Green Lantern (by Geoff Johns) - A Reading Order

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A reading order of Geoff Johns' run of Green Lantern and the concurrent books. Johns' run started in 2004 and lasted until 2013. This list is based on the trade reading order put together by Martin Ralya (http://www.martinralya.com/).

I just listed the single issues collected in these trades for convenience, since I already owned some of these collected issues and wanted to save as much money as possible by not having to buy every single trade. Luckily the out of print issues/trades are much more affordable if they're bought on comixology.

You can also check out the original reading order by Martin Ralya:

http://www.martinralya.com/comics/green-lantern-trade-reading-order-geoff-johns-run-and-all-concurrent-lantern-tpbs/

Issues/Trades I've already read will be crossed out.

Green Lantern: Secret Origin (2008)

  • Green Lantern (2005) #029-035

DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)

  • Green Lantern (1985) #188
  • Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual (1986) #2
  • Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual (1987) #3

Green Lantern: Rebirth (2004)

  • Green Lantern: Rebirth (2004) #001-006

Green Lantern: No Fear (2006)

  • Green Lantern (2005) #001-006
  • Green Lantern Secret Files (2005) #001

Green Lantern Corps: Recharge (2006)

  • Green Lantern Corps: Recharge (2005) #001-005

Green Lantern: Revenge of the Green Lanterns (2006)

  • Green Lantern (2005) #007-013

Green Lantern Corps: To be a Lantern (2007)

  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #001-006

Green Lantern - Wanted: Hal Jordan (2007)

  • Green Lantern (2005) #014-020

Ion: The Torchbearer (2007)

  • Ion: Guardian of the Universe (2007) #001-006

Green Lantern Corps: The Dark Side of the Green (2007)

  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #007-013

Ion: The Dying Flame (2007)

  • Ion: Guardian of the Universe (2007) #007-012

Sinestro Corps War

This arc is collected in three trades: Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War - Volume 1 + Volume 2 (2008), Green Lantern: Tales of the Sinestro Corps (2009); the collected issues however have to be read in a certain order:

  • Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special (2007) #001
  • Green Lantern (2005) #021
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #014
  • Green Lantern (2005) #022
  • Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax (2007) #001
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #015
  • Green Lantern (2005) #023
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #016
  • Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman (2007) #001
  • Green Lantern (2005) #024
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #017
  • Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime (2007) #001
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #018
  • Green Lantern (2005) #025
  • Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion (2007) #001
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #019
  • Sinestro Corps: Secret Files (2008) #001

You'll probably enjoy this arc nevertheless, should you choose to just read the trades in order.

Green Lantern Corps: Ring Quest (2008)

  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #019-020
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #023-026

Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns (2009)

  • Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns (2008) #001
  • Green Lantern (2005) #026-028
  • Green Lantern (2005) #036-038

Green Lantern Corps: Sins of the Star Sapphire (2009)

  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #027-032

Green Lantern: Agent Orange (2009)

  • Green Lantern (2005) #039-042

Green Lantern Corps: Emerald Eclipse (2009)

  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #033-038

Blackest Night

This arc is collected in four trades: Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps (2009), Blackest Night: Green Lantern (2010), Blackest Night (2010), Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps (2010); again it is required to read the collected issues in a certain order to get the most out of this arc:

  • Green Lantern (2005) #043
  • Blackest Night (2009) #000
  • Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps (2009) #001
  • Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps (2009) #002
  • Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps (2009) #003
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #039
  • Green Lantern (2005) #044
  • Blackest Night (2009) #001
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #040
  • Green Lantern (2005) #045
  • Blackest Night (2009) #002
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #041
  • Green Lantern (2005) #046
  • Blackest Night (2009) #003
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #042
  • Green Lantern (2005) #047
  • Blackest Night (2009) #004
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #043
  • Green Lantern (2005) #048
  • Blackest Night (2009) #005
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #044
  • Green Lantern (2005) #049
  • Blackest Night (2009) #006
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #045
  • Green Lantern (2005) #050
  • Blackest Night (2009) #007
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #046
  • Green Lantern (2005) #051
  • Blackest Night (2009) #008
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #047
  • Green Lantern (2005) #052

