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A new era begins for John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps! The Guardians are dead leaving the Corps to fend for itself. But the damage has been done to the galaxy and the Green Lanterns are in shambles. It is up to John Stewart to train a group of rookie ringslingers with deadly foes hot on their tails and rings that aren't functioning properly. There is an ancient evil A new era begins for John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps! The Guardians are dead leaving the Corps to fend for itself. But the damage has been done to the galaxy and the Green Lanterns are in shambles. It is up to John Stewart to train a group of rookie ringslingers with deadly foes hot on their tails and rings that aren't functioning properly. There is an ancient evil lurking at the edge of the universe, one that threatens to extinguish their life forever. Collecting: Green Lantern Corps 21-27, Annual 2


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A new era begins for John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps! The Guardians are dead leaving the Corps to fend for itself. But the damage has been done to the galaxy and the Green Lanterns are in shambles. It is up to John Stewart to train a group of rookie ringslingers with deadly foes hot on their tails and rings that aren't functioning properly. There is an ancient evil A new era begins for John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps! The Guardians are dead leaving the Corps to fend for itself. But the damage has been done to the galaxy and the Green Lanterns are in shambles. It is up to John Stewart to train a group of rookie ringslingers with deadly foes hot on their tails and rings that aren't functioning properly. There is an ancient evil lurking at the edge of the universe, one that threatens to extinguish their life forever. Collecting: Green Lantern Corps 21-27, Annual 2

30 review for Green Lantern Corps, Volume 4: Rebuild

  1. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Yes. John Stewart finally has his own series. Its about time John has a book where he gets to shine as a character. The writer, Robert Venditti, has done a great job capturing John's voice and his thought process. I love the relationship between Fatality and John and I hope DC never breaks them up. I know in the comic universe love is hard to find and can be a battlefield, but speaking as a African American it is great to see a loving and a caring relationship between those two characters. The ar Yes. John Stewart finally has his own series. Its about time John has a book where he gets to shine as a character. The writer, Robert Venditti, has done a great job capturing John's voice and his thought process. I love the relationship between Fatality and John and I hope DC never breaks them up. I know in the comic universe love is hard to find and can be a battlefield, but speaking as a African American it is great to see a loving and a caring relationship between those two characters. The artwork in this volume was really top notch. I have said this in the other Green Lantern reviews, I AM NOT A FAN OF RELIC. The Relic character is just to generic for me. The Durlan aliens are pretty good protagonist and I am glad DC is finally moving the Green Lantern series back to the intergalactic space opera it should be. I have to say this is the best of the Robert Vendetti run I have read so far.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Desh

