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This volume features Hal Jordan teaming with Green Arrow to battle the demonic Mongul, and joining Batman for an encounter with the murderous Tattooed Man before learning that long presumed-dead Green Lanterns are still alive!Collecting: Green Lantern 7-13...

Title : Green Lantern, Volume 2: Revenge of the Green Lanterns
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Green Lantern, Volume 2: Revenge of the Green Lanterns Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2018-12-27 05:03

    Cool reading!I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of making a better overall review.This TPB edition collects “Green Lantern” #7-13.Creative Team:Writer: Geoff JohnsIllustrators: Ethan Van Sciver, Carlos Pacheco, Ivan ReisIT’S NEVER EASY BEING GREENHal Jordan is back to be fully human and on his duties as Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814, and since then, things are moving fast.Coast City is on reconstruction and slowly, some people are deciding to return to the cursed town.John Stewart is Hal’s backup partner in the Space Sector 2814, while Guy Gardner (believe it or not) is promoted to the GL Corps’ Honor Guard (which are GL Corps’ officers without a specified space sector and they have jurisdiction on any sector in the Guardians of the Universe’s watch), while Kyle Rayner has become “Ion” and being assigned with special mission by the Guardians.Kilowog keeps his usual duties as GL Corps trainees instructor, and Salakk is the new GL Corps’ Senior Administrator and Keeper of the Book of Oa (the guide book for the GL Corps).While many rookies aren’t aware of what Hal did in the past (under Parallax’s influence), many veterans have returned to active duty and they have spread the rumors and therefore, Hal isn’t quite welcome around many GL Corps officers while he’s around in Oa.It's not easy to be a Green Lantern......and even less easier to be Hal Jordan.FRIENDS & ALLIES & FOESHal Jordan must face the son of Mongul and a new Tattooed Man but he won’t do it alone……Green Arrow will support him against the son of Mongul but they aren’t prepared against Mongul’s special kind of “mercy”. The ever popular Green Lantern/Green Arrow team-up will have to resist the temptation of a perfect life.…Batman isn’t quite confortable with Hal’s return but he calls him to Gotham City to deal with the menace of a totally new Tattooed Man. The Dark Knight and the Emerald Knight make an uneasy alliance that will be tested.ONE YEAR LATERDue the self-imposed disappearance for a year of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, all DC titles (including Green Lantern) moved a year in its storylines, slowly revealing what happened during that 52 weeks.Hal Jordan prefers to fly when he’s on US Air Force duty without the ring, to be able to feel the thrill of flying an aircraft like any other military pilot. However, that decision becomes troublesome when is revealed that he and other two fellow pilots (including Capt. Jillian “Cowgirl” Pearlman) were captured by Russian army and kept as POW for a time.Hal Jordan isn’t favorite of different people, since a bounty is offered for him and a metahuman team, the Global Guardians, with a secret agenda, are publicly accusing him for causing international disturbances.But all that can wait since…When Hal Jordan fell into fear and was possessed by Parallax, on his raging journey to Oa, did horrible things……and fellow Green Lantern Corps members died.But when Tomar-Tu, that was supposed to be between those murdered GL Corps officers suddenly appears on Earth, Hal knows that other of those fallen comrades may survive too but the back route leads to Space Sector 3601……and that’s bad news for the Guardians of the Universe, since it’s a fearsome sector without stars and where the Manhunters’ adopted homeworld is.And the Guardians of the Universe prefer not disturbing the Manhunters if possible.The Manhunters were the first attempt of the Guardians of the Universe of making a law enforcing organization, but that went disastrously, and if they were a major menace in the past……now they are worst than ever since they have evolved, updated, and under an insidious and very dangerous new leader!Oh!……that’s not all, since in other space sectors……Sinestro is recruiting!

