Today’s Super Comics — Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6 (2004-05)

Green Lantern Rebirth 1Hal Jordan’s character became a bit of a disaster for several years’ worth of comics. (Though the Green Lantern movie remains the greatest tragedy to befall the character.)

To recap, his hometown was destroyed, he went crazy and beat up his Green Lantern colleagues so he could go yell at the Guardians, the Guardians let him absorb the power of the central GL power battery, Hal became Parallax and nearly destroyed the universe in a company-wide crossover, he languished in the background for a while as a pseudo-villain, he died saving the world in another company-wide crossover, and in yet another company-wide crossover, he became the new Spectre.

And that’s where his character was at when the Green Lantern: Rebirth miniseries rolled around. Hal Jordan, the manifestation of God’s wrath!

Yeah, he needed a rebirth. (But the movie remains worse than all of that.)

Fortunately, writer Geoff Johns came along to untangle this mess and restore Hal as the Earth’s preeminent Green Lantern. Quite a chore indeed, but Johns and artist Ethan Van Scriver succeed in making this deck-clearing exercise incredibly entertaining. Not only do they set the stage for a great run of Green Lantern comics to follow, but they never get farsighted along the way—they make sure the journey of these six issues is a fun ride from start to finish.

This miniseries restores Hal Jordan to greatness and reminds us why the character is great.

Writer: Geoff Johns

Penciler: Ethan Van Scriver

Publisher: DC Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; Green Lantern: Rebirth (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up