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Showcase Presents Green Lantern Vol. 5 Paperback – May 3 2011

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Green Lantern Volume 5 - Contents May 3 2015
By Bowman - Published on
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As incredible as the more recent “Rebirth” of Hal Jordan has been these are the emerald tales of my youth. It was nice to see the content return to the approximate benchmark of 500 pages and they were still being reprinted in black & white. And yes there is a heavy political nature in many of these stories but this just reflected the social turbulence of the day.

In the particular case of this fifth volume I think the more you remember the early 1970’s the more you appreciate these tales. It’s true that the straight–laced character of Hal Jordan may have seemed foolish at times but this provided a necessary foil for the more liberal Green Arrow to play off of, and as such, allowed for a unique point–counterpoint concerning issues of race, poverty & drug abuse. The back cover reads;
“After facing down countless extraterrestrial threats in the course of his Silver Age adventures, Hal Jordan – the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 – turned his formidable energies to fighting a different kind of menace with the publication in 1970 of the now–legendary Green Lantern #76. Written by Dennis O’Neil and drawn by Neal Adams, this issue launched one of the most celebrated runs by a creative team in the history of comic books.”

“Over the course of more than a dozen issues, O’Neil and Adams directed the Emerald Gladiator and the hot–headed Green Arrow as they tackled some of America’s most vexing social problems –– in the process fostering a new and urgent relevancy within the super–hero genre. Now all thirteen issues [1] of O’Neil and Adam’s GREEN LANTERN run are collected here, together with O’Neil’s subsequent Green Lantern backup stories from the Flash #217–246, featuring art by Adams as well as Dick Giordano, Mike Grell and Dick Dillin.”
[1] Green lantern #76–87, 89


* Issue #88 is not included here as it was largely a reprint necessitated by the series impending cancellation and deadline issues.

* Be aware that these iconic issues are in other collected Green Lantern / Green Arrow volumes.

* By focusing on Green Lantern this product description omits proper acknowledgement of the landmark issues #85–86 (summer / fall 1971) that revealed Green Arrow’s sidekick Speedy was a heroine addict. This tale “Snowbirds Don’t Fly” came out just a few months after Marvel Comics had focused on the drug addiction of Harry Osborn in Amazing Spider–man #96–98. Today the “Comics Code Authority” approval stamp is a thing of the past, but when it was learned back then that these issues were not officially sanctioned, this was a stunning revelation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Decent artwork, but really heavy on liberal politics March 4 2015
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Like my headline says, the artwork is pretty good, but MAN is Denny laying it on thick with the political slant. As I was reading this and saw the iconic elderly black man coming up to GL and asking him "What have you done for the black skins?" my response was "What exactly do you want him to do? Eradicate poverty, which has been the default condition of humanity since the beginning of time? Get rid of drug abuse? How, exactly, are we going to make people stop wanting drugs, aside from what normal people w/out magic rings can already do, like arrest and/or treatment? What about political corruption? Do we need someone w/ a magic ring to arrest bad businessmen who make corrupt deals with politicians, or can we do that ourselves?" In case you weren't aware, GL DID did eventually try to right every wrong: It was called Zero Hour, when he tried to take over the universe and the timestream to make sure all the bad stuff never happened. Is that what we want? Someone who takes over the world and FORCES us to do things his way? How's that worked out so far in history?

See, that's the problem when you let your personal politics get in the way of a good story. Superman or GL or Martian Manhunter can stop an alien invasion or a meteor about to strike the earth or the sun from going nova, but they can't solve problems like political corruption or racism or drug addiction. If they did, we'd have a dictator from on high, and the comics which present that scenario usually take it as a bad thing, and I agree with them. We have to work on that ourselves, and as long as we're dealing with the crooked timber which makes up humanity,we're never going to solve them completely.

And if I wanted to read a comic book to just make me depressed at the end. . .no, I don't think I ever WOULD want to read that. Why would I? What's the purpose? To get us to realize that racism and political corruption and drug abuse are BAD? No solution or progress ever presented, just despair as we're supposed to wallow in how horrible America is.

Oh and BTW, if our superheroes want to lecture us about pollution destroying the planet, then how's about providing a clean renewable source of energy which doesn't produce pollution and which can actually run a modern society? Was Krypton overwhelmed with pollution? How's about Oa? Or Thanagar? Really convenient that they A) can lecture us about pollution, B) have the perfect solution for us at their disposal, and C) refuse to share it with us. Until you provide us with that wonderful alien technology which makes those bad fossil fuels obsolete, we're going to use what we have, thanks.

Look, I love comics, and they certainly can convey great messages about heroism and deeper messages, but when the writer is so. . .ham-fisted (as another reviewer rightly called this), then it really detracts from the story. If you strive so hard to be "relevant," you're quickly going to become dated and run into some real problems with your story-telling.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Gotta say, my least favorite Showcase Presents GL Volume so far. June 4 2011
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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.
I love these black and white collections it is a easy ... Dec 6 2014
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Keep these coming DC! I love these black and white collections it is a easy and cheap way to read all the comics I never got a chance to read. I would hope they would collect all the Green Lantern Stories from the first Volume of his series like this.
Five Stars April 20 2015
By Brett Sams - Published on
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Good item