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Showcase Presents Green Lantern Vol. 5 [Paperback]

Denny O'Neil , Neal Adams

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May 3 2011 Showcase Presents (Unnumbered Paperback)
Over 500 pages of classic super hero adventure are collected in this valuepriced volume!

Green Lantern – a.k.a. test pilot Hal Jordan – battles evil as a member of the star-spanning Green Lantern Corps. This new Showcase volume collects the famed stories by writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Neal Adams that teamed Green Lantern with Green Arrow, in which the two heroes face issues of the day including women’s rights, political corruption, religious intolerance and more — all while battling evil.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230234
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 16.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Denny O'Neil was the guiding force behind the Batman mythos during the '80s and '90s. He has also penned, amongst others, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Daredevil and The Hulk. Neal Adams illustrated Deadman, Batman, Superman and notably Green Arrow and Green Lantern for DC; The Avengers, The Inhumans and the X-Men, for Marvel. Mike Grell is a comic book writer and artist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gotta say, my least favorite Showcase Presents GL Volume so far. June 4 2011
By J. reed - Published on Amazon.com
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I know a lot of people say this is a must read for the social issues, but I found O'Neils writing to be very ham-fisted, even for the time. We can learn these lessons without being beat over the head with the message. Don't get me wrong the first half isn't all silly or downer material, there are some nice moments, but I did enjoy the first 4 volumes a lot more. Yes, we're back up to the 500 (or, so) page count, thankfully! That helped. I actually preferred the short tales in the second half of this volume (also written by O'Neil) that were culled from the pages of Flash! There we get back into the adventure side of comics and the debut of the Floronic Man as we know him today. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Here is a question you should ask yourself before reading, "Do I really want our main hero to constantly be made a fool by almost every character he meets and especially his "friend," Green Arrow?" For me the answer is no. I found GA to be really annoying in this book. On the bright side, Black Canary's appearances are refreshing. It seems between volumes, GL has become a joke to the masses and nobody, I mean nobody, has any respect for the guy. The villains don't even seem to fear him (and I'm talking street thugs and teenagers.) He's even down on himself half the time.

I was looking forward to the debut of John Stewart, but the Blacksploitaion-like feel ruined that story for me. I also found the Speedy story to be almost laughable for reasons I can't get into without spoiling the story. What saves this book for me, besides the short form stories, is the excellent artwork. Yes, Neal Adams is the standout - and the best artist to work on GL up to this point, but the others in this volume are no slouches either.

It may sound as if I don't recommend this book, but I do. I just want give others a word of note before reading. This is an excellent series and with the next volume I should start seeing the comics I had rolled up in my back pocket as a boy, yay! For more views on the stories in this volume, check out Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection - Volume 1 and Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection - Volume 2.

For people new to DC's Showcase Presents, or for that matter, Marvel's Essential line, these are in black and white. True, this may seem a disadvantage (especially to a hero who's super-power is the color green, LOL) but I feel for those who are actually drawn (no pun intended) to the artwork and not just bright colors are actually getting a better deal. In a sense you are closer to the artist in this format. Sometimes with color you lose detail and depth. Besides quicker volumes and lower cost, we have a much better probability of seeing an entire series printed. I'm still waiting for Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Volume 3.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Brings me back to 70s Aug. 16 2014
By John Franquiz - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent. Brings me back to 70s. Oneil is king
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read that dealt with controversial issues May 8 2011
By Sajid G. Mulla - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must read because this collection dealt with something that was very controversial at the time racism and drug use. You have to understand back then you had a clash of generations that abhorred drug use and a rebelling youth that used drugs to defile their elders and the DC Universe did something which was ahead of its time and actually talked about it. Green Arrows ward Speedy was addicted to drugs and Green Arrow brushed him off which made them part ways which is reminiscent of the problems of the youth of today his words still echo of the problems that youth had at that time had and still do today as mentioned below:

I'm sharing a very small piece of the pain I've just gone through these past few days. The kind of pain thousands of kids are going through every day because an uncaring and unthinking society turns its back on them. Drugs are a symptom... and you... like the rest of society... attack the symptom... not the disease! But this symptom is worse than most -- it maims... it pains... it dims you. It drives you to the edge of insanity and over... and one day ends your trip on a slab in the morgue... with a tag around your toe.
-- Speedy

Another thing about this volume is you can pick it up and relate to it you do not need to know about the back-story of the Green Lantern or Green Arrow to appreciate the content matter. I didn't know much about Green Arrow and I still enjoyed the stories.

Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern plus Green arrow team up and travel America to combat Racism, Corporate Corruption which is eerily reminiscent about the issues of today!

Up until now Green Lantern believed in right and wrong there was no gray area until now which effected his power ring, abilities, and falling out with the Guardians of the Universe.

A definite must read I read 350 pages today and plan to finish it soon because its hard to put down. With quotes from famous writers like Hemingway its certainly have something for all. Glad I pre-ordered this and why are you still reading this pick it up and see for yourself.

With the new Green Lantern movie coming out you can pick this up and understand a little about the character if your not already familiar with Green Lantern.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst wtiting ever!!! April 29 2014
By Charles Kiker - Published on Amazon.com
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It was one continous boreing story.Green Arrow was worst then any villian,other four books were great Denny O'Neil ended Green Lantern Horrible writeing!!!
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the real reason to by this book June 16 2011
By Philip A. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I know everyone who has posted a review has gone about how this reprints the classic Green Arrow book by O'Neil. That story line was great but has been reprinted in much better formats. I thought the story continude but instead I found it did not contain the second green lantern green arrow story line the one I really would like to see reprinted

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