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Green Lantern: Wrath of the First Lantern (Green Lantern (2011) #3.5)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  536 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Comics' hottest writer Geoff Johns continues his historic run on one of the best-reviewed and best-selling titles of DC Comics The New 52, GREEN LANTERN, in this crossover event!

The Wrath of the First Lantern is here as the Green Lanterns battle the Guadians of Oa and the Third Army, but who will win and at what cost? And as First Lantern moves on the brightest of the Corp
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by DC Comics
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Kyle
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
A very pleasing ending to a nearly decades-long story arc. I loved being given a glance into the future of the New 52 universe and being able to see the ultimate fates of all the major GL players.
Koen
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Ya done good, poozer!"

This conclusion to Johns' run was pretty damn good, even with some strange thoughts in the end...
Not going to spoil things of course, so I guess you'll just have to go and read it to find out what I mean..

But overall: Happy to have been part of this ride... Big story, big ending, lots of action/love/drama/death/revivals/.... :p

Ok, 'nuff said... Go and enjoy!!
Logan
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! So i finally was able to read the end to Geoff Johns Green Lantern Run! (My teachers were all off on emergency, so i had a lot of free time.) So anyway this story-line evolves around The First Lantern, the first lantern that the Guardians created, but had to stop. He's back for revenge, possessing the power to bend space and time so hes basically a god! The First lantern is a pretty evil guy, going around and torturing lanterns, he's like The Joker, he loves breaking people! I must say thou ...more
Aildiin
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Giving this 3 stars. I did not like at all the first part where the first Lantern attacks every lantern.
The second part however where they start to fight back was much better. The conclusion was good too.
Still I think there could have been a better end to Geoff Johns long Green Lantern run.
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
For Johns' last major crossover (and final arc), I'd expected another long-winded cosmic fight. To instead get a look at the backstories of all the major characters and some possible alternate histories for them was literally revelatory and a much nicer way to end this era of Green Lantern.

The First Lantern himself was surprisingly uninteresting. I feel like Johns largely forgot to fill in his backstory. The bits we get are intriguing, but in the present he's just generic-bad-guy who wants to do
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Rok
I am torn with this one. I love the idea but at the same time, I hate it. I love that it's a Green Lantern crossover but then I hate that this crossover took so long to get into. The way this first lantern guy just goes into other lanterns and fucks with them, turns Kyle into a pussy and Guy almost seemed like he was going to cry as he reflected on his childhood. I almost stopped reading, and I never stop reading a comic... a superhero comic... a Green Lantern comic. Yeah that one. When I cam ba ...more
Brian Rose
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The penultimate arc of Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern took the element of an original Lantern of the Green Lantern mythos and used it as a neat way to look back at each of the individual charachters Johns has had a hand in shaping over the last decade and showing how they've been expanded from their original roles. The supporting Green Lanterns have always been the more interesting characters in the series in comparison to the often emotionally flat Hal Jordan. What makes Green Lantern always ...more
Bryan Miller
Mar 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
I normally like Green Lantern, but this was one giant mess of a story. So much of it made no sense and I pity the casual reader who just happens to pick this up looking for a coherent Green Lantern story. The final chapters had bright spots and moved some characters forward, but I can't recommend this to any but the most die-hard GL fans, and even then...meh.
John Yelverton
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cool and fitting end to the epic ride Green Lantern fans have been on with Geoff Johns. Some plot devices I could have done without, but on the whole, it was a great and fitting ending.
Chris
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-new-52
Wow, the whole story. Apparently DC felt the need to put this out, as well as putting only the Green Lantern parts in the last volume of Green Lantern I read. At least this makes the story make sense
Earl
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I think Geoff Johns finally did a good job in transitioning to the New 52
Wing Kee
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is very hard review to write.

I am going to write about this arc and then followed by me just gushing about how much this arc matters as a culmination of everything that came since REBIRTH.

