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Along with Hal Jordan, the daring test pilot who protects Earth as Green Lantern, there is an entire corps of Green Lanterns scattered across the galaxy, each defending their own homeworlds at the command of the powerful Guardians of the Universe. Now, in the wake of events with tore the Lanterns asunder, the Corps lives again in these amazing new adventures brought to you Along with Hal Jordan, the daring test pilot who protects Earth as Green Lantern, there is an entire corps of Green Lanterns scattered across the galaxy, each defending their own homeworlds at the command of the powerful Guardians of the Universe. Now, in the wake of events with tore the Lanterns asunder, the Corps lives again in these amazing new adventures brought to you by writer Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN). From the Guardians' citadel on the planet Oa, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, formerly of Earth, is assigned against his will to a feudal world of shadows and sudden death. Across the galaxy, new Lanterns discover what it means to wear the Corps insignia, as their courage is tested to the limit. Collecting: Green Lantern Corps 1-6


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Along with Hal Jordan, the daring test pilot who protects Earth as Green Lantern, there is an entire corps of Green Lanterns scattered across the galaxy, each defending their own homeworlds at the command of the powerful Guardians of the Universe. Now, in the wake of events with tore the Lanterns asunder, the Corps lives again in these amazing new adventures brought to you Along with Hal Jordan, the daring test pilot who protects Earth as Green Lantern, there is an entire corps of Green Lanterns scattered across the galaxy, each defending their own homeworlds at the command of the powerful Guardians of the Universe. Now, in the wake of events with tore the Lanterns asunder, the Corps lives again in these amazing new adventures brought to you by writer Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN). From the Guardians' citadel on the planet Oa, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, formerly of Earth, is assigned against his will to a feudal world of shadows and sudden death. Across the galaxy, new Lanterns discover what it means to wear the Corps insignia, as their courage is tested to the limit. Collecting: Green Lantern Corps 1-6

30 review for Green Lantern Corps, Volume 1: To Be a Lantern

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    While the main Green Lantern series detailing Hal Jordan's reintroduction to the DC universe was all the rage, this series was giving us stories from the other members of the newly reformed Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic police force keeping peace in the galaxy. And it was just as awesome. Hal Jordan's book is much more of a standard superhero story but what's great and refreshing about this is that it's less of a superhero book and more of an ensemble space cop serial, about the adventu While the main Green Lantern series detailing Hal Jordan's reintroduction to the DC universe was all the rage, this series was giving us stories from the other members of the newly reformed Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic police force keeping peace in the galaxy. And it was just as awesome. Hal Jordan's book is much more of a standard superhero story but what's great and refreshing about this is that it's less of a superhero book and more of an ensemble space cop serial, about the adventures of regular lanterns working their beat. Think of your favorite cop show and that's basically what this is, featuring characters dealing with new partners, working undercover, clashing with the higher ups, and battling with all kinds of villains across the universe. This had fun art and featured great stories, tales that are entertaining and fast-paced. In this, following up on the events of Green Lantern Corps: Recharge and the new characters introduced then, we focus on three story arcs, one featuring new recruits Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn as they try to make the best of their reluctant partnership, another arc following Soranik Natu, who is being tormented by her fear of failure, and of course a story following Guy Gardner, who just wants to go on shore leave for some R'n'R but he keeps getting side-tracked, either being targeted by a bounty hunter, or getting stuck on Superboy Prime guard duty. I can't wait to read more of this series and I wish I read these books while I was reading the main Green Lantern series for the first time. Fun stuff.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This is a decent green lantern story but after reading John's and Humphies runs it's hard to be blown away by this. So this focuses on the "other" green lanterns. You know, the ones no one really puts on their top 3 (Well except maybe Guy) but that's what this is about. What do the other green lanterns who aren't the "chosen" ones deal with? We get to see how easily you can get killed in space, and this is basically a revenge story wrapped up in Space Cop Drama. Good: I liked the characters. I a This is a decent green lantern story but after reading John's and Humphies runs it's hard to be blown away by this. So this focuses on the "other" green lanterns. You know, the ones no one really puts on their top 3 (Well except maybe Guy) but that's what this is about. What do the other green lanterns who aren't the "chosen" ones deal with? We get to see how easily you can get killed in space, and this is basically a revenge story wrapped up in Space Cop Drama. Good: I liked the characters. I always enjoy Guys smart ass, or Natu's anger filled ways. I enjoyed some of the space cop fights as it looks pretty awesome. Bad: Some of the art was a bit much at times, too much going on in one panel. I thought the storyline, and the whole "trick, gotcha!" thing was kind of lame. Overall it's a fun little story by itself but nothing special. I think we can do better with this cast. A 2.5 out of 5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This book series began with the entire resurgence of Green Lantern, and despite the fact that most spin offs stink, this book was quite enjoyable to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Edmunds

