Green Lantern
The owner of the Jade Market has a secret--one that will soon change her grandson's life.Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother's store, where his bedroom is crammed with sketchpads and comic books. But not even his most imaginative drawings could compare to the colorful adventure he's about to embark on.When Tai inherits his grandmother's jade ring, he soon finds out it's more than it appears. Suddenly he's being inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, his neighborhood is being overrun by some racist bullies, and every time he puts pen to paper, he's forced to confront that he might not be creative enough or strong enough to uphold his ba's legacy.Now Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: will he learn to soar above his insecurities or will the past keep him grounded?

Green Lantern Details

TitleGreen Lantern
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Childrens, Middle Grade, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Green Lantern Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Tai is a Vietnamese-American living in Coast City with his multigenerational family. He inherits a Green Lantern ring and all that entails. The art is vivid and bright and full of that signature green. Tai, his friends, and his Grandmother are all well-rounded, fully developed characters.This is the best title from DC Zoom yet. What I really liked about it is that it embraced the Green Lantern history. If this is my introduction to DC comics, I can go and buy some other Green Lantern comics Tai is a Vietnamese-American living in Coast City with his multigenerational family. He inherits a Green Lantern ring and all that entails. The art is vivid and bright and full of that signature green. Tai, his friends, and his Grandmother are all well-rounded, fully developed characters.This is the best title from DC Zoom yet. What I really liked about it is that it embraced the Green Lantern history. If this is my introduction to DC comics, I can go and buy some other Green Lantern comics without getting confused. Both John Stewart and Sinestro are introduced in the book. DC's mythology hasn't been changed or ignored unlike other DC Zoom and Ink books. This is about a new Green Lantern in the larger DC universe and that's how these comics should be. They should be written for middle schoolers but still be part of the larger DC universe, acting as a gateway to DC as a whole.Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    January 1, 1970
    Tai discovers the power of the Green Lantern when his grandmother passes on her jade ring to him. With very little training from the other Green Lanterns, Tai tries to stop vandalism in his neighborhood. But there is an even bigger threat hiding right under his nose, and Tai will need his friends support while he learns to harness his new powers.I loved this comic from start to finish! Tai is such a deep and complex character. His close relationship with his family is at the heart of everything Tai discovers the power of the Green Lantern when his grandmother passes on her jade ring to him. With very little training from the other Green Lanterns, Tai tries to stop vandalism in his neighborhood. But there is an even bigger threat hiding right under his nose, and Tai will need his friends support while he learns to harness his new powers.I loved this comic from start to finish! Tai is such a deep and complex character. His close relationship with his family is at the heart of everything he does, and there is a huge emotional aspect to his story that really drew me in. Tai is Vietnamese-American, and his family heritage is important to him. I loved seeing the rich Vietnamese culture, and the traditions of kindness and generosity in his family.The artwork is vibrant and colorful, with that signature green standing out in contrast to the other colors. I like the sharp lines and clear panels, with lots of expressive reactions from the characters.The plot has plenty of action, backstory, mystery, and even comedy. Tai and his friends are a hilarious trio, and I loved their fun dynamic. There are some very serious and tragic scenes, some heart-warming happy moments, and some funny one-liners that had me chuckling as I read. It's an excellent blend with a strong story-telling style!I really enjoyed this comic/graphic novel! It's perfect for middle grade or teen readers, but adults will enjoy it too!Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
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  • Lost in Book Land
    January 1, 1970
    Hello Again!It's currently almost midnight when I am writing this review but things have been kind of crazy with the holidays and all the other things. However, here I am up late because I have started staying up late because I am off of work for a little while and I am just messing my sleep schedule all up. But I just finished vacuuming my bedroom, making a gallon of tea, and doing some other housework and was like I am going to write some reviews! Once I start wrecking my sleep schedule and Hello Again!It's currently almost midnight when I am writing this review but things have been kind of crazy with the holidays and all the other things. However, here I am up late because I have started staying up late because I am off of work for a little while and I am just messing my sleep schedule all up. But I just finished vacuuming my bedroom, making a gallon of tea, and doing some other housework and was like I am going to write some reviews! Once I start wrecking my sleep schedule and staying up super late I get either really productive and get a lot of work done or play all the games (mostly a lot of sims). Tonight, it's really productive on the work side and this graphic novel was on my list to review (because I finished reading it a few weeks ago and I have been itching to write some thoughts on it).SPOILERS AHEADTai is a 13-year-old living with his family above his grandmother's