Green Lantern #1
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Green Lantern #1

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 17
7.8Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

The red-hot GREEN LANTERN team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke introduce an unexpected new Lantern.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 14, 2011

    Sinestro is a freaking Green Lantern. It's such an insane idea yet the set up is perfect. Sinestro hates the Lanterns and wants nothing to do with them. Hal Jordan loves being a Lantern yet was kicked out (and now powerless). Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke return to the series in the 'New 52' relaunch but it feels like this could have easily been Green Lantern #68. Long time readers will rejoice to see the events continue along with tiny updates on some of the characters. As for new readers, this isn't the perfect jumping on point for new readers as intended with 'The New 52." It's not impossible to pick up. New readers may know who Sinestro is from the movie and there is explanation through dialogue. Personally, this is exactly what I would want in the series. I have no idea how Sinestro as a GL will work and from what we see here, it's going to be great to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    A Comic Book Blog - Mason Moyer Sep 20, 2011

    Overall I'd have to give the team some props for putting out a higher-standard book than they had in the past, with a renewed focus on Hal, a strong layer of foundation for what's coming, an added complexity to the characters and status quo, and a story that draws you in steadily until it can sink it's claws into you on the last page. Definitely worth picking up. Only reason it's not getting 100 is because this isn't the blow-your-face-off- story a score of 100 deserves. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 19, 2011

    Doug Mahnke is a pro and I have always loved his work from the day I saw it in the first Mask mini-series. His work is crispier than before and at times, I found myself wondering if it wasnt Patrick Gleasons work. Gleason worked under Mahnke for years, so its interesting to see the master allow the student to inspire him. But its ll good including hints of Steve McNiven. Its sweet and crisp. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 17, 2011

    If only all the comics out there had that problem... Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 14, 2011

    The best thing Johns does in this book is show Hal trying to cope with regular life. It brings an important balance to the incredible notions of magic rings, immortal overseers of the universe and other fantastic elements inherent in the property. More importantly, though, it gives the reader something with which to connect on a personal level. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Feb 5, 2014

    Overall, this is a steal with two comics in one. the reader is given a great story that has some consequences with the future of Earth. Anyone who has not been reading Red Lanterns might want to start picking it up after seeing what it is capable of in this double issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Brian Russell Sep 18, 2011

    It's hard to really gauge where Johns plans on taking thestory after this issue, but it is certainly indicative of how well Johns knowshis characters. The relaunch may have messed with a lot of the DCU, but the Green Lantern series appears to haveemerged from the chaos unscathed and ready for a whole new volume. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 16, 2011

    Sinestro flees from OA as he searches the galaxy for a way to rid himself of the ring. Meanwhile, on Earth, Hal Jordan is adjusting to life after the Corps. His bills are past due and he is months behind on his rent. He comes to realize how difficult his transition back into civilian life is going to be as he might have to get a 9-5 job in order to make ends meet. After Jordan explores a few options that are no longer available to him, Sinestro appears on the final page and makes Hal an offer that he better not refuse. Geoff Johns penned a great script which really conveys to the reader the difficulties Sinestro and Hal Jordan are facing and the art work was excellent, especially the last page as you feel as if Sinestro is right in your face. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 14, 2011

    Green Lantern is a really solid book with plenty of humor and action as the stage is set for new events to unfold. I think it gives the audience just enough information that new readers or old readers who have fallen out can pick it up and get into it. Yes they will feel left out of the loop but nothing seems crucially important to know. For existing GL fans who have followed everything to this point, well, is there really anything to say there? Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 14, 2011

    By all accounts, the issue doesn't get very far, but it sets some very substantial storylines in motion and generates a great momentum. Unscathed from the relaunch, it just goes to show: if it ain't broke" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 20, 2011

    Doug Mahnke is still on the book as well, and he's still doing good work, although for the first time I'm noticing that his Earthbound scenes aren't quite as good as those in outer space. The ordinary humans, the talking heads stuff doesn't look quite as good as the scenes of action, in outer space, or with assorted aliens. Not bad, just not as good. It's a very nice launching point for this book, highly entertaining, and a relief for fans who didn't think there was anything wrong with this franchise to begin with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Sep 16, 2011

    Green Lantern #1 was a great way to kick of the relaunch of one of DC's most popular books.  There's a lot of action and humor with enough plot and characterization to make the book a fun read.  Green Lantern is my favorite book and this first issue left me very satisfied.  Four out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 15, 2011

    Overall, Green Lantern feels revived. I have a renewed sense of excitement with this title, especially after the cliffhanger and I can't imagine a new reader feeling any differently. If you are looking for something out of the "new 52" to pick up I think this is a great one to take a look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Dec 3, 2011