  • Donovan
    2019-01-01 10:51

    I didn't like this as much as Rebirth or the previous volume, but it's still a damn fine read. I'm learning that, because of the scale of Green Lantern stories, they can become busy and confusing very quickly, especially if you don't know everything about GL history. So here Mongul, Jr. comes to conquer Earth with life sucking plants. Little do we know that at some point, Green Arrow and Green Lantern are subdued and begin hallucinating. This could have used more clarity, because the situation at the end of the first issue suddenly changed and I was like, wasn't Mongul chained up? Then we see Hal's father, who's been dead forever, and Sinestro is still a good guy. I'm thinking, something has to be fucked up. So that first issue was mentally taxing. It gets better though. In Gotham, Bats and Hal have some awesome banter. Bats hits him to return the favor from Rebirth, and then slams on the Batmobile brakes when Hal insists on not wearing a seat belt. I was laughing most of the time these two were together. But there's a poignant "did he really write this" moment, one of the most tender and mythical of Batman I've ever seen in a non-Batman comic. Hal lends Bats the Ring, and tells him to overcome his fear, because he knows the sort of similar demons Batman carries. But Batman is fear. I won't spoil the rest, but I wanna see a comic where he finally transcends the fear. Some may say, well that isn't Batman anymore. Hm, sounds interesting doesn't it?Issues 10-13 follow Infinite Crisis and jump ahead one year. This is a bit odd. I'm trying to rack my brain as to what the hell even happens GL related in Infinite Crisis (and now I'm going to reread). But anyway, GL Tomar Tu shows up for revenge on Hal. I think for his reign as Parallax, I can't be sure. I feel like I'm always missing something with GL history. Anyway, Hal and Guy investigate Tomar Tu and go to Sector 3600, beyond GL jurisdiction and home of the Manhunters, when they see holy fucking shit is that who I think it is?! Haven't seen him since Dan Jurgens! Wow! That's a twist! I must admit that while the beginning was a bit confusing, things became more clear and exciting as the book went on. I love how huge these stories are, settings that span the entire universe, allies always at odds with one another. I don't always know what's going on, but Johns generally doesn't berate his readers for their incomplete knowledge. The pacing was quick and tight, and that twist was epic, building right up to the end to continue in later volumes. Johns started a little clunky but finished strong. And the artwork by Pacheco, Sciver and Reis is drop dead gorgeous as usual. Onto the next volume!

  • Sandra [the fucking book fairy]
    2018-12-31 07:42

    I'm getting way too interested and invested with these Green Lantern stories. Look at all the questions I've written down for my friend to answer. I was writing all of these down while I was waiting for my prescription glasses and sipping my Starbucks frappe. And mind you, this was me not even halfway through the volume.I was a bit worried, at first. There were a lot of things mentioned that I had no clue what it was about. I was about to chuck this and not continue with it anymore. Good thing I kept reading because questions were definitely answered as you go through further into the story. Although, I would have to say I wasn't a fan of how some of the things were told. It was too... expositiony? Is that even a word? Okay. How can I explain this properly? Hal's past was told by Hal himself as stuff was going on simulataneously. There were some parts where you see what happened, but mostly, there was just Hal telling you about stuff you've missed. I would have wanted to see it, not just be told that this is what happened. Does that make sense? It should because I dunno how else to explain it.I didn't expect the villain though because I thought it was going to be someone else. Did I like the villain here? I dunno. Maybe. I feel where his anger was coming from. He said he forgave Hal, but he was also punishing him for his crimes. They said the best type of villain is the one that thinks he's right. This guy falls under that. I'm just not particularly fond of him because despite me understanding why he did the things he did, I just felt it's a bit shallow. He ended up killing quite a number of people because he was upset? Really? Tsk tsk.The thing about Green Lantern that I love the most is how there are a lot of stories to tell. They have an infinite number of galaxies to discover, alarmingly huge number of alien lifeforms that they have to fight to maintain peace within the galaxy. I can't wait to read the next one!

  • Anne
    2018-12-29 04:44

    I enjoyed the story with Hal and Ollie, but I thought it was more of a Green Arrow story than a Green Lantern one. Also, loved the story with Batman, if only because of the interaction between Bruce and Hal. The rest of the stories were good, too. There are some set-up scenes in it for Blackest Night that I enjoyed, as well.

