Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

HJGLCREB_Cv1_dsSuperstar artist Ethan Van Sciver returns to the world of Green Lantern! In the absence of the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro and his fear-inducing Yellow Lantern Corps patrol the universe as its sole protectors—but deep in space, a green light still burns. Harnessing the remainder of his will, Hal Jordan must become a one-man GL Corps to defeat his greatest foe and restore freedom to the cosmos.

I’ve been a long time fan of various Green Lantern series going back to the 80s and 90s and then hardcore with Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver’s run. Van Sciver is the artist I feel like I cut my teeth with and the artist I’d really associate with this cosmic universe. His return has me excited.

Johns relaunched Green Lantern with the Green Lantern: Rebirth miniseries many years ago and expanded the mythos. With Johns’ departure, the world of the Green Lanterns were shaken up, a contraction to Johns’ expansion. And now we’re getting another shake-up courtesy of writer Robert Venditti. The Green Lantern Corps is missing (two miniseries tackled this and you should check that out). Oa is destroyed. The Rings are destroyed. There’s a massive power vacuum and this comic catches you up on all of that and more.

HJGLCREB_1_2This is a solid bridge comic, and while it catches you up and sets things up, it is filled with lots of major moments that fans of Green Lantern won’t want to miss. It really is a recap issue that sets things up, but it just feels epic and like a lot of things happen. And it has me excited because to me it feels really new!

The world of the Green Lanterns are in a weird flux and this comic looks to be working with that and while it sets up the Sinestro Corps and return of the Green Lantern Corps, but it also doesn’t forget the other various Corps out there, though briefly.

That excitement is helped by Van Sciver whose art is my definitive Green Lantern and it’s just amazing here. The scenes with Warworld and the Sinestro Corp are just amazing. As an artist, he just nails this world and his being on this comic alone gets me to pick it up.

There are still gaps here as far as story and new readers won’t totally be caught up, but for long time readers, this issue has that feel of something epic brewing and it has me excited for what’s to come. Mission accomplished.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Story: 7.6 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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