store, things are not perfect but he likes his life and he loves his family and friends. There is a lot of trouble in Tai's neighborhood. One day Tai inherits his grandmother's Jade ring and turns into a Green Lantern. However, Tai has no idea what that is, what his powers, are, what is going on, or why his Grandmother left this ring to him. After her recent death, he has so many questions and no real answers until he meets another Green Lantern and begins to learn more about the ring and his grandmother's life as a Green Lantern. However, on his way to learning to be a Green Lantern Tai will have to decide if he will become a hero or if he will join the other side of this fight?I have to say I went into this knowing literally nothing about Green Lantern. I had never even seen the movie. Having said that, I think this graphic novel did an amazing job teaching my all about Green Lantern and sharing that universe with me. The illustrations in this graphic novel were beyond amazing and I was constantly staring at them and going back and looking them over even after I finished reading the story. Additionally, I am super hyped to read the next graphic novel in this series because I just want to know more about the Green Lanterns in general and Tai's journey. I think if you are like me and know little to nothing about the Green Lantern this is the perfect graphic novel to jump into the universe with. I am giving this graphic novel five stars on Goodreads!**I was given an E-ARC copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • RedPoppyReading
    January 1, 1970
    Looking for books for reluctant readers or super hero fans? “Green Lantern: Legacy,” by Minh Le and Andie Tong is a fun, energetic graphic novel! This book is a fresh twist on the classic Green Lantern storyline, featuring the first Vietnamese-American Green Lantern. Twelve-year-old Tai Pham lives above his grandmother’s store. When his grandmother passes away, her jade ring chooses him to be the next Green Lantern dedicated to protecting Earth. Tai used his love of drawing to practice his new Looking for books for reluctant readers or super hero fans? “Green Lantern: Legacy,” by Minh Le and Andie Tong is a fun, energetic graphic novel! This book is a fresh twist on the classic Green Lantern storyline, featuring the first Vietnamese-American Green Lantern. Twelve-year-old Tai Pham lives above his grandmother’s store. When his grandmother passes away, her jade ring chooses him to be the next Green Lantern dedicated to protecting Earth. Tai used his love of drawing to practice his new powers given by the ring and confides in his best friends. I love how his friends cheer him on and support him. This is a very upbeat book and a really fun read! Recommended for ages 8-12. Pick this book up when it is released on January 21, 2020. Thanks to @dczoombooks and @dccomics for sharing this #middlegrade book with #kidlitexchange and thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Green Lantern: Legacy through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Green Lantern: Legacy is the latest graphic novel from DC’s new Zoom Series. It’s written intentionally to pull in a younger audience. And that means we’re about to meet one of the youngest Green Lanterns yet. Tai Pham is only twelve years old, but he has what it takes to be a Green Lantern. His whole life he never knew that his grandmother carried such an important job. He had thought she was I received a copy of Green Lantern: Legacy through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Green Lantern: Legacy is the latest graphic novel from DC’s new Zoom Series. It’s written intentionally to pull in a younger audience. And that means we’re about to meet one of the youngest Green Lanterns yet. Tai Pham is only twelve years old, but he has what it takes to be a Green Lantern. His whole life he never knew that his grandmother carried such an important job. He had thought she was enough of a superhero for bringing his Vietnamese family over to America and making a home for them all. But it turns out that she was an actual superhero as well. While he may be a bit young for the job, he’s thankfully got the support of his friends –whom he trusts enough to confide in about his new superhero status. Together they’re going to take on a villain intent on taking over their little neighborhood. They’re going to continue the legacy his grandmother started. Green Lantern: Legacy is a sweet and fun read in the Green Lantern universe. It’s perfect for new and young readers – as well as any reader just looking for a bit of a break from all of the heavier superhero plots out in the wild. Minh Le has written a beautiful new introduction and series here. Tai Pham and his family are exactly what we needed to see in the DC universe. And it’s a strong reminder of all the potential heroes out in the world. This plot was cute and predictable in all of the right ways, while still being interesting and fun. It’s the right balance, especially for younger readers you might be trying to entice into reading (because really: who doesn’t want to share their love of Green Lanterns with their children?). Every Green Lantern we’ve met has seemed to have their own spin in regards to using their willpower and the ring. Tai Pham is no exception, and I think fans will be excited to see what he has in store for them. I know I was fascinated by this new revelation. Andie Tong was the artist for this project, and they did an excellent job. I loved the balance of modern and tradition, both in the characters and the artwork itself. It was the perfect blend for this series. And I hope that if the series continues, Andie Tong will stay onboard. I really enjoyed reading Green Lantern: Legacy, and can’t help but find myself excited to see more works like this coming out of DC. It’s exactly the sort of plot I’ve been hoping to see; one that is approachable to all audiences, giving kids a chance to follow in their parents footsteps.