  • Cheese
    2019-01-02 07:46

    ooooooh Cyborg Superman, didn't see that coming!

  • Xavier Guillaume
    2018-12-28 04:40

    Green Lantern: Revenge of the Green Lanterns starts off strange, but keep reading because it gets really interesting. The story starts off with Green Lantern and Green Arrow trying to stop Mongul from taking over Earth. How Mongul exactly plans on taking over Earth, it's kind of strange. Let's just say Mongul decides to play Suddenly Seymour.The Green Brigade wins, for now at least, and then Green Lantern decides to team up with Batman to take on the Tattooed Man. Yeah, I think they could have done a little better with that name. The Tattooed Man is kind of interesting, think of Kevin Spacey in Se7en, only with tattoos, that can kill you. Anyway, Batman and Green Lantern say "tattoodles" to the Tattooed Man, and we're left with one of the most iconic Batman scenes when Green Lantern convinces Batman to don the Power Ring.Yes, psychic green bats! What else he conjures is kind of touching, and I admit I was close to getting a little watery eyed.The next portion is where the book gets really good. I really want to tell you what happens, but I don't want to spoil it. Let me just say, you know how I got really excited for the Manhunters appearance in No Fear? Why don't you extend that excitement by 1000?Overall, I really enjoyed the book, giving it a 4/5. I probably would have given it a 3 if I were to judge it by the beginning alone, but it gets really good, and I mean really good. Let me just say the last two pages of the book left me stunned, and so excited for what's coming up next. Maybe it's because I'm gay, but there's something about a hot, naked archnemesis trapped in a floating green cube surrounded by 50 Green Lantern guards that I find strangely enrapturing.

  • Stephen
    2019-01-04 07:56

    2.0 stars. This volume collects Green Lantern 7 through 13 and was a bit of a disappointment after I read and liked Green Lantern, Book 1: No Fear. I thought the one story with Batman was pretty good but I found the rest of the stories very forgettable.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2019-01-15 05:57

    I liked this volume a little better than the last. Green Lantern and Green Arrow team up to face Mongul's Son and Daughter, and we get to see the mind controlling plant from the famous Alan Moore Superman/Swamp Thing story return. Then we get to see Batman and Green Lantern face a new Tatooed Man and while I wouldn't say the two make peace, they at least come to terms with the past. The most important part of the story involves a planet of Manhunters, the Cyborg Superman, and the return of the Green Lantern Corps! (view spoiler)[ I always wondered how the old corps members returned after Hal Jordan supposedly killed them. Come to find out most of them weren't dead but had been severely wounded and imprisoned near the edge of the universe by the Manhunters and Cyborg Superman. They had even collected a few that had supposedly died in other ways that had noting to do with Hal Jordan.(hide spoiler)] Of course, they still remember what Hal did them and they aren't happy. Plus Hal has a bounty on his head and he's constantly fighting off bounty hunters.I'm glad to see so many of the classic corps return, plus we had the first hints of the upcoming Sinestro Corps War. Great art and a cool story. This is Green Lantern done right.

