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Green Lantern #1

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2005
By: Josh Green

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ethan Van Sciver (p, i 1-4), Carlos Pacheco (p, 5-30), Jesus Merino (i)

Publisher: DC Comics

Green Lantern: Rebirth existed for a specific purpose. It reintroduced the origin of Green Lanternís mythology to a new generation of readers and brought back Hal Jordan as Earthís primary Green Lantern. This new monthly series shows how Hal begins his second chance at living his life.

The story begins in a flashback, as a dying Abin Sur explains the history and function of the Green Lantern Corps to Hal Jordan. This functions as a perfect introduction to readers who are unacquainted with Green Lanternís origin. Ethan Van Sciver pencils this four-page prologue beautifully, blending fantastic elements with his realistically drawn caricatures.

After the prologue, the exceptional Carlos Pacheco pencils the remainder of this issue. Pacheco is not as detailed an artist as Sciver, but his cinematic style and dynamic feel fully portrays the wonder of Green Lanternís power. Jesus Marinoís inking is a vast improvement when compared to the work done by those who inked over Sciver in Rebirth. Regardless of the angle being portrayed, those Rebirth inkers loved to completely ink over the entire black shading of Green Lanternís costume. This often made Green Lantern look more ominous and evil rather than appearing like the hero he should look like. Merino inks Pachecoís work perfectly, using only as much ink as the scene dictates.

While Rebirth focused on the entirety of Green Lantern mythology, the crux of this book revolves around Hal Jordan rebuilding his new life. Hal has returned to the recently rebuilt ghost town of Coast City. Despite inexpensive housing, people are afraid to return to a town where millions of people once died. Hal returns to life as a pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, hoping to reclaim his high stature as this countryís most daring test pilot. He also finds a new love interest in Captain Jillian Pearlman, a blond-haired experimental pilot who literally flies into his lap.
As a participant of the five-member Green Lantern Corps, Hal finds himself facing an ominous yellow-colored threat from outer space. One repercussion of Rebirth is that the Green Lanterns no longer have their old, antiquated weakness of the color yellow. The source of this threat is not known, leaving a level of intrigue for readers in the coming months.

Geoff Johns establishes Hal Jordanís status quo in a new but familiar direction. Hal is part of the Green Lantern Corps once again, but it shares little resemblance to the old order of the Guardians. There are only five Green Lanterns operating in the universe, in comparison to the 3,600 that used to operate in every sector in the Galaxy. Hal is back living in Coast City, but it is no longer the busy city it used to be. By placing Hal Jordan at Edwards rather than Ferris Aircraft, he does not have to interact with his previous employer and love interest Carol Ferris. Carol is no longer available to court, so he smartly moves on to bigger and better things.

Overall, this issue provides a perfect starting point for anyone interested in the new adventures of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern. It offers a story about the endless possibilities of the worldís most courageous man. Geoff Johns blends delightful characterization, wonderful action with dazzling art by Sciver and Pacheco. This series is not to be missed!

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