In general, I am not a fan of "unlimited" powers and so liked the description of how "taxing" the use of the ring can be and how difficult/impossible it ...more
Parts of this story I loved (like why Batman seems to hate Hal), and parts of it were a little 'meh'. I thought Johns did a decent job explaining Parallax and bringing Jordan back, but part of me felt a teensy bit cheated that there wasn't more to the story. I mean, it's a pretty thin book when you consider that they're bringing Hal Jordan back from the dead.
Sep 13, 2010 J.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superheroes
I actually always thought GL was kinda cool, but never read any of the comics. So, I decided, this mid 2000's relaunch by DC and Geoff Johns was as good a time as any to indoctrinate myself to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, especially in "light" of the forthcoming movie.

GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH reprints the 2004-2005 WIZARD X and GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH issues 1-6. It's written by one of DC Comics' stalwarts, Geoff Johns, who has made his name on this title, redefining (or should I say cla
Aug 29, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like Bomber Jackets
Geoff John's well-received rehabilitation of Hal Jordan, "Greatest of the Lanterns", begins here, and it's definitely readable, with some crisp, colourful art (love how Batman is always shown in shadows, even with 4 dudes glowing green standing around him) but on the whole, as it is pre-New 52 reboot, I felt it was bogged down by a lot of backstory and unappealing secondary characters.
Jun 18, 2008 Nicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Pros: The author's explanation of and story for Parallax, the author's description of each GL's unique style in using the power rings, Green Arrow using a power ring, Hal Jordan "passing the torch" to Kyle Rayner.

Cons: Failing to find Batman's voice and writing him as strident, cynical treatment of Spectre, bad treatment of relationships amongst John Stewart, Alan Scott, Batman, Hal Jordan, and the Justice League.
Zack! Empire
Apr 06, 2012 Zack! Empire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
The interesting thing about this book is that it takes 10 or so years of Green Lantern history, acknowledges that it happen, and then explains it all away. Basically this is the story of how Green Lantern was cooler way back in the day and now we’ve got back all the stuff we wanted.
There is also some confusing shit in. There is just so much history in each issue. There just felt like there was a ton of parts where people were just explaining shit over and over. They had to explain everything t
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

I'm starting up my big Green Lantern read. Rebirth is the only volume that is a re-read for me. Everything else will be brand new. I'm stoked.

As far as Rebirth goes - well hell yeah I liked it! I mean - Jordan is back!

Also...fuck you Batman!


'Course you can't blame everyone for being skeptical!

Still - that last issue in this volume is freaking awesome! Kyle, John, Guy, Hal all giving Parallax the 'what-for!' Also, the Sinestro fight was pretty sweet too. I love Sinestro! Can't wait to keep readin
Oct 16, 2011 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Superheroes die. All the time. Some Most of them come back, though - especially those that make the comic book companies some money. But it is the manner in which these comic book properties are brought back to life that is important. Will it be one of the dime-a-dozen, eye-roll inducing 'but no body was ever found!' variety, or will it be a story that is well thought-out, dare I say logical (we are talking about comic book here) ?

Green Lantern: Rebirth definitely falls into that second category
Jun 22, 2012 Ithlilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess it is hard to be objective when reviewing a comic book, and everyone brings their own reading history into the mix as well. You have people that have read Green Lantern for years and will nitpick about details, you have people that are Justice League fans that will complain about the way the Justice League was portrayed here, and you will have people that have read very little Green Lantern and are confused by Rebirth. So I will follow the trend and say I've read the first two Green Lant ...more
Michael (Mai)
Dec 16, 2013 Michael (Mai) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still having trouble getting into Green Lantern at the right time. I try taking advice from bloggers and from my husband but I'm still always confused when I pick up a volume of Green Lantern. There is just way too much backstory in the Green Lantern universe for a noob. Sigh...

Even though I was thoroughly confused at the beginning of this I did find myself really enjoying the story even though I felt like I'd missed a ton of stuff. I was really grateful that I read the introduction so that
Sep 03, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one despite it being my first venture into the world of Green Lantern. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had done some previous reading in Green Lantern continuity.
When I first heard this series was coming out (this was a couple of years ago), I was somewhere between skeptical and totally uninterested. Unlike many DC Comics readers of my generation, I didn’t grow up with Hal Jordan as GL. By the time I came into the DCU, Hal had gone crazy nuts, become Parallax, tried to restart time, and sacrificed himself nobly to defeat the Sun Eater. He was gone; he shortly resurfaced as the new Spectre in the Day of Vengeance storyline (not be confused with the Day of ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did Green Lantern, a comic fans wanted to like but rarely got excited for, become DC's biggest franchise outside of Batman? It all began here, with Geoff Johns's ambitious attempt to revive the iconic Silver Age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, both from death and disgrace. Hal had been replaced in the 90s by a younger, hipper character (new fans liked, older fans hated) and that storyline had Hal as an insane murderer and, well, dead.

The challenge Johns faced was pretty vast: how to bring back a
Luke Baldock
Aug 28, 2011 Luke Baldock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Green Lantern: Rebirth was my first real detailed introduction into a character that I had long been interested in. I was aware of the basics, and finally decided to take the plunge. I had avoided it before as I generally stuck to graphic novel one-shots or self-contained stories such as The Killing Joke, Watchmen, and Filth. I was just a bit worried about the expense and dedication needed to follow a continuous saga. After buying and reading Green Lantern: Rebirth, I had nothing to worry about. ...more
Ryan Stewart
Oct 15, 2013 Ryan Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I'm really hoping Goodreads eventually allows for 1/2 star ratings. I really didn't want to give it five because it's not even even the best arc in Geoff Johns' epic run on Green Lantern but this deserves more than four so there ya go. Moving on. Spoiler-free review incoming:

First the negatives:

1. Geoff Johns really paints Batman out to be a d-bag in this and that irks me.

2. This story could have (should have?) been 1-2 issues longer to flesh out more of the details without rushing
Aug 01, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc
Yeahhhhh, so this probably wasn't the greatest one to read as my first Green Lantern graphic novel, but hey, let's jump right into the action why don't we? :) The Green Lantern Wiki was my friend. It was great fun once I figured out what was going on, although I hate how Batman behaves. He's right to be suspicious, but I think he's unnecessarily rough with Hal and John (really all of the Lanterns) but hey, this is my first take so what do I know? I already love the friendship between Oliver and ...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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