  • Zezee
    2019-01-21 02:57

    As posted on Zezee with Books.Though I’m not familiar with Green Lantern, I was willing to try something new. I was aware of the Green Lantern movie that was made a couple years ago staring Ryan Reynolds, but I haven’t watched it. Everyone says it sucks and I’ve never felt the need to watch it whenever it’s on TV. I was, however, curious about Green Lantern after reading Red Son and didn’t realize until I read Revenge of the Green Lanterns that there are more than one Green Lantern, that they are a group.That surprise aside, I didn’t find the story in Revenge of the Green Lanterns appealing. Actually, I thought this volume was composed of individual stories and it wasn’t until the end that I realized they are connected by Hal Jordan’s past when he was under Parallax’s influence. I did find his attempts at atoning for his past actions interesting, but since I couldn’t detect a strong connection throughout the stories, the volume as a whole didn’t have a strong impact on me.Also, I think this volume is more suited for someone who’s familiar with Hal Jordan’s background. Maybe if I’d known beforehand that he had deceived his fellows, I’d be more concerned about him and his problems while reading this.However, of the issues that make up Revenge of the Green Lanterns, I found Branded the most interesting; but because of its characters, not the story. I mean, the story was okay, but the villain was very interesting because of how he’s illustrated — tattoos covering his body which he can make come to life. Batman appears in Branded too. He caught my attention there and now I’d like to read more about him. Actually, in the stories I read, I was more curious about the side characters than Hal Jordan. I guess it’s because I didn’t care much for his story.(Btw, the little smurf dudes seem evil to me. I think they want to take over the world. But I might be wrong.)Art style:The art throughout is pretty good. I liked both the illustrations and colors. All the characters are fit. The men ripple with tight muscles and the women are all slender and sleek and drawn from angles that best feature their “assets” (I just think some of those angles are very suggestive). Green Arrow looked pretty good too. I liked his goatee and mustache.As mentioned before, I love how the villain in Branded is illustrated because of the many tattoos across his body. The illustration of him is very detailed and he looks like a badass: shirtless wearing only cargo pants and dogtags.I also love the illustration of Cyborg Superman (I think that’s his name) in the last issue, which is also titled Revenge of the Green Lanterns. His mechanical parts are very detailed and I love the shading and colors on him. It’s pretty impressive.Overall: ★★☆☆☆ 1/2The story was…meh, but I liked the art.

  • Yvonne
    2019-01-17 03:43

    Another green lantern book that my brother decided to read. much better then the previous volume. I knew I was going to really enjoy this the moment I got to the second page and I saw the black mercy. Just for the record my favorite superman story is the one that introduced this wonderfully horrible plant and I love any just about everything I have ever seen the plant featured in. There's also a great story with Batman, what's not to love. I really like how John's writes Batman and green lantern. The two characters here are the same ones who John's had meet for the first time in the 2011 Justice League issue #1. It flows so well. John's also handled the one year forward jump really well. He had some ongoing plot stuff and he managed to make it work while having the year long hiatus be believable. This is really good. Again though, I ask, when was the last GL' s history had a complete revision? a complete reboot? They are referencing the green lantern/green arrow road trips now. It's like green lantern has been traveling in a straight line forever and only the other earth heroes around him have changed. There are some things that couldn't have happened the same anymore. like anything to do with Hank Henshaw/the cyborg superman, who never became a cyborg in the current timeline. But Jordan still references the surrounding events in today's books. I am going to have to do some research.

  • Jbainnz
    2019-01-09 05:06

    The story is building!So we still have the same formula of short stories that will eventually tie together further down the track. I think Johns run is something that should be read as a whole instead of parts or single volumes. If I picked this up randomly I would have thought this was rather lack lustre. But because I've read what's happened further down the track it's so fun see how everything came together like small pieces on a puzzle. We get the one year jump here thanks to the Infinite Crisis events. So again we jump in with no knowledge of what happened in the missing year, but we get a brief idea of some of the events. I'm hoping they delve more into Hals month in the POW camp. Hopefully in the next volume.All going well so far. Can't wait to get volume 3!

  • Kaotic
    2019-01-17 09:50

    Note: I own the individual comics and not the trade paperback version. But seeing how GoodReads does not have the individual volumes on here, I am using these to post my reviews. Every review on here is posting about how they hate this series. But I really enjoy it. It is fast paced, has good artists and a good story line. I also see everyone complaining on this volume with one simple statement: "Where's the revenge?"What I have to say to that is - read between the lines. The Green Lanterns are not about going out and seeking legitimate painful revenge. That would defeat the purpose of their corps. Think about the psychological and the rift. Think beyond what is in front of you.

  • J.M.
    2019-01-08 02:52

    What a flippin' mess. I almost didn't finish GREEN LANTERN: REVENGE OF GREEN LANTERN (where was the "revenge," by the way?). It's pretty much a one-star effort and my perception of Geoff Johns's ability to craft a semi-cohesive story has really skidded to a halt (hire me, DC!). The tale with Batman in it redeems GL:RoGL for basically a half star, bringing it up to 1.5. I think I'm done with his run. I'm not going to subject myself to it anymore. He had twelve or more issues to convince me, and didn't get it done.Two stars (out of five). Can't recommend this one except to the most hardcore GL fans (again, mainly for the Batman issue).

