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Green Lantern #1

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Based on 27 critic ratings.

Spinning out of the events of Dark Crisis, the Guardians of Oa at the heart of the Green Lantern Corps have quarantined Sector 2814, home of the planet Earth-and its champion along with it! A heartbreaking defeat has sent Hal reeling, returning home to rediscover his roots… and find the man responsible for ruining his life: Sinestro.

From the visionary team of Jeremy Adams and Xermánico (who brought you the epic Flashpoint Beyond) comes a tale of redemption, loss, and finding out that maybe… just maybe… you can go home again. At least if you’re willing to hot-wire a power ring to do it.

Also featuring part one of John Stewart: War Journal from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Montos!

Publication Date
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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
38 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0C2FPQ84L

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27 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    In the least shocking development of the week, Jeremy Adams quickly proves his phenomenal run on The Flash was no fluke or he could only write one DC character exceptionally well. Maybe far more predictable, Adams immediately proves he understands Hal Jordan and what makes him such a compelling character even when he’s not flying around as Green Lantern.

    Adams keeps things simple to start the series in streamlining the convoluted modern Green Lantern mythos. The United Planets have assumed control of the Green Lantern Corps and Earth has been deemed a liability. While the other Earth-based Lanterns took reassignments, Hal quit and returned to Earth with no plan, no job, home or options.

    Hal falls back on familiar paths namely trying to get a gig with his ex, Carol Ferris, at Ferris Aircraft. The timing for the series couldn’t be better following the success of Top Gun: Maverick. Hal is basically DC’s Maverick anyway and putting him back in the air with a modern touch was a smart approach for the character in 2023.

    Adams sets up both short-term and long-term threats for Green Lantern including the arrival of a new version Manhunter and an old foe lurking in the shadows of Coast City.

    Xermanico’s artwork is solid as always as he his style hits the perfect blend of Bronze Age crispness and Modern Age cinematic storyboard presentations. Clean artwork is a very essential element to a good Green Lantern title. Too many visual distractions can clutter the pages and make for a messy read, but Xermanico is focused on giving readers clean entry points and easy to follow panels.

    Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s color work is strong with vibrant, illuminating greens and bright hues to further embody the Dawn of DC mindset.

    Philip Kennedy Johnson and artist Montos collaborate on the secondary story featuring John Stewart. Like Hal, John left the Guardians and is back on Earth for good. That’s a smart move to have the original two Earth-based Lanterns stay on the planet while Kyle, Sojourner, Cruz and Baz are off among the stars. Montos’ art is a great fit for John. While there wasn’t a lengthy action sequence, Montos’ sense of framing gave it maximum dramatic effect.

    This story almost feels a little too short as Johnson introduces a new threat in another universe that presumably will be coming for John, but the story doesn’t have enough space to properly set it up. With 867 Batman titles, it seems like there’s room in DC for Hal Jordan and John Stewart led Green Lantern titles. Maybe this short will expand to its own full-length title soon.

    After a way too long hiatus, Green Lantern is back with a creative team that hopefully should ensure it’s going to be a lengthy run in the same vein of Geoff Johns or Robert Venditti’s stints on the characters.

  • 100

    The Blog of Oa

    Green Lantern #1 nails it on all counts, from the engaging storytelling of Jeremy Adams and Phillip Kennedy Johnson to the perfectly conveyed imagery of Xermanico and Mantos. This issue is a gem and a brilliant way to kick off what I hope is an Emerald Resurgence of sorts, where the Green Lantern franchise can once again rise to the great heights it deserves. The series is off to a fantastic start and I’m eagerly awaiting to see where it goes. Ten out of ten lanterns.

  • 100

    ComicsOnline

    Green Lantern #1 clearly demonstrates that the brightest of days are ahead with this talented creative team. After seeing how Adams successfully brought Wally West back to the forefront of the DC Universe, I can’t wait to see how he puts that experience to good use with Hal Jordan and his supporting cast. We have a lot to look forward to with both Hal and John, and it feels like these characters are getting the spotlight they deserve. This is a book to watch and the start of something special.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Green Lantern #1 is a perfect reintroduction for two DC icons. If there’s any problem with this book, it’s that John Stewart isn’t getting his ongoing. The two teams serve up a steaming helping of awesome to readers.

  • 95

    AIPT

    The Green Lanterns are back to usher in a new era for DC. With the rest of the Green Lantern Corps off in space, Hal Jordan is the Earth’s chief Lantern-powered protector. What he lacks in romantic guile, he brings in willpower and the sheer confidence to accomplish anything he sets his mind to. That, of course, includes ringing in the Dawn of DC with Green Lantern #1 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jeremy Adams, Xermanico, and Montos.