    Having read the more recent compilations, I deliberated whether this was a needed read and whether to add to my collection. But having seen it on sale, I figured what the heck and went on and got it. Of course I should, shame on me for claiming to be a huge Green Lantern fan and not have this, right? :) Now, the whole compilation feels more of a stitching of different back stories of different Lanterns of the Corps and although its more of supplementary reading, it is not really required in order Having read the more recent compilations, I deliberated whether this was a needed read and whether to add to my collection. But having seen it on sale, I figured what the heck and went on and got it. Of course I should, shame on me for claiming to be a huge Green Lantern fan and not have this, right? :) Now, the whole compilation feels more of a stitching of different back stories of different Lanterns of the Corps and although its more of supplementary reading, it is not really required in order to indoctrinate oneself into the world of the Corps. I must be honest though and that the main reason I got this was because it featured my fave redneck Lantern, Honor Guard Guy Gardner. I was expecting that most of the stories would center round him but like I said it felt more of a collection of side stories on the different histories of several Lanterns like Lantern Iolande of Betrassus and how she was chosen instead of her Lantern-fanatic brother. There's also the Thanagarian, Lantern Isamot who was torn between love and duty and finally realized that being a Corps member is really a full time, not to mention, lifetime commitment. I'm also glad they included Lantern Soranik Natu, who in the later issues became Lantern Kyle Rayner's girlfriend but not before being kicked out of her homeworld (and Sinestro's) of Korugar because of her unwanted Lantern heritage and every cruelty that Sinestro had inflicted on that planet had tarnished the name of the Lanterns forever. All of this was a treat but one thing that stood out for me was the scenes where some Lanterns would to Mogo, the Green Lantern who is actually a planet and unburden themselves whenever they are in doubt. The stress level that these "Space Cops" go through is a given and it always is a boon to have a friend to talk to when needed. I have not seen scenes like that in the succeeding issues and hope that the current writers would bring that form on friendship and kinship back. But first, they have to bring Mogo back. And Yes, Mogo does socialize and in fact gives advice to those who need it. So my advice? Read it if you like, but no biggie either if you don't. The Sinestro Corps War Parts 1 and 2 as well as the Blackest Night and Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps will be the one to do the trick for you if you want all out Lantern ring slinging action. :) I got hooked that way. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Oh you Horta love them space cops, the good with the bad. Man I loved the Corps book growing up, they had enough space opera and crazy space action to make me smile. I love it when you have weird aliens, different zany worlds and quick and bombastic story telling. This is exactly what you have here with this relaunch, but not all things are rosy, there are a little but if iffy stuff to be found here. World: The art is fine, it serves it purpose but honestly it's a step down from the main series. Oh you Horta love them space cops, the good with the bad. Man I loved the Corps book growing up, they had enough space opera and crazy space action to make me smile. I love it when you have weird aliens, different zany worlds and quick and bombastic story telling. This is exactly what you have here with this relaunch, but not all things are rosy, there are a little but if iffy stuff to be found here. World: The art is fine, it serves it purpose but honestly it's a step down from the main series. Gleason did a good job with Recharge but here the art is just mediocre. Reading this series at the same time as the GL main series, I really see the quality difference. I like the world building though, it's just as crazy, just as ridiculous and just as space opera as ever. It's pretty much space cops and that's great for me. Story: Pure space opera with heir crazy battles, simple storylines and characters. These 6 issues breezed by, I liked the first 3 issues with it's take on the outside looking at the GL Corps but the second arc was kinda all over the place. Sure the Isamot/Vath things furthers their buddy cop story and the Natu story is good but the Guy stuff just annoys, I'm not really a Guy fan as he's way too bro. An okay start which u hope will pick up steam once all the characters are better established. Characters: I like the new cast they are interesting and their stories and characters make me interested. What I don't like is the lack of Kyle and the focus on Guy. I'm not really a Guy fan as I've said above but oh well this is a Corps book so there will be Guy stories. This being the case I did not enjoy this trade as much as I would have liked. I find the Natu story interesting but do get a sense that the storytelling was rushed and thus her emotional arc this trade felt contrived and too quick. Yes I know the history of Korugar but I think a little bit more context for not GL readers would have been better. Her jumping around also made for jarring story pacing. An okay start to a series that I end of loving. The Guy focus was not my thing, I'm hoping for more Kyle in the next arc. Onward to the next book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Love Green Lantern and I have been reading the current series by the issue, so it was finally time to get some backstory and see how some of the normal characters I know from current issues came to be. This TPB has a really interesting murder mystery, some good Guy Gardener action and the introduction of Soranik Natu.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    What I learned from this book? That I really, really, really like Guy Gardner. Huh.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nitasha

