Green Lanterns Vol. 4
Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz both earned their power rings, but are they ready to face the deadly legacy that accompanies them? The very first Lantern—the mad Volthoom—has returned, and his plan to regain the powers he lost billions of years ago leads straight to Earth’s emerald warriors!Before Jessica and Simon can return to Sector 2814 and the comforts of Earth upon completing their Green Lantern training, they must escort a Guardian of the Universe to the ancient Vault of Shadows. But when the Guardian is revealed to be a disguised Volthoom, the ensuing battle thrusts the Green Lanterns into an unexpected journey through time and space! Denied their rings’ full powers, how will they return home in time to defeat Volthoom?Writer Sam Humphries (John Carter, Warlord of Mars) is joined by top-flight artists Ronan Cliquet (ACTION COMICS, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL), Ulises Arreola (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS) and others in GREEN LANTERNS VOL. 4: THE FIRST RING, collecting GREEN LANTERNS #22-26.

Green Lanterns Vol. 4 Details

TitleGreen Lanterns Vol. 4
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 26th, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401275051
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics

Green Lanterns Vol. 4 Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Simon and Jessica finally get some training. Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner step in as drill sergeants and it's a lot of fun. I love that Guy's altercation with Batman in the mid 80's in JLI is still popping up. Then the stuff with the first lantern starts up again. It's really just ramping up for the next book, but Humphries establishes some new elements to the Green Lanterns' storied history. The world building is outstanding. I wish Humphries would take over the other GL title as well. The art i Simon and Jessica finally get some training. Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner step in as drill sergeants and it's a lot of fun. I love that Guy's altercation with Batman in the mid 80's in JLI is still popping up. Then the stuff with the first lantern starts up again. It's really just ramping up for the next book, but Humphries establishes some new elements to the Green Lanterns' storied history. The world building is outstanding. I wish Humphries would take over the other GL title as well. The art is all very good, even with a different artist each issue.
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  • Diz
    January 1, 1970
    This is a bit of a slow volume. Jessica and Simon go through basic training, and there is some backstory for Volthoom the first Lantern. Jessica and Simon's interaction is still good, but there's less of it because they train separately, and they don't appear in the Volthoom backstory. However, it was fun to see Jessica's training because she is being trained by Guy Gardner. The art is still very good. I'm hoping that the focus on Jessica and Simon will be stronger in the next volume.
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  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and amazing world building. World: The art swings from fantastic to amazing and it's because of the constant artist changes. They all bring something cool to the world but it's all over the place, I wish it were not the case. The world building here is fantastic. I love lore and this is exactly what we are getting. We are getting some retconning again with the Guardians and the origin of the rings but I'm okay with it. The piece about the Third World was awesome and all the firsr seven rings Fun and amazing world building. World: The art swings from fantastic to amazing and it's because of the constant artist changes. They all bring something cool to the world but it's all over the place, I wish it were not the case. The world building here is fantastic. I love lore and this is exactly what we are getting. We are getting some retconning again with the Guardians and the origin of the rings but I'm okay with it. The piece about the Third World was awesome and all the firsr seven rings stuff was fantastic. I can't wait to see it pay off next arc. Story: This is exactly what this book needs, training! I have said that these two need training before and the first 3 issues were fantastic and fun and exactly what's great about Rebirth. Guy and Kyle are perfect for Jessica and Simon. They are good characters for training and the training was so fun. The chemistry is starting to be there and the sense of wonder great. The other two issues were great also because they are world building and moving to the next big arc which started after Red Dawn. I like it. Characters: Jessica and Simon are great. They are getting more and more fleshed out and their chemistry is starting to feel real. Have the GL Corps train them was brilliant and the characterization of Kyle and Guy was spot on (I love Lyle). The lore stuff with Volthoom and Rami the rings and the past. So good. A very good arc for this series. I can't wait to see what happens next. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*
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  • Adam Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    Picking up right from the end of the last Volume, Simon and Jessica are flying straight for Mogo, unable to control their flight. Why are they being hauled back to the headquarters of the GLC? Training! Jessica gets demoted to "White Circle" because she has had no official training and thus hasn't earned the right to wear the sigil. Simon has had basic training, but needs much more. Their teachers? Guy Gardner for Jessica, and Kyle Rayner for Simon. Completing their training, they are given thei Picking up right from the end of the last Volume, Simon and Jessica are flying straight for Mogo, unable to control their flight. Why are they being hauled back to the headquarters of the GLC? Training! Jessica gets demoted to "White Circle" because she has had no official training and thus hasn't earned the right to wear the sigil. Simon has had basic training, but needs much more. Their teachers? Guy Gardner for Jessica, and Kyle Rayner for Simon. Completing their training, they are given their first mission: escort Guardian Rami to the Vault of Shadows, under the guise of needing something there to help him restore the rings ability to search for new Lanterns. In reality, Rami's body is possessed by Volthoom, the First Lantern. Volthoom is searching for two things: 1) The First Ring, the power ring he originally had from when the Guardians purged all emotion and consolidated it into one ring, and 2) He needs that ring to have enough power to take Jessica's ring, which is one of the first 7 Green Rings ever created. Within that ring is a portion of a device Volthoom needs to get back to his home, the Travel Lantern.First Ring claimed, Volthoom's body regained, a fight between the 3 Lanterns breaks out and Simon, trying to save Jessica, gets his ring broken. As he struggles for air, Jessica gains power over the Travel Lantern inside her ring, and transports her and Simon away from Volthoom to somewhere unknown. (See next Volume...)The final story is the origin of Volthoom, the first seven Green Rings, and the reveal of Volthoom's dark turn.Overall, this Volume was excellent! Really loving the Green Lantern Rebirth books. Recommend.