    As a huge fan of Green Lantern John Stewart from the acclaimed Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoon shows, this book is a godsend. For so many years, the comic book writers neglected and mishandled the character -who is likely the best known Green Lantern to the general public- and Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo come along to set things straight. John Stewart shines brightly and is characterized just as good as he was in the famous cartoons. Van Jensen's action pack As a huge fan of Green Lantern John Stewart from the acclaimed Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoon shows, this book is a godsend. For so many years, the comic book writers neglected and mishandled the character -who is likely the best known Green Lantern to the general public- and Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo come along to set things straight. John Stewart shines brightly and is characterized just as good as he was in the famous cartoons. Van Jensen's action packed writing, mixed with just the right amount of humor and romance, and Bernard Chang's beautifully detailed action cartoon looking artwork, with Marcelo Maiolo's wonderfully vibrant colors make this a refreshingly fun read. The stakes are high, but the presentation gives this space opera a a really fun atmosphere. This is one of the few times that I was really impressed with a Black character's portrayal in the pages of DC Comics. John Stewart gets the spotlight he deserves, is strong, smart, and inspiring, and is visually impressive and idealized. Yet he has plenty of doubts, flaws, and conflicts that keep him from being an utter Mary Sue. Highly, HIGHLY recommended! One of the best and most beautiful Green Lantern stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    I like John and Fatality as the protagonists of this comic, and I like the idea of rebuilding the Corps (though this volume sadly doesn't do much to characterize new recruits). I also appreciate the improved integration of this comic with the DC space universe, thanks mainly to the inclusion of Khunds and Durlans. Sadly, it's deeply flawed past those high points. The whole idea of the universe turning against the Lanterns is handled in a heavy-handed and unbelievable way, then we also get the whi I like John and Fatality as the protagonists of this comic, and I like the idea of rebuilding the Corps (though this volume sadly doesn't do much to characterize new recruits). I also appreciate the improved integration of this comic with the DC space universe, thanks mainly to the inclusion of Khunds and Durlans. Sadly, it's deeply flawed past those high points. The whole idea of the universe turning against the Lanterns is handled in a heavy-handed and unbelievable way, then we also get the whining and bickering about using Rings that's currently bringing down all of the GL comics. However the worst problem with this volume is that it's heavily derailed by crossovers. The Relic crossover is an unreadable mess, because we only get two issues of a heavily connected crossover. Some of that unreadableness unfortunately also touches on other issues, where topics like Oa, Mogo, and Guy Gardner all get brought up like we should know what the heck the authors are talking about. Then, after the Relic crossover, we get a Year Zero crossover that breaks the momentum of the story and isn't that great anyway. The result is a mediocre volume that could have been good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    These are some of the worst Jon Stewart stories I have ever read. They are destroying a much loved character in these stories and they really need to think hard about the direction they are taking Stewart in.... They will lose a lot of fans if they keep writing him like this. 2/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Rebuild sees the Green Lanterns adjusting to their new status of running their own affairs! At the same time John Stewart is busily recuiting and traing a new Cadre of Green Lanterns! The new team members are diverse with their own backstories! This makes for excellent character development and at the same time puts Stewart, Kilowog etc into the position where they are having to rely on their own judgement! All the characters come across as three-dimensional and full Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Rebuild sees the Green Lanterns adjusting to their new status of running their own affairs! At the same time John Stewart is busily recuiting and traing a new Cadre of Green Lanterns! The new team members are diverse with their own backstories! This makes for excellent character development and at the same time puts Stewart, Kilowog etc into the position where they are having to rely on their own judgement! All the characters come across as three-dimensional and full developed! This really shows how the characters are so different from one another! This works brilliantly keeping all the characters on their toes right from the beginning! The addition of the Pink Lanterns as well put things on their heels with John really being kept on his toes by Fatality! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Rebuild art is excellent with all the Lanterns rendered brilliantly which nealty dovetails into the story! The are is epic which works brilliantly with the Epic Script! The script is relentless never lettting up from the start! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Rebuild is full of twists and turns that you will not see coming! It deals with previous plotlines but at the same time creates new plots! The events throughout work on multiple levels that will keep you up seeing what happens from the start! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Rebuild deals with the previous plot points neatly! At the same time its setting up of new plot points in neatly handled with revelations, intrigues coming at epic levels! The weaving together of all these plot points is brillianlty done with you not beign able to guess who is working for who! Agendas abiound in epic amounts and will keep you guessing right from the start! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Rebuild will keep you on your toes from the beginning! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Rebuild is full of daring do as the Lanterns try to keep their reputation intact, epic battles as they confront oppositions at every turn, world building as we zip aound the galaxy, plot twists right from the start, team-up between the Lanterns aliens etc, three-dimensional characters as all the characers come across as separate, well developed etc characters, adventure as the Lanterns never seem to be standing still zipping around the galaxy and action! Brilliant Crisp High Five! Highly Recommended! Get it When You Can!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paweł

    John udowadnia, że jest jednym z najbardziej kompetentnych i pragmatycznych członków w szeregach latarni. Jak i też w marines, co zostało przedstawione w jednym zeszycie o jego przeszłości.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rick Hunter