    I just don't even care about Guy. I finished this for the sake of the reading order, but it was a struggle. I just don't even care about Guy. I finished this for the sake of the reading order, but it was a struggle.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandt

    So in my reviews of Geoff Johns Green Lantern I've not been shy about my dislike of the character of Hal Jordan, so much so that when I read the reboot of the Green Lantern Corps called Recharge I went out of my way to note how I even liked reading Guy Gardner more than Hal, and that Johns and Dave Gibbons (who is the primary writer of this volume) had effectively used my favorite Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner as an effective foil to Gardner's machismo, which in certain moments we learn is So in my reviews of Geoff Johns Green Lantern I've not been shy about my dislike of the character of Hal Jordan, so much so that when I read the reboot of the Green Lantern Corps called Recharge I went out of my way to note how I even liked reading Guy Gardner more than Hal, and that Johns and Dave Gibbons (who is the primary writer of this volume) had effectively used my favorite Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner as an effective foil to Gardner's machismo, which in certain moments we learn is Gardner's way of dealing with the stress of being a Green Lantern. In addition, we are introduced to some of the new recruits, Soratik Natu of Korugar (home planet of Sinestro) as well as Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn, Lanterns who were once foes in the Rann-Thanagar War. My first disappointment with this book is how Kyle is nowhere to be found. After reading Recharge I assumed that the book would likely focus on Kyle and Guy, as well as the new recruits, whose plot threads had not been closed at the end of Recharge. But Kyle is nowhere to be found and Guy, left to his own devices isn't nearly as endearing when he is interacting with Soratik Natu, who finds his schtick to be misogynistic and demeaning (because it totally is.) In addition, one of the story arcs involves Guy being separated from his ring, but the reasoning behind it is so flimsy that it makes Hal Jordan's not wearing his ring when he flies look sane and reasonable by comparison. One interesting thing I noticed in this volume is that when Gibbons takes on the penciling duties in that Gardner arc I wasn't thrilled with, his renditions of Gardner mirror those of Rorschach in Watchmen without the freckles. I guess when you draw a ginger haired psycho, they tend to look the same in Gibbons eyes. I'm hoping the next volume brings Kyle back into the fold, as I felt his presence was needed here to center the book. Guy is an interesting character when he interacts with other characters who don't agree with his personality/methods and Kyle is definitely one of those characters. I think it's important in this context since so much of this book takes place in space...if Guy was earthbound then that might help center this book as well, but that's Hal Jordan's bag, for good or for ill.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    I'm currently going through the Geoff Johns Green Lantern run and alongside that is a GLC (Green Lantern Corps) run that I've been told helps fill in the blanks and spaces where Johns massive run may have been unable to. They include the first volume titled Recharge. (BTW for anyone who wants the list I'm working off of it's this https://comicvine.gamespot.com/forums... - massive credit to user jb681131 as it's very detailed and other than some deeper digging and some trade collecting variation w I'm currently going through the Geoff Johns Green Lantern run and alongside that is a GLC (Green Lantern Corps) run that I've been told helps fill in the blanks and spaces where Johns massive run may have been unable to. They include the first volume titled Recharge. (BTW for anyone who wants the list I'm working off of it's this https://comicvine.gamespot.com/forums... - massive credit to user jb681131 as it's very detailed and other than some deeper digging and some trade collecting variation what isn't in the omnibus's can be found on comixology though not always in trade form) So onto the story of this volume. It was alright. Guy is quickly becoming a character I actually like and I enjoy the side cast of these Lanterns and seeing OA. What I don't like is that if you split the storylines into the A story, B story, and C story you have the B and C story not be anywhere near interesting enough for any rereading and makes those segments a bit boring to read through. Guy Gardener is the most interesting part of this volume, if he's in it it's more interesting. You've also got Doctor Soranik Natu (NOT RED) who's another highlight even if it spins the wheels a bit. The art by Patrick Gleason is always good, a bit wonky at times but still gets the point across. It's a sharp difference from the art later in the volume by Gibbons himself which is much more sexualized. Overall not as good or interesting as Recharge but I liked the characters enough to read it all the way through and will continue to read it as I work through the intimidating run. 3 stars it's alright and doesn't excel anywhere except for some of the interiors and making me like Guy Gardener.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rihards Husko