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  • Jena
    January 1, 1970
    This gets 4 stars alone for this exchange:
  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    Long gone are the days where the Green Lantern books were the talk of the comic reading community. It can not be stated enough what Geoff Johns did with the Green Lantern mythos. But years after Johns left the series DC Comics writers Robert Venditti & Sam Humphries are building on the mythos and telling compelling cosmic tales that are sadly being overlooked. The Green Lanterns series continues to build up Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz as the buddy space cop team of rookies learning at times h Long gone are the days where the Green Lantern books were the talk of the comic reading community. It can not be stated enough what Geoff Johns did with the Green Lantern mythos. But years after Johns left the series DC Comics writers Robert Venditti & Sam Humphries are building on the mythos and telling compelling cosmic tales that are sadly being overlooked. The Green Lanterns series continues to build up Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz as the buddy space cop team of rookies learning at times harshly how to protect the Earth and the rest of their space sector. In volume 4 of the series Humphries takes Baz & Cruz off planet and straight to Mogo to get more training from the longtime human Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner. Humphries is having a lot fun with the dialogue and showcasing how even though all Green Lanterns have the same powers its the application of powers that differs. The other impressive thing about this book is of course some of the artwork. The art on the "Return of the First Lantern" issue is jaw dropping amazing. I am definitely going to keep and eye out for illustrator, Robson Rocha. The inker and colorist deserve some credit as well. This book has some of the best artwork for any DC Comics series. Humphries is also expanding the cosmic side of DC Comics in some fantastic ways as well. I mean we get introduce to the concept of the Third World which is connected to Jack Kirby's Fourth world. We get introduced to the first Green Lantern corps. members which will probably play a big role in the story moving forward. Humphries has given the evil first lantern Volthoom some good character development as well. There is so much to love about where the cosmic side of DC Comics is going and I hope DC Comics readers will give this series a chance. I am slowly starting to love this book more than the Hal Jordan book.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Simon and Jessica have muddled along enough; it's time for basic training, Green Lantern style! And then, Volthoom's master plan finally begins, and it all leads back to the original Green Lantern rings. Who were the First Green Lanterns?I think Sam Humphries made a good choice at this point in the story; he's mined a lot of the relationship between Simon and Jessica for all it's worth, so bringing the original four Earth Lanterns into the mix seems like a great call. The [Read as single issues]Simon and Jessica have muddled along enough; it's time for basic training, Green Lantern style! And then, Volthoom's master plan finally begins, and it all leads back to the original Green Lantern rings. Who were the First Green Lanterns?I think Sam Humphries made a good choice at this point in the story; he's mined a lot of the relationship between Simon and Jessica for all it's worth, so bringing the original four Earth Lanterns into the mix seems like a great call. The way that Kyle and Guy interact especially leads to some brand new situations that push the characters out of their comfort zones.The Volthoom story has been bubbling for a while now, and it's all starting to come to a head. Humphries introduces the first Green Lanterns in dribs and drabs, which gives this creeping sense of dread, and Volthoom's madness just tips it all over the edge. The final story arc in the next volume really is the culmination of everything that's gone before it.The art is split between the usual suspects at this point, with Ronan Cliquet taking most of the issues, and Robson Rocha returning for issue 25, which looks just as beautiful as the last full issue he did thanks to the great inker/colourist team involved. I wish they'd followed Rocha over to Supergirl, but I digress. This is a very solid looking book, and everyone on the art team performs very well together.We're entering the last phase of Sam Humphries' story, but that doesn't mean the foot is off of the accelerator.
