I grew up reading Kyle Rayner. I loved Kyle as GL, and though I went back and caught up with Hal, I never fell in love with him and was fine with Kyle being GL (in fact, when Hal became the Spectre I thought that was an excellent place to put him to move him back into the good), and I disagreed with all the whining about making him go bad. It's not like it was a random act - it was overwhelming loss that sent him off the deep end, and I like when comic book characters are noble but still flawed. After all Hal is still only human underneath the costume and ring.
So, when I heard about Rebirth I avoided it; I didn't love the hate that creators like Tony Bedard gave Kyle ("didn't have the heart of a Green Lantern") and I'm not a fan of out and out retcons (I loathe many things about Kevin Smith, but I love that he brought Oliver Queen back to life without undoing his death). Still, the mini was acclaimed by people I respected, and...well, sometimes you just have to embrace what is, and comics are all about change with new creators. If you can't accept that, might as well never start reading.
This is the long way around saying...Rebirth held me in a trance. Geoff's wonderful ability to pay homage to the origins of a character, combined with the fact that he's the first writer in history to make me LOVE Hal Jordan, caught me in an iron grip. The fact that he brought the GL world to life in a way it had never been rendered, while making it seem like that's how it was all this time made me a fan. And, the fear entity remains one of the most clever ways I've ever seen a writer get out of a character going evil. I too didn't think it was necessary, but at the same time someone was inevitably going to do it, and I'm thankful it was a writer as skilled as Johns.
And then he one-ups himself by building an amazing ten year epic tapestry to GL stories, the first of which are collected in the omnibus.
So...if you liked the storytelling of Rebirth, then you're in for a treat. If you didn't even like the way Johns told the story...I seriously doubt reading on will make it better for you.
Does anyone have any pics of the GL Omnibus that they could share? My conundrum is that a few years ago, I managed to find most of the first 25 issues or so at about $1 each so I picked them up, thinking that I would eventually have them bound, along with all of the the GL events. Well, FF a few years and I still haven't completed filling the holes or had any of them bound. So I'm wondering if I would be better served to pick up the Omni(s) and unload the floppies, or keep the floppies, fill the holes and bind them.
I'm a long time lurker and first time poster. <_<
Here are the first real life photographs of the Omnibus.. let's hope that binding is up to the same production quality as the JSA vol 2 Omnibus.
Last edited by DavidRaid; 01-28-2015 at 06:21 PM.
Welcome and thanks for the pic, I've just removed the eBay link as they're not allowed. I'm sure the photos will show up soon.
I'm not a big fan of the spine, looks a bit naff. Book seems like a monster, can't wait till it turns up.
Thanks for the welcome and sorry for the eBay link, it was just a second source of photographs and it didn't occur to me to check for rules about buying websites, I should have checked. :P The spine design seems to try and match the title style of JSA.. but we'll have to see how well they line up. It's the flexibility of the binding I'm looking forward to seeing.
I'm late to the party, but I just got the first volume of Absolute Sandman, and my god that book is gorgeous. I think I'm going to have to move up the rest of the volumes on my to-buy list.
I went to my LCS today and saw Absolute Batman Incorporated. It is very very tempting.
Thing is, I do have all of Morrison's Batman run in trades (which seems to be the only collected format on which it was uniformally released - I know there are Deluxe oversized hardcovers for most of the run, but 1. most of them are hard to get and 2. there's no Deluxe for neither Time and the Batman nor his two N52! Batman Inc hardcovers).
Do you think there's a chance the rest of his not-yet-Absolute Batman run (Batman and Son, The Black Glove, Batman RIP, Time and the Batman and The Return of Bruce Wayne) will get the treatment someday?
To be honest, Absolute Sandman has been one of those evergreen series so you don't have to rush to purchase each book in fear of the OOP tax. Read it at your leisure and pick up the next book because you want to read it and not because you think you won't be able to get that format when you want.
Comparing the spine of the GL Omnibus
with the spine of the JSA Omnibus
irritates me on a strange level. It's nice that they're trying to stick to a similar title style, with the black bars between lines of large typefaces.. but why can't they have them on the same damn end of the spine? So close to a new style of uniformity, yet so far. Would it have been so hard to put a GL logo at the top, the ring picture in the middle and the title at the bottom so that it all lined up with the two (and upcoming third) JSA Omnibi? :/
At least the DC logo is in the same place..