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Green Lantern
Secret Origin


Author: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ivan Reis
Titan Books
RRP: £10.99, US $14.99
ISBN: 978 0 85768 281 9
Available 27 May 2011

Before he became the greatest Green Lantern, Hal Jordan of Earth was just a washed-up test pilot with no way to fly... until the dying alien Abin Sur granted Hal his power ring. Now armed with the most powerful weapon in the universe, Hal Jordan enters into a reality he never could have imagined. Welcome to the world of Green Lantern - from the home planet of Oa to the dark secrets of the Guardians of the Galaxy to Hal's mentor, the Green Lantern Sinestro...

Secret Origins was originally published in comic book form in DC Comics's Green Lantern (volume 4) issues #29-35. This new edition, which has been reprinted in preparation for the release of the 2011 Green Lantern movie, also includes a few "movie preview" pages which includes photos of some of the movie's characters as well as some words on the movie by Geoff Johns and two Green Lantern editors.

The story opens with Hal in awe of his father's job as a test pilot. Hal is there the fateful day his father's plane crashes and he is killed in front of his son's eyes. From that point on Hal's mother forbids him from going anywhere near an airfield - something he ignores, eventually becoming a test pilot himself. When one day an alien vessel crash lands on Earth, its dying pilot charges Hal with taking over his role in the Green Lantern Corps, becoming Earth's defender.

Witness the beginning of the career of the bravest Green Lantern who's ever lived as the secret origin of Hal Jordan is revealed. This title helps you to discover how and why Hal received the power ring. It also helps you to uncover the mystery of Abin Sur's death. This title helps you to find out why Jordan's teacher and mentor, Sinestro, became obsessed with the prophecy of the apocalyptic end of the universe 'the Blackest Night'.

For those who have never been great followers of Green Lantern this origins story will really have you hooked - to the point where you may become a Green Lantern convert.


Nick Smithson

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