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  • Kate Waggoner
    January 1, 1970
    @kidlitexchange #partnerThank you to @dczoombooks for sharing an advance copy of Green Lantern: Legacy with the #kidlitexchange network. This middle grades graphic novel will be released January 21, 2020. All opinions are my own. Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham loves to draw and lives in a small apartment above his family's story, the Jade Market. The store is run by his grandmother who is always there to help when someone in the community is in need. One night, Tai is awoken by something and finds @kidlitexchange #partnerThank you to @dczoombooks for sharing an advance copy of Green Lantern: Legacy with the #kidlitexchange network. This middle grades graphic novel will be released January 21, 2020. All opinions are my own. Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham loves to draw and lives in a small apartment above his family's story, the Jade Market. The store is run by his grandmother who is always there to help when someone in the community is in need. One night, Tai is awoken by something and finds his grandmother's jade ring in his bed. When he goes to return it, his grandmother tells him that it's his now, that it's chosen him. That night, his grandmother passes away and the next day Tai learns her secret identity that has now been passed onto him, he is a green lantern. He must now learn how to hone his powers and how/when to use them. He must learn to see the danger of power and how to positively ensure and protect peace. Will he be able to uphold his grandmother's legacy. I found this to be a very quick read. I enjoyed that the main character is Vietnamese American. I also liked learning more about the Green Lantern canon, if I'm honest everything I knew prior came from the Ryan Reynolds movie. This graphic novel was engaging and had action in all the right places. I liked the artwork and think the aesthetic and color palette added to the overall story. In fact, if you're observant and perceptive, you may catch things in the artwork that will foreshadow later events in the book. The novel deals with the topics of teamwork, friendship, courage, independence, and acceptance. I think that this would be a good book for striving readers and those who just enjoy superhero stories.
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  • Akoss
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.GREEN LANTERN LEGACYReleasing 1/20/20The night his Ba passes away, Tai inherits her jade ring. He finds out soon enough that the ring has chosen him as a worthy successor to Ba: a green lantern.The story moves fast as it follows Tai in his journey to understanding (at least begin to) the world and responsibilities of his power. This is perfect for reluctant readers and comic I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.GREEN LANTERN LEGACYReleasing 1/20/20The night his Ba passes away, Tai inherits her jade ring. He finds out soon enough that the ring has chosen him as a worthy successor to Ba: a green lantern.The story moves fast as it follows Tai in his journey to understanding (at least begin to) the world and responsibilities of his power. This is perfect for reluctant readers and comic fans alike.Personally, I love the fact that the story centers a Thai immigrant family in a rich and diverse community of immigrants.I hope to read more of Tai's adventures in the future.
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  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Net Galley and DC for the ARC. DC is totally crushing int with the DC Zoom stuff. This story is so fun. When I was a kid, being a Green Lantern was maybe the coolest fantasy ever. Minh Le has delivered on that dream for pretty much every kid ever in this delightful take on the Green Lantern Corps. It was fantastic to see John Stewart as the mentor in this. He has always been my in my top two Lanterns of all time. Jessica Cruz is my favorite and I think she easily could have been in the Thanks to Net Galley and DC for the ARC. DC is totally crushing int with the DC Zoom stuff. This story is so fun. When I was a kid, being a Green Lantern was maybe the coolest fantasy ever. Minh Le has delivered on that dream for pretty much every kid ever in this delightful take on the Green Lantern Corps. It was fantastic to see John Stewart as the mentor in this. He has always been my in my top two Lanterns of all time. Jessica Cruz is my favorite and I think she easily could have been in the Stewart role, but because our hero is an artist, it makes more sense for it to be John. Hand this book to any kid who dreams big.
