Green Lanterns #1
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Green Lanterns #1

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Robson Rocha Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 15, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 47
7.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

"RED PLANET" chapter one
New Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz promised to protect others in brightest day or blackest night, but as "Red Planet" begins to rise, the partners find themselves confronted with a unimaginable threat from Bleez and the Red Lanterns!
THEY SAID IT: "I am psyched for GREEN LANTERNS!" says writer Sam Humphries. "Myself, Simon, and Jessica are all new to the DC Universe. We're gonna have a blast exploring it-if we don't destroy it first."

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 26, 2016

    A good start that establishes both characters clearly and the threat they face. I'm slightly concerned about the villain's goal being similar to a recent story, but I'm such a Lantern fan I'll follow this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 15, 2016

    This is quite an exciting start for Green Lanterns and a strong first issue. The buddy cop formula works incredibly well and Humphries has himself one complex and compelling story on his hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 24, 2016

    The ending of the book debuted a new power for one of the Lanterns that gave us a chilling look into the future of the series. It really helped tie up Green Lanterns #1, and turns up the anticipation levels pretty high. Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are most definitely our favourite underdogs of the DC Universe so far. They're easily the most interesting dynamic duo since Batman and Robin, without the sidekick element. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Jun 16, 2016

    While I normally hate jumping into anything when it's been playing for a while, I'm glad I could honestly jump onto Green Lanterns #1 for the ride. The Red Lanterns elements in the story left me wondering if I should have jumped on the wagon earlier (and if so, exactly when). I'm glad I added this title to my pull list, for $2.99 it is money well spent. This leaves me curious about the other Rebirth titles and if I should be trying other titles something else on the lineup [Editor Note: That's the general feeling DC was going for with Rebirth! Try some other titles and see if you like them]. Whether I try another Rebirth title or not, I'm hoping this series keeps me as excited moving forward as I was for this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Enrique Rea Jun 15, 2016

    Green Lanterns, for the most part, is accessible and completely engaging. It's compelling and addictive. It features two grossly underused characters of color that shine brightly together and are off to a perfect start. Humphries, Rocha, Leisten, and Blond make this title hard to ignore and definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Jun 19, 2016

    This was a great first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 16, 2016

    I liked Robson Rochas artwork. Its not special but solid. His figure have that early Image Comic rage thing but with better anatomy! Hes also a decent storyteller. The colours were a bit too bright and muffled the artwork in places though. It was often difficult to quickly differentiate Green energy from the figures or the refracted light from props and surrounding characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Brandon Davenport Jun 15, 2016

    DC seems to be on a good streak starting with their Rebirth event. They keep their stride going Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui Jun 19, 2016

    Normally, I find set ups hard to do for GREEN LANTERN related series (well unless it's by Geoff Johns). Usually, the character backstory is thin and the threat or villain is too strong or too ridiculous. However, this is not the case with GREEN LANTERNS #1. This issue retains the rich backstory of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz and puts these two complicated characters against a threat that will evolve in parallel with the characters' evolution. Going forward, I can't wait to see more of the Red Lantern's plans for Earth and how Cruz and Baz will get along. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Jun 15, 2016

    Green Lanterns #1 is a solid start to the series. It's an invigorating, if slightly rough-around-the-edges, return to form for the title and holds a lot of promise for the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - John Newby Jun 15, 2016

    Green Lanterns #1 may not quite hit the highs of some other recent releases, but dont worry too much about that. The story is a solid start, albeit one that moves too quickly at first, and it seems to be setting up one of the more interesting arcs. The art is the best part of the issue so far, but the story could definitely catch up as the issues continue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 17, 2016

    Now that Humphries is flying without Geoff Johns, he has seemingly proven he has what it takes to guide the franchise. Many definitive GL arcs have been written in the past decade, so he has no choice but to attempt to fill big shoes considering that he is laying groundwork for something truly grandiose. This didn't impress me as much as the preceding one-shot, but it's enough to make readers double dip. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 15, 2016

    “Green Lanterns” #1 is a fine start that while not perfect, is still more than enough to keep readers engaged through this first story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 15, 2016

    Green Lanterns #1 is a very solid opening offering. The issue gives readers a good idea of what's coming down the pipeline, without distracting the reader from the action on the page. The issue is geared more towards longtime readers, which is great, since so many other books are gearing more towards newer readers. The only real problem is that it feels like it gets into the story a bit too quickly. There is some character development, but it might have been nice for things to have a bit slower pace. Regardless, this is a solid opening issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jun 15, 2016

    Despite my dislike that the Red Lanterns will be the primary focus of the series initially, my hopes that Simon and Jessica dynamic will carry the book going forward has been ignited. A very promising start for a new series featuring new characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - John Wallace Jun 15, 2016

