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Green Lantern: Secret Origin

01/10/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Green Lantern: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert. pub: DC Comics. 176 page softcover. Price: $14.99 (US). $18.99 (CAN). ISBN: 0978-1-4012-2017-4.

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The title ‘Secret Origin’ should give you a clue as to what the reprint of the new series of Green Lantern # 29-35 back in 2008 is all about. Writer Geoff Johns isn’t so much reinventing the Hal Jordan Green Lantern but embellishing the little detail that was given back in the 60s.

He touches on a lot of things. Why the previous Green Lantern of Sector 2814, Abin Sur was using a spacecraft rather than his ring to fly through space. How Green Lantern is drawn to OA for a boot camp crash course in how to use his power ring. Why there is a yellow impurity in the power ring even if a point is used to show how it can be overcome. There is also a demonstration that when GL has his mask on no one recognises him as Hal Jordan as the ring changes how people perceives him. Geoff Johns also neatly brings back the original idea that the power ring has a built-in computer relaying info to its master and how to keep your power battery close to hand when you want a charge up. Saying that, as much as I like the idea of keeping it in another dimension, if the ring ran out of its twenty-four power supply and reserve, how could that dimension be breeched for a charge? He also brings in the threads that make sense of ‘Blackest Night’ in the later issues and why the Green Lantern Corps hadn’t recruited a human until that point.

Apart from that, we get an introduction to the young Hal Jordan and his fearless but occasionally reckless behaviour as a test pilot, his family and his relationship with Carol Ferris, Tom Kalmaku and Hector Hammond. Although we only briefly encounter other Green Lanterns, we are given a much longer spell with Sinestro who at the time was the greatest Green Lantern and whose arrogance was always brewing beneath the surface.

Read as a collective whole, this is an epic origin that should fill you in on all manner of Green Lantern things before the film rolls out next year and if it can live up to this origin series then everyone should be happy. The art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert is cleanly put over and the one time that doing colour by computer, this time by Randy Mayor, that can do green illumination well. A great page-turner and well worth you spending some time reading.

GF Willmetts

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