    (…)

    Green Lantern #1 is an incredible adventure that brings a breath of fresh air to Dawn of DC. Hal and John alike both bring in an infectious energy that proves why they’ve both been so beloved through the decades. If the rest of the book keeps this up, this run will be an instant classic.

  • 95

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Adams uses Green Lantern #1 as a vessel to get Hal’s life back in order again, which fans haven’t seen in ages. For fans who have felt disconnected from their favorite Lantern, be prepared to jump back in the cockpit alongside ol’ Highball and fall in love with the character all over again. Moreover, as stated above, fans new to Adams as well as Hal will get to see both of their sensibility, wit, and zany characteristics that have made the character so dang special.

    Yet as exciting as Green Lantern #1 was to see Hal back on Earth and regaining his footing, Xermánico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Dave Sharpe provide a sensational pop to this story that makes it incredibly easy on the eyes. Altogether, Green Lantern #1 is a home run out of the gate that everyone needs to take notice of right now. Just snag the issue, add it to your pull list, and thank me later.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 91

    Comic Watch

    Jeremy Adams and Xermanico have brought Hal back to earth, and back as a test pilot, but are taking us to a modern touch. Hal feels like Hal, and we’re getting a run that feels like classic Hal. We’re getting a new status quo for the Corps that’s under new leadership under the United Planets instead of the Guardians. Meanwhile Xermanico is knocking it out of the park visually. These two are coming in strong, but we also have Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Montos building a strong foundation for John Stewart, and how his new status will affect the greater DC universe. This is an exciting time to be a Green Lantern fan.

  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Green Lantern #1 does exactly what it needs to do – re-establish Hal Jordan as the greatest Green Lantern and get back to basics. Xermánico’s art is excellent, and Adams’s script is a perfect jumping on point with action, motivations, and a smile-inducing final page.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    If there’s any franchise right now that’s in need of a fresh start, it’s Green Lantern. The Infinite Frontier run which saw the Corps destroyed, most of the members lose their powers, and John Stewart mired in a New Gods-centric cosmic story was cancelled after only 12 issues and a finale special, and the franchise largely was left to linger without a title for over a year. Now, into that void comes Jeremy Adams, the TV writer and rookie DC writer who made a huge impact on Flash and revitalized the character of Wally West. Can he do the same with Hal Jordan? The first issue indicates the outlook is very positive—if not for Hal. After the Corps were taken over by the United Planets, Earth was dropped from the rotation of sectors and the human Lanterns were reassigned—except Hal, who chose to quit and return to Earth. So how does he still have a ring, and what’s his next move?

    The first thing that stands out to me about this issue is how it doesn’t feel inspired by any of the other recent GL runs. Instead, its DNA feels fully rooted in one of the biggest pop culture hits of the 2020s—Top Gun: Maverick. Hal’s pilot segments are full of bravado, but there’s a pained human core and a steely heroism behind it. He tries to win back Carol, but she’s moved on without him. He tries to get his old job back, but technology has outpaced him. He can’t leave his heroic career behind, even without the Corps—and it nearly kills him. This first issue is very character-driven, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in excitement. Adams does a great job of putting Hal back in the underdog position, hinting at the return of his arch-rival, and leaving a lot of unanswered questions.

    Surprisingly, though, it feels less ambitious compared to the backup—by Johnson and Montos. Both segments are excellent, but Johnson’s John Stewart segment seems like it’s where we’re going to be learning about what exactly went wrong with the Lantern Corps. As John returns to his mother’s house to help her with some projects, we flash to a different time and place as an elderly Guy Gardner and his young protege deal with a terrifying being that’s been unleashed. It’s a moody, creepy story that might hint at the next main villain of the Green Lantern line.

    One thing’s for sure—with these two writers in charge, the franchise is absolutely back.

  • 90

    Comics: The Gathering

    Writer Jeremy Adams delivers a promising first issue that peels back the complex layers that have been added to Hal Jordan over the years and lays down the groundwork for what is sure to be an exciting story of exploration brought to life by the dynamic art team of artist Xermanico and colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr who bring the joy and excitement of the story to life visually. A great jumping on point for new readers that also celebrates long time readers.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    Hal Jordan is back on Earth in Green Lantern #1, and it seems like the change of pace has done wonders for him, as the series captures his charisma and fearlessness while showcasing how those can be some of his biggest weaknesses in the ever-changing world around him. The new status quo allows him to be the character many have grown to love while also creating opportunities for growth. That’s only bolstered by John Stewart’s continued story that reaches into expansive and more space-bound territory. It’s a winning combination and why Green Lantern’s new era is off to a truly stellar start.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I was reticent to get on board with a Hal Jordan, Earth-focused story, but Adams has impressed me with this first issue. There are two stories in this issue and both have some compelling character moments and a bigger mystery that has gotten my attention as a Green Lantern fan. I enjoyed the energy of this issue and look forward to seeing what happens next.

