Green Lanterns, Volume 1: Rage Planet

Green Lanterns, Volume 1: Rage Planet

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth! New Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz debut a new era of emerald greatness, tackling the universe's toughest beat: Earth. These rookie Lanterns promised to protect others in brightest day or blackest night, but as the "Red Planet" begins to rise, the duo finds themselves confronted with an unimaginable threat from Bleez and the Red L...

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Title:Green Lanterns, Volume 1: Rage Planet
Author:Sam Humphries
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ISBN:1401267750
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:168 pages

Green Lanterns, Volume 1: Rage Planet Reviews

  • Will Robinson Jr.
    Feb 09, 2017

    Beware the RED DAWN!!! Green Lanterns is the first series entry from former Marvel scribe

    . He is not alone in this quest for Humphries is join by artists

    &

    . Two celebrated comic book artist. So needless to say the book looks fantastic. Green Lanterns is more of an introduction to the newest green lanterns of Earth Simon Baz and former Power Ring, jessica Cruz. Sam Humphries gets to cut loose and have some fun with this series. He begins Jessica and Sim

    Beware the RED DAWN!!! Green Lanterns is the first series entry from former Marvel scribe

    . He is not alone in this quest for Humphries is join by artists

    &

    . Two celebrated comic book artist. So needless to say the book looks fantastic. Green Lanterns is more of an introduction to the newest green lanterns of Earth Simon Baz and former Power Ring, jessica Cruz. Sam Humphries gets to cut loose and have some fun with this series. He begins Jessica and Simon's journeys as lanterns by putting them up against Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns. From beginning to end we get a buddy cop action book that sees our rookie Lanterns trying to not only master their rings powers but also learning to get along. If Baz and Cruz can't work out their differences it will only mean the end of the earth. I felt this series was really well done and I was impressed by the ideas the Humphries is bringing to the Green Lantern mythos. The artwork is pretty solid. The colors and panels are just pleasing to look at and really capture the wonder of the DC cosmic universe. I can not wait to read the Phantom Ring story arc.

  • Sesana
    Jan 30, 2017

    I missed when Jess and Simon both became the current Green Lanterns of Earth, or why exactly Hal is off in deep space. I assume that will be explored more thoroughly in his book. I guess how much you like this book will depend on how much you like Jess and Simon, and I liked Jess rather more than Simon. It's not that I don't like him, it's just that he's more or less interchangeable with any number of impulsive young mean I've encountered in fiction, and it's only the exact details of his dramat

    I missed when Jess and Simon both became the current Green Lanterns of Earth, or why exactly Hal is off in deep space. I assume that will be explored more thoroughly in his book. I guess how much you like this book will depend on how much you like Jess and Simon, and I liked Jess rather more than Simon. It's not that I don't like him, it's just that he's more or less interchangeable with any number of impulsive young mean I've encountered in fiction, and it's only the exact details of his dramatic past (internment at Gitmo) that makes him stand out in that crowd. Sure, he's likable, if somewhat bland, but I found Jess and her struggles with anxiety and borderline (?) agoraphobia much more interesting and relatable. The story is could be fairly interesting, except that it felt like it went on for a bit too long. Not the best possible way to start off a new book, but it isn't bad, and I really like one of the main characters. Besides, I want to see where Humprhies is going with Bleez.

  • Roxanne
    Sep 17, 2016

    Whether you like this will depend on two things.

    1: Whether you like Jess & Simon.

    2: Whether you want an easy plot that is quick to get through.

    I really enjoyed this one, i love Jess & Simon i think they're an adorable team they overcome a lot within this volume, and i would say this does focus more so on the characters, giving them depth than creating this huge technical plot. Hal shows up and essentially forces them to work together, and they gotta go up against the red lanterns who ar

    Whether you like this will depend on two things.

    1: Whether you like Jess & Simon.

    2: Whether you want an easy plot that is quick to get through.

    I really enjoyed this one, i love Jess & Simon i think they're an adorable team they overcome a lot within this volume, and i would say this does focus more so on the characters, giving them depth than creating this huge technical plot. Hal shows up and essentially forces them to work together, and they gotta go up against the red lanterns who are making everyone rage, and that's pretty much the plot which might be too simple or just not enough to keep some interested.