  • John Yelverton
    2018-12-28 08:43

    The book series just keeps getting better with each page turn, culminating in the return of Arisia.

  • Ithlilian
    2019-01-04 10:41

    The Revenge of the Green Lanterns collection is not as good as Rebirth, but not much better than No Fear.The Green Lantern/Green Arrow teamup "A Perfect Life" starts us off, an it was ok. Generic bad alien appears and attempts to kill and destroy. The special feature: plants that take over your mind and make you see your perfect life. That's interesting from a character development standpoint, but neither of the character's dreams are that hard to predict. Overall, it was a bit shallow, and there was a bit too much "the moral of the story is ___" sort of stuff. Brush your teeth and eat your wheaties kids!Section #2: Branded. Unfortunately, as much as you would like to see Hal Jordan punch Batman in the face again, you will not be seeing that here. They give each other a hard time, and Hal ends up lending the ring to Batman. Well now, that was certainly interesting. Other than that, this section of the collection felt a bit too short. Interesting, but short.Then we have the Revenge of the Green Lanterns segment, which is a huge building block for further events in the series I'm sure. I don't know anything about the previous Green Lantern Corps or who these people flying around are, but that's ok, it was enjoyable anyway. I personally don't mind the Green Lanterns being angry at Hal Jordan, they have a right to be, and now I finally know who that blonde chick is I keep seeing.As far as my personal opinion goes, I could use a little more substance from this series. These are good as generic entries into the Green Lantern universe, but I know there is plenty out there to explore, so let's get to it already. I feel like these are really trying to establish Hal's character, and that's great, except it doesn't seem like he has much of one. He does whatever he wants, sleeps with whoever he wants, and yet is emotional at the same time. Going against authority and not being a mindless drone is great, so cudos for that. The problem is it makes him come off as arrogant, and that's not the most likable trait. Then we have the ladies man aspect of Hal Jordan. He had one relationship that was serious, got scared, and walked away from it. So, now he sleeps with anyone he wants. That's ok, these comics are written by men, for men, and I understand that big boobs and heroes that get whichever woman they want are appealing. Moving on. Hal's third character trait seems to be that he regrets what he did, and he is super sad that he killed all those people. Great, so now get back into the swing of things and start kicking butt. If I want to read that emotional nonsense I would read Batman.There is so much that I hear about that I can't wait to get into in this world. The different colors of the spectrum, the Sinestro corps, Black Hand. I will keep reading these early issues until I get there, and they aren't horrible, but I've read 60s Green Lantern issues that are better, and I'm not sure if I really like Hal Jordan as a character after this installment.