Green Lantern Corps: Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns (2011)

  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #021-022
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #048-052

Green Lantern: Brightest Day (2011)

  • Green Lantern (2005) #053-062

Green Lantern Corps: The Weaponer (2011)

  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #053-057

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors (2010)

  • Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors (2010) #001-013

War of the Green Lanterns (2011)

  • Green Lantern (2005) #063-067
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #058-060

War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath (2011)

  • War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath (2011) #001-002
  • Green Lantern Corps v2 (2006) #061-063

NEW 52

Green Lantern: Sinestro (2012)

  • Green Lantern (2011) #001-006

Green Lantern Corps: Fearsome (2012)

  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #001-007

Green Lantern: New Guardians - The Ringbearer (2012)

  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #001-007

Red Lanterns: Blood and Rage (2012)

  • Red Lanterns (2011) #001-007

Green Lantern: Revenge of the Black Hand (2013)

  • Green Lantern (2011) #007-012
  • Green Lantern Annual (2012) #001

Green Lantern Corps: Alpha War (2013)

  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #000
  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #008-014

Green Lantern: New Guardians - Beyond Hope (2013)

  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #008-012
  • Blue Beetle (2011) #009

Red Lanterns: The Death of the Red Lanterns (2013)

  • Red Lanterns (2011) #008-012
  • Stormwatch (2011) #009

The following four trades (for the arcs Rise of the Third Army & Wrath of the First Lantern) have to be read alternating the issues again. The order is not as consistent as with Blackest Night, though. I'll list the individual trades first and put the issue-by-issue reading order below.

Green Lantern: The End (2013)

Collects: Green Lantern (2011) #000 + #013-020

Green Lantern Corps: Willpower (2013)

Collects: Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #015-020 + Green Lantern Corps Annual (2013) #001

Red Lanterns: The Second Prophecy (2013)

Collects: Red Lanterns (2011) #000 + #013-020

Green Lantern: New Guardians - Love and Death (2014)

Collects: Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #000 + #013-020

Reading order for the arcs "Rise of the Third Army" & "Wrath of the First Lantern":

  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #000
  • Green Lantern (2011) #000
  • Green Lantern (2011) #013
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #013
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #000
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #013
  • Green Lantern (2011) #014
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #014
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #014
  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #015
  • Green Lantern (2011) #015
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #015
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #016
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #015
  • Green Lantern (2011) #016
  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #016
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #016
  • Green Lantern Corps Annual (2013) #001
  • Green Lantern (2011) #017
  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #017
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #017
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #017
  • Green Lantern (2011) #018
  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #018
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #018
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #018
  • Green Lantern (2011) #019
  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #019
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #019
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #019
  • Green Lantern (2011) #020
  • Green Lantern Corps v3 (2011) #020
  • Red Lanterns (2011) #020
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #020

That's about it. Please feel free to report any mistakes. I'm currently reading Revenge of the Green Lanterns, so I don't know if the order is correct that way.

I just wanted an overview of the issues collected within these trades for me, so why not share it with you guys? Maybe it will be useful to some people.

Credit goes (of course) to Martin Ralya, who put the trades in order.

List items

  • A Green Lantern is an officer of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, who have the ability to overcome great fear with the might of willpower. They possess power rings capable of creating constructs characterized by their will and strength to use it. Each Green Lantern is given a Sector of the Universe to protect and it is their priority to suppress any threat against their sector.

  • Geoff Johns is the Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics. He is currently writing Justice League and Batman: Earth One vol 2. He previously wrote Action Comics, Justice Society of America, Flash, Aquaman, Teen Titans, and. He is also known for his historic nine-year run on Green Lantern in which he greatly expanded the mythos. He is one of the most well known comic writers currently.