Green Lantern Corps Annual #1
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Green Lantern Corps Annual #1

Event\Storyline: Rise of the Third Army Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: ChrisCross Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 30, 2013 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 4
7.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating


  • 9.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 30, 2013

    The art by penciller ChrisCross, inkers Scott Hanna and Marlo Alquiza, and colorist Wil Quintana is a perfect fit for this huge galactic showdown. Sure, every aspect isn't without minor flaw, but the overall product succeeds wildly despite any errors. The grand battle is executed like the best Hollywood blockbusters while still managing to get in close for the intimate juicy bits. Page after page of payoff makes this an absolute joy for dedicated Green Lantern fans, and the cliffhanger will have you drooling for what comes next. Congratulations to Tomasi and the entire Lantern team at DC -- you rocked the house with the Rise of the Third Army conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 30, 2013

    Green Lantern Corps Annual #1 does a great job finishing up one story arc and starting another. While the entire "Rise of the Third Army" event was less fast-paced as I had originally expected it to be, the conclusion makes it worth the build-up because we've been able to slowly integrate the idea of a hive-minded army of locust soldiers assimilating sentience into the basic setting of Green Lantern series. Instead of "Rise" being a one-month blitzkrieg (like, say, "Night of the Owls"), Johns and Company opted for pacing that made the threat of the Third Army all the more real and disturbing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Vikram Bhargava Feb 4, 2013

    What happens now that Volthoom has broken free? He's mightily pissed at the Guardians for keeping him trapped for so long. What does this mean for the Green Lanterns? These are the questions this issue raises. And what about Baz who's encountering Black Hand for the first time? This is a really decent story arc, and I expect the next one to be equally good. Personally, I rate this above the also ongoing 'Death of the Family' and 'H'El on Earth' story-arcs. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Feb 5, 2013

    If you are a GL fan, even if you don't read the GL Corp, this issue is a must have. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 4, 2013

    A good, sort of, ending that directly leads into the next big story. So, and ending and a beginning all in one issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 2, 2013

    This annual is a surprisingly dense read jam-packed with action, development and great character moments with some good art and colorization. It is a little bit brought down by the abrupt ending, but it is still vital to the Green Lantern experience and I do recommend reading it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 2, 2013

    This was a big, bombastic Green Lantern story, and I've come to love those. Guy Gardner has definitely been the most exciting GL in the past few years, having long since traded in his jerkass persona for one of a no-holds-barred GL badass! He takes the fight straight to the Guardians, and there's one moment where the good guys get a message out to all the free GLs to come in with rings blazing that sent a shiver down my spine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 30, 2013

    This was a fantastic Annual issue, and I love the fact it's not a stand-alone issue and that it ties into a bigger story arc. This really is the issue we've been waiting for as the Guardians and the Green Lanterns go head-to-head. The battle is fun and fulfilling, and the page layouts for the actual battle were pure eye candy. Lastly, the lead up to the next story arc is pretty darn good and it got me very excited to see where this series is going and how it will end.. On the down side, I wasn't a big fan of the Manhunter redesigns, and I would have liked to see more from the Red Lanterns.Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Feb 3, 2013

    Even if you're not reading Green Lantern Corps this book is pretty much a must read if you want to know what's happening next in the Green Lantern corner of the DCU. That's not really a bad thing since it is a pretty cool annual with plenty of high points. Despite a few art boo boos this is a great book - four out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jan 31, 2013

    If you're a fan of the “Green Lantern” line, there are a lot things to geek out over in this issue. Otherwise, it's a fairly run of the mill reminder that, “hey, sometimes comics can just be big, fun, and bombastic, and that's OK.” Just don't expect much else. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Feb 4, 2013

    Clearly, Tomasi was charged with wrapping up all the loose ends, and he does so fantastically, closing the door on a much-hyped, poorly presented "Third Army" story. His story is every bit as epic as it needs to be, and the annual more than an expensive and forgettable tale. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 1, 2013

    As has been the case since long before the New 52 reboot a year-and-a-half ago, just because a new menace looms on the horizon doesn't necessitate that the current menace is neatly done away with. Plotlines from "Green Lantern," "Green Lantern Corps," "Green Lantern: New Guardians" and "Red Lanterns" all come together here and most of the characters are present, making "Green Lantern Corps Annual" #1 truly feel like a big-time adventure that revels in the characters represented. This Annual implements a cohesive bond between the various titles and also sprinkles enough suspense and anticipation while setting some upcoming events and plotlines in motion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 30, 2013

    If GL rings can bring anything into existence, I’d like to will them to force the creative team behind all the books to raise their game a great deal. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 4, 2013

    Green Lantern Corps Annual #1 is kind of a mess, with muddled plot, unremarkable art and an ending that isn't an ending at all, earning a very frustrating 1.5 out of 5 stars overall. There's nothing wrong with another massive war in space, nor with setting up Hal Jordan as the ultimate awesome guy of the whole universe, but this issue feels like it's spinning its wheels, which doesn't do justice to either concept" Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Ryan May 11, 2020

    Another all out slugfest in a GL comic. Very nicely drawn and Tomasi packs this issue full of epic moments, from Kyle’s arrival on Oa, to Mogo’s resurrection, to Guy getting his ring back, and to Volthoom breaking free as the issue ends

  • 9.0
    GL Mike Mar 24, 2018

    A nice conclusion to the "Rise of the Third Army" story arc and lead into the next - "Wrath of the First Lantern." Tomasi brings it all together very nicely. The only thing missing was Hal Jordan. The artwork was also very nice. "Rise of the Third Army" is a classic run in the Green Lantern mythos.

  • 8.5
    JuliusMc Jun 25, 2017

  • 3.5
    VirusVenom Mar 23, 2022

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