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12.22.2004 – Green Lantern: Rebirth #3

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Writer – Geoff Johns
Penciller – Ethan Van Sciver
Inker – Prentis Rollins
Colorist – Moose Baumann
Letterer – Rob Leigh

DC Comics – $2.95

Before I get to the comic book that I felt was this week’s best let me start off by saying how unusual this week was, comic book purchasing-wise. Every week I buy an average of around 15 comic books, and within that group I consider it a really good week if 50% of them are really good. This week I bought four books and all four were worthy of the being bestowed with fabled Pick of the Week status. They were all great reads full of moments that cause that little tingly sensation in my body that I get when I am reading good comics.

But since I can only pick one, let us discuss Green Lantern: Rebirth #3.

Wow.

I was floored by this book and when it was over all I could say was “wow”, over and over again.

In the prerelease hype for this book Geoff Johns claimed to have figured out a way to bring Hal Jordan back in such a manner that made sense and delt with his checkered past (i.e. going crazy and killing the entire Green Lantern Corps). Many people were highly skeptical, but I’ll be damned if he didn’t pull it off.

In this book the following are explained:

– The reason Hal Jordan suddenly went gray in the temples.
– The reason why Green Lantern rings are useless against the color yellow.
– The reason why Kyle Rayner’s ring worked against yellow.
– The reason why Hal Jordan went mad and turned evil.
– The reason behind the Parallax identity Hal Jordan adopted after turning evil.
– The reason why The Spectre chose to inhabit Hal Jordan.

All of these things are explained; all of these things are related to each other, and believe it or not, all of it makes perfect sense. Now, not only are all of Hal Jordan’s previous actions explained, but it is clear how he can take back the mantle of Green Lantern and be accepted by the super hero community again. Astounding work by Mr. Johns.

As much as I have missed Hal Jordan over the years, and never really liked Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern, so much time had passed that I had begrudingly accepted everyone’s role in the DCU and the way things were. In fact, after the first issue of this mini-series I was of mixed feelings: “Did I really want Hal back as Green Lantern? Had too much time and history passed?” Well, after this issue of Green Lantern: Rebirth I feel safe in proclaiming that Hal Jordan is going to be Green Lantern again, and I am really happy about that.

Conor Kilpatrick
Happy about Guy being a GL again too
E-Mail: conor@ifanboy.com

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Comments

  1. I KNEW this book would start to rock around issue #3.

  2. So good.

  3. GUY is the one true green lantern.

    feels good to say that again

    welcome back mr. gardner

  4. Oh, we have to do this again? Didn’t we spend all of junior high having Guy vs. Hal arguments?

  5. Hey now, let’s not forget about Kyle….

  6. Who?

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