I was never much into The Green Lantern, but I started working in comic book stores right before Geoff Johns brought Hal Jordan back to prominence as a major character in the DC Universe. There are about five seasons worth of stories that I’ve read that fit pretty neatly into the continuity that Johns mined from, and then created himself.
Now that Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps are back, we can fully submerge ourselves into the greatest era in the history of The Green Lantern. The Geoff Johns era.
What? The middle finger is where I wear my ring.
(art by Ivan Reis)
Season 3: Recharge
(showrunner: Geoff Johns)
Serial 1: Green Lantern Secret Origin
(written by Geoff Johns, art by Ivan Reis)
Geoff Johns’s take on Hal Jordan’s origin sets up the events of this season, adding a few relevant surprises.
Secret Origin. 2 episodes
Serial 2: Green Lantern No Fear
(written by Geoff Johns, art by Carlos Pacheco, Ethan Van Sciver, and Darwyn Cooke)
Hal! Hal! Hal! Hal! Yea, the OGL is back and, in many ways, this is just a modern retelling of his first few stories. But the amount of love poured into the retelling makes it totally worth it.
No Fear. 2 episodes
Serial 3: Revenge Of The Green Lanterns
(written by Geoff Johns, art by Carlos Pacheco)
Hal Jordan has a lot of fences to mend. Not only was there the whole Parallax thing, and the whole Spectre thing. There was also the whole Infinite Crisis thing. So now he’s got to renew his friendships with Ollie and Batman, as well as try to get the surviving members of the corps on his side, even if it means breaking some rules to do it.
Mending Fences. 3 episodes
Serial 4: Green Lantern Corps Recharge, Green Lantern Corps To Be A Lantern
(written by Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons, art by Dave Gibbons and Patrick Gleason)
If the guardians are back, so is the corps. Come see old faces and new, speaking The Green Lantern oath on Oa. "Oath on Oa" is one of my favorite tongue twisters. Guy Gardner, Kilowog, and a whole bunch of rookies get the spotlight treatment. Eat your heart out, Duck Dodgers!
Recharge. 3 episodes
Episode 11: Green Lantern Wanted Hal Jordan
(written by Geoff Johns, art by Ivan Reis, Daniel Acuna, and Oclair Albert)
Man, can Hal Jordan get a break? Now the Green Lantern is accused of murder after violating Russian airspace. Amon Sur and a Star Sapphire each show up in this very straight-forward adventure.
Violation. 1 episode
Episode 12: Ion The Torchbearer
(written by Ron Marz, art by Greg Tocchini and Jay Leisten)
Has Kyle Rainer gone full bananatown? He seems to have destroyed a ship and beaten up some fellow lanterns. But he also appears to be on Earth trying to put a new life together. And he also appears to be on Mogo being haunted by his past. The guardians should be helping with this. Instead, Hal Jordan shows up, as does an angry Thanagarian. Is Kyle going to end up the next Hal Jordan in more of a Parallax sort of way than a Green Lantern way?
The Torchbearer. 1 episode
Serial 5: Green Lantern Corps The Dark Side Of Green
(written by Dave Gibbons and Kieth Champagne, art by Patrick Gleason and Dave Gibbons)
The Green Lantern Corpse? The Black Ops sector of the Lantern Corps comes out of the, uhhh, Oan closet? to fight insidious crime. Plus, it’s Guy Gardener’s turn to be framed for murder, and Mogo factors in somehow.
Dark Emeralds. 2 episodes
Episode 15: Ion The Dying Flame
(written by Ron Marz, art by Greg Tocchini and Fernando Pasarin)
Kyle has to discover who is trying to take out the guardians (as in kill them, not buy them dinner and try to hook up). Also, the monitors are, uhhh, monitoring, and Kyle’s mom takes a turn for the worse, which may be tied into the person bugging out the guardians.
The Dying Flame. 1 episode
Season 3 is 15 episodes.