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Showcase Presents: Green Lantern - VOL 01 Paperback – Oct 1 2005


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Oct. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207595
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 16.9 x 25.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,108,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Finally, DC Comics has gotten on the bandwagon and is providing inexpensive editions of its classic comics. I have always been a fan of Green Lantern and this collection delivers. With classic Gil Kane art and written by John Broome, the stories inside are great. It collects the early GL appearances in Showcase comics #22-24 and G.L. #1-17. The classic GL charaters are introduced: Carol Ferris, Tom "Pieface" Kalmaku, the villainous Sinestro, and the GL of Xudar, Tomar Re. It is in black and white, much like Marvel's "Essentials" line, but this is not a criticism. I cannot wait for future titles in this line.
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Amazon.com: 19 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Best Showcase so far Jan. 29 2006
By Acontius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Here's where the "green" Green Lantern gets started. The character of Hal Jordan develops throughout this tome that brings back to life the most mature plotting and themes of any early Sixties DC comics. Because of the interesting writing, this stands out among the Showcase and Marvel Essentials, and so it survives the harshness of black and white.

It is a shame that color is apparently prohibitively expensive. I'm sure, especially with a character whose NAME IS A COLOR, the publishers held their breath when they released it. Yes, I miss the color A LOT, but this and a few of the other Showcases have enough nostaliga and entertainment value to make for good bedtime reading. Plus some of the key background material for Infinite Crisis originates in early Green Lantern mags.

Put it all together with the value, and this is a very satisfying purchase. (Great marketing too--buying a few of these Showcase volumes prompted me to buy a few of the more expensive premium products DC has put out.)

Enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great volume with one obvious flaw Nov. 3 2008
By Matthew T. Weflen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
DC's Showcase Presents series is something which makes this old comic book fan very happy. Presenting 500-plus pages of silver age (or later) comics in chronological order makes for a terrific way to purchase a huge chunk of a character's history for cheap. The catch - they're in black and white. While this is a nice way to showcase the pen and ink artwork of the period (sorry, colorists!), it does diminish a very appealing aspect of comics - especially one like Green Lantern, whose powers and vulnerabilities involve different colors to a high degree.

Nonetheless, Green Lantern Volume 1 is a great buy. It's cheap, it's huge, and it presents the character, to my mind, that best exemplifies the period of the early 1960s. Hal Jordan is a test pilot who inherits a powerful ring that allows him to travel in space and join an intergalactic police force. I can't imagine a more exemplary character for an age and a country just beginning its space flights, harnessing new and powerful energies in both war and peace, and attempting to police the world in the Cold War.

John Broome's writing is good, if simplistic in spots (a requirement of the era's Comics Code authority, unfortunately, which restricted violence, moral ambuguity, and all other sorts of things which make "modern" comics so interesting). But the stories still almost universally contain kernels of good sci-fi ideas. Time travel, antimatter universes, shrinking to subatomic size, all sorts of sci fi ideas populate these pages. Younger readers ought to find the stories exciting and entertaining. Older readers might be a bit more bored, but there's plenty of period subtext for the avid student of sociology or 60's futurism to enjoy.

The art is the main draw, here. Gil Kane is unquestionably one of the greats of the silver age. His style here is fluid, uncluttered, and not quite as dynamic as his later stuff, but the elements are there. His layouts and anatomy are still creative and interesting. Watching his style evolve over 20 issues is a treat. Later volumes show his style progressing even further.

In summary, this volume should appeal to any fan of the character, any student of the 1960s, and any appreciator of Gil Kane's art. Since I am all three, this was a certain buy for me. Other than this group though, I would say that this book is appropriate for Silver Age aficionados and bright, inquisitive kids. At this price, it can't be beat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Silver Age Goodness! June 8 2011
By zombie phreak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I started reading Green Lantern comics during Blackest Night, and this was recommended to me by a friend who was an ever bigger fan than I am.

It was awesome to see the origin of Green Lantern in this Showcase and the first appearances of Sinestro, Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris and Star Sapphire. The powers of the ring seem to be all over the place and a little inconsistent, but still it was fun to read.

But be warned that you're going to read the same 2 or 3 editor's notes over and over and over and over again about the yellow impurity in Hal's Ring, and about Carol Ferris.

All in all, I say if you're a fan of Green Lantern, check this out so you can see the origins of this awesome hero.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Must Have! But mistake on p.419 May 5 2011
By Pythagorus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Silver age of my childhood, alive, and cheap. A must have. But what happened to GL? P.418 and p.419 are identical. In other words, p.419 is a misprint, and I don't know how GL gets to the Spectarns at that point in the story. It's impractical to dig through my sealed box of silver age originals in the hope that I haven't sold GL #13 which I probably did years ago. I need a p.419. DC should allow us to download a correction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Sci-Fi Network Oct. 20 2008
By Best Of All - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Capturing the elements of the growing national fascination with science and space, the Green Lantern was a super hero for science fiction, as this stories from 1959-1962 clearly demonstrate.

What is neat about this bulky volume of 526 pages is the inclusion of the seven Showcase (#22-#24) stories, which can be considered as a pilot project for an ongoing series. Test pilot Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan is quickly introduced and the recurring elements in the story lines unfold quickly, especially his pursuit of Carol Ferris, who happens to be his boss.

What is lost in the newspaper-styled reproduction is the rich colors of the comic book artwork - especially in the Green Lantern series, with numbers one to seventeen included here - which actually made it a trailblazer to the graphic novel.

"No Evil Shall Escape My Sight," chants the Emerald Gladiator, though his adventures just may take him out of this world.

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