    An entertaining, if inconsistent first volume moves the spotlight away from Greatest And Most Important Green Lantern Ever Hal Jordan(tm). It focuses instead on a wider cast of Lanterns and what the job of a space cop actually looks like, with all its highs and lows. While multiple other Lanterns make an appearance, new recruit Dr. Soranik Natu and rowdy rough boy Guy Gardner are the focal characters of most of this volume. The first three issues feature a murder investigation with both intrigue An entertaining, if inconsistent first volume moves the spotlight away from Greatest And Most Important Green Lantern Ever Hal Jordan(tm). It focuses instead on a wider cast of Lanterns and what the job of a space cop actually looks like, with all its highs and lows. While multiple other Lanterns make an appearance, new recruit Dr. Soranik Natu and rowdy rough boy Guy Gardner are the focal characters of most of this volume. The first three issues feature a murder investigation with both intrigue and excellent art. The other three are more of a mixed bag. Seeing Natu struggle with bearing the damning status of Green Lantern on her homeworld of Korugar after Sinestro’s reign of terror makes sense and is compelling, if occasionally overly melodramatic. Guy is an interesting lead who alternates between some old-fashioned “charm” and displays of genuine care, compassion, and competence. The two issues where he fights a Warhammer 40,000 reject on a resort planet is kind of painful, though. They were probably intended to be humorous issues, but mostly just felt like an awkward, goofy slog, coming off of the three strong and surprisingly dark issues. The last one also has Guy displaying some... problematic police-work. There is also some lizard-love and prejudice. The six issue volume contains both excitement and wonder at the great, strange universe that is the realm of Green Lanterns. However, its inconsistent tone and flittering between plots of varying quality prevent this from being a truly stand-out book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard Gray

    To be honest, this might be a 2.5 star scaled up for me. It starts off well enough, bringing back the Corps in a casually boot campish way. It's fertile ground for a wealth of stories, but the first few tales of their return (the Recharged mini-series notwithstanding) don't exactly spark the imagination. I haven't quite connected to these folks yet, and the Guy Gardner two-issue arc is a throwback to his glory days. (Which is where he was the most one-note to be honest). As a piece in the wider To be honest, this might be a 2.5 star scaled up for me. It starts off well enough, bringing back the Corps in a casually boot campish way. It's fertile ground for a wealth of stories, but the first few tales of their return (the Recharged mini-series notwithstanding) don't exactly spark the imagination. I haven't quite connected to these folks yet, and the Guy Gardner two-issue arc is a throwback to his glory days. (Which is where he was the most one-note to be honest). As a piece in the wider Gibbons/Johns puzzle, it's a good primer I guess. Will just be keen to get into some of the more substantial stories from here. NB: Read as part of my Geoff Johns and Beyond Green Lantern Journey: #2 It's a sidebar on my NB: Read as part of my DC Crisis and Beyond Journey.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Russell Pearce of Sector 2814

