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The Green Lantern Chronicles: v.1 (The Green Lantern Chronicles #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  143 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Chosen from all the people of Earth for his fearlessness by a dying space-policeman, test pilot Hal Jordan now serves the universe as a Green Lantern.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 26th 2009 by Titan Books Ltd (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alaina Patterson
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Green Lantern Chronicles collects the first six appearances of Hal Jordan as The Green Lantern, the first DC Green Lantern. It contains Showcase 22-24 and the first three Green Lantern comics. I've been working my way through Green Lantern Post-Rebirth and this was my first foray into comics prior to the current era. These came out 1959-1960 and they certainly show their age. I wasn't sure what to expect from "Silver Age" comics, but I found Chronicles to be repetitive and hokey. The three Showc ...more
Dustin Luke Nelson
While the opening issues (and early appearances) of The Green Lantern are a little cheesy for a modern reader, there's a lot to like in this collection. The writing is on par for the era — simplistic, a little cheesy, and frustratingly repetitive. (How many times can the Green Lantern go to another planet to save a human-like species from some sort of monster that is yellow?) But the value in this is the beautiful psychedelic art. The colors are incredible (especially for the printing processes ...more
Gary Lee
An eskimo character nicknamed "Pieface"???

Oh 1960s comicbooks, what will you think of next?
Adelaide Metzger
This collection of various gems (some really good, some generally appreciated in the golden age) is a fun treat with the start of a GREAT story. This is new news to me. I've never read a Green Lantern comic and what got me interested was the recently cancelled Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Whenever I get interested in a comic book character, I like to start from the roots (or close to them anyway) to get an understanding of how the creator perceived his/her own character.
Now, this was the
1959, an interesting time in the development of hero comics. Green Lantern is a player, dating the most beautiful women in Coast city. Batman didn't do that; he was too busy fighting crime all night to be squiring lovelies to hot night clubs in his costume. On the other hand, GL has a similar situation with his lady love as Superman. Lois Lane and Carol Ferris could be twins; both have beauty, brains, ambition but are petulant, self centered and high maintenance. the story lines are clearly infl ...more
Patrick Day
I'm giving this two stars just for the nice, classic Silver Age art. Otherwise, it's a one star affair with terrible writing. Yes, the late '50s and early '60s were a different era, but these characters are horribly written, from the one-note sexist portrayal of Carol Ferris to the one-note portrayal of Hal Jordan. And then there's Pieface the eskimo. Some nice looking art, but nothing else to brag about.
Well it's the beginning of Green Lantern as we know it. It's actually really enjoyable, if you let the writing just kind of slide. It was the 60s after all. If you like ol' GL I say give this a look.
Paul Schoenberg
Since I am a large fan of green lantern this was a great read. The whole setup of how an ordinary human gains alien powers from a small ring is just very interesting. Hal Jordan has an alien encounter with a creature from the green lantern corps. He learns to embrace his fear while overcoming a new world that no ordinary human can imagine. It makes fantasy seem so desirable. The whole theme of a person being the chosen one especially from another galaxy being chosen makes this book a lot better. ...more
Remembering that this was made in a different time for a different audience, this was a fun book. Somewhat repetitive, but again these were very much for children. Gil Kane's art is fantastic even at this early stage. And it's pretty cool that they're doing all Green Lantern stories in chronological order (or at least that's the plan - the publishing schedule for these is scattershot). For $15 US a good deal!
The Silver Age of Comics at its finest. Sure, it's a bit cheesy now and then, but that's all part of the fun. I sometimes miss that in today's comics. Oh, and the artwork is fantastic!

Growing up on Marvel Comics my knowledge of the DC universe (aside from The Batman) is really quite limited. Green Lantern has always seemed like a fun charactor and a good start to expanding that knowledge.
This was a pretty fun read. I'm not much for the old school comics, I think I've gotten too used to the modern more mature/darker tone that comics have taken on. But, I enjoyed some classic Green Lantern. Even if Hal Jordan resembles Jimmy Stewart.
I think I was most surprised at how early the Weaponers of Qward came in to the mythology. A wonderful read, and incredibly interesting in light of wheee Geoff Johns has taken the mythology in the current run of the book.
Daniel Butcher
The stories are far from great, but for nostaligia it gets a three.

Oh for the days when Green Lantern's biggest problems were getting in and out of dates with Carol Ferris!
This is hilariously cheesy. But artful, in its way; and, very informative about the mores & standards of its time.
Paul bailey
i can see now why hes considered second rate superhero.
Classic Green Lantern. Pretty good volume.
Gary Butler
114 out 204 on my all time book list
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