World: The world building here is great, not because it created anything earth shatteringly new to the GL Universe, but because this was a culmination. It was a culmination of all the pieces of world building that Johns and all the other GL writers have been doing since Rebirth. Every single character has
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Reme
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-2016
Pues aquí acaba la fantástica etapa de Green Lantern a manos de Geoff Johns. Cuando empecé en el mundillo de DC fui ilusa al pensar que Green Lantern era el superhéroe que menos me llamaba la atención de la Justice League, pero que aun así, le daría la oportunidad para conocerle un poco mejor, igual que al resto de miembros. Cuando decidí ponerme a ello y vi que Geoff Johns había escrito toda una etapa, y que era calificada como la mejor, ya no solo del personaje, sino de todo su universo, ni lo ...more
Christopher Rush
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Despite the frustration one undoubtedly has from the resolution-less Rise of the Third Army storyline, and the sheer insufficiency of the First Lantern as a palpable presence as a universe-threatening villain, the overall effect of this collection is one of enjoyment, tempered as it may be if you have read a number of these issues in the individual series collections. The biggest disappointment storywise is the destruction of Thanagar for no meaningful reason or purpose. It's one of those "let's ...more
M
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Geoff Johns and a host of talented creators come together to close out the tale of the First Lantern. Imprisoned by the Guardians for years, Volthoom is free to warp reality to his liking. In order to make the changes permanent, Volthoom needs to feed off the emotional registry of various Lanterns. The accompanying tie-in issues from other titles explore the encounters and their aftermaths. Green Lantern Corps highlights the histories of both Guy Gardner and John Stewart, followed by Mogo's atte ...more
Mason
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is just another mediocre Geoff Johns story. I doubt there was any passion put into this story. So basically here is how the story goes. We go back to Krona witnessing the creation of the universe at the hands of The Presence. Then all of a sudden an astronaut comes through the ship, and says that he is Volthoom aka The First Lantern. Then after some origin and what not, things finally get interesting Hal Jordan is in this zone that houses Black Hand. And he doesn't have his Green Lante ...more
Daryl
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wow, this was a huge mess. Reprinting four issues each of Green Lantern and three related books, this is one of those major crossover "event" books, but it doesn't have much of a crossover, and the "event" felt really anti-climactic, at best. The first 3/4 or so of this collection features various characters encountering and battling Volthoom, the eponymous First Lantern, an immortal, godlike being possessing reality-warping powers (or something like that). All of these encounters seem disconnec ...more
C. John Kerry
This book was interesting but I think I might have enjoyed this one more if I had been reading Green Lantern for the last few years. Most of my reading of GL has been confined to the various collections that I have read. Thus I am missing some of the background to this story. Still I did find it enjoyable. The writing was good (even if I didn't always know what was going on) and the art did not detract from the story. There was one thing not addressed that I would like to have seem mentioned, th ...more
Brian Dittrich
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Green Lantern and GL Corps has the best to offer from the first half of Wrath of the First Lantern. Throughout this book I kept asking myself why Red Lanterns even had to exist in this story as its just not good. Art is a big plus from all titles and the gem issue in this crossover was GL New Guardians #18 with the alternate story of Larfleeze and Saint Walker. Expect more actual story progression from the second half as you just won't see it here. Although I am a big fan of Johns run on Green L ...more
Nessie McInness
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
What a disappointment. These GL crossovers are definitely not what thy used to be.
Sinestro corps war - AWESOME
Blackest night - AWESOME
Wrath of the first lantern - meh

The initial chapters with the first lantern harassing every lantern were boring to say the least. It got better after that but still not great. Third army was a great start and it ended horribly.
Maybe I was expecting too much of Geoff Johns' last GL run...
... And sinestro leaves the Corps?!? NO!!!! Lucky for me I have read sinest
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Cale
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This crossover is like other event crossovers - if you've read any of the related series, you've already read a portion of the book (in my case, at least 75%). While this does cap the Green Lantern arc off on an okay level, it's not due to anything the First Lantern does. Honestly, his threat (I'll take you on 2-page mini-What-If's, but I can make them real if I want to) seems outlandish, and the one time he actually follows through on it seems pretty absurd overall. Still, the Lanterns' reactio ...more
Oliver Hodson
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book for how it dealt with the individual character's storylines, even before presenting the 'future' in the flashforward from the book of oa, which I thought were cool and suited to each character. I liked some aspects of the first lantern, but i thought it was very strange how he accidentally went back to the beginnig of time and then was completely warped by the power- as opposed to dying or being more jn control of the power, which would have made him a better villain. I would h ...more
Chad
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here it is: Geoff John's end to an epic run of Green Lantern. So many of his developments with Hal Jordan, the appearance of different colored lantern corps, and the fate of Sinistro come to fruition here. Johns has such an understanding and a love for these characters that it comes through clearly in this ending. Johns gives the us the natural ending or progression for each of the earthly Green Lanterns while setting up a battle royale against the Guardians and the First Lantern. Black Hand is ...more
Daniel Butcher
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-52
This includes all of the First Lantern issues from every GL title.

I gave Green Lantern: The End a 5, which is the first time I read much of this story. Honestly if you read the end you could probably not read this volume.

The reason that I knocked a star of is the ending. In The End, you leave the story on the highpoint of Johns' last issue in the series. In this volume we get another issue from the other GL titles post Johns. I honestly think they did not add to the story or were needed since
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James
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think that rhis is one of the most intriguing comics I have ever read, it actually got me to go back and read from the sinestro corp war all the way through wrath of the first lantern, it was awesome...def showed that Geof Johns poured his heart into the green lanteen series. This book has def brought me back to DCcomics. Though it doesn't change my opinion I did win this book trough goodreads, first read contest.
Fraser Sherman
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
A Big Event built around Volthoom, the First Lantern taking on the Red Lanterns, Green Lanterns, New Guardians in one big epic. Unfortunately Volthoom's boring, an emotional parasite who feeds on suffering and subjects people to their worst most awful nightmares/guilts/fears--because Lord knows, comics hasn't done that one before. Some good bits, but overall a big waste of space.
Michelle Quintana
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I am not much of a comic book fan but the colors and artistry were something to look at. I don't know anything about the Green Lantern universe so I can't compare it to anything else in the series. Did give it to a friend who into comics and he really did enjoy the book.
Scott Lee
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This volume completes the story begun in the franchise anthology book Rise of the Third Army my comments there apply without reservation or exception to this model--the art is always good to excellent and the story itself is strongly character driven and entertaining. Some of my favorite work by Johns and his co-conspirators on the GL family of titles.
Derek Moreland
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
After the surprisingly fun and exciting RISE OF THE THIRD ARMY, Geoff John's ends his historic run on Green Lantern with an overlong, confusing, and messy finale. But, there's still some charm here, mostly from Kyle Raynor's New Guardians tie-in, and I'm a sucker for the Red Lantern stuff that's been bubbling through the last couple of crossovers, so what the hell.
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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 1990s 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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