    This one is so hard to rate cause there is such high points and low points. I go with a 4 but it's likely a 3.5. The narrative is mostly split between three stories. The continuing journey of Natu trying to adjust to being a lantern despite her people still hating them from the the time of Sinestro (the best of the three). The uneasy partnership of Isamot the Lizardkon of Thanagar and Vath the Rannian (weakest story in my opinion). Finally the misadventures of Guy Garner as the newly minted Hono This one is so hard to rate cause there is such high points and low points. I go with a 4 but it's likely a 3.5. The narrative is mostly split between three stories. The continuing journey of Natu trying to adjust to being a lantern despite her people still hating them from the the time of Sinestro (the best of the three). The uneasy partnership of Isamot the Lizardkon of Thanagar and Vath the Rannian (weakest story in my opinion). Finally the misadventures of Guy Garner as the newly minted Honor Guardsman. (Varying through the book) One huge negative I must say with this book is that with the three narratives taking place concurrently the book had a very ADHD feel as it splits from one story to the the other at seemingly random points. It sometimes kills a moment as you're getting very into that aspect of the story. However, that all being said this is another in the long line of competitionist reads for the Geoff Johns (despite him not being involved with this book) era that culminates is the amazing Sinestro Corp Wars and Blackest Night/Brightest Day storylines.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    Why is this series not also collected in a series of omnibus!? As far as I'm concerned this is essential reading for Geoff Johns' main series, and I'm not even on the Tomasi portion of the run yet. I'll say it right now, Soranik Natu might be my favourite Lantern. She's the most interesting character in all of this series. Her story here is engaging, well written and intriguing. I love that Gibbons uses her character to call out Guy Gardner on his bullshit bravado, and yet simultaneously makes h Why is this series not also collected in a series of omnibus!? As far as I'm concerned this is essential reading for Geoff Johns' main series, and I'm not even on the Tomasi portion of the run yet. I'll say it right now, Soranik Natu might be my favourite Lantern. She's the most interesting character in all of this series. Her story here is engaging, well written and intriguing. I love that Gibbons uses her character to call out Guy Gardner on his bullshit bravado, and yet simultaneously makes him far more likeable. All in just 6 issues. Really cool start to the Corps' stories.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A decent (even if predictable mystery) + a chance to let Green Lanterns OTHER than Hal Jordan shine + solid humor + tons of Guy Gardner (my personal favorite GL) = A really fun, engaging read. That's not to say it didn't have it's "real" moments, but this was a nice refresher from some more "mainstream" Lantern stories, allowing fans to see what some adventures in the rest of the Corps. And I also enjoyed the gratuitous amount of Guy Gardner. What can I say... he amuses me. A decent (even if predictable mystery) + a chance to let Green Lanterns OTHER than Hal Jordan shine + solid humor + tons of Guy Gardner (my personal favorite GL) = A really fun, engaging read. That's not to say it didn't have it's "real" moments, but this was a nice refresher from some more "mainstream" Lantern stories, allowing fans to see what some adventures in the rest of the Corps. And I also enjoyed the gratuitous amount of Guy Gardner. What can I say... he amuses me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vishualee

    In this compilation, we see more of Soranik Natu, facing challenges and standing up to her own kind who call her a traitor to Korugar. Also, the stories feature Guy Gardner teaming up with new recruits and fighting off a menacing planet. There is treason, murder, anger management, relationship failures, and a growing revenge.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    There are several stories in this book. The one about Soranik on Betrassus and the one with Vath and Isamot were both really good. But the other ones aren't so great. One involves Guy getting attacked by Bolphunga, which was not very good at all, and the other has Guy and another Lantern going to Ranx, which was okay. At least that one has significance later on in the Sinestro Corps War. There are several stories in this book. The one about Soranik on Betrassus and the one with Vath and Isamot were both really good. But the other ones aren't so great. One involves Guy getting attacked by Bolphunga, which was not very good at all, and the other has Guy and another Lantern going to Ranx, which was okay. At least that one has significance later on in the Sinestro Corps War.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jameson