    The first 3 volumes of this series didn't have very good art, but basically must reads for and GL fan because of Peter J. Tomasi's writing. This volume sees a whole new creative team come on board. Bernard Chang is the artist for most of the issues. I don't recall the names of the couple of other artists that helped out right of the top of my head, but if their names hadn't been listed in the book, you'd never know that Chang was the artist. Hell, if Chang's name wasn't on the cover, you'd think The first 3 volumes of this series didn't have very good art, but basically must reads for and GL fan because of Peter J. Tomasi's writing. This volume sees a whole new creative team come on board. Bernard Chang is the artist for most of the issues. I don't recall the names of the couple of other artists that helped out right of the top of my head, but if their names hadn't been listed in the book, you'd never know that Chang was the artist. Hell, if Chang's name wasn't on the cover, you'd think that the artist from the first 3 volumes was still on board. Chang continues the tradition on this book of having the aliens all look better than the humans and having such wide, far away shots that he doesn't even make an attempt to put details into any of the characters. The action and the colors are nice, but overall look of the book is pretty median. Art gets 3 stars. Robert Venditti and Van Jensen co=plot the story, but Jensen is solely responsible for the script of this book. The story starts in the aftermath of the battle between the GL Corps and the combined might of the First Lantern and the Guardians. Many GL Corps members are dead so the rings seek out new recruits. Hal is now the leader of the Corps. John Stewart and Fatality both want to quit their Corps and settle down together. Since the GL Corps is in shambles, a couple of different races of beings have decided that now is the time to rid the universe of Green Lanterns once and for all. As if things weren't already bad enough, Relic shows up and wants to take out not on the Green Lanterns, but every other color of the spectrum as well. Since this series started, many of the alien members of the Green Lanterns have been featured, but Guy Gardner and John Stewart have gotten the most focus. With Guy having left to join the Red Lanterns, I was very afraid that this series was going to double the amount of time that John Stewart was featured. Luckily, the brand new recruits, Arisia Raab, Salaak, Kilowog, and Mogo all get featured a bit. Fatality has a good bit of story too. Even Hal has some focus during the crossover event to stop Relic. All of that keeps the story from too much focus on John. That's a great thing because who really wants to see a book focused solely on the least interesting human GL? The story is decent and has a few cool moments where you get to see some of the GL villains in action, but the writing never comes close to that in the previous volumes by Tomasi. The only comparison I can come up with to show how I feel about the writing on this series is to equate Tomasi and Jensen to teachers. Tomasi would be the professor that has mastered his field and passes on vast amounts of knowledge to the students. Jensen is a substitute that follows the plans left for them by someone else until the real teacher returns. This is the worst writing of the series so far. It gets 3 stars. 3 star writing and 3 star art combine to make this a 3 star overall book. While the book was somewhat enjoyable because of the large scale of the action and its intertwining with the rest of the Lantern titles, it wasn't anywhere near the bar set by Tomasi when he was on the series. I have my fingers crossed that this series doesn't get any worse in the final 2 volumes. I'll read them even if they get worse because I'm almost to the end, but I do pray that it's better because the GL Corps deserves it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Rush

