Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Volume 1 Omnibus HC 1st print NM vs Batman! Ethan Van Sciver


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The legendary Green Lantern run written by Geoff Johns is collected in the first of a series of Omnibus hardcovers! Witness the rebirth of the Corps. Collects Green Lantern Rebirth #1-6, Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1-5, Green Lantern #1-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-18, Tales Of The Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime #1, Green Lantern Corps Sinestro Special #1, Green Lantern Secret Files 2005 #1, and Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1.

The New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed series GREEN LANTERN written by Geoff Johns begins here!

It’s been years since the the death of Hal Jordan and the end of the Green Lantern Corps. But as the Torchbearer Kyle Rayner is about to find out, the adventure of epic and mythological proportions is about to begin as the former Lantern returns to the land of the living to atone for his sins. And the cosmos will never be the same as Sinestro wages his war against the Green Lanterns with his newly founded, Sinestro Corps!

This volume collects: Green Lantern Rebirth #1-6, Green Lantern Corps Recharge #1-5, Green Lantern #1-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-18, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1, Green Lantern Secret Files 2005 #1, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime #1 and Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1.

“Superhero comics are all about mythology, and Geoff Johns came to Green Lantern with bold ideas that would allow him to turn the title into one of the most immersive superhero books on the stands.”—The A.V. Club/The Onion

“An epic blockbuster .”—CNN, One of their Best Comic Book of 2007

“The talk of the comic book world.”—USA WEEKEND

“Readers will thrill at seeing one of the DC Universe’s best mythologies begin to return to its former glory”—WASHINGTON POST

“This is comic book storytelling at its absolute finest.”—IGN

Pages: 1232

Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels AQUAMAN: THE TRENCH, BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN: THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR, JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN, SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC and BATMAN: EARTH ONE which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics. Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Hal Jordan is dead. The last and current holder of the Green Lantern title is Kyle Rayner and he has found a way to bring Jordan back to life, but numerous forces are at work that comes with a price for his resurrection. To make the long story short, yes, Hal Jordan does return (as the cover and book descriptions point out) in a spectacular fashion to the whole DC universe and most of the stories collected here are Hal getting re-adjusted to living and working as a GL again, while reconnecting with his family and friends (and running into many of his own rogues). All the while little nuggets of story lines slowly start coming together into the last quarter of the book into the Sinestro Corp War.

Johns creates a hefty amount of action, character development, and world expansion within Hals world by giving him further motivations with his family, his rogues, and the very GL mythology in ways no writer has done before. All these aspects make for a world-building series that builds each step at a time and keeps readers hung on the entire time. It all comes to a head by the last quarter of the book in Sinestro Corp War, one of the best and coherent events you’ll ever read. It’s massive in scale, epic in action and grit, and is handled extremely well considering the event crossed over with Green Lantern Corp, the sister series written by Dave Gibbons and Peter Tomasi (which thankfully is collected here in proper form and order). And it all ends for the next big chapter of Johns work on GL with the 2nd omnibus.

And although a good majority of Johns work is focused on Hal and his many associates, we still get some moments to shine from the other three human lanterns John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner (especially since Guy and Kyle get most of the panel time in GLC: Recharge miniseries as they rebuild the Corp and introduce new characters).

Since this is an omnibus, there are plenty of artist to list off, most of which is top notch level stuff. Ethan Van Sciver does all of Rebirth and some issues in-between. Carlos Pacheco and Ivan Reis take up majority of the issues to excellent detail, with Simone Blanchi, Daniel Acuna, and Darwyn Cooke doing some fill-in issues.

The Omnibus a deluxe-sized hardcover with sewn binding! Yes, that means there is no gutter loss in this beauty, something most DC omnibi have gotten better over time. You will see the sewn binding in the 2-page splash pages, but it’s impressive a DC omnibus can open up flat from front-to-back. The dust jacket front cover has the beautiful Alex Ross cover, the spine has Hals hand blaring his ring vividly, with a Van Sciver picture on the back. The next big improvement from DC is the board-cover under the dust jacket, where instead of the common black board that has become common among their omnibus collections as of lately, it has an awesome reflective-design of Van Sciver’s Hal on the front and back boards. So well done there DC. The only extras include 7 alternative covers, 1 black and white unused cover, and 1 page of sketches.

The first volume of GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS is a splendid start to this masterful run. It’s highly enjoyable, great art, and fixes many of the common problems DC’s omnibus suffers from.

Later this year, the lead-up and entire GL/Blackest Night material in proper reading order in Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 2 (Green Lantern Omnibus) and finally 2016 for the remaining parts of GL.