    I quite liked the story, and after reading so much crappy rebirth titles i just wanted an easy read, with no double crossing and a plot that didn't leave me with five hundred odd questions.

    I think this definitely delivers a pretty good read, Simon and Jess both have their moments, it's funny and quite sweet as well as seeing Jess and Simon battling some inner demons. Well worth picking up if you're after a more character focused read and i'm interested to see where this one goes next.

  • James DeSantis
    Nov 07, 2016

    This is officially my first Green Lantern book I've read (unless count Omegemen. Which has a Lateran in it...and it's very good. Go watch it.)

    Green Lanterns is the story of two characters, very different, who have to work together to take down the RED. The red are basically filled with rage and want to make everyone in the world fill up with...you guessed it...RAGEEEEEEE!

    Jessica has been a Lantern before, and it seemed she fucked up (again haven't read any other title...this is probably not th

    This is officially my first Green Lantern book I've read (unless count Omegemen. Which has a Lateran in it...and it's very good. Go watch it.)

    Green Lanterns is the story of two characters, very different, who have to work together to take down the RED. The red are basically filled with rage and want to make everyone in the world fill up with...you guessed it...RAGEEEEEEE!

    Jessica has been a Lantern before, and it seemed she fucked up (again haven't read any other title...this is probably not the best idea) and she must team up with none other than Simon...who is basically a man with a "dark" past that makes him bullheaded. Two very different characters now have to stop the world from turning into insane evil rage monsters.

    It's not bad actually. The goods are the art, which I enjoyed. I also love the dialog between the two main characters. Having them back and forth convos, which are mostly humorous, makes it a easy and enjoyable read.

    The negatives really come down to the pacing, it seems off, or rushed. It also wraps up to easy for such a BIG threat. I also didn't like some of the forced background stories making the characters seem weaker when it should be about growth not forced emotion.

    Either way this did get me excited enough to want to continue. I also really should get on that GL omnibus...I will I swear....I just need money...I NEED MONEY...okay I'm good. A 3/5!

  • Steve
    Jan 22, 2017

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

    Pretty good story showing the development of the two newest Green Lanterns from Earth, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

    I'm interested to see what happens with this new rogue guardian and his special ring, as well as the planted rage seed, so I'll keep reading.

  • Chris Lemmerman
    Jan 21, 2017

    The Green Lantern line expanded to an almost ungainly level at certain points of the New 52, with 4 or 5 books running at once. Rebirth strips that back to just two; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, which focuses on the Corps at large (and is excellent), and Green Lanterns, a more Earth-centric book that focuses on the two newest Green Lanterns of Earth, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

    Both had a lot of groundwork laid in the New 52, but were never really explored as characters. Writer Sam Hum

    The Green Lantern line expanded to an almost ungainly level at certain points of the New 52, with 4 or 5 books running at once. Rebirth strips that back to just two; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, which focuses on the Corps at large (and is excellent), and Green Lanterns, a more Earth-centric book that focuses on the two newest Green Lanterns of Earth, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

    Both had a lot of groundwork laid in the New 52, but were never really explored as characters. Writer Sam Humphries really digs into them as characters in this opening arc, as Jessica's insecurities and Simon's overcompensations all bubble to the fore as the Red Lanterns attempt to take over our planet from the inside out. Character work has always been a strength of Humphries' work (see Avengers AI, or Uncanny X-Force, for example), and his insights into what really makes these characters tick drives this story. His Red Lanterns are a little more one-note than usual, but considering all of the over-wrought philosophy that has gone into them in the past few years, having them back to WE ARE ANGRY AND BURN THINGS is a nice change.

    Robson Rocha draws the majority of these issues, with a couple of fill-ins nearer the end. His work is well suited for the more visceral characters like the Red Lanterns, but his facial expressions sometimes go a little wonky. Oh, and Ethan Van Sciver draws the Rebirth issue, because why the hell not.

