Earlier this year, I dived into the fourth volume of Green Lantern comics and binge-read six years worth of books in just a few weeks.
That series ended with a cliffhanger that made me want to jump right into the fifth volume, but I thought I’d read a few other things first. Well, I just finished 52 issues of the comic and all of the crossover titles as well. It was a great binge. Here are the graphic novels that make up this run of the iconic comic book series.
Green Lantern: Volume 1 – Sinestro
When the last series ended, Hal Jordan was no longer a Green Lantern and had his ring taken away. Fortunately, he was able to get a new power ring for a very unlikely source, Sinestro. The problem was that the ring was just a construct of Sinestro’s ring. It was limiting, but it got him back in the air again, and it helped him help his old friend in solving a big problem on his own homeworld.
Green Lantern: Volume 2 – Revenge of the Black Hand
Sinestro and Hal are still working together as an uneasy team. They come across the Black Hand, who we first heard about during the Blackest Night event, and who will become a key figure in the rest of this series.
Green Lantern: Volume 3 – The End
Geoff Johns completed his work on the Green Lantern title with this fittingly titled issue. It was a great end to an incredible run. The series was left in good hands and continued along the same lines. I really enjoyed this binge-read.
Green Lantern: Wrath of the First Lantern
This is a crossover event between Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Red Lanterns, and Green Lantern: New Guardians. This book is listed as Volume 3.5 in the series so we still get some of Geoff Johns work in it, even though the last trade paperback seemed to wrap things up.
Green Lantern: Volume 4 – Dark Days
Hal Jordan is now the leader of the Green Lantern Corps. But he has troubles almost immediately. For some reason, every colour of the spectrum is having power interruptions.
Green Lantern: Volume 5 – Test of Wills
I read the individual issues of the comics and read all of the crossovers issues to get the full story. This graphic novel doesn’t give you that experience, unfortunately.
The story centres around an alien race that impersonates Hal Jordan and turns the universe against him and the Corps.
Green Lantern: Volume 6 – The Life Equation
The New Gods want to use the power of the emotional spectrum in the war against Darkseid. They believe that they can use it to gain access to a powerful weapon called the Life Equation.
Green Lantern: Godhead
Once again, this trade paperback doesn’t cover the entire story. I recommend reading the individual comics. At the end of each issue, it directs you to a new series.
Green Lantern: Volume 7 – Renegade
The Green Lantern Corps no longer has a good reputation and Hal Jordan want to fix that by becoming a scapegoat. He gives up his ring and picks up the gauntlet so that he can continue to have his powers and try to set things right.
Green Lantern: Volume 8 – Reflections
Hal Jordan has to battle . . . Hal Jordan? And using the gauntlet has had some unintended consequences. This is the end of this era of the comic, and it was a great read.
I wanted to jump into the new series right away, but I have too much on my reading list at the moment. Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth will just have to wait.
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