Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Geoff Johns, Sam Humphries Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 39 User Reviews: 52
7.7Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Creative powerhouse Geoff Johns puts the ring on again as he, cowriter Sam Humphries and artist Ethan Van Sciver debut a new era of emerald greatness! Rookie Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz tackle the universe's toughest beat: Earth.
HOT TICKET: Geoff and Ethan brought Hal Jordan to epic status with the original GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH.

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 3, 2016

    A fantastic start! The characters are made a team and given a mission. Highly detailed visuals make this one of the better looking Rebirths. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Jun 6, 2016

    This #1 is a great introduction to the characters of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz (who I really like). In fact, Jess had to be the highlight for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 1, 2016

    Having read all of the Rebirth books so far this is by far the best of the bunch. This book establishes the main characters and villains efficiently, but most importantly has written an addictive series right off the bat. If you're on the fence about Rebirth, Green Lanterns: Rebirth is a sure thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 2, 2016

    I do like the art, overall, but it's probably the weaker element of this issue. More than anything, I think that's a testament to how excellent Johns and Humphries' writing is here. Sure, some of the narration is a bit corny, but other than that, I don't really have any issues with the book, and I'm really looking forward to the true debut issue of this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jun 1, 2016

    Rebuilding the Green Lantern Corps will be tough, especially if the newest recruits don't kill each other in the process. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 2, 2016

    Yes, quite a bit of foundation is laid and we are given but a glimpse at the highest of Red Lanterns, who are seeking a new prize that is kept mysterious. Although Johns provides an assist, it seems Humphries is certainly on the right track. This one-shot has given the GL franchise, which I felt grew stale not long after Dark Days, a much needed shot in the arm. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui Jun 9, 2016

    GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH #1 does a great job at introducing and building the two new Lanterns, who have some serious chips on their shoulders, through the writing and art. I also really can't wait to see what's in the Guardian's box and how it will involve Baz and Cruz. It seems like a powerful and desired weapon of some sort, and it looks to be the first test for the rookie Green Lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jun 1, 2016

    While Simon Baz is not at level of development where Cruz is, Humphries and Johns gave us a peak at a character just starting to blossom. Green Lanterns: Rebirth is a must-own for classic fans of Sector 2814.  Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 1, 2016

    As it should, Green Lanterns: Rebirth has me excited to see what's to come and brings the series back to its roots in some way with this team focused on protecting Earth. If that last page and prologue in the comic are any indication, it looks like they have their work cut out for them. The comic has some great energy about it, and has gotten me excited to see what's to come. It passes the torch ring to a new generation of Lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Jun 9, 2016

    We get an appearance from a veteran Lantern informing them that they'll have to work together on their team work (going rather extreme to prove the point by a certain action they pull). The art work from this book makes the characters stand out. We didn't see to much use of the ring being used to create unique constructs which is the most important detail of a Green Lantern book. That's what will really make or break a book, so it will be interesting to see how this team tackles it and puts their spin on it. We got two new Lanterns that are both people of color and our first (official) woman Earth Green Lantern (shout out to Jade). It's going to be interesting to see where the series is taken. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 3, 2016

    Final Verdict: 8.0 " "Green Lanterns: Rebirth" #1 proves there can never be too many Lanterns. Simon Baz returns after too lengthy of a sabbatical while Jessica Cruz returns quickly after last week's "Justice League" #50 and its astounding developments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jun 1, 2016

    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a solid, if somewhat wordy start that has unlimited potential to break through. While Simon Baz hasn't quite found his footing since his introduction, Jessica Cruz is the swift kick in the pants that this franchise needed, coming across as cool and contemporary without it feeling forced. Here's hoping the brightest days are yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 1, 2016

    “Green Lanterns: Rebirth” #1 does exactly what it needs to do. It sets up a compelling story featuring two characters who are still new enough to offer a lot for a creative team to explore.I've never been completely grabbed by a Green Lantern book before but this is the one that just might do it for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 1, 2016

    Green Lanterns has the potential to be the crazy sci-fi buddy cop superhero book you never knew you wanted. Geoff Johns and Sam Humphries set the stage for what is likely to be a fun and action packed series. Ethan Van Sciver and Ed Benes deliver art worthy of a big Green Lantern story and Jason Wright's colors are top notch. The issue gets a little wordy as it has to bring new readers up to date while also establishing the new direction for these characters. Looks like we have yet another Rebirth title to look forward to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Dean France Jun 2, 2016

