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Green Lantern: Rebirth

(Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,755 ratings  ·  393 reviews
The sold out 6-issue miniseries event of 2004-2005 — written by Geoff Johns (BLACKEST NIGHT, TEEN TITANS) with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Prentis Rollins — is available in this new edition, complete with the preview story from Wizard Magazine as well as a number of extras previously only available in ABSOLUTE GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH!

Hal Jordan was considered the greatest
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by DC Comics (first published October 12th 2005)
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This will be my 3d time reading this story, so I decided to check out the Absolute Rebirth from the library, instead of just Plain Old Rebirth.
So, what's the difference?
Well, this one is taller. You know, like physically bigger than a normal volume?
Part of me thought it was cool, and the other part of me felt like I do when I accidentally request the large print version of a book.
Oh, shiiiiit. This is fuckin' huge!
Still, it's different with graphic novels, because bigger actually is better.
Hal Jordan is born again!

I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition for being able of making a better overall review.

This TPB edition collects “Green Lantern: Rebirth” #1-6.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Ethan Van Sciver


In a medical sense, if you have a “green lung”, without being a doctor, you can be sure that that can’t be a good thing, BUT

…in a comic book sense, having a “green lung” can be a good thing
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It’s Batman vs. the Green Lantern Corps!!!

Those jade weenies are causing problems on a galactic scale and it’s up to Bats to set those bastards straight. The Green Lanterns have their power rings. Batman is Batman. Nuff said.

So Bats basically says, “I’m Batman.” Lobs a few well-placed batarangs, whips out his anti-Green Lantern kit and the Lanterns kneel before the greatness that is Batman.

The End.

Wow! Jeff, this sounds like the greatest Green Lantern book! Ever!

Is this actually what happened?

Sam Quixote
In 2004 Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern wasn’t selling so DC decided to get Geoff Johns to reinstate the original Silver Age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, as the main dude. Green Lantern: Rebirth is the book where it all went down - and what a sucky, overrated comic it is!

This is an example of the writer/publisher having an agenda rather than a story because the main purpose of this book was to have Hal Jordan back as Green Lantern which Geoff Johns clumsily accomplishes but forgets to write much of
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As reboots of a franchise goes, this is definitely one of the best. The horrors of Parallax and Sinestro come back to the forefront, but this isn't all just about Hal Jordan. This is about all the Earthly Green Lanterns.

I feel spoiled and rather silly.

I read the volumes leading up to and through the Blackest Night cycle, of which this began it, but I started several volumes after this one. I feel kind of stupid, now. This was very good. It also looks like I need to go back and read through all t
Dan Schwent
Hal Jordan, possibly the greatest of the Green Lanterns, battles with the two entities bonded with him, The Spectre and Parallax, for a second chance. Will he return to the land of the living and, if so, what will be waiting for him when he gets there...?

First off, the very first super hero action figure I owned other than some Mego ones was the Green Lantern from the Super Powers collection. That being said, I only have a handful of Green Lantern comics in my collection. I picked this one up be
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is another one of those volumes where the 'likes' and 'dislikes' run head-on into each other.

It was great to see Hal Jordan - who I think of foremost if / when I think of this particular superhero - clearing his name, so to speak, and resuming his work as his costumed alter ego. Ditto the scenes, which were my favorite in this book, where he's joined in battle by Earth's other GLs John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardner. There's also a nice full-page rendering of a combined Justice Leagu
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great artwork, great story. This is everything a comic should be, I loved this story and I am not even a Green Lantern fan. A friend of mine showsed one of the comics in this series, so I got this one. If like me no do not have the greatest knowledge of the Green Lanterns everything you need to know is in the self contained volume.

This story is the return of the greatest of the GLC Hal Jorden, but it is also a new lease on life for the whole GLC itself. The great thing is as much as this is a re
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first standalone Green Lantern title I've ever read. Zero Year Crisis in Time does not count, trust me.