  • The_Mad_Swede
    2019-01-05 10:51

    This volume collects #7–13 and picks up Geoff Johns' run where it left off in the first volume Green Lantern: No Fear (following his miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth, which brought Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan back to the DC universe).In the first two-parter, "A Perfect Life", drawn by Carlos Pacheco, Jordan teams up with his old partner Green Arrow and together they face the children of Mongul. This is followed by a team-up with Batman, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver. Here Jordan and a wary Batman fight the new Tattooed Man and, perhaps most importantly, examine their common ground and how to interact after all that has happened (prior to Jordan's return).At this point, the flow is somewhat interrupted since somebody at DC editorial had the asinine idea to come up with the whole One Year After malarkey, an "event" of sorts, which followed the whole Infinite Crisis event. The idea here was that all of DC's titles leaped a year into the future (leaving a gap in continuity, especially within titles own narrative continuity). Needless to say, this wrecked a lot of good sub-plotting, or at the very least forced some of it to premature conclusion in different titles. And mostly a dumb thing, since the specified time – a year – in itself is not a very clear fictional unit (seeing as how stories taking place over a year, rarely, if ever, seem to take an actual in-fiction year) to begin with.Here, it causes a bit of a rupture that is annoying, but Johns quickly finds his balance by throwing us into a new four-parter, "Revenge of the Green Lanterns", drawn Ivan Reis. Here, we are suddenly confronted with the Global Guardians, an international super team who antagonise Jordan's handling of certain international crisis and who swiftly become a running sub-plot which I expect will bear fruit in the next volume (or later). There are also more sub-plot building by the introduction of recruitment being done to the Sinestro Corps (itself suggesting, of course, the return of Sinestro.As for main story course, Jordan accidentally encounters Tomar Tu, a Lantern presumed dead at Jordan's own hands (while he was Parallax), who suddenly appears in a bad condition. Tu's ring shows that he has been to sector 3601, which the Guardians refer to as the Blackest Night and they forbid Jordan to investigate if there are more lost Lanterns to be found there. Folding in Corps business (e.g. the strong distrust and dislike of Jordan after all that has gone before), Johns has Jordan team up with fellow Earth Lantern, Guy Gardner, to find out what secrets sector 3601 might hide, regardless of the Guardians' prohibition.And what follows is a really good story, which sets up a lot of interesting sub-plots for future volumes as well.

  • Martin
    2018-12-24 03:01

    One of my favourite Green Lantern books, with a star-studded line-up of artists...- a strong two-parter by Carlos Pacheco (as usual, a feast for the eyes) guest-starring Green Arrow and Mongul's destructive kids; - a stand-alone story by Ethan Van Sciver (the weakest link in this collection, but worth a look - if only to see, albeit briefly - Batman all 'Green-Lanterned-Up'); - and the titular story, a fantastic, action-packed four-parter by Ivan Reis: oh-so heavy on the exposition, but with big revelations, big stakes, awesome fight scenes, and the return of many long-thought-dead (or at least forgotten) characters. Not the least of which: Hank Henshaw a.k.a. Cyborg Superman!

  • Phil Dean
    2018-12-25 08:04

    "The only ones paranoid about Big Brother watching are the guys doing something wrong". Ho-kay, Hal Jordan. Apparently completely regressed from his Hard-Traveling Heroes days, where he learned the errors in his pseudo-fascist ways, the Red State Avenger continues to bring truth, justice and the American way to the many species and cultures of the galaxy. The second half of the book, which is set after Infinite Crisis, is a little more fun, but it has a ways to go. I also found out that Hal Jordan used to date an alien who is hundreds of years old, but looks like a 13 year old girl; Eeeewwww!!!!

  • James
    2019-01-10 10:58

    This series continues to delight my inner nerd/child. Just beautiful. I feel I've regained something I lost. Weird to feel that way about comic book, I understand. But still, awesome. Recommended if you're remotely interested in men and women in cool superhero costumes, big glowy fight scenes and vast and beautiful drawings of other planets and outer space.

  • goldberry
    2019-01-14 09:07


  • Diego López Ocón
    2018-12-30 04:55

    I know Geoff Johns was trying to create a fan base again for Hal Jordan, but c'mon, I need a serious story, not a lot of little stories to discover a little bit of Hal Jordan back then.I loved the story with Green Arrow, Batman's was weird but is cool to see that they are okay again, but if I haven't read that the last story is necessary for the Blackest Night I would have just skipped it.This was so cool, I mean he's creating freaking bats with the ring

  • Jake
    2019-01-04 07:48

    This was one of the last GL books I needed to complete Geoff Johns's run on the series. I finally read it and it filled in so many gaps in my GL knowledge! I also really appreciate how long Hal stays feeling guilty about what he did as Parallax. Most stories like that show the character feeling guilt for only a short while, but Hal's still at it over a year later (in-universe time).