    Rebirth is a return to form for Johns and Sciver and a wonderful nostalgia trip for Green Lantern fans. However, if you're unfamiliar with the GL lore be aware that there are plot points that will fly directly over your head. That said, with solid writing and beautiful artwork and a final page that will leave you dying to find out what's coming in June's Green Lanterns #1, Green Lanterns: Rebirth is a solid pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 2, 2016

    Newcomers will have no trouble jumping into the story. And old-timers looking for a good place to jump back into the series will find that it's like they never left. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 2, 2016

    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a fantastic new direction for the Green Lantern universe, with the rookie Lanterns getting some well deserved spotlight. The way the creative team introduce us to this also impressed, with the hints towards the future and shameless plug for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps having me hopeful for this rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 2, 2016

    Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 was a pretty good read. It probably wont blow you away or floor you, but it should absolutely get you interested in what is going to happen next. The script by Geoff Johns and Sam Humphries is intriguing enough and its good to see some underused characters get a chance to shine. The pencils and colors are done well in every sense of the word. If you dont like the story, the art alone is worth $2.99. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Jun 5, 2016

    The concept of the ring and the whole Green Lanterns Corps are not my thing, but I'm pretty sure fans will really enjoy it because I certainly did! So if it can grab a non-fan like me this is great way to start a new series. I'm, looking forward to learning a thing or two with this arc continues, which seems to be prepped to be full of surprises. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 6, 2016

    As all the Rebirth issues should do, Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 introduces us to our characters, even giving us a cameo by Hal Jordan, and teasing multiple threats to come including a mysterious artifact and the return of the Red Lanterns. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Jul 18, 2016

    If you are a Green Lantern fan or like me a lapsed Green Lantern fan, especially wishing for some simple Half Jordan action then you'll get this anyway. If you are curious, try it, it might just be the oomph you need to get you hooked. Still unsure about the one shot thing though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 16, 2016

    We're looking forward to seeing them interact with the rest of the Justice League, that's for sure. We're sure that The Flash will have something to say to Jessica Cruz after she saved his life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Eric Bradach Jun 3, 2016

    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a strong start to this promising synopsis. It's going to buddy-cop series but our leads have powers from the cosmic. Johns and Humphries create an engaging dynamic between Simon and Jessica and there's instant chemistry there to hold readers investment. How the two of them will deal with one another while trying to gain a grasp on their new powers should be enjoyable to see play out. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 1, 2016

    While I've been wishing that Simon Baz would get a book all his own, it's even cooler that he's paired up with Jessica Cruz in this title and while they might not have hit it off that great in this issue.......that led to some annoying bickering at times,overall we've got ourselves a series to look out for.  Big bad things are about to take these rookies for a ride and with the teamwork/sink or swim tone of this book, I can't wait to see how our heroes overcome it.  We've got great art and a whole bunch of things laid out in front of us that will set the stage for this series for awhile to come...... and I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 1, 2016

    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a strong start to an engaging premise. While setup heavy, it also contains a strong sense of character, something reflected in the easy, if reluctant, chemistry between its leads. The early lack of a true series artist makes expectations tough to come by, but the overall tone presented here offers plenty of promise going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Casey Walsh Jun 1, 2016

    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a decent introduction to our two rookie lanterns and their future adventures together. Its set up was unfortunately hampered by Johns' need to expand a Green Lantern universe that maybe doesn't need expanding. Only time will tell if Johns and crew can continue to keep the colors from bleeding together as we rocket into the new age of DC comics and Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jun 1, 2016

    A preface that feels only that, Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a solid start and delightfully rendered for its second half. Where Humphries and his art teams take the book next is the true test, but the bones of a great new adventure are here. Time to build a new era of Green Lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - admin Jun 2, 2016

    The Green Lantern titles desperately needed a refresh, and at least on the writing end Johns and Humphries deliver. Uneven art holds the title back, but there is room for improvement when the series regular artists join the book with the proper first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 2, 2016

    While this is a well-crafted issue, it is also a mostly expository one; a mere teaser for the Green Lanterns #1 yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 4, 2016

    Green Lanterns uses its Rebirth issue to set up the new premise, and they're off to a good start. The characters should be fun, and Humphries will hopefully be solid on story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 4, 2016

    Overall, this was a solid set-up issue for a new series. I look forward to seeing if the quality holds up as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 6, 2016

    Both artists put forth an amazing effort establishing the re-energized visual world of Green Lantern, and really, when one is looking at Van Sciver GL artwork, all will be well. My only complaint about this issue is that there just wasnt much of it. The new GLs are introduced, argue, fight a Manhunter training drone, and get lectured by Jordan. I would really like to see a bit more story packed into these Rebirthissues. But where Green Lanterns Rebirth falls short on plot, it makes up for in character as Baz and Cruz are heroes that I want to read about for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Wilson Jun 6, 2016

