The 2016 holiday season is here and if there’s a Green Lantern fan in your life you may be wondering what you can give him or her as a gift that scratches that Green Lantern itch. Or you may be a big Green Lantern fan who wants to let your loved ones know what you’d like for the holidays. Either way, we know that Green Lantern fans deserve the very best, so we spared no expense and risk of personal injury in sneaking into Larfleeze’s lair to take a gander of what’s on the top of his mile long gift list this year. And if you don’t know who Larfleeze is and why his list is so long, have no fear – you don’t need to know any of that to be able to get something great for the ring slinger in your life! We’ve even taken care of some of the shopping for you by providing hot links when possible to where you can buy them online, but remember to support your local comic shop if you have one!
The Gift of Reading
DC Comics has published four great hardcovers that collect some the best Green Lantern stories they’ve published in the last three quarters of a century. Green Lantern: A Celebration of 75 Years collects the first appearances of many of the characters and parts of Green Lantern lore and combines them into one great hardcover. There are over eighteen different stories in one book which Amazon sells here for just over $25. Click here to see my video review of this great book.
Geoff Johns Omnibus volumes 1 through 3 are mammoth hardcover tomes with over 1000 pages each devoted to this all-star creator’s nine year run with the Green Lantern franchise. Volume 1 collects: Green Lantern Rebirth #1-6, Green Lantern Corps Recharge #1-5, Green Lantern #1-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-18, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1, Green Lantern Secret Files 2005 #1, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime #1 and Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1. It all started here and this one immense hardcover collects every issue Johns wrote from the return of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps through the epic Sinestro Corps War saga. Amazon sells this volume here for just over $75 – you get over 1200 pages that covers the seeds of the greatest run in Green Lantern history.
Volume 2 picks up in the aftermath of Sinestro’s attack on Earth and takes the reader through the expansion of the Green Lantern universe, building up to the Blackest Night – when Nekron the Lord of the Dead returns to reclaim the universe with an army of undead superheroes at his beck and call! This 1040 page hardcover collects Green Lantern #26-52, Blackest Night #0-7, DC Universe #0, Untold Tales of Blackest Night #1-2, Blackest Night Tales of the Corps #1-2. Amazon sells this book here for just under $66.
The final volume in the Geoff Johns Omnibus series contains the end of the most successful run in Green Lantern history so far. This collection takes the reader through the Rise of the Third Army, the fall of the Guardian and the Wrath of the First Lantern. Containing over 1100 pages this volume collects Green Lantern #53-60, Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1, Green Lantern (2011) #1-20, Green Lantern Annual #1, Green Lantern Corps #58-60, and Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8-10. Amazon is currently selling this book here for just over $75.
Heroes in all sizes
Comic book fans love their action figures and statues, and there are a few new ones that have come out this year are pretty spectacular.
This DC Icons figure captures a moment from early in Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern. Coming with a wearable construct flight suit this action figure looks pretty impressive. This figure came out just after the holiday season last year, but is readily available now. Amazon is currently selling it for just shy of $20 here.
Green Lantern: Mosaic was a key part of John Stewart’s history and DC Collectibles released an action figure showcasing John’s unique Green Lantern uniform he wore in the series, complete with some interchangeable constructs, hands and the prerequisite power battery. Amazon has this one available for around $23 and can be found here.
Every Green Lantern needs a power battery and this replica of John Stewart’s from the Justice League animated series is a fairly inexpensive mini lantern that also serves as a bank. Made of vinyl, John’s power battery stands about 12 inches tall and can be purchased from Amazon here. They are currently charging about $17 for it, but they are running low so you may have to look elsewhere if they end up selling out.
If you’re looking to really make an impression and aren’t concerned with the price tag, the Green Lantern fan in your life will flip for these items from Sideshow toys. They are currently offering 15% off for a limited time which helps ease the pain in the wallet.
Their 1/6th scale ultra poseable action figure is wonderfully detailed and comes with a number of great ways to display it. The figure stands a foot tall and features a cloth costume. The base allows you to pose the figure a number of way and includes a flying stand so that you can display your Green Lantern as if he’s soaring through space. Interchangeable hands, boots and an incredible fist construct provide a number of ways to pose the figure, and the power battery even lights up. The figure and costume are supremely detailed to say the least. Sideshow sells this figure directly to the consumer and is currently charging just under $220 for it (before potential discount!). The link to this gem can be found here.
Sideshow is famous for their spectacular premium format figure and this next item is the latest version of Green Lantern they have to offer. With a limited edition of only 1250 to be made this 24.5 inch tribute to the original Gil Kane character design includes an interchangeable left hand with a light up power battery. While it doesn’t get released until January, any Green Lantern fan would be happy to wait for this one. It carries a heft price tag at $450 but take a look at this thing! (note that the ring doesn’t light up!). It can be ordered from Sideshow here.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Listen, if you’re a Green Lantern fan and you haven’t seen what is one of the best superhero animated shows ever – turn your power battery in, Poozer! The show has been collected in two different DVD releases and both are available for under fifteen dollars. The first part, dubbed “Rise of the Red Lanterns” contains the first thirteen episodes and can be found at Amazon.com here for just over $7.
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