So you’re interested in Green Lantern and want to get into the awesome comics because you are an intelligent and attractive person? Rock on. You need some basic help catching up? Boss.
Let’s all assume you’ve read part one of this series. but I’ll recap anyway.
Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of earth, had just come back to life with the revelation that all the murder and genocide he had attempted wasn’t his fault, but actually the machination of Parallax, the ancient yellow space bug which had possessed him. But Parallax is now locked up and Hal is free to fight losers like the morbid Black Hand again.
Meanwhile in space, Guy, Kyle, and Kilowog begin to train other Green Lanterns. Isamot and Vath Sarn have some Lethal Weapon thing going. The lovely Soranik Natu is not only a space cop but also a space doctor. Along with the Princess Iolande and Salakk the secretary, these characters fight crime and “keep it real” in the Green Lantern Corps ongoing series which is published alongside Hal’s adventures in the normal Green Lantern ongoing series.
Infinite Crisis happens. A massive universe-shattering crossover involving pretty much every book in DC Comics at the time. Jade, (the green-skinned daughter of the golden age Green Lantern, Alan Scott) dies while fighting the crisis in space, and as she fades away her energy empowers he ex-boyfriend Kyle, allowing him to take the Ion identity again.
After a titanic battle, the Crisis is halted and one of the key instigators, an incredibly powerful punk named Superboy Prime is locked up in Oa, the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps.
One Year Later
One year later, things are running pretty smoothly. The Evil Cyborg Superman is back to being generally maniacal and controlling the leftover Manhunter robots (ancient Guardian-manufactured Terminators), but that adventure happened to have a happy ending since for some reason his plan involved the ressurection of several Green Lanterns Hal had killed during that genocidal phase where he was Parallax. This group is called the “Lost Lanterns,” Naturally, a few of them, such as the awesome-named Boodikka, still hold a grudge against Hal.
Do you know who Mogo is? He’s the living planet Green Lantern who provides a relaxing vacation destination for any Green Lantern who wants to relax. Despite what some may claim, he is very social.
Amon Sur, the son of Hal’s GL predecessor, Abin Sur, shows up and tries to claim the ring that is his birthright. It doesn’t occur to him that he isn’t really qualified for the role since he’s a murderous jerk and Green Lanterns are typically not murderous. However a yellow ring much like Sinestro’s shows up and gives him a position in a different Corps.
Kyle, still using the Ion identity, flies around space where he meets a barbarian princess who is never mentioned again.
The Star Sapphires try to take control of Hal Jordan’s girlfriend, Carol Ferris, to use her as party of their own, Violet colored Corps. She declines the offer.
Remember Sinestro? He used to be a Green Lantern before the bosses found out he was clearly evil as he was purple (and that’s pretty evil). So he was stripped of his Green Ring and was banished to the antimatter universe. That’s where he promptly got a yellow ring from somebody to menace the Green Lantern Corps. Ever since Hal came back from the grave, Sinestro has mass-produced his rings and made his own evil Corp.
With his ranks increased to a number high enough to fill a two-page spread, he attacks Oa and frees two new members of his army, Superboy Prime, and Parallax. To function as a host for Parallax, the corps grab Kyle and pull the Ion entity out of him (which will henceforth manifest as a giant green space whale ???) and just to fill out the ranks, Cyborg Superman and his Manhunter Army join in also with Ranx the angry city, and universe-destroyer known as the Anti-Monitor. It was really an “Oh shit” moment.
So the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro corp have a gigantic battle in space and lasers are flying everywhere. While most of the two armies butt heads between in the space between Ranx and Mogo, Hal Jordan and the Lost Lanterns fly around Sinestro’s base in the Anti-Matter dimension to rescue the Ion entity. Eventually Ranx is defeated thanks to Sodom Yat, a Green Lantern with the power of Superman. However even without their angry city, the Sinestro Corps are still a tremendous danger to their next target…. Earth!
To be continued…
Everybody shows up on Earth, even the Guardians (and they hate to leave their air-conditioned room on Oa.) Awesome looking Parallax is the first threat to be dealt with – Kyle overcomes his possession by remembering the love of his mother.
After dealing with Evil Cyborg-Superman off-panel, the Justice League gangs up on Superboy Prime, but he pretty much tears through them without a sweat. the only Green Lantern tough enough to battle him is Sodom Yat amped up with the power of Ion. Their battle tears up the landscape until Prime gets bored and even trashes the Anti-Monitor (which is a sensical betrayal, since the Anti-Monitor did destroy the universe where Prime was from). Eventually Prime takes on one of the Guardians of the Universe and is blasted into a much worse story.
The Guardians have enough of the Sinestro Corps messing up stuff so they announce that now the members of the Green Lantern Corps. can kill. Sinestro is all “Hell yes!” because he’s cool as long as one of the Corps. is flying around space being murderous, even if it’s not his. With Lethal Force enabled, the Green Lantern Corps. is able to turn the tide and Earth is saved. Sinestro himself is defeated by Hal and Kyle.