Review – Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)

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Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Release Date:  July 13th, 2016

Once upon a time there was a Green Lantern Corps. The Corps consisted of 7,200 Green Lanterns who patrolled the Universe, serving and protecting.

And then they were all gone.

All except one. Hal Jordan, Earths first Green Lantern and ex-leader of the Green Lantern Corps. But Hal isn’t quite what he once was. He is becoming a being of pure unharnessed will, and will soon disappear into the emotional spectrum forever. That is, unless he does something fairly spectacular to stop it happening.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth tells the story of what Hal does to bring himself back from the brink, to return to his calling. He does something incredible, which looks like it will have major repercussions. But he believes that he is the last of the Green Lanterns and, as such, needs to return to protect the universe from those who would do evil.

And it’s about bloody time. Oa is gone, and sitting in its place is Warworld, and with it Sinestro and his Corps. A new battle between Green and Yellow is promised, and it looks like it will be epic and “spacey”.

Robert Venditti knows his characters inside out, seeing as he was writing Green Lantern right up until Rebirth. It feels like this transition is less likely to be seismic and more likely to feel like a continuation of the tale. It will be interesting to see just how much of a “rebirth” this will really be.

This issue is drawn by Ethan Van Sciver. Anyone who knows anything about Green Lantern will know that name, and will know that he is pretty much the perfect choice to draw the Corps into the reborn future. As you would expect from Van Sciver, this issue is well illustrated and suitably cosmic. Jason Wright does a great job with the colours, as he would have to. No muddy muted palette here.

Overall however, I was slightly underwhelmed. Here is my all-time favourite DC character returning to his raison d’etre, it should be epically portentous. However, if something can be mildly portentous, this was it.

What I enjoyed most about this comic was the way that Venditti did finally lead me to a moment of awesomeness. No battles, no destruction just renewal. So, when Hal said the oath… I got goosebumps.

Rating: 3.5/5.

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rxyjwppkjrmmxij7yk76The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
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