  • Paweł
    2019-01-13 10:46

    Bardzo fajna przygoda z Arrowem, potem z Batmanem. Drugą połowę zajmuje historia o tym, jak w wiarygodny sposób przywrócić część fajnych postaci, które zginęły lekką ręką scenarzysty poprzedniej serii :P

  • James Tronnier
    2019-01-19 05:57

    Hal Jordon is a pilot for a company called Ferris Air a company on witch his dad died on its land so he is kinda scared to fly. He is thinking of what if he goes down. What is he dies just like his dad? He finds a alien that gives him a ring, and he becomes the great green lantern. He can make do what ever he wants. so he fight crime to save sector 2814

  • Edward Davies
    2019-01-08 03:43

    A solid volume with an interesting storyline. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Lantern and Arrow which I hadn't really experienced before, but there was a lot of repetition about how Hal's dad died, which did get annoying after a while.

  • Phoenix
    2019-01-23 05:53

    Solid story line and great art. Though how the corps actually gets anything done with a bunch of hardheaded cowboys in its ranks is beyond me. I think I've seen a green lantern follow orders all of maybe twice ever.

  • Jim
    2018-12-25 05:07

    This makes me want a full Batman/Green Lantern team up comic/movie.

  • Stephen Theaker
    2019-01-18 03:52

    I received this book as a birthday present, and I was very grateful for it, so it seems a bit churlish to give it a less than enthusiastic review. I guess I'm a churl!It's not a terrible book, by any means. It's well-written, the art is pretty good, and the production values are excellent. It just all seems a bit pointless and slightly dull, and it lacks pace and wit. Its constant focus on the past is reminiscent of John Nathan Turner's tenure as producer on Doctor Who, where endless stories depended for their interest upon the programme's history, rather than pulling it forward in new directions. It gives every indication of being written to squeeze into the gap between various company events rather than being a story in itself, especially given that it has a one year break in the middle for the Infinite Crisis and its aftermath to take place. Why on Earth would you bring a character back from the dead and then skip over his first year of being alive again? The creative integrity of this title clearly wasn't the first thing on anyone's mind.The title makes the book sound very dramatic, but in fact is totally misleading - there are only two occasions and ten pages in total on which Green Lanterns (other than the title character himself) could be said to be out for revenge, and in both cases they are quickly mopped up or reasoned with and largely irrelevant to the storyline.The principle preoccupation of the stories here is to undo the consequences of issues 46 to 50 of the previous Green Lantern series, in which Hal Jordan, Green Lantern, went mad with grief after the destruction of his home city (as part of the Return of Superman storyline) and went on the rampage, fighting other Green Lanterns, taking their rings, and trying to recreate Coast City. After that he went full-on evil, calling himself Parallax and trying to recreate the entire universe in Zero Hour. Eventually, he died saving the Earth in The Final Night, and his ghost became the new Spectre (DC's spirit of vengeance), of all things.Now, while I might agree that the character took a couple of wrong turns there (Parallax's costume in particular was pretty lame), and I can understand why some fans would want all that undone, it's worth bearing in mind that the initial story of Hal Jordan's descent into madness came after 45 of the dullest comics ever created.So for this series they seem (I haven't read the previous two volumes of new Hal Jordan stories) to have undone or explained away all of the interesting things that have happened to him, and now, instead of Kyle Rayner, artist, wisecracker, heartthrob and amusing irritant to the older members of the JLA, we're back with steady, stubborn fifties throwback Hal Jordan. That is to say: your dad is the new Green Lantern.(Are they planning on casting Kevin Costner as Green Lantern in an upcoming movie or something?)He's a totally empty character, who never had anything to him. He did appear in some marvellous Silver Age stories, of course, and his powers were some of the most imaginative ever given to a superhero, but the man himself was a typically blank pre-Marvel fuddy-duddy.Now he has nothing to him other than a vague regret at having murdered loads of people (though half the comic is spent on people telling him it's alright, it wasn't really his fault), and a constant look of irritation at the world not playing to his rules.It's ironic that while his transgressions have been retconned, they now seem less out of character than ever!One final note: if I ever read another DC comic where someone is forced into a dream of their perfect life, I think I'll scream.I've got a feeling that I'll be doing a lot of screaming!

