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

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  3,363 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Before he became the Green Lantern...before he unwittingly brought about the downfall of the Green Lantern Corps...before his rebirth as the universe's most powerful protector...Hal Jordan of Earth was just a washed-up test pilot with no way to fly...until the dying alien Abin Sur granted him his power ring, the most powerful weapon in the universe--and his entry into a re ...more
Hardcover, New Edition, 192 pages
Published November 26th 2010 by DC Comics (first published December 16th 2008)
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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
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
Randy Lander
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
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.
Zack! Empire
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
Feb 24, 2010 Sophie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Arthur Cravan
This doesn't deserve a 4, but I feel 3 is an injustice. Seriously, every one of my reviews has to start with clarification - just add the damn half-stars!

My first Green Lantern comic. Or experience (never saw the movie, not sure if I ever will). It taught me a lot about the mythos - the Corps train or live on this planet Oa, Hal got his ring from a Lantern who died on Earth & gave it to him... & Sinestro started out as a good guy. (I only know him from playing Injustice, by which time he
I loved this book. I have wanted to get into Green Lantern for a while now but never really knew where to jump in. I decided I wanted to read Geoff Johns run (Volume 4, the ones before New 52). This is the 6th volume of his run but it is a re-telling of Hal Jordan's origin as a Green Lantern, so I thought it would be a good place to start since I know zilch about the character or the GL universe. I was very pleased with my decision.

The Green Lantern mythos is fascinating, thousands of beings acr
Federiken Masters
Sep 18, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores y del personaje
Recommended to Federiken 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.
The title Secret Origin seems misleading. Hal Jordan's origin story is certainly not a secret. It's been told at least twice and even without having read it directly, it's not hard to piece together. What Secret Origin does is take a break from the road to Blackest Night to retell Hal's Origin story with a new focus on Abin Sur and his prophecy, Atrocitus, and the Guardians. The story feels more streamlined and is retold in a more contextual way, introducing some new Blackest Night related infor ...more
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.
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.
Je ne connaissais rien de Green Lantern et j'ai profité de soldes sur Comixology pour me procurer ces numéros. Je vous assure que ça vaut le coup ! Alors bon, je sais je sais, le film est nul, vous voulez le Green Lantern noir de la Ligue des Justiciers de Cartoon Network et vous n'en n'avez rien à faire d'un autre blanc-bec avec des supers-pouvoirs ? Moi non plus ça ne m'intéressait pas tant que ça l'origin story de Hal Jordan mais je suis bien contente de l'avoir lue. Ce sixième volume est un ...more
If there was a DC property that has sky high potential to be a science-fiction film sensation and has yet to be given a fair shot at success, the Green Lantern is that property. While the moments on Earth are interesting as a means of bring Hal Jordan into the greater universe, the inclusion of the other Sectors give this world an epic scale probability that goes untouched outside of the comics. Seeing as though the movie was loosely inspired by this arc, having read this and enjoyed it thorough ...more
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.
Ugh. I've never really been a fan of any DC superheroes (except for Joker I think, but he's a villain so you can see where my loyalties lie) so me trying to read Green Lantern was probably expected to be big fail from the beginning. But I had hopes.
However after first 30 pages I knew I won't like it. I'd like to for once see a character that doesn't have the inner anger and pain and whatever because of their parents/girlfriend/planet were killed/destroyed/whatever. But it seems to be all I'm get
Emily Green
Green Lantern: Secret Origin tells the story of how Hal Jordan became Green Lantern. I am also guessing that most of the characters introduced, such as Tom, Hector, and Carol, will play a part in the rest of the series.

What the reader learns is that Hal Jordan lived his life in response to the death of his father, which put him at odds with his surviving family. His desire to disprove that he had an ounce of fear led him into the Air Force, where he was eventually discharged because of his brav
I wanted to give this three stars because most of it is just rehashing things I already know, but when comparing it to other comics I've read lately that I gave three stars to this one is certainly better. The time period of Sinestro as a Green Lantern and the guardians being little jerks is certainly interesting. I enjoyed seeing Pieface here and the connections to the old Green Lantern comics from the 50s that I've read a few of. Hal's origin story was already redone just a few books ago, so I ...more
Alexis Neal
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Mark Johnson
This was a nice, more believable take on the superhero origin. Though I still love Emerald Dawn (the previous Green Lantern origin story), I can understand why DC would feel the need to come out with a new take on Hal Jordan's origin, updating, streamlining, and removing certain elements. Especially the desire to elimiate their big hero's alcoholism right before they start production on the Green Lantern movie. However, in streamlining the story they've also tied several of Hal's villians origin ...more
Having seen the movie and the pilot for the upcoming animated series, I thought it was high time I actually read some Green Lantern beyond "Mogo Doesn't Socialize," and Geoff Johns's reboot/origin story seemed a good introduction to the character (the Hal Jordan Green Lantern, at least). And, in fact, it is, although Hal is kind of a dick for most of the book. He does grow, however, and he has Daddy Issues and all that. Johns seems particularly good at getting at the human element of superheroes ...more
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
I've always been too obsessed with Batman to be very interested in anyone else so I was a little skeptical when my boyfriend, who is a huge Green Lantern fan, handed me this to read. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. Secret Origin does an absolutely amazing job making you understand not only the new Green Lantern Hal Jordan but also Carol Ferris and even Sinestro. It made me understand what the movie was lacking because this was about a million times better. The dialogue between Hal Jordan ...more
Will Robinson Jr.
If you have not been reading Green Lantern your probably missing one of the best american comics out now. Geoff Johns retells the origin story of earth's first green lantern. Much of this origin story was used for the basis for the lackluster Green Lantern film of 2011. Books are always better the movies most of the time. Geoff gives us a reason why Hal Jordon of earth should be a Green Lantern. What I liked most about this origin tale is the interaction of the characters. I enjoyed all the dram ...more
I read this book after Rage of the Red Lanterns because Wikipedia listed it in that order. The story here was actually published in between the two arcs collected in Rage, but I actually wish I had read Secret Origin first, and recommend going in that order, because Secret really does a great deal to set up the story in Rage.

In this retelling of Hal Jordan's origin as a superhero, Johns takes great liberties by adding elements never mentioned before, that directly tie into his ongoing "present d
Tiffany DeBarr
At the start of my exploration into American comics, I snagged this gem from my campus' library. I had started my foray into DC comics with a trip through Gotham City, but I was curious about this green firecracker, Hal Jordan.

Secret Origin is a great comic to get into for those beginning to read Green Lantern. It establishes Hal Jordan's origin story and also goes a step further to create the setting for the popular Blackest Night event. Johns, responsible for reinvigorating the Green Lantern i
The perfect introduction for a newbie like me, even though it's been pretty weak so far. I kinda liked it, but the mythology is a bit laughable. I mean, dude was "chosen" (read: there was no one else near) because he has "the ability to overcome great fear"? (Pssh, vague!) Also, the ring, "the greatest weapon in the universe", basically has limitless power but needs a recharge every 24 hours? And its weakness is yellow?! (Pssh, way lamer than Kryptonite.) This better get better.

I don't like that
Geoff Johns' run on Green Lantern began in 2004 with Rebirth but I went back to Secret Origin in anticipation of the feature film release. What makes Secret Origin amazing is its ability to relate to anyone, whether you've picked up a comic book before or not. All the important moments are here: Hal's first meeting with Abin Sur, his training under Kilowog, his tutelage under Sinestro. All these epic events are drawn wonderfully by Ivan Reis. After his work on this title, it's hard to call any o ...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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