    The Green Lantern comics continuously improve the more I read them. This one, the official start of the Green Lantern Corps comic book series focused heavily on Guy Gardner and his adventures as the traveling leader of the Green Lantern Honor Guard. The depth and detail of this series continues to grow and is easily one of the most fun comics I've read in a while! The Green Lantern comics continuously improve the more I read them. This one, the official start of the Green Lantern Corps comic book series focused heavily on Guy Gardner and his adventures as the traveling leader of the Green Lantern Honor Guard. The depth and detail of this series continues to grow and is easily one of the most fun comics I've read in a while!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rylan

    I really enjoyed this, it works great alongside Johns’ main Green Lantern series. Soranik is definitely my favorite part of this, she’s such an interesting character and I really like her history I’m interested to see where they take her character.

  20. 5 out of 5

    h

    I love everything lantern, and it was interesting to get to see some stories involving lanterns that I haven’t read a lot about before. Overall a solid read, though I guess I might have been hoping for a bit more. I look forward to seeing how this progresses.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jkk

    Complex and stunning, this comic captures the essence of the Green Lanterns flawlessly.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice

    Great comic, a bit short but interesting

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix

    Seems like the obvious answer here would be a secret identity.... hmmmmmm

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Sora's story in these early issues is so heartbreaking, I always wished there had been more focus on her and the other new recruits and less on Guy. Sora's story in these early issues is so heartbreaking, I always wished there had been more focus on her and the other new recruits and less on Guy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jainam

    Loving GL Natu and Guy's arc is becoming really interesting so far! Loving GL Natu and Guy's arc is becoming really interesting so far!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Chase

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The best single comic book issue from Detective Comics Comics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Victor Orozco

    After the epic reforming of the Green Lantern Corps in Green Lantern Rebirth and Green Lantern Corps Recharge, the story continues for the rest of the Green Lanterns in a series of duties that elevate the Corps. Betrassus is a planet that is under assault while the monarchy is unraveling between its royal family. One of which is a Green Lantern aficionado in prince Ragnar. Soranik Natu is sent to resolve the situation there, obtaining the shaky confidence of its princess Iolande. Got to say it wa After the epic reforming of the Green Lantern Corps in Green Lantern Rebirth and Green Lantern Corps Recharge, the story continues for the rest of the Green Lanterns in a series of duties that elevate the Corps. Betrassus is a planet that is under assault while the monarchy is unraveling between its royal family. One of which is a Green Lantern aficionado in prince Ragnar. Soranik Natu is sent to resolve the situation there, obtaining the shaky confidence of its princess Iolande. Got to say it was neat seeing this comic after seeing its adaptation in the Green Lantern Animated Series. I prefer the Animated Series, but the book is still cool. Interesting seeing Isamot Kol and Rath Sarn trying to get used to each other with interesting results. Guy Gardner is working overtime to get his Corps in fighting shape to the point of exhaustion. Wanting no, demanding some much-needed relaxation but a situation with another Green Lantern foe Bolphunga ruins those plans. Green Lantern Mogo, the sentient planet continues to help fellow Lanterns seek refuge, but something is wrong with Mogo. Not a bad collection. C+