  • Madeleine
    2019-01-13 07:46

    The weakest of the first three Green Lantern collections by Geoff Johns (Rebirth and Vol 1). The first half fills like out-of-place filler stories, which makes sense it was most likely being written while Johns was also planning and writing Infinite Crisis - which, I imagine would be somewhat stressful. The second half propels us One Year Later after Infinite Crisis, and I'm not sure how much of the flaws I thought the Revenge of the Green Lanterns story arc had were due to poor writing or because the whole One Year Later idea sounds much better in theory than in practice. Theory, as I recall reading, was that DC thought it was best to go from Infinite Crisis to one year later in all the DCU titles so that it skips any lag stories might suffer if they have to spend lots of time talking about post-crisis cleanup and rebuilding, but if you jumped forward a year then everyone would be back in action doing super-hero shit and fighting bad guys. - In practice, it's just disorienting and the writers are forced to spend countless pages quickly trying to give the readers what little information they can to be not totally confused about why - for instance - Oliver Queen is a mayor. So what was supposed to be a way of helping create a more smooth return to the these series ends up slowing everything down.Add on top of this the fact that it felt like Johns thought everyone should go over more of Hal Jordan's origin AND the events of Rebirth AGAIN and - flashback city. In the end, I feel like Johns did pull it back together and renew my faith in, at least, Hal Jordan. He also manages to write Guy Gardner with more depth than other writers *cough* Gibbons *cough*, which I like. He's still a sexist, "look how manly I am" type, but at least Johns gives him some heart. Him, and Jordan, are simeltenously military-fucks AND people who don't give a shit about the military they belong to when it conflicts with what they feel is right. I much prefer them saying "fuck you" (oh I wish they said "fuck you"...DC needs a MAX-esque imprint) to the Guardians - who I hate so so much - than them talking about their duty to the Corps - the self-appointed "guardians" of the universe (USA?!). I do like the hints to the the Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night. Johns obviously knew where he was taking Green Lantern (and most of the DCU) in the coming years. Oh! and 52. 52 52 52 52 52. Arrogant fucking Guardians. I hate the government and the Guardians are so government it hurts.52 52 52 52.

  • Wing Kee
    2019-01-12 07:49

    Not a retcon but a reconnecting of the past to the present.Amazing writing, just simply amazing because of how Johns is able to rebuild bridges that were so very much not only burned but incinerated to the point of no return. But wow, what do I know he did it, he's brought back so many of the favorites! This second full arc for the GL series not only touches on amazing action but has great callbacks and character moments.World: 3 illustrators, all bringing their A game and their distinct style to GL. I like that all can illustrate a sense of action and the power of the ring. The colors and the green really pop to show the energy of the Corps. The world building by Johns is amazing, it's not so much world building as world reconnecting. I don't want to ruin it for anyone but man he does an amazing job at reconnecting the pre Parallax GL to the present and this is simply an amazing world reconnecting feat.Story: The first couple of single issues are great in the sense that 1) it reconnects Hal with Ollie (which we needed) 2) Deals with the Bats/Hal relationship from Rebirth and 3) Gives us a sense of the mindset and where Hal is in terms of his family and his personal life. Then we have the second half of the trade which deals with the massive world reconnection. I won't say anything cause the characters that show up and the villains oh man, this is awesomeness. I did find the 1 year jump a bit jarring but that's not the fault of Johns but rather the entire DCU due to the Infinite Crisis event. So yeah that's there but other than that jarring story time jump the rest of the tale is great. Just read it if you are a GL fan, it will mean so much to you.Characters: Hal gets a lot of development, I do miss John missing from this arc, but I hope that gets fixed next arc. The couple of issues we get in the beginning really gives us a deeper look at Hal and where his mind is at, and also allows him to reconnect with Ollie and Bats. But the rest of the development I won't say cause the rest is amazing. We have had the Sinestro and Parallax part of Hal dealt with with Rebirth, now we will deal with the GL Corps and man was it awesome!This arc I think is better if you are a GL reader, if you are a new reader there is certainly a huge cast of characters that will confuse you but man if you are a GL reader, this is...just amazing.Onward to the next book!