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Green Lantern Vol. 6: Secret Origin

(Green Lantern (2005) #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  4,969 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Witness the beginning of the career of the bravest Green Lantern who's ever lived as the "secret origin" of Hal Jordan is revealed. Discover how and why Hal received the power ring that changed his life forever. Uncover the mystery of the death of Jordan's predecessor, Abin Sur. Find out why Jordan's teacher and mentor, Sinestro, became obsessed with the prophecy of the ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by DC Comics (first published December 16th 2008)
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Fun look at the origin of the Green Lantern.
Dirk Grobbelaar
Its really surprising that there hasnt been more mention here of Tygers, by Alan Moore. Its an iconic Green Lantern story from 1986 which deals with the five inversions and the prophecy disclosed to Abin-Sur and its incredibly important to the Secret Origins story Johns is telling here. Even though so many years separate the two stories, its fascinating to see the impact that a story like Tygers can have on continuity. Its one of the stories Johns collected in Green Lantern: In Brightest Day and ...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
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc, comics
So after I quite surprisingly enjoyed Geoff Johnss 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 Johnss 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. Its a straight up origin story of Hal Jordan that ...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 why
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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?
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
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.
Maria Kramer
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
Judah Radd
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
Totally awesome!

Emotionally resonant, action packed, and full of awesome art from Ivan Reis.

Geoff Johns is a masterful storyteller. I love how he paced this, and I love how the emotional barbs stick when you least expect them to. The characters are fully fleshed out and lifelike, and the dynamic between characters is interesting and sometimes very fun.

I cant wait to get cracking on the rest of his Lantern stuff!! I cant believe I waited this long.
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
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
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Shannon Appelcline
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
A bit retconny at times, but generally a good retelling of GL's lantern that meshes well with Johns' modern story-telling.

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
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great origin story. Like, wow.
Doctor Alpha
Passable story with your typical plastic-fantastic superhero art from contemporary DC, complete with a masturbatory pose of Abin Sur. Still not impressed in the slightest by Hal Jordan.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Zack! Empire
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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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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