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  • Adam Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Jessica and Simon are recalled to Mogo for training, meanwhile, Volthoom, the first wielder of a Power Ring is back controlling of the guardian Rami for his own ends.Simon and Jessica's training dominates the first three issues and these are interesting bits. It's great to see them interact with the rest of the Green Lantern Universe and the characters who are traditionally associated with the Green Lanterns.Volthoom's story continues in the background in the first two issues and then comes to t Jessica and Simon are recalled to Mogo for training, meanwhile, Volthoom, the first wielder of a Power Ring is back controlling of the guardian Rami for his own ends.Simon and Jessica's training dominates the first three issues and these are interesting bits. It's great to see them interact with the rest of the Green Lantern Universe and the characters who are traditionally associated with the Green Lanterns.Volthoom's story continues in the background in the first two issues and then comes to the foreground in penultimate issue. This is an epic story that goes back to the founding of the Lanterns. Writer Sam Humphries has done a great job slowly teasing this out and there are some key revelations in this issue that set up Humphries' final collection.The art is great as well. I particularly appreciate the versatility of the artist as they are not only able to beautifully render known characters but also species we haven't seen before. Overall, this is another great installment of a superb Green Lantern series.
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  • Ria
    January 1, 1970
    I really need to read more Green Lantern comics, this series is awesome and I want more. The mythology of the first lantern and how the rings were made is fascinating and I love how far Simon and Jessica have come in their own personal journeys. Looking forward to the next volume.
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  • Emmanuel Nevers
    January 1, 1970
    I think its really cool how the two newest Green Lanterns are given stories that showcase the history of the Corps more so than previous Hal Jordan comics. This story arc is fantastic and I'm really glad that Simon and Jessica are so fleshed out now as characters they feel like your best friends that you grew up with.
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  • Jacob
    January 1, 1970
    Public library copy. I wouldn't buy recommend this title, but it's an all right read for a library loan. Sorry, but I've not enjoyed a Green Lantern title since Geoff Johns was the chief writer.
  • Kim Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    I felt that this trade was one of the most solid so far. There is a lot of character development in this one, particularly for Jessica as she's put through basic training with Guy Gardner. It also does a lot to advance the overall plot, as it features Jessica and Simon's first real fight against Volthoom, as well as another flashback issue which further illustrate why the First Lantern has such a grudge against the Guardians.The art is consistently good and the action all flowed very nicely. Rea I felt that this trade was one of the most solid so far. There is a lot of character development in this one, particularly for Jessica as she's put through basic training with Guy Gardner. It also does a lot to advance the overall plot, as it features Jessica and Simon's first real fight against Volthoom, as well as another flashback issue which further illustrate why the First Lantern has such a grudge against the Guardians.The art is consistently good and the action all flowed very nicely. Really looking forward to seeing how this arc concludes in the next volume.
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  • Adan
    January 1, 1970
    Hey! Kyle’s back in his awesome GL suit from the 90s (I should probably read the other GL title at some point)! The first three issues were Jessica and Baz going through Lantern training on Oa, then more Volthoom and first Lanterns stuff. The first four Lanterns they’ve introduced so far seem pretty interesting and I’m not against more stories in which they feature. Also, Jessica gives Guy Gardner the greatest clapback of all time. It was glorious.
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  • Ido
    January 1, 1970
    Lanterns + History = This storyThis story = goodThe history of the first lantran and the "mythology" of the lanterns, the story is fascinating, the art is amazing and I just love this book and I just love this series.Really recommended
  • Lucas Savio
    January 1, 1970
    Omgg n esperava por esse final ansioso de como será as próximas história e interessante como eles estão mostrando as origens dos primeiros lanternas deve ter alguma ligação futuro...nem conheço mas ja queria uma série com os 6 primeiros lanternas imagina só ahahah
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  • Iris Nevers
    January 1, 1970
    [Read in single issues]Green Lanterns is what made me love the Green Lantern mythos and completely love everything that these space cops stand for. It also made me start reading Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps and find some of my favorite Green Lanterns, aside from Jessica of course.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Good improvement. Jessica and Baz get some much needed training. More developent on the Rami/Volthoom story thread.
  • Jon
    January 1, 1970
    Another solid addition, best part was the training of Baz and Cruz on Mogo. Ending was a bit underwhelming but it’s clearly set up to move forward
  • John Funderburg
    January 1, 1970
    Another good volume - I'll be eager to see where Humphries takes it in Volume 5.
  • Dhrutika
    January 1, 1970
    the first lantern storyline is interesting but slow, cant complain though bc the first half with jess and simon training with guy and kyle was awesome. really good character and world building
  • Daniel Butcher
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Really this is setup for a new adventure that does not conclude here.But I liked seeing Baz and Jess making it to Mogo.
  • Adrianne
    January 1, 1970
    actually 4.5 stars
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