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Green Lantern, Volume 6: Secret Origin

(Green Lantern (2005) #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  4,613 ratings  ·  221 reviews
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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Dec 01, 2009 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
Gianfranco Mancini

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!

The ultimate retelling of a classic superhero origin tale, a modern highlight of events turning young Hal Jordan in a fear challenging lover man and in a hero.
A cinematic pace tale (luckly far better than the crap movie that partly inspired) adding background and fleshing for good secondary (not much) characters like Sinestro (making his fall into villai
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc
So after I quite surprisingly enjoyed Geoff Johns’s Action Comics run, and after finding out that Grant Morrison is going to write a new Green Lantern comic and realizing that I need to do my homework on the topic, I gave up and decided to give Johns’s GL stuff another chance. This is the third possible entry point into his gargantuan run, and this is where I should have started in the first place, since I know next to nothing about the character. It’s a straight up origin story of Hal Jordan th ...more
I'm sure there are a lot of preconceived notions about the Green Lantern. I certainly had them at one point: he's a corny superhero that glows green and gets his power from a ring that can make objects appear. I assumed he was a silly superhero that I wouldn't be interested in, until I looked him up and actually paid attention. In my search for a good superhero book to read, I stumbled onto the rich Green Lantern mythology and was fascinated and wanted to learn more. And when I learned that the ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars.

I thought the Green Lantern movie was shit. Turns out, this is the source material used for that movie. So what the hell happened?

I thought this was a pretty solid origin story for Hal Jordan. He did remind me a tiny bit of Captain Kirk from Startrek to be honest, especially that part where he got in trouble at the bar. Over all though, I am pretty impressed.


• I got to know Hal's back story a little more. You understood why he was never really close to his family and wh
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
Apr 24, 2017 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
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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, dc-comics
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.
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
Sep 23, 2015 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.

Maria Kramer
Sep 21, 2016 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.
Quentin Wallace
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This was a modern and updated retelling of Hal Jordan's origin. We had a few things thrown in such as Hector Hammond, Atrocitus and Sinestro all playing a part in the origin story. The art was very nice, especially Carol Ferris who has rarely looked better. Also, the emotion in the story was deep. We didn't just have a superhero getting his powers, we had humans facing things in their life they had never had the courage to face before. There's a scene with Carol, Hal and Carol's father
Randy Lander
Apr 15, 2009 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
Dec 03, 2015 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
Oct 12, 2009 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.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it

This one helped me a lot when I was a teen. It still does, actually. A really fun read.
It felt good to read something light/lighter after I was emotionally drained by They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
Swapnil Dubey
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
IMMA IMPRESSED! This is such a CHARISMATIC comic book. What a great combo of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.

The origin of Hal Jordan and his impressive entry in Green Lanterns' world. This is one of the most important point for Hal Jordan's fan. Not only it opens the secret of Abin Sur's death but also it connects the strings to Blackest Night... the prophecy that became the reason of Abin Sur's death.

Two great Green Lanterns who changed the present and future of OA and Universe meet first time.. Ha
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, green-lantern
Very good retelling of GL's origins.
What I had gathered here and there over the previous volumes and basic comic culture was just plainly and linearily explained to me with all the dots connected.

I don't know if the original fans liked this one, I don't know if there are big variations from the real origins (the basics seem to be there though) but if you're a newcomer in GL's universe it really is a perfect book to start with.
I'll say that reading the first 4 volumes of the New 52 run enhanced
Diego López Ocón
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Green Lantern comics are my favorites, they are just so full of everything that a comic is supposed to give. This origin story is really fresh and fully packed with everything that one needs to know about Hal Jordan. Loved it.

Side note: I actually got the version with the Ryan Reynols introduction...

"Hal Jordan was about to become a living, breathing person. And I was going to be the guy to do it. No pressure..."

He wasn't ready for what was coming... And it really makes me angry that so many peo
Apr 18, 2017 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
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poskiontelontulehdus on inha tuttu, joten olen hautautunut sarjakuvamaailmaan kestääkseni tämänhetkistä olotilaani paremmin.
Vihreä lyhty on DC Universumin sankareista mielestäni yksi ärsyttävimmistä ja koppavimmista tyypeistä. Tässä sarjakuvassa Hal Jordan oli mielestäni siedettävä ja jopa pidin tarinasta!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great origin story. Like, wow.
Zack! Empire
Mar 28, 2012 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
Mar 03, 2011 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
Vicenç Sanz
Aug 29, 2016 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
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2010 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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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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“In brighest day
In blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power -- Green Lantern's light!”
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