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by John Broome, Gil Kane (Cover artist and illustrator)

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Green Lantern Archive 2
By John Broome, Gil Kane, Joe Giella, Murphy Anderson, Jack Adler,
Publisher: DC Comics
Published In: New York City, NY
Date: 1999 / 1961
Pgs: 220

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
The second installment of the Green Lantern Archives. This covers issues #6 - 13 with appearances by Tomar-Re, Pol Manning, Sinestro, Carol Ferris, Tom Kalmaku, the Flash, various members of the Green Lantern Corps, and the Guardians of the Universe.

Genre:
fiction, comics, DC Comics, science fiction

Why this book:
Because I love all things Green Lantern.

This Story is About:
courage, working hard, doing the right thing, duty

Favorite Character:
Hal Jordan

Sinestro. Because he’s a great villain.

I’ve always loved the alien GLs; Xax of Xaos and Chaselon of Barrio III

Least Favorite Character:
N/A

Character I Most Identified With:
I always loved Tomar Re. One of my favorite comic book characters ever.

The Feel:
These early issues catch the wonder of those years in the Silver Age of Comics. Big stories. Big science fiction. Greatness.

Favorite Scene:
The battles with Sinestro.

Hal and Tomar battling the giant monsters on Xudar.

The Corps gatherings.

Settings:
Sector 2813; Sector 2814; Constellation Monoceros, Planet Aku; Planet Xudar; Planet Earth; Planet Oa; the Anti-Matter Universe; Planet Qward; Planet Korugar; Planet Earth in the Year 5700; Microverse; Planet Yquem; Central Power Battery; Planet Spectar

Pacing:
On an issue to issue basis, the pacing is pretty good. The bird issue wasn’t so great, but all the others move along at a page turner pace.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
The issue that centered on when Green Lantern slept with the ring on and dreamed that he turned his friend into a bird. And the power ring turned him into a bird. I mean...even by Silver Age comic book standards that’s gotta be a ways out there, right.

Always thought it would have made a cool twist on Hal Jordan, if his foray into the year 5700 and his relationship with Iona there had resulted in a son or daughter that he would only be aware of when he was drawn through time for a mission as Green Lantern.

Put the Jack Jordan story with the bird story. It’s way too Lois Lane/Lana Lang trying to find out Superman’s secret identity and setting a trap for Clark Kent to fall into.

Last Page Sound:
Love it.

Author Assessment:
Love this team’s work.

Editorial Assessment:
Well done.

Did the Book Cover Reflect the Story:
The covers all reflect well on the stories.

Hmm Moments:
The deep sleep immortals of Planet Aku are a lot like the movie The Surrogates. Considering that this issue of Green lantern was written in 1961, that’s pretty cool.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
real classic

Disposition of Book:
Irving Public Library

Why isn’t there a screenplay?
They could have based the GL movie on one of these for sure. Wish they would have either told a Hector Hammond or a Parallax story instead of mashing them together.

Casting call:
I’m in the minority here, but I enjoyed the casting on the GL movie.

Would recommend to:
kids, genre fans ( )
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