December 19, 2005 | Trades
Green Lantern: Rebirth
Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver
**** 1/2 (out of five)
So just how do you redeem a mass murderer?
Turns out you just blame it on a big, nasty demon-thingee.
Orchestrating the return to the DC Universe of the silver age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan — who had turned evil and slaughtered the GL Corps, reformed and died saving the universe and then had his soul merged with the Spectre, the spirit of vengeance — was a very tough task.
How could you bring him back to life? What could make the other heroes of the DC Universe trust him again?
Writer Geoff Johns, along with artists Ethan Van Sciver and Prentis Rollins, did a masterful job of redeeming Jordan, not wiping out the recent past — particularly by not killing off the most recent GL, Kyle Rayner — and reminding us why the Hal is the greatest and most deserving to wear that emerald power ring.
And on a personal note, my favourite comic character, Guy Gardner, returned as a GL.
Thanks, Geoff. I owe you another beer.