    Overall, this is a solid first issue. Its generally well written and certainly well-presented artistically. Sure, it's let down a little by the slightly one-dimensional relationship between Jessica and Simon, but this is only the first issue, (the second if you count Rebirth) so there should be plenty of time and scope for Sam Humphries to bring more depth to their relationship. However, if not done quickly enough, this could rapidly descend into the unremarkable pit of Buddy Cop despair. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jun 16, 2016

    It's refreshing seeing two rookies playing at being superhero, without all the usual baggage (Jessica basically shrugs off the Emotional Spectrum in the book's first page). Their dynamic is entertaining too, mirroring any antagonistic (but probably, eventually buddy) partner relationship you've seen in movies like Rush Hour. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Jun 17, 2016

    Green Lanterns #1 is a solid start to this new series, with the creative team leaving me excited to read more of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz'tale. Add to this the scheming of Atrocitus as well as the character chemistry and there's no reason why you shouldn't pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 15, 2016

    Overall, this is a good first issue. If the writer and artists can maintain the quality shown in this initial outing, then Green Lanterns will be an enjoyable series to follow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 18, 2016

    An interesting start, but a few too many moving parts getting introduced all at once. I like the Baz and Cruz team, though... Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2016

    Rage Planet ends on another solid, cliffhanger note. Humphries probably reached into the somewhat obvious cliche too soon. Hopefully he's got some other tricks in his bag to keep the title moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 15, 2016

    All in all, Green Lanterns #1 is a more grounded take on a usually bombastic series, utilizing mob and murder imagery alongside the delightfully wretched-looking Red Lanterns to gruesome effect. An obvious pick-up for fans of the departed Red Lanterns ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 15, 2016

    While I do think that a lot of things were thrown at us a little bit too soon with this issue because of how much I was wondering what the hell everything meant, I did have fun reading it and loved how well our Lantern heroes are working together now that the bickering is low key and how we got to see what was going on with our heroes through duel captions that gave us a little more insight.  The art and colors were fantastic and I can't wait to see how some of the stuff in this issue is explained because while I can't say that I understand everything right now, I can tell you that it's got me intrigued.   Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 15, 2016

    The first issue is a good, not great, one that dives into setting up what's coming up for the series. It looks to dive pretty deep into the Lantern myth. That might not be great for new readers, but for long time readers, this should feel like a continuation of things that have come before. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jun 21, 2016

    It's a valiant effort to give Sector 2814's B squad some real screentime, but there really needs to be more right out the gate to make us care. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 16, 2016

    New-to-DC writer Sam Humphries seems very at home with his new Lanterns, and clearly doesn't need Geoff Johns around to tell a decent Green Lantern story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Karen O'Brien Jun 15, 2016

    Overall, "Green Lanterns" #1 is a solid introduction to the series, but it will probably appeal more to seasoned Lantern readers who familiar with the capabilities, motivations and conflicts among the different colored rings than to rookie readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 15, 2016

    Green Lanterns is a tiresome relic of the New 52, operating under the guise of progress. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Jun 17, 2016

    If you're looking for a book to get you all excited about "Rebirth", you're going to have to look a little further afield. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum Jun 15, 2016

    I understand that this is just a taste of what we're getting from the new Green Lanterns series. What I don't understand is why DC recycles old plots and has a lack of creativity when it comes to this series. If I pick up a Green Lantern book called Rebirth, it should be doing something different from what I've seen before. I'd love to see a brand new origin story for a brand new Green Lantern. Say what you want about Marvel, but it takes more chances when it reinvents its characters. If DC is betting on a new set of characters to carry this title than they should go back to the drawing board. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Jun 18, 2016

    Should we continue reading this or not? Well, that's up to you. If you are a fan then give it a go, but those on the fence may want to wait and maybe go for the trade when this arc finishes. I'm not sure I will (at least, not by my own will kidding), maybe I'll give it chance for another issue to see if things improve since things could still work out. Fingers crossed this one finds its footing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 20, 2016

    Green Lanterns #1 wasnt the start of the Rebirth era of Green Lanterns I was hoping for. It is all a briskly paced, disposable Geoff Johns cover song that left me feeling a bit empty, but all that being said, I am absolutely intrigued by the character potential of Cruz and Baz. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Jun 20, 2016

    Green Lanterns #1 has too much past history for new readers who may find the plot hard to follow without knowing a considerable amount of backstory while ignoring enough history to make long time readers feel that what came before doesn't matter.  It's a series built upon a muddled continuity and a forced agenda which dilutes the Green Lantern legacy.  Two out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

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