    By "rebuild" we mean not "here is some time to rebuild" but "you will definitely need to rebuild after all the destruction we are bringing your way now." One would think after two universe-destroying storylines, the Corps would get a chance to take a breath, regroup, figure what to do now that their leaders are all gone, that sort of thing. But no. Instead, everyone is grumpy and the entire universe for no explicable reason is antagonistic to the Corps. John Stewart takes over, since apparently By "rebuild" we mean not "here is some time to rebuild" but "you will definitely need to rebuild after all the destruction we are bringing your way now." One would think after two universe-destroying storylines, the Corps would get a chance to take a breath, regroup, figure what to do now that their leaders are all gone, that sort of thing. But no. Instead, everyone is grumpy and the entire universe for no explicable reason is antagonistic to the Corps. John Stewart takes over, since apparently Guy Gardner has joined the Red Corps off camera since the last volume. Things go from bad to worse, in part because of ludicrous shape-shifter plotline that certainly cannot please anyone ever. Dramatic irony on stage is one thing, since we know it will be resolved within the next two or three hours of our lives, but a nonsensical shape-shifter thread that continues issue after issue irritates like all get-out. I was wholly displeased with it, and I got to progress through these issues in one afternoon (not that it resolves in this volume of course, I mean, why would it?) - the poor subscribers who had to wait and wait and wait! Though, I suppose people who pay for New 52 issues must have already steeled themselves for that sort of treatment. Things go from terrible to worse that terrible, as suddenly (and yet again in issues of a crossover event not included here) suddenly Oa blows up. And then we find out Light and Emotion have a finite source behind a stone Wall of Death at the edge of the Universe. Okydoky. Sure they do. And here I suspected emotion was a renewable resource. Why not just emasculate your entire do-gooders and make them feel bad for doing what they do? We all remember how well that "you have to stop using warp drive because it damages real space" episode of TNG went over. Disappointing. The "Corps" idea comes up again, as we meet a bunch of new recruits. "Finally," we think, "part of the appeal of the series returns as we can see many Lanterns and their lives and such, just like back in volume 1!" And then that stops, sort of. Who knows what happened to all those other guys from volume 1? Suddenly, this new batch of rookies are the other available group of Lanterns to solve all problems. A bit of a stretch, though it is ameliorated by how well Stewart treats them ... after about three issues of treating them wholly derogatorily (and wholly out of his character). A rough re-launch after the Tomasi "era." Oh, and the Rings are on the fritz, but that doesn't seem to ever get explained or resolved. Must have been something to do with the whole "the Light/Emotion Spectrum behind the Wall of Death" thing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    So what do you do after all your plot threads have been tied together and resolved? You find a new writer and start pulling on any loose thread you can. This book does that, jumping from plot to plot without really settling on any one of them; maybe it's another victim of crossover-itis, but it seems like even the plots that are included aren't in order - one stutters forward, then everything jumps to another one, and then finally comes back to resolve pieces of the first. It's like a jigsaw whe So what do you do after all your plot threads have been tied together and resolved? You find a new writer and start pulling on any loose thread you can. This book does that, jumping from plot to plot without really settling on any one of them; maybe it's another victim of crossover-itis, but it seems like even the plots that are included aren't in order - one stutters forward, then everything jumps to another one, and then finally comes back to resolve pieces of the first. It's like a jigsaw where the puzzle pieces don't actually fit together - you can kind of get the picture, but you sense there's a lot missing, and what you're left with just feels like it has a lot of holes. And then there's what I guess was a 0 issue, focusing on John Stewart as a soldier in a faux Katrina storm-threatened arena against Anarky which just does not fit into the rest at all. The point of the story was all over the place (both railing against and revelling in riots and the power of revolution), and really rubbed me the wrong way. The other stories, like the draining energy reservoir and the growth of the Khund counter-army versus the Green Lantern, are decent concepts, either of which could support an entire volume, but don't feel really developed here. And then there's the Durlan shapechangers - maybe this is their first appearance in the New 52, but the fact that green lantern rings don't recognize them just made no sense at all. The whole Durlan plot seemed really far-fetched and weak. If this is supposed to be a new beginning for the Green Lantern Corps, allowing new readers to join, it fails miserably. Too much is unexplained and underexplained, and too many disparate threads are thrown around to make it reader friendly, much less new-reader friendly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    The world building is great and the focus on John superb. I like this new direction the GLU is taking. It's not the status quo that's for sure. World: The art is good. It's direct it's simple and the scope good. I do find the coloring a bit bland but that's it. The world building is absolutely superb with the introduction of the new recruits it allows for so much story to be told. The Relic arc was also very good until the end putting more lore into the world and making it very interesting. The The world building is great and the focus on John superb. I like this new direction the GLU is taking. It's not the status quo that's