    Even though Hal Jordan's the GL book I'm enjoying the most, this is a great character-focused book that pairs well with HJ&TGLC's wider view.

  • Chris
    Feb 05, 2017

    The story of Jessica Cruz, the newest recruit to the Green Lantern Corps, elevates an otherwise inconsistent first volume for Green Lanterns. Sam Humphries ensures that his first story at DC Comics is an enjoyable one, but Rage Planet ultimately feels like the writer is still settling in.

    Admittedly, one of my biggest gripes with the book isn't necessarily his fault. The last time we saw the Red Lanterns was in

    , which has been

    completely ignored for Rebirth

    The story of Jessica Cruz, the newest recruit to the Green Lantern Corps, elevates an otherwise inconsistent first volume for Green Lanterns. Sam Humphries ensures that his first story at DC Comics is an enjoyable one, but Rage Planet ultimately feels like the writer is still settling in.

    Admittedly, one of my biggest gripes with the book isn't necessarily his fault. The last time we saw the Red Lanterns was in

    , which has been

    completely ignored for Rebirth. Their leader Atrocitus is still a brilliant, rage-fueled menace and there's a great sub-plot involving Bleez, but overall the Reds lack their previous depth and characterisation.

    Still, even in this lesser incarnation they provide a good challenge for Cruz and her equally reluctant partner, Simon Baz. When a "Hell Tower" spawns on Earth, thousands of humans become infected with rage. With Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps on a mission in space, it's up to Baz and Cruz to work beyond their differences and prove their worth as the Emerald Peacekeepers of Sector 2814.

    Jessica's struggle to overcome her anxiety was easily my favourite part of the story. Not only is she a relatable character for newcomers (as she's still new to the Lantern Corps), but readers like myself who have followed her journey since the New 52 Justice League will enjoy her first (co-)leading arc and it's satisfying conclusion. As for Simon Baz, this was my first time reading the character and despite not being won over by him just yet, there's certainly potential for him to stand out in future.

    Sadly, the artwork doesn't fare as well. Robson Rocha handles the bulk of the work, but with multiple assists. Why Green Lanterns didn't have a fixed second artist like most twice-monthly Rebirth series is baffling, as Rocha's artwork is fairly generic (with some weird faces at times) and he could have easily been paired with someone of a similar style. Fortunately, Rage Planet is at least bookended with appealing visuals from Ed Benes, Will Conrad and Lantern staple Ethan Van Sciver, while ever-reliable colourist Blond ensures that every splash of blood-red Rage and Green Lantern light stands out.

    Overall, this is a solid start for the series in spite of a few flaws (the two leads re-introducing themselves every issue

    to stop) and i'd certainly like to read more. Jessica stole the show for me in this one, but hopefully Humphries will find his groove and capitalise on the rest of Green Lanterns potential next time around.

  • Brandon
    Jan 26, 2017

    One of my favourite new superhero books - mainly due to one of the main characters, Jessica Cruz, who deals with depression and anxiety as a hero who has been chosen because of her potential for great willpower.

  • Yasmine
    Jan 26, 2017

    This Review was originally published

    A few years back, I watched the Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds and honestly, I thought it was really bad. I thought the idea was kind of cool, but the implementation didn’t do it justice. Since then, I never picked up a Green Lantern comic, either because I didn’t feel like reading it or because I’ve only heard negative criticism. Probably because of bo

    This Review was originally published

    A few years back, I watched the Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds and honestly, I thought it was really bad. I thought the idea was kind of cool, but the implementation didn’t do it justice. Since then, I never picked up a Green Lantern comic, either because I didn’t feel like reading it or because I’ve only heard negative criticism. Probably because of both.

    When the Rebirth series launched I was overwhelmed by all the new stories, but wasn’t interested in reading Green Lanterns at first. Then, I kept hearing good things about the rebirth singles and the people at my local comic store advised me to read it. So when I saw the first Volume on NetGalley I gave it a shot and re    quested to read it. And how glad I am, that I did.

