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Mar 04, 2021 · Green Lantern is one of first superheroes that sold me on the potential of DC Comics, and frankly comic books in general, ranking somewhere behind Batman, but ahead of the likes of Superman, Flash, and Wonder Woman. This was primarily due to Geoff Johns’ extended time writing and revitalizing Green Lantern and the Lantern Corps […]
green lantern timeline (Geoff johns)
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- The Goal of This List
- Green Lantern Reading Order, 2004-2013
- Do Any of These Books Suck?
- Look, A Rabbit Hole
For context, here’s what I wanted to do: 1. Read Green Lantern and every other book starring lanterns (not necessarily every book in which lanterns appear) for the entirety of Geoff Johns’ run 2. Keep it simple by, whenever possible, reading whole trades at once 3. Introduce myself to Hal Jordan, who I knew next to nothing about 4. Avoid spoiling anything in the process of figuring out my reading order 5. Strike a balance between simplicity (reading trade by trade) and maximum fidelity to the story (reading issue by issue and roping in lots of non-lantern books) This is the list I used to accomplish those goals. It’s presented as simply as possible because that’s what I found I wanted when I was reading these trades: a simple list. “Do this and you’ll have fun.” I did this, and I had fun.
For 1-19 and 23-37, you can read each trade on its own, one after the other. (I call out a couple of cases below where I took the lazy route and you might prefer to go issue by issue.) Three big cross-title events — Blackest Night (20-22) and Rise of the Third Army through Wrath of the First Lantern (38-41) — however, need to be read issue by issue, jumping between concurrent trades as you go, in order for them to make sense. You can also download this list, including my notes, as a simple text file. 1. 1. Green Lantern: Secret Origin (paid link) 1.1. Secret Origin isn’t the start of Johns’ run on Green Lantern, but the chronological first trade — Rebirth — is a bad jumping-on point if, like me when I started reading these books, you don’t know much about Hal Jordan. Secret Origin is a fantastic introduction. 2. 2. DC Universe by Alan Moore (paid link): “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize,” “Tygers,” and “In Blackest Night” 2.1. The first two of these stories from the 1980s are the foundation f...
Red Lanterns is terrible. The first trade is basically just an excuse to put Bleez in lots of boobs/butt poses, the writing in all three trades is godawful, and the story is generally wretched to mediocre. There are a couple of cool moments, but I was glad every time I could put a Red Lanterns trade behind me. New Guardians wasn’t great for the first two trades (though still much better than Red Lanterns), but it picked up in the third one and finished strong. I wound up liking it. The two Ion trades were just okay, but important for Kyle Rayner’s story. Not bad, just not great; well worth reading. Everything else on this list — over 30 TPBs — I loved reading and would be thrilled to read again. This is a fantastic set of comics.
In the course of reading these trades, I came to dig the lanterns so much that I bought a replica lantern: …and jumped at the chance to pick up a piece of original artwork (Green Lantern Corps #15, page 11 — one of my favorite storylines in the whole arc, featuring one of my favorite parts of that story), which my wife framed up for my birthday: So be warned: Your wallet won’t thank you for getting into Green Lantern — but apart from that you’re in for a real treat.
In 2013, after writing Green Lantern for nine years, Johns ended his run with issue 20 of the New 52 series, which was released May 22, 2013. DC Comics' All Access webcast announced on February 4, 2014 that Johns would be writing the Superman series which would be drawn by John Romita Jr. The Johns/Romita Jr. team was joined by inker Klaus Janson.
Feb 22, 2012 · That the Green Lantern continuity was allowed to remain almost entirely intact represents a huge vote of confidence in Johns as a creator, and the work that he has done. Still, War of the Green Lanterns can’t help but feel like a bit of a disappointment. An attempt to do a “mini-event” contained to the franchise (similar to the successful ...
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Green Lantern Corps vol. 2 #61–63, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11–13, and War of the Green Lantern: Aftermath #1–2 208 pages Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 1: January 28, 2015 Hardcover: ISBN 978-1401251345