Pull List: Green Lantern

Wanted to save this for last, but upon finding out about this project my friend asked me to hurry up and do this one so I could catch up on the comic and we could talk about it.

Green Lantern has been one of my favorite superheroes since the day I bought "Comic Book Superheroes" from Scholastic Book-Mart as a child. He was a hero who could literally create whatever he wanted with his mind--to children, who have the most vivid imaginations of all, that's concentrated awesome.

I was initially against this latest volume of GL as they swapped out my favorite Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, for the current (and past) protagonist, Hal Jordan, but I was eventually dragged back in with the promise of a gigantic battle between Green Lanterns and GL villain Sinestro's personal army.

From there, the story only grew and expanded, fleshing out into a full war across the universe between seven factions of different Lanterns, powered by the primary emotions of the universe. (That sounds weird, but when you think about it, what's the first, most pure form of energy that humans learned to tap into? Emotions. So these Lanterns--all of them--are using the most primal form of energy ever created.)

Green Lantern is one of the single most consistent series in comics, month to month, with the same writer (Geoff Johns) having worked on it every month for the last five years, and he has no intention of slowing down anytime soon, as he's creating yet another epic story inside the Green Lantern universe as we speak. Geoff has almost singlehandedly taken Green Lantern, who I had to begrudgingly admit was a B-List hero, to one of the top-selling comic books month in and month out, a task most people would've thought impossible five years ago.

It's also one of the most gorgeous comic books, maintaining a level of quality across it's five years of existence that's unsurpassed by most ongoing series, from it's previous regular artist Ivan Reis, to it's current artist Doug Mahnke, each issue is a joy to look at.

With a series that's full of epic stories, interesting characters, loads of world-building, and the feeling like the biggest story is always yet to come (and the last one was already awesome), the only reason I haven't caught up on this already is because I was attempting not to do so until I wrote this. Well. That's taken care. Time to see what the Entity of Hope can do!


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