    You know what a bad-ass Green Lantern villain you are when you grace the cover of the first issue of a new monthly Green Lantern series! You the man Sinestro (or at least the alien). Written by Geoff Johns whos an old soul when it comes to anything Green Lantern and illustrated by Doug Mahnke whos no stranger to Green Lantern either. Good stuff! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Sep 18, 2011

    The art by Doug Mahnke is pretty good. Clean lines and he draws good looking humanoid aliens. The colors by David Baron are vivid and consistent between the green and yellow lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 14, 2011

    While nothing universe-shattering happens in this first issue, it effectively sets the stage for the shenanigans to come. More than anything, it allows the reader to take a deep breath after the ten-issue war story and focus on a more nuanced, personal story featuring the always-entertaining rivalry between Hal and Sinestro. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 14, 2011

    This may not be the greatest of the new releases, but it is enjoyable, entertaining, and fast-paced. In other words, it is everything that a comic book should be. Given the relative fame splashed upon Sinestro this summer, this book should draw in a casual fan or three and it appears ready to reward them nicely. Veteran "Green Lantern" readers are sure to find a great deal to enjoy. I certainly did. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Sep 28, 2011

    So, in the case of this series, the DC relaunch did its job. Green Lantern has a new lease of life. I thought this would be my last issue, but my interest in the character and the mythology has been revived. Im back onboard, Geoff. I hope what youve got coming in future issues is able to keep me there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - 600WPMPO Feb 18, 2012

    The miserable lives of Sinestro & Hal Jordan make up for an interesting storyline that looks certain to entertain green lantern fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 16, 2011

    Green Lantern #1 continues the cosmic opera that is Green Lantern as Geoff Johns continues to have a clear minded course to where he wants to take the franchise. In the process this comic does not read as new reader friendly as the rest of the relaunch books that are part of the DC Comics New 52. As a fan who has followed the Green Lantern series since Johns original relaunched the series 6 years ago I enjoyed this issue. Unfortunately I cant recommend this book to new readers. Instead I recommend picking up Green Lantern #1 only if you have read Geoff Johns previous work on Green Lantern. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 11, 2012

    "Green Lantern" has had its peaks and valleys as of late, but it feels like "The Secret of the Indigo Tribe" is bringing the title back to its strength again. The lead-up to "Blackest Night" was full of mysteries being revealed to the reader, and it was fun to watch scraps of information come together. That's what we're seeing here, and it's a good thing. More like this, please. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 17, 2011

    So, overall, this first issue is enjoyable, but the buildup of the new 52 really did get my blood pumping for what was in store for Green Lantern. I trust Geoff Johns; Green Lantern has been his baby for a REALLY long time so Ill trust him to deliver some incredible stuff. Fingers crossed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 19, 2011

    Although I'm a big GL fan, it felt Johns had long ago tapped the good Green Lantern stories he wanted to tell. I wasn't expecting much from this first issue, and I'm glad I was wrong. I don't know how long Sinestro is going to hold onto his ring, or how long it will take before Hal Jordan recovers his, but I'm willing to stick around to find out. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - OtterDisaster Sep 15, 2011

    While it didn't blow me away this was a good re-introduction to Green Lantern. I finished the issue wanting to know more. That's the point of the New 52 so the story did the job it set out to do. I think a lot of the conflict and interest in this book will come from the fact that neither Sinestro nor Hal like their current situation, and will have to work together to achieve their goals. A good story with solid art earns Green Lantern #1 three stars. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 16, 2011

    While Hal Jordan and Green Lantern devotees will assuredly like this first issue as it carries on existing threads while starting a new story, I hesitate to say it's a good jumping on point for new readers (my stepson saw the cover and I had to give him a 15 minute rundown on why Sinestro isn't a good guy, but also isn't a bad guy). Counter to the rest of “The New 52″ initiative, it's still somewhat mired in tons of continuity for any new reader, and I'm not certain new readers coming from the film will be caught up enough. At the very least the book should have had a preface page, a quick synopsis of what's come before. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 14, 2011

    Even Doug Mahnke is phoning this one in. The art here is boring, so drab and uninteresting I couldn’t believe he drew it. There’s one panel, where Jordan is smiling, that looks like Jordan slipped in Sling Blade teeth. It’s as if Mahnke realized how bad this all was and decided to pencil the story as basically as he could. If you’re new to the Green Lantern mythos, maybe this junk will fly, but anybody who is a long time fan will be bored and more than a little disappointed. Read Full Review

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