Hal Jordan has a long history. At some point he became Parallax and destroyed Coast City. That's no spoiler anymore. And now he's back from the dead, following his reign as Parallax and flying into a star. As I'm told.

So Hal Jordan rescues a fighter pilot from crashing. It seems that he, Spectre (the spirit of vengeance) and capital P Parallax are all stuck in his fleshy meat sack
For those following Hal Jordan's career you know he did some horrible things and without going into details I'll leave it at that though there are spoilers further below. I found the artwork engaging for an action piece with some of the frames overlapping and almost exploding to one another in an interesting fashion. You get the Justice League showing up as it takes on epic proportions, previous and current Green Lantern heroes and even a few people from the Justice Society (a la Earth 1, Earth ...more
Jesse A
Hal Jordan is back to kick ass! Featuring the Justice League and all (at this point) the earth lanterns.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, dc-comics
Wow, that was exciting.

It took a little while to really get started, seeing as I had to put all the pieces together. I didn't have any prior knowledge of what led up to any of this honestly, but I came out better than fine!

This plot is really intricately designed, and I dig that. The dialogue was good and there were a lot of small cameos by other heroes aside from the Lantern Corps. The artwork was amazing.

I really like that this introduces more of who the other Green Lanterns are. It focuses on
Parts of this story I loved (like why Batman seems to hate Hal), and parts of it were a little 'meh'. I thought Johns did a decent job explaining Parallax and bringing Jordan back, but part of me felt a teensy bit cheated that there wasn't more to the story. I mean, it's a pretty thin book when you consider that they're bringing Hal Jordan back from the dead. ...more
I really enjoyed Green Lantern: Secret Origin and I think it was a great place for me to start: a simple origin story for Lantern newbies but still introducing cool mysteries and high concept science fiction. But I thought the real test was going to be this book, a tricky rebooting of a high fantasy cosmic saga and the return of the greatest Lantern, years after a number of other humans have taken up the mantle. Was I going to be lost and confused jumping into the middle of years of can
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
I probably came at this backwards, reading Rebirth so long after virtually every other Green Lantern story of note Johns has written. Oops. And as far as Johns's Lanterns go, this is good, but not the best. But maybe that's just me. Maybe if I knew (or cared) about Hal Jordan before Johns got his hands on him, I might be more moved when he returns to his old self. I might be able to get behind the sheer amount of fawning Johns is throwing at Hal. (He's the best Lantern ever! EVER!) And I might h ...more
3.5 stars. While I am a big fan of superheroes, I have not read a whole lot of Green Lantern material so I may have liked this more than some fans who may have found inconsistencies in the description of the "power ring" mythos. For me, I thought the description of the rings power being based on "strength of willpower" of the user was excellent. In general, I am not a fan of "unlimited" powers and so liked the description of how "taxing" the use of the ring can be and how difficult/impossible it ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story arc --which reunites all the Green Lanterns of Earth's sector-- is greatly buoyed by its excellent artwork. Three sentient beings are inhabiting the same body, all struggling for in the world does one capture that in a drawing? Yet artist Van Sciver is able to do it?

There are some unnecessary battle scenes (as well as superfluous extra superheroes) but all in all this is a very entertaining story. Deep in some places but never boring. A very nice work.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Havent read much about Hal Jordan or the green lantern. Was told this was the place to start. I really enjoyed Johns writing here. Really fun story with great artwork. I loved seeing all the different characters, it provided a good overview of the green lantern world in a way. Will definitely continue this series.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: green-lantern, dc
This is the first Green Lantern Book that I have ever read. The only prior knowledge I have of the Green Lantern Corps is from A few events/crossovers so I really know very little about them or their villains. I would recommend this book as a good place for new readers to start. While it does continue stories and themes from previous Green Lantern arcs, it does also explain certain aspects of the Corps. It also introduces you to the more familiar members of the Corps including Kyle Rayner, Guy G ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johns is getting better as he plays longer in the DC sandbox - the bombast quotient is lowering, the action:monologue ratio is improving. As a relaunch goes, this shapes up early into some interesting twists and mysteries.