    A good start and introduction even though it jettisons the "legacy" character for his replacement. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Green Lantern Corps - w-west Jun 1, 2016

    Its just unfortunate that nothing in this issue blows me away and while all the information presented seems like its new reader friendly, it definitely relies on my previous knowledge of the Red Lanterns to care whether they have plans or not. Otherwise, I'd just be looking at two menacing looking aliens sitting on a pile of skulls with their cat promising a Red Dawn. Don't get me wrong, I love that name. The Red Dawn sounds awesome, I just don't think this issue did enough to sell me on it and certainly did not do a good job of distinguishing Sam Humphries voice from Geoff Johns who co-wrote this issue with him. I don't know who did what or how much input Johns truly had, but when Robson Rocha becomes the artist on this biweekly series with Green Lanterns #1, I'll be looking for Humhpries to make me a believer in him and these characters all over again. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 1, 2016

    Humphries is the only creator on this one-shot who will also work on the upcoming "Green Lanterns" series, so perhaps it's not the best representation of what we'll be seeing in a couple of weeks. Still, it's not a bad comic by any stretch of the imagination; it just doesn't quite have the excitement level that readers will expect from these various "Rebirth" one-shots. The core concept of Simon and Jessica being forced to work together is a good one, and hopefully that's enough to bring the audience back to see what happens next. In the end, though, this just isn't as fun as one would want "Green Lanterns: Rebirth" #1 to be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jun 1, 2016

    The art and the involvement of the emotional spectrum have somewhat killed my initial enthusiasm for this upcoming series, however seeing how Baz and Cruz interact with each other gives me hope that it balance out the problems I had going foward. A rough start,but there's always a silver lining. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Jun 1, 2016

    In the end Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a mixed bag with the unveiling of yet another intergalactic threat tied to secret Guardian history.  Simon Baz is given the disservice of having his firmly established Green Lantern resume overlooked in favor of trying to sell readers on having rookie status which, while new reader friendly, essentially tells the long time reader that what they have read before doesn't really matter.  Ethan Van Sciver once again graces the pages of a Green Lantern book with his spectacular artwork, although co-contributor Ed Benes falters with his share of the book.  A generous three out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 1, 2016

    Overall though, I'm mildly interested about what happens to these two rookies next"although the Simon Baz GL has got to stop carrying a gun. Why even do that when he has the most powerful weapon in the universe? I'll never not think that's lame. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Jun 7, 2016

    I understand the desire to bait the hook with these Rebirth issues and to Johns and Humphries' credit, they set a mostly compelling plot hook with the return of Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns, but it's hard to care much when these little seen characters are reduced to little more than loose sketches. DC has tried to gain attention for having a woman and Muslim Green Lantern but by highlighting them, it needs to also establish who they are, not just who they fight. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComickerPerson Jun 1, 2016

    The plot of this was that two grown adults bicker like children... Outside of that, there isn't much. The Red Lanterns are evil again, completely forgetting Soule's excellent run (and the best Lantern run of the New 52).

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  • 9.0
    ockedman Jun 8, 2016

    This issue respects Green Lantern's myth perfectly. We see the first encounter between Jessica and Simon, how they consider teaming-up with someone they don't know. It shows that this series is something new and fresh. The art of Ethan Van Sciver is beautiful so I will miss him, even if the new artists seem great. It's the end of the era by Geoff Johns who redifined Hal Jordan and the beginning of a new exiting one with new characters and threats.

  • 8.5
    Batman is King Jun 5, 2016

    Another strong Rebirth title that does provide a strong characterization of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. Both characters are definitely different from the Lanterns that came before them and they have strong banter with each other throughout. The idea of the two most inexperienced Lanterns protecting earth while Hal and the rest are away does show promise.

  • 8.0
    The Villain Jun 10, 2016

    I have been consistently satisfied with all the DC Rebirth comics that I have read so far. I'm a new reader so they serve as an awesome jumping on point for me. Green Lanterns doesn't set up the characters as well as some of the other titles. Both Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz don't get enough of a story line on their own before they get thrown together. I still feel intrigued by the pair and I'm interested to see where their team up is headed.

  • 7.5
    kfc902 Jun 1, 2016

    Literally a buddy cop story but by the end of the issue it has me interested in what lies in store for our Heroes.

  • 7.5
    TheMatteo0 Jun 1, 2016

    A good set-up for the Green lantern stories to come and an interesting issue overall. Nothing spectacular here, but a solid first issue and plenty of intergalactic goodness.

