Monday, December 27, 2010

Green Lantern: No Fear - Review

In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night . . .

Hal Jordan, the most popular Green Lantern of them all, had a brief stint of death in the 90's (along with many other DC superheroes). Brought back to life and made the title character again in July of 2005, "Green Lantern: No Fear" is a collection of the first issues of his new ring-bearing adventures. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke, Carlos Pacheco, Ethan Van Sciver, and Simone Bianchi, each issue has it's own unique art style and direction. Every artist brings their own flavor to the Emerald Gladiator, and makes it feel like a collection of short films done by different directors.

The stories deal with Jordan's return as both an intergalactic officer and a pilot in the US Air Force. Things are made even more complicated when his home town, Coast City, is rebuilt after the disaster that caused Jordan to go insane, become the evil Paralax, and eventually lead to his death. The city is filled with skyscrapers, beautiful parks, and sits right on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The only problem is that no one is willing to live there after Cyborg Superman leveled it, killing all of its inhabitants. Just as much as it's a story about a superhero trying to get back into the swing of the adventuring life, it's also about a man trying to bring people together and overcome their crippling nature of living in fear.

As a huge Green Lantern fan, I thought that this collection was a must have for the new age of "Green Lantern" books that have risen since then. The characters have been really fleshed out and given deep purpose, and the plot lines are fun and often dark in nature.

Readers that I've talked with who aren't big fans of Green Lantern have also found this book to be a great read. A sign that good writing and great direction through artwork can really bring any character into the hearts of readers.

It's an easy collection to find, and I recommend checking out the later collected issues of the new "Green Lantern" series. As well as the counterpart series, "Green Lantern Corps.," which follows the adventures of Green Lanterns Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner across space and different alien worlds.

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