I can't say I'm in any way invested in Hal Jordan staying dead, but I *am* always disappointed when the comics bring someone back from the dead without a really good goddamn reason and explanation. Half the time (as here) it feels like the writer is completely throwing out the
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was amazing, I’m trying to deep dive into Green Lantern and this was a great starting point. Johns essentially redeems Hal and he does it beautifully. It’s a very good story and perfect for new comers to the franchise.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like Bomber Jackets
Shelves: dc
Geoff John's well-received rehabilitation of Hal Jordan, "Greatest of the Lanterns", begins here, and it's definitely readable, with some crisp, colourful art (love how Batman is always shown in shadows, even with 4 dudes glowing green standing around him) but on the whole, as it is pre-New 52 reboot, I felt it was bogged down by a lot of backstory and unappealing secondary characters. ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not drawn to sequential art books but I will pick one up for a reading challenge. It's not that I don't like them because I enjoy them when I do read them. I've just never taken the time to delve into them. I'll also admit that DC comics were also not a draw for me as a kid unless it was a DC comic super hero in a movie or TV show.

So with all of that, I enjoyed this comic book. I saw the movie with my boys and it was not memorable. I was hesitant going into this but this comic book is defin
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What transpires from acts of heroism are emotions. From joy to fear, many heroes embody these states and allow these emotions to take a life of its own through the people that are saved and those who are witnesses to these acts of justice. Others live off these emotions and attempt to create them, turn them into an omnipresent condition for their cities. Take Batman, for example, who establishes fear in all those who dare to defy the law, or Sup
Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superheroes
I actually always thought GL was kinda cool, but never read any of the comics. So, I decided, this mid 2000's relaunch by DC and Geoff Johns was as good a time as any to indoctrinate myself to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, especially in "light" of the forthcoming movie.

GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH reprints the 2004-2005 WIZARD X and GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH issues 1-6. It's written by one of DC Comics' stalwarts, Geoff Johns, who has made his name on this title, redefining (or should I say cla
Zack! Empire
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
The interesting thing about this book is that it takes 10 or so years of Green Lantern history, acknowledges that it happen, and then explains it all away. Basically this is the story of how Green Lantern was cooler way back in the day and now we’ve got back all the stuff we wanted.
There is also some confusing shit in. There is just so much history in each issue. There just felt like there was a ton of parts where people were just explaining shit over and over. They had to explain everything t
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Pros: The author's explanation of and story for Parallax, the author's description of each GL's unique style in using the power rings, Green Arrow using a power ring, Hal Jordan "passing the torch" to Kyle Rayner.

Cons: Failing to find Batman's voice and writing him as strident, cynical treatment of Spectre, bad treatment of relationships amongst John Stewart, Alan Scott, Batman, Hal Jordan, and the Justice League.
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Superheroes die. All the time. Some Most of them come back, though - especially those that make the comic book companies some money. But it is the manner in which these comic book properties are brought back to life that is important. Will it be one of the dime-a-dozen, eye-roll inducing 'but no body was ever found!' variety, or will it be a story that is well thought-out, dare I say logical (we are talking about comic book here) ?

Green Lantern: Rebirth definitely falls into that second category
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

I'm starting up my big Green Lantern read. Rebirth is the only volume that is a re-read for me. Everything else will be brand new. I'm stoked.

As far as Rebirth goes - well hell yeah I liked it! I mean - Jordan is back!

Also...fuck you Batman!


'Course you can't blame everyone for being skeptical!

Still - that last issue in this volume is freaking awesome! Kyle, John, Guy, Hal all giving Parallax the 'what-for!' Also, the Sinestro fight was pretty sweet too. I love Sinestro! Can't wait to keep readin
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one despite it being my first venture into the world of Green Lantern. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had done some previous reading in Green Lantern continuity.
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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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