  • 7.5
    brandongernux Jun 2, 2016

    I thought the start of this book was strong, but it began to become less and less exciting for me to read as it went on. With that being said, I have read very little Lantern books in the past and Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz seem interesting enough for me to want to learn more. I have been very iffy on Sam Humphries before, but I am hoping that this book could change that for me.

  • 7.5
    Joe Jun 3, 2016

    Fairly decent set-up. I like Jessica Cruz thanks to her appearances in Justice League, but I'll admit that I knew nothing about the other guy aside from the fact that he has a stupid mask and runs around with a Glock for some reason. But, to this books credit, both characters are very appealing, having enjoyable personalities and grating on each other, flaws, and even decent supporting casts, with both the Sister and the Government Agent seeming like fun, and rather likable people. This was the book I was least looking forward to in this week of Rebirth, but I'm sold for now.

  • 7.5
    DarioV Aug 8, 2016

    "Green Lanterns: Rebirth" is a promising new start for this side of the DC Universe, with the new Lanterns sporting a fun and competitive relationship and a very interesting menace on the horizon at the end of the issue. The idea of introducing the characters through the voice of the next big villain mirrors the choice made in "Aquaman: Rebirth", and in both cases it doesn't work wonders, but as they came out almost together I don't feel like accusing anyone of plagiarism. The difference between the two books is that while Black Manta is an overcooked baddie with too many stories and failures on his back, the idea of a "Red Dawn" after the Darkest Night and the Brightest Day is genuinely brilliant and makes me want to know how it will pan out. The art is average but fit for a space comic. -Pulling-

  • 7.0
    the green death Jun 1, 2016

    Wanted to love it as I really like Baz and Cruz, but only liked it in the end. Actually, I think it was my least favorite of the rebirth one shots. Still great art and a good set-up, just felt it would have worked better as an eight page preview story than a full 20 page main event.

  • 7.0
    Kitaru Jun 7, 2016

    Not my favorite Rebirth special. Jessica Cruz seems to be a character with lots of potential, but Simon Baz has never been a favorite and this issue has failed to covert. Read if a fan of green lanterns.

  • 6.5
    Gizmo Jun 4, 2016

    There are two artists, one of them is a little bit stiff, but good art overall. The plot hasn't kicked in yet, the pieces are just being set up, this is basically a prelude or #0. I like Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz individually, but their bickering is already annoying, I hope that smooths out because these characters desperately need chemistry if this series is going to work. I've been waiting years for a Simon Baz comic, please tell me it gets better from here.

  • 6.5
    Big Guy 4U Jun 9, 2016

    Decent issue overall. Johns returns to the book that he changed forever, and the one that made him an industry megastar. The premise is simple if not effective. Really not much is shown in this issue. Simon and Jessica get some attention, but nothing much is done here. The story feels rushed. But the thing that brings it down is the art. Benes does a fine job as usual. Nothing spectacular, but his pencils are solid nonetheless. But my god has Ethan Van Sciver's art gotten worse. Ten years ago this guy was one of the best pencilers in the industry. In this issue, his pencils are really dissapointing. I did not like Van Sciver's art here at all. Overall, this was a passable issue. Probably the weakest of all Rebirth One shots to date. If Sam Humphries keeps his attention on developing the two leads and keeping things simple, then this book might be good.

  • 10
    Hilbut Jun 1, 2016

  • 10
    Russell_326 Jun 1, 2016

  • 10
    Bintang Purwaditya Jun 2, 2016

  • 10
    Lotrbruno Jun 2, 2016

  • 10
    Actarus Jun 30, 2016

  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
    drwasheewashee Jun 1, 2016

  • 8.5
    Xtian95 Jun 1, 2016

  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
    Pundo Jun 1, 2016

  • 8.5
    Snapfire Jun 3, 2016

  • 8.5
    JonnyO Jun 4, 2016

  • 8.5
    Howl Jun 5, 2016

  • 8.5
    JacqueK Jun 5, 2016

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jun 5, 2016

  • 8.5
    Rafael Sep 5, 2016

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Jun 1, 2016

  • 8.0
    MichaƂ Dziewit Jun 1, 2016

  • 8.0
    The_Blackthorn Jun 2, 2016

  • 8.0
    Juanpk26 Jun 2, 2016

  • 8.0
    EvilPenguin543 Jun 2, 2016

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    coolguymatt Jun 22, 2016

  • 8.0
    BubbaGumpJedi Sep 30, 2016

  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.5
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  • 5.0
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  • 5.0
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  • 1.0

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