Sinestro is one of the DC Universe’s most recognizable villains, all purple elfish features and fascist ideas masquerading as dignity. The long time Green Lantern villain and card carrying Legion of Doom founder was given new life in the 2000’s, behind the seemingly verified claim that he was “once the greatest Green Lantern.”
The first part of the Geoff Johns era of Green Lantern, beginning with Green Lantern: Rebirth (started July 2005), all builds toward the Sinestro Corps War mega crossover event (started June 2007). Coupled with Infinite Crisis, the Sinestro Corps War marks the second major Geoff Johns penned DC event of the decade, expanding on character development set up during the aforementioned Crisis.
Below you’ll find a complete reading order to comics in the Sinestro Corps War, including essential prelude material to help you understand and enjoy the event.
In addition to the context of comics leading up to the event, I’d also recommend fans check out Comic Book Herald’s complete Green Lantern reading order!
Previously: Infinite Crisis
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Road to Sinestro Corps War
Collects: Green Lantern Rebirth #1 to #6
The Rebirth miniseries kicks off the Geoff Johns written era of Green Lantern, which would run from 2004 through 2011 (and then straight on in to the New 52). While I’d argue the entire Johns’ written Green Lantern is a fantastic idea for enjoying Sinestro Corps War, the “Rebirth” mini (not to be confused with DC’s later DC Rebirth initiative) kicks things off and attempts to synchronize the Green Lantern (specifically Hal Jordan) continuity of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
This includes Emerald Twilight
and Zero Hour, the 90’s event which forever changed Hal Jordan and developed Parallax, the villainous fear entity who will play a major role alongside Sinestro.
Collected Sinestro Corps War Graphic Novels
Collects: Green Lantern (2005-2011 3rd Series) #21-22, Green Lantern Corps (2006-2011) #14-15, and the Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special (2007) #1
Green Lantern: Tales of the Sinestro Corps
Collects: Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion (2007), Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax (2007), Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman (2007), Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime (2007), and Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Secret Files (2007)
Sinestro Corps War Comics Checklist
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg-Superman
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion
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Kaspersky Yolanda says
Reading using this guide and the Parallax one shot spoils a major event in Green Lantern 22, probably better to read 22 first.
So what was this arc about? Why should I bother to read it.
Caio Andrade says
Can I read it without any context? I never really read any green lantern comic, but i would like to read this arc
Just Replying says
Yes, this was actually the first comic book I owned, though I already knew a bit about the characters backgrounds