Now that Johns's run is coming to an end, I'd like to start reading Green Lantern... I just have no idea where to begin. After having read and reread Morrison's JLA run, I've become a huge fan of Kyle Rayner. JL/JLU has gotten me interested in wanting to learn more about John Stewart, and the small bits I've read of JLI has me interested in Guy Gardner. So, without going way far back to the Silver/Bronze Age, is there a suitable starting point/reading list to get a good scope on the four earth GL's? Would I benefit from anything prior to Johns's run, or does he cover everything about the other earth GL's worth knowing?
Essential reading is in bold
- Green Lantern: Rebirth
- Green Lantern: No Fear
- Green Lantern Corps: Recharge
- Green Lantern: Revenge of the Green Lanterns
- Green Lantern Corps: To Be a Lantern
- Green Lantern: Wanted: Hal Jordan
- Ion Vol. 1: The Torchbearer
- Green Lantern Corps: Dark Side of the Green
- Ion Vol. 2: The Dying Flame
- Sinestro Corps War
- Green Lantern Corps: Ring Quest
- Green Lantern: Secret Origin
- Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns
- Green Lantern Corps: Sins of the Star Sapphire
- Green Lantern: Agent Orange
- Green Lantern Corps: Emerald Eclipse
- Blackest Night/Blackest Night: Green Lantern/Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps
- Green Lantern Corps: Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns
- Brightest Day: Green Lantern
- Green Lantern Corps: The Weaponer
- Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors
- War of the Green Lanterns
- Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro
- Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1: Fearsome
- Green Lantern: New Guardians Vol. 1: The Ring Bearer
- Red Lanterns Vol. 1: Blood and Rage
- The rest of the New 52 stuff
But since you wanted to read about all 4 Lanterns, stuff like GLC, Ion, Emerald Warriors and New Guardians is essential as well. Some other recommendations:
- Emerald Dawn I & II
- Green Lantern/Green Arrow
- Ganthet's Tale
- Alan Moore's stories
There were also some TPBs for Kyle's era but they're veeery hard to find nowadays. You may have better luck in Comixology for those.
@gambit1024: Well, I guess starting at the beginning of Johns' run would be the intuitive place to start...but there's several things you actually need to know before you do that even. The reason why I say that is because the aftermath of Superman's death and return play a vital role in that first arc of Johns.
So I guess, the most logical step would be Green Lantern: Secret Origin.
Without having to go into the silver/bronze age stuff, and if you really have the time, Emerald Twilight is maybe where to go after that - that's where Kyle was introduced.