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  • Alma
    January 1, 1970
    Thirteen-year-old Vietnamese-American Tai Pham lives with his parents and grandmother above the Jade Market, her Vietnamese grocery store. Though someone keeps spitefully breaking the store windows, and his parents want her to sell because the neighborhood has changed, she refuses. After her death, Tai inherits her jade ring and soon finds out that owning it automatically makes him a Green Lantern - Guardian of the Planet. Read the rest of the review on my blog: Thirteen-year-old Vietnamese-American Tai Pham lives with his parents and grandmother above the Jade Market, her Vietnamese grocery store. Though someone keeps spitefully breaking the store windows, and his parents want her to sell because the neighborhood has changed, she refuses. After her death, Tai inherits her jade ring and soon finds out that owning it automatically makes him a Green Lantern - Guardian of the Planet. Read the rest of the review on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....
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  • Amber Webb
    January 1, 1970
    Green Lantern Legacy was the tale of the next generation of Green Lanterns and the passing of the ring. In this multiverse, the ring is passed from Grandmother to Grandson and no one is sure it's the right choice, Tai included! Tai is immediately challenged with believing in himself and his family or the next bigger, better thing. With the help of his earthy friends and family and the Green Lanterns, he realizes why the ring chose him and how strong he really is. A story of family bonds, Green Lantern Legacy was the tale of the next generation of Green Lanterns and the passing of the ring. In this multiverse, the ring is passed from Grandmother to Grandson and no one is sure it's the right choice, Tai included! Tai is immediately challenged with believing in himself and his family or the next bigger, better thing. With the help of his earthy friends and family and the Green Lanterns, he realizes why the ring chose him and how strong he really is. A story of family bonds, friendship and believing in yourself. Highly recommend!
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  • Jesse Carrasco
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Green Lantern so when I saw this Green Lantern children's graphic novel I knew I had to give it a try. It didn't disappoint. Sure, there could've been a lot more development in the characters, and there could've been a stronger plot, but overall I really enjoyed this children's take on the Green Lantern mythology. It was great to see some familiar faces from the GL universe, but I loved the idea that one of the strongest GLs of all is an old Vietnamese grandmother. It was I am a huge fan of Green Lantern so when I saw this Green Lantern children's graphic novel I knew I had to give it a try. It didn't disappoint. Sure, there could've been a lot more development in the characters, and there could've been a stronger plot, but overall I really enjoyed this children's take on the Green Lantern mythology. It was great to see some familiar faces from the GL universe, but I loved the idea that one of the strongest GLs of all is an old Vietnamese grandmother. It was great to see some diversity and have the hero be Asian. Overall, this was a lot of fun and I think kids that are into superheros would really enjoy it
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  • Samantha Diaz
    January 1, 1970
    Green Lantern: Legacy is a delightful, action packed read! The artwork is fantastic and the characters come right off the page. I would recommend this to any middle grade/YA who enjoys adventurous stories like this was. I also love how diverse the voice was and the storytelling is phenomenal. I think that we need to hear more diverse voices and this graphic novel speaks to that.
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  • Jenny Claiborne
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC from SLJ for an honest review.Not my favorite graphic novel adaptation, but it was good. Solid story line with believable character development. Lovely illustrations. I love that DC ZOOM is creating these stories for the younger fans. I do believe we'll be purchasing this one for our graphic novel section at the library.
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 While there is nothing new or necessarily original about this origin story, it is a pretty well-told adaptation and the illustrations are well-done. The settings and color choices are very pleasing and over-all the book is a page-turner. Tai Pham is a very likeable character and his interactions with his friends with regards to becoming a superhero are quite believable.
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  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    While an easy Green Lantern, captures the old school feel. Good story. Ages 8-12
  • Julie Garner
    January 1, 1970
    New origin story for kids 12+
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Wow was this great. Minh Le has an awesome art style and I love the incorporation of the Vietnamese culture! I also love that it's John Stewart as Tai's mentor. Super cute, great ending.