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    As a disclaimer, I'm generally not a fan of books with multiple protagonists, because I feel that, unless it's written extremely well with good team dynamics and banter, no single character gets enough time, it's awkward to jump from story-to-story. Unfortunately, I didn't think that this arc was well-written, or that the character-character interactions were witty and entertaining. In general, I'm willing to forgive many flaws in a comic book story arc as long as it's a rollicking good time, but As a disclaimer, I'm generally not a fan of books with multiple protagonists, because I feel that, unless it's written extremely well with good team dynamics and banter, no single character gets enough time, it's awkward to jump from story-to-story. Unfortunately, I didn't think that this arc was well-written, or that the character-character interactions were witty and entertaining. In general, I'm willing to forgive many flaws in a comic book story arc as long as it's a rollicking good time, but the action wasn't even exciting enough for me to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the ride. If you wanted the short version, it's above. If you want specifics about the things I didn't like about this book, read on. 1) Green Lantern Corps has the opportunity to be awesome, since it's basically a series about all those side characters that everyone likes better than the boring main character (e.g. everyone else in "Naruto"). However, all the characters are drawn with such broad strokes (maybe due to lack of page time), that they're just stock caricatures. I don't know if it's bad or awesome that my favorite character is a PLANET (Mogo), who doesn't punch or laser anyone, generally. a) Guy Gardner - Just, meh. There are probably people out there who like him, or find him funny, but for me his macho, misogynistic jarhead schtick gets old. Apparently great willpower and ability to overcome fear often coincides with impulsive idiocy, arrogance and rudeness. b) Nato - Why is it that the one girl who gets story time has the main characteristic of being weepy with self-confidence issues? It's not that she doesn't have a lot to cry about, or that there's anything wrong with crying when it's necessary, but it's annoying that she's cast as the Emotional Female. 2) The art looks like it's stuck in the 90s and is underwhelming and fan-servicey (Ahem, cat girl android triplets wearing leopard print bikinis? Also, really, REALLY, we needed an entire panel to show one of Natu's tears on her enormous BOOB (no face in the panel, just one boob)?!) 3) The whole of the universe and various sentient Green Lanterns provides the opportunity for awesome world-building and speculative fiction, but this just falls flat. I mean, a sentient city should be amazeballs, but somehow this story arc makes it humdrum. Boo.

  29. 4 out of 5

    orton41290

    The first Green Lantern Corps. installment after the Infinite Crisis events, leaves us with Guy Gardner and Kilowog as the leaders of the new recruits. To Be a Lantern quickly branches out into multiple plot lines. After finishing his 12 month sentence handed down during Infinite Crisis, Gardner is looking forward to his shore-leave, which is of course ruined and he's back off with Kilowog solving a murder-mystery while Natu and Myrrt (who we met in Recharge) kind of help. We also get Vath and I The first Green Lantern Corps. installment after the Infinite Crisis events, leaves us with Guy Gardner and Kilowog as the leaders of the new recruits. To Be a Lantern quickly branches out into multiple plot lines. After finishing his 12 month sentence handed down during Infinite Crisis, Gardner is looking forward to his shore-leave, which is of course ruined and he's back off with Kilowog solving a murder-mystery while Natu and Myrrt (who we met in Recharge) kind of help. We also get Vath and Isamot (who I don't quite remember) in some stupid side-plot fighting with each other. This takes up most of the graphic novel. The rest is the quick trip Gardner takes after the conclusion of the main story-line. When they give you an "entire" story in one comic book's worth of pages in a series that is always multi-tasking, you can't expect much, but as Gardner and new recruit Thos track town a kidnapper into a sentient city, we get some quick thrills and a ridiculously short and concise story that is obviously rushed. As much as I'm getting into Green Lantern, Corps seems to be trying to do too much. We have three groups in this installment that sometimes intertwine their stories, but largely tell them apart. It's not a lot to keep track of, but it's annoying to get into Natu's story, only to have it put on hiatus for five or six pages. As I head towards Blackest Night, I'm hoping the stories become more focused.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave Johnson

    i really like the concept of the Green Lantern Corps, and i think it is usually done well with the main GL series, but i honestly hate Dave Gibbons's writing. nothing i've read by him is ever that great. i know he started off as an artist--The Watchmen being his most known work. i think he should've stuck with that. this arc wasn't horrible, and it certainly wasn't his worst, but i think Geoff Johns and a few others could've done a much better job with the story--ESPECIALLY the dialogue. sheesh! i really like the concept of the Green Lantern Corps, and i think it is usually done well with the main GL series, but i honestly hate Dave Gibbons's writing. nothing i've read by him is ever that great. i know he started off as an artist--The Watchmen being his most known work. i think he should've stuck with that. this arc wasn't horrible, and it certainly wasn't his worst, but i think Geoff Johns and a few others could've done a much better job with the story--ESPECIALLY the dialogue. sheesh!

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