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Green Lantern: Rebirth #6
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver and Prentiss Rollins

The rocky ride of Green Lantern: Rebirth comes to its thrilling climax this month with issue #6, and we can now say that we have another great story in the GL canon. Great, but not the best. Still, keeping in mind there aren’t very many truly mind-boggling Green Lantern stories, that’s nothing to scoff at.

Geoff Johns begins his conclusion at that last painful moment where Batman stubbornly refused to believe Hal Jordan isn’t evil. At first, it seems like we’ll be spared this odd confrontation, but Batman won’t let up after Jordan ignores him, and Hal clocks him. Apparently, it’s Green Lantern business, so Jade and Alan Scott cage the JLA to prevent them from trying to help fight Parallax.

But THEN we get one of those fanboy-tastic scenes where the five Green Lanterns take on Parallax, each in his own special way: John using his complexity, Guy sloppily firing raw willpower, Kilowog blasting full force, Kyle surrounding his enemy with his limitless imagination, and Hal focusing attacks with precision.

It’s a group characterization that takes a little liberty with continuity but resolves one of the greatest problems to plague the franchise: how to make a group of heroes with the exact same set of powers each seem unique and interesting.

And, really, that’s what Green Lantern: Rebirth has achieved. It has reinterpreted the saga of the Green Lanterns and only subtly modified the history. Granted, it’s a subtlety that has completely altered certain aspects of the story, but it satisfies longtime fans while exciting new ones.

While the overall story is marred by a slow beginning and Johns’ idiotic obsession with making Batman look like a villainous thug, it works. I still don’t know if the direction being taken for the new Green Lantern is a good one (the return of a certain giant-headed villain), but Geoff Johns has opened his run with an exciting tale and, while Ethan Van Sciver’s art was great, Carlos Pacheco’s will probably be even better.



Jason Schachat

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