  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    So good! Minh Lê has created an amazing new story in the Green Lantern Universe. I hope it's the first of many!
  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    I continue to really enjoy the things DC is doing not only with their YA GN line, but with the Green Lantern universe as well!
  • Dwan Dawson-Tape
    January 1, 1970
    Love this. The illustrations are modern and compelling, the story, while age-appropriate, has dome depth to it. Can't wait to see where this goes, if it's a series. Love this. The illustrations are modern and compelling, the story, while age-appropriate, has dome depth to it. Can't wait to see where this goes, if it's a series. 🤞
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  • Nevins Memorial
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing.
  • Jeffrey
    January 1, 1970
    Great story. Full color, beautiful art.
  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    ARC via Netgalley. A very solid middle-grade graphic novel introducing not one but two original Green Lantern characters. It's a good introduction to the mythos of the Green Lantern, and I absolutely loved the concept of a Granny Green Lantern! I didn't love the art, but I liked it just fine. There's a very contemporary underlying message about communities resisting gentrification and unethical tech innovators, which I think will appeal to new audiences.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Green Lantern: Legacy is a new Green Lantern origin story that follows twelve-year-old Tai, who inherits his grandmother's jade ring and soon discovers that it is much more than just a ring. This graphic novel doesn't tread much new ground plot-wise, but I really loved how Vietnamese-American culture was woven throughout. I think that the story was overloaded thematically-- there was a lot going on which made the pacing feel off, and I think if Minh Lê had cut down on the themes he wanted to Green Lantern: Legacy is a new Green Lantern origin story that follows twelve-year-old Tai, who inherits his grandmother's jade ring and soon discovers that it is much more than just a ring. This graphic novel doesn't tread much new ground plot-wise, but I really loved how Vietnamese-American culture was woven throughout. I think that the story was overloaded thematically-- there was a lot going on which made the pacing feel off, and I think if Minh Lê had cut down on the themes he wanted to explore, or split them into two books instead of one, the result would have been much stronger. Also, I found some of the dialogue to be awkward. Still, this is a fine addition to DC's new line of graphic novels aimed at younger readers, and the representation is great!Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Aeicha
    January 1, 1970
    MinhLe’sGreen Lantern: Legacy is an action-packed graphic novel that excitedly introduces readers to the complex Green Lantern world. Fast-paced, with great humorous moments, fun training montages, and clever twists, this graphic novel will keep young readers eagerly turning pages. Minh Le has filled this tale with wonderfully diverse characters, including an Asian American protagonist. Andie Tong’s sharp, stylized illustrations, with their bold colors and kinetic energy, perfectly capture all Minh Le’s Green Lantern: Legacy is an action-packed graphic novel that excitedly introduces readers to the complex Green Lantern world. Fast-paced, with great humorous moments, fun training montages, and clever twists, this graphic novel will keep young readers eagerly turning pages. Minh Le has filled this tale with wonderfully diverse characters, including an Asian American protagonist. Andie Tong’s sharp, stylized illustrations, with their bold colors and kinetic energy, perfectly capture all the action, humor, and heart of the story. An engaging superhero origin story full of family, friendship, and tradition. 
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  • Mo
    January 1, 1970
    ARC given by NetGalley for Honest ReviewI really enjoyed my time reading this graphic novel! The story, while feeling a little rushed in the beginning, created an exciting new origin story for Tai. I was surprised by the change in age since most Lantern iterations are late teens or adults, but I believe this makes the morals of the Green Lantern story more accessible to all ages. This story boasts wonderful themes of family, friendship, community, and legacy! The art style was vivid in color and ARC given by NetGalley for Honest ReviewI really enjoyed my time reading this graphic novel! The story, while feeling a little rushed in the beginning, created an exciting new origin story for Tai. I was surprised by the change in age since most Lantern iterations are late teens or adults, but I believe this makes the morals of the Green Lantern story more accessible to all ages. This story boasts wonderful themes of family, friendship, community, and legacy! The art style was vivid in color and well drawn, and while not the kind of style I'd expect from a children's/YA graphic novel, really played into the theme Minh Le was going for.
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