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ABSOLUTEly Terrible

Posted 08-18-2009 at 10:27 PM by W.West

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Darwyn Cooke, Prentis Rollins, Marlo Alquiza and Mick Gray; Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
In 2004, writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver the team behind the current blockbuster THE FLASH: REBIRTH restored Hal Jordan to his place as the greatest Green Lantern of all with the best-selling miniseries GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH! Now, DC Comics is pleased to present this perennial favorite in the slipcased, Absolute format.

Follow Hal Jordan on his journey from fearless test pilot to Super Hero, from villain to the spirit of vengeance, and finally, returning to his true calling as Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. This amazing Absolute edition includes GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #1-6, GREEN LANTERN #1, the preview story from Wizard Magazine and a tale from GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES 2005 featuring spectacular artwork by Darwyn Cooke.

That's right. You knew when you clicked here exactly what I was referring to. You knew that I would be slamming on my shift key while letting my finger rest upon the 1 key. You knew that I would be extremely disappointed with the decision to make Green Lantern: Rebirth an ABSOLUTE volume.

If you listen to the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast, then you already know that I enjoyed the story immensely. Would I buy it in hardcover? More than likely I would. But in no way would I spend or advise someone to spend their money on a story that simply doesn't live up to the Absolute billing.

Let me take the time to congratulate Geoff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver, both phenomenal talents. They deserve the highest of honors in their fields. Now let me give you my main reason why their work together on Rebirth should NOT be collected in ABSOLUTE edition.

It simply does not reach the standard set by previously collected stories.
I don't want to start comparing GL: Rebirth to Crisis on Infinite Earths or Absolute Kingdom Come. That would be highly disrespectful to all involved in making those stories. However, I do want YOU to compare them. I want you to think about paying $75.00 for a story that doesn't deserve to be sold in such a light. You know my stance, and I'm not here to sway you. I just want you to step your game up.

Let us take a second though and realize what's happening here. If ABSOLUTE Green Lantern: Rebirth sells well, we all know that (the much better story) Sinestro Corps War will be soon to follow in the Absolute(ly terrible decision) path. And if Blackest Night continues to light the fire that is Geoff Johns then we'll no doubt see "The Hal Jordan Trilogy" complete. Nothing against Hal "Highball" Jordan but there are still TONS of uncollected stories that need to be published for the first time before we go breaking the mold(and quality standards) for you. Sorry bud.

When did ABSOLUTE become a marketing tool to help current series? Shouldn't we be throwing our money away on the very best and nothing less? Is Rebirth even the best Hal Jordan story, let alone Green Lantern? I find it absolutely terrible that these questions were obviously ignored when making the decision DC Comics did.
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    Maverick_GL's Avatar
    What exactly makes something an "Absolute" TPB, rather than a regular one? The fact that it costs $75? That's far too much to pay for this regardless.
    Posted 08-20-2009 at 10:25 PM by Maverick_GL Maverick_GL is offline
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    W.West's Avatar
    Depends on the material. You get duskjackets, higher quality art, corrections(if needed), sometimes you get sketches, scripts and shit. Little things that helped make the story amazing and worthy of such honor.
    Posted 08-21-2009 at 04:04 AM by W.West W.West is offline
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    Andrew NDB's Avatar
    It's not worth the Absolute treatment. They should just properly re-collect Rebirth in TPB form, including the Secret Files, and add some interviews and sketches and crap in the back, put it on racks at $14.95.
    Posted 08-21-2009 at 04:41 PM by Andrew NDB Andrew NDB is offline
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    W.West's Avatar
    I'll give them $20.00...only because they are already selling the classic WW3 JLA trade for 15.
    Posted 08-21-2009 at 10:48 PM by W.West W.West is offline
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    myuserid's Avatar
    If they thought Absolute Hush was a good idea, then why not Rebirth?
    Posted 08-22-2009 at 04:06 PM by myuserid myuserid is offline
    Updated 08-22-2009 at 04:37 PM by myuserid

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