    The story of Earth’s two new Green Lanterns Simon Baz (I chuckled at the name because I still can’t get over

    by Rainbow Rowell) and Jessica Cruz is quite enjoyable. Having to fight together against evil trying to take over the world without liking each other can bring some obstacles more, than you’d like. The story had a natural flow, you understand quite a lot even if you didn’t read the New 52 Comics (although, there are still a lot of lacking background information, naturally) and the artwork is pretty good and impressive.

    I think it’s great to see a superhero fighting her anxiety and shows that everybody can be a hero by overcoming their fears in certain situation. Classic interpretation, but the implementation in the story is very important and beautifully done!

    I’m really interested in seeing where the story continues with Jessica and Simon and the rogue Guardian. Maybe this’ll shed some light on the whole Rebirth evolution?

    I’m really glad I picked this up and so should you! :)

  • Sam Quixote
    Jan 31, 2017

    “RAAAARRRGH! My name is Atrocitus and I’m a monster with a red ring. I leads the Red Lanterns!”

    “Ugh, why’re you spitting blood everywhere??”

    “Excuse me but I’m VOMITING blood everywhere and it’s because I’m a Red Lantern – it’s what we do! I want to put a Rage Seed in Earth.”

    “You wanna knock up the planet? That sounds stupid.”

    “It is. And a penis-like Hell Tower will burrow down into the Earth’s egg, uh, core where the Seed will be placed.”

    “Why!?”

    “Prophecy.”

    “What?”

    “There’s a prophecy, dude.”

    “I’ve

    “RAAAARRRGH! My name is Atrocitus and I’m a monster with a red ring. I leads the Red Lanterns!”

    “Ugh, why’re you spitting blood everywhere??”

    “Excuse me but I’m VOMITING blood everywhere and it’s because I’m a Red Lantern – it’s what we do! I want to put a Rage Seed in Earth.”

    “You wanna knock up the planet? That sounds stupid.”

    “It is. And a penis-like Hell Tower will burrow down into the Earth’s egg, uh, core where the Seed will be placed.”

    “Why!?”

    “Prophecy.”

    “What?”

    “There’s a prophecy, dude.”

    “I’ve read the New 52 Red Lanterns books and there’s never been talk of some bullshit prophecy.”

    “It’s called Red Dawn.”

    “That’s even stupider. You know that’s the title of a couple of crap movies, right?”

    “Woah, really? Are they about being angry and wanting to impregnate a planet?”

    “No, that would be immensely retarded. They do suck though.”

    “I’m still going to watch them.”

    “Moron. Wait, why Earth exactly?”

    “It’s the angriest planet in the universe.”

    “And how did you find that out?”

    “…”

    “Tell me this isn’t the whole book.”

    “Hello, I’m Simon Baz!”

    “And I’m Jessica Cruz!”

    “And together we are the new Green Lanterns!”

    “We don’t get along at first but eventually become friends. This is a buddy cop movie, like a superhero version of Lethal Weapon but not as good!”

    “Huh. Well, I guess you two do have decent chemistry and aren’t totally annoying. But why do so many Green Lanterns come from Earth?”

    “…”

    “And I’m a secret Guardian who made a secret super ring – I need to speak to Hal Jordan!”

    “Go away, secret Guardian, you’re meant for later books!”

    “Ok, I’ll go wait in the wings and order a beer.”

    “Hi, I’m Atrocitus and I’ve got some nonsense to spew.”

    “I’ll leave you all to it, I don’t need to hear it again.”

    “Are you coming back to see what happens in the next book?”

    “Yeah, you guys look great!”

    “Did he have his fingers in his ears?”

    “He was running too. I don’t think he’s gonna come back. Did you just spit blood on my spiffy green outfit??”

    “Vomited blood, yes.”

    “Why?!”

    “I’ve been reading DC Rebirth books. I mean, I’m a Red Lantern, it’s what I do.”

    “Do you need medical treatment?”

    “Got any Tums?”

    “No, but I can construct a green one.”

    “Awesome. Ooo, it tastes minty too! So let’s get down to it. There’s this Prophecy called Red Dawn…”

    (Both Green Lanterns vomit.)