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.
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9 of 12 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Decent artwork, but really heavy on liberal politicsMarch 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.
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.
7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Must read that dealt with controversial issuesMay 8 2011
Sajid G. Mulla
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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.