    The Art: Xermanico delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The action is blisteringly gorgeous and filled with great visual thrills.

  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    Written by Jeremy Adams, Green Lantern #1 is a solid start, perfect for new and long time fans. It delivers a beginning for Hal, respecting the past but also forging a new future. Fans of the character will appreciate the return to his roots as a hot shot pilot and horrible love interest for Carol Ferris. The comic brings Hal back to some of his basics, Maverick before Top Gun was even a thing. It also leaves a lot of mystery out there too like his being a Green Lantern still and what Sinestro is up to. New readers can easily pick up on where things are at without knowing any of the history and appreciate the ground that’s being laid here. This isn’t just Hal’s story, it’s one of the Green Lantern Corps. as a whole with that focus coming from the backup story written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson.

    (…)

    The art for both stories is solid. Xermánico‘s art with color from Romulo Fajardo, Jr. is dynamic and exciting. It pops teasing the green glow of it all without overdoing it. There’s some solid panels and pages that bring and exciting visual quality to it all. But, beyond that aspect, there’s also a human touch to it all too. Hal’s failure to woo Carol isn’t about what is said but also his body language which hints at defeat. Compare that to his swagger as a pilot or when he runs towards danger, the visuals tell as much of the story as anything else. Montos‘ art with color by Adrian Lucas is very different creating a clear break between the two stories. Here there’s a roughness to the style that fits the battle and desperation of it all. There’s a scratchiness that works quite well. Dave Sharpe handles the letter for both stories and it stands out especially for the second story and everything from Gardner’s dialogue to the oath to the villain’s speech. The lettering really adds a lot to it all.

    Green Lantern #1 is a great start creating a debut that’s easy to dive into. It hints and teases the rich history of the characters while not relying on it to tell its stories. All of that adds to the stories that Adams and Johnson are telling. Combined with great art, this is another top notch release as part of DC’s “Dawn of DC” initiative.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Jordan has been through many different convolutions over the decades…arguably more than any major mainstream superhero this side of Wonder Woman. It’s nice to see a creative team willing to take him back to a traditionally balanced superhero format. Adams and company aren’t completely reinventing the character, but seeing him return to his roots feels very much like seeing Hal Jordan come back to Earth one more time.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    I’m someone that still likes Hal in the broader sense because he was my first Green Lantern that I read in the 80s before being exposed to more of them. That Guy was the follow-up in that period did not help, though I liked John a lot and enjoyed Kyle as a 90s interpretation. And the Corps was what won me over the most. Here, we get Hal coming back and being the same Hal as always and that’s just a bit tiring. I’m glad he gets smacked down as much as he does here but it shouldn’t have even reached that point and Carol should have been better written which would have led to better character material for Hal. I’m interested to see where the journey goes but I’m already disliking there being a backup feature as it just feels like it’s a state of friction with the main story. Either do it as a separate book or figure something else out. It just makes me not want to read the backup.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    In this first issue of this arc we see Green Lantern (Hal) as he tries to make life adjustments after the colossal events of Dark Crisis that put the planet and universe at risk, wanting to start again from scratch in a “normal” life trying his best to leave the superhero life behind. The draw of saving the Earth is too much to bear especially as a superpowered being is tearing up downtown and the only one that can stop him is the Green one but is now the right time for Hal to go back? Or will it just be an emotional step backwards onto a path he wanted to come off?.

    Jeremy Adams and Phillip Kennedy team up on the writing of this book and both of the writing styles work well together as the book itself is a fun look at a superhero who is at the crossroads of his life, a story that is steeped in emotion with intense action that fans of the Green Lantern character will not be disappointed with. This issue was more of a foundation layer for the series to come as the book’s ending suggests we are at the beginning of something big.

    I liked the art style of the book as Montos injection a unique style into the artwork that kept a traditional DC feel but has a fun and fresh look that will draw in new fans and please the more traditional fans alike. I personally loved the depiction of the Green Lantern powers and felt it was captured really well, I felt overall the artwork was impressive throughout.

    As I said earlier in the review this felt like a foundation layer but it also felt like it was integral to the series and perfectly built the story up for what is to come, would fully recommend this series as I feel we are at the beginning of another big event

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Green Lantern #1 is a great way of starting again. It’s not a complete remake — the past matters and has had an effect, but someone new to the universe of Green Lantern is able to tuck in without being hindered by years of Corps regulations. Hal Jordan is hotheaded but likable; however, getting close to the plot of the movie can cause shuddering flashbacks. The book does an excellent job of showing that it is more about the people wearing the rings, with not massive amounts of actions of construct making an appearance.