for sure. World: The art is good. It's direct it's simple and the scope good. I do find the coloring a bit bland but that's it. The world building is absolutely superb with the introduction of the new recruits it allows for so much story to be told. The Relic arc was also very good until the end putting more lore into the world and making it very interesting. The post Relic arc is a mixed bag. The potential is there but I would have liked more time to character build before going into another Villain wanting to destroy the Corps. Story: The first 4 issues are great, the last 3 are okay. The direction that the new creative is taking the series is good. It feels like a natural progression and new at the same time. The new recruits are interesting and fun and the position the Corps finds itself is a new one which made for interesting storytelling. The squid shape changing monsters are a bit cliche and I can see where the story is going but it seems too soon after Lights Out but oh well. Characters: The new recruits are great, they are interesting and I can't wait to have more missions with them and further learn their story. The new focus on John is also wonderful as I found him to be lost along the cast during the Johns era. The dynamic between Yrra and him is an interesting one but we all know this will not last and it will collapse soon. I hope it's handled well. A solid arc and some amazing world building. The focus on John is a big welcome. Onward to the next book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    It takes a lot to make me give a damn about John Stewart, since I find him the most bland Lantern in existence, but this volume goes a long way in making me do that. The opening story really makes this book feel like the Green Lantern Corps book from pre-Flashpoint, bringing back a lot of the ensemble cast as well as introducing some new faces too, whilst building up to Lights Out which takes up the middle of this book. Granted, DC have again collected only 2/4 parts here, which is irritating as It takes a lot to make me give a damn about John Stewart, since I find him the most bland Lantern in existence, but this volume goes a long way in making me do that. The opening story really makes this book feel like the Green Lantern Corps book from pre-Flashpoint, bringing back a lot of the ensemble cast as well as introducing some new faces too, whilst building up to Lights Out which takes up the middle of this book. Granted, DC have again collected only 2/4 parts here, which is irritating as always, but I've given up complaining about this stupid practice, at least for today. The final three issues include a Zero Year tie-in which again makes me care a little about John Stewart (as well as introducing Anarky to the New 52), and then a 2 part story that deals with the fallout of events in Green Lantern even better than Green Lantern itself does. Great art throughout from Bernard Chang, who has gotten even better since being on Demon Knights, makes this a great volume overall.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    While the book is well written, I did not always enjoy the dark places the storyline went. The interruption of the core story for part of the Lights Out crossover made the book choppy. I did like the beginning of the Uprising story line and the very scary threat the Durlan's pose. The characters are consistent but John Stewart, the current star of the book, seems a bit too perfect and stiff in places. The art was good but everything except the Lights Out issues are mutely colored. The artist als While the book is well written, I did not always enjoy the dark places the storyline went. The interruption of the core story for part of the Lights Out crossover made the book choppy. I did like the beginning of the Uprising story line and the very scary threat the Durlan's pose. The characters are consistent but John Stewart, the current star of the book, seems a bit too perfect and stiff in places. The art was good but everything except the Lights Out issues are mutely colored. The artist also used some mono-chromatic inset panels to emphasis a flashback or action shot that were an interesting touch.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    This honestly should be a 3.5 because the Stewart storyline is solid, though I miss the buddy book of Joh and Guy. The book really shows us Stewart's motivation. The volume includes two installments of Light's Out, and at least one of the parts is the conclusion. So completist still have their full run. But it does feel weird getting the story broken up by a crossover event. This honestly should be a 3.5 because the Stewart storyline is solid, though I miss the buddy book of Joh and Guy. The book really shows us Stewart's motivation. The volume includes two installments of Light's Out, and at least one of the parts is the conclusion. So completist still have their full run. But it does feel weird getting the story broken up by a crossover event.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    Ugh, another story with gaps missing and no context given. Getting kind of sick of this. Plus, Guy Gardner needs to return. He and John Stewart are better and more interesting characters together than they are apart.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Curt

    3.5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    2.5*, really.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tomas

  19. 4 out of 5

    AJ

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marc

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam Nieman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Xaanua

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Allen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Philip Cosand

  25. 5 out of 5

    Persephone

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Perry

  27. 4 out of 5

    Junkyard Palace

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  29. 4 out of 5

    c wylie misselhorn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ron Gastgeb

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