  • 80

    Henchman-4-Hire

    This is a very well-written, character-focused comic that just doesn’t accomplish very much in its first issue. I like character-focused comics, and this issue does a great job setting up Hal Jordan and his current situation. I really liked how Hal was portrayed as a goober who is no longer in touch with life on Earth. He thinks he can just slot himself back into his old life, but he just doesn’t get it. That’s a solid place to start the protagonist at the beginning of a story. And Adams does a great job portraying Hal, with fantastic art throughout the issue. Xermanico is fantastic, with very detailed art. The problem is that nothing all that interesting happens in the issue, storywise or plotwise. Hal makes an ass of himself at Ferris Air, then goes up against a knock-off new super-villain sporting some Manhunter armor in a flashbck. The end of the issue is really fun, as he makes a proud superhero moment…but it’s not really a surprise or a cliffhanger that Hal Jordan is Green Lantern.

    And the weird nature of the issue, with the flashback in the second half, makes things just a little confusing. Since the issue opens with him as GL again, I didn’t realize until a second or third time looking the issue over that he didn’t have a ring in the flashback until he made one himself.

    The back-ups are nice, though I’m not sure if they’re both written by Johnson or if Adams wrote the one with John Stewart. It’s a nice little bit where John visits his mom. That’s a good set-up for his “exile” to Earth. And then the one with Revenant Queen is fine. I think it takes place in an alternate reality? It wasn’t very clear. Either way, it’s a spooky new villain, and I’m sure they’ll be neat going forward. But for now, it’s just a tease, and one written by a different writer for some reason? Not sure what’s going on there. But the potential is there, and the character writing and art are really strong, so I’ve got hope.

    This first issue is a very strong start in character and art, but doesn’t have any strong hooks for the story or plot.

  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    This new run on “Green Lantern” might not be the most heroic return for Hal Jordan, but it’s one that sets up the story to come, and that counts for a lot. This is the kind of comic you’ll want to keep following to see what’s in store and watch where our characters go.

    An engaging start to the latest “Green Lantern” story, bringing Hal Jordan back to his roots for better or worse, and supported by great artwork and colors.

  • 75

    COMICON

    Overall, it’s a very fun issue. Even with its flaws, it’s more than worth checking out, and I hope it maintains it throughout.

  • 75

    Zona Negativa

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Green Lantern #1 gets the job done with bringing a much-needed back-to-basics direction for Hal Jordan’s character. Jeremy Adams lays the groundwork for a refreshing take on Hal as we see where he fits in a world that has seemingly passed him by. Xermanico solid artwork solidified this as a good start to the new Green Lantern ongoing series.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    The direction they seem to be taking Hal in this series feels like the kind of breath of fresh air that the character desperately needed. But, for better or worse, the creators decided to “borrow heavily” from a movie featuring a character in a similar position, rather than putting him into a scenario unique to Hal. The action scenes are fun and splashy and we even get a moment of actual heroism as opposed to people just fighting it out. They have some ground to make up, but this issue shows a lot of promise for the series as a whole.

  • 70

    Razorfine

    Relaunching the title with Hal Jordan as the only Green Lantern of Earth, the new volume of Green Lantern starts off in the aftermath of recent events with the Guardians of the Universe still missing and Earth declared unsafe and no longer under the Green Lantern Corps protection by the United Planets. Thumbing his nose at authority, not for the first time, Hal Jordan has come home to a world where fighter pilots have been phased out where Carol Ferris has moved on and his fellow Earth Lanterns have been assigned lightyears away. Except for John Stewart who appears to also be on Earth?

    Although the shift back and forth from one month ago to present gets annoying, the issue succeeds in setting the stage and tone of the new series. I would like to see a little less mopey Hal in future issues, but the story serves a purpose in these early issues. I was far less interested in the B-story involving various other Lanterns and the Revenant Queen.

  • 70

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Well, Hal Jordan is back and by the look of it he is the Hal Jordan of the mid to late 1980’s version. The Hal Jordan we are presented with is fun-loving but borderline arrogant. He’s still trying to woo Carol back even though she has moved on. Jobless, Hal is hitting up Ferris Inc. for work.This Hal relies less on the ring and more on his machismo. Which is pretty much where we were during the 1980’s. Villains and hints of villains are dropped through out the story. And while I am glad that Jeremy Adams’ has been given the opportunity to cut off a good portion of baggage that has been attached to Green Lantern over the years, I have to say that I was never a big fan of Hal Jordan during that timeframe. It also can be said that the 1980’s Hal Jordan is much better than a lot that came after.

  • 55

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    An interesting read for a book that probably should be called The Green Lantern Corps. The main story was interesting, but was more soap opera than action despite the ending. The back-up tales featured John Stewart and Guy Gardner, both portrayed very differently in terms of where they are in Dawn of DC, but neither was an intriguing tale. The art teams were the strength of this issue.

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