Judd Winick

Geschenke 2012: Bücher, DVDs und Comics

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[für eine Übersicht über die besten Bücher, die ich 2011 gelesen habe… hier entlang (Link)!]

[für eine Übersicht aller Geschenke, die ich 2010 machtehier entlang (Link)!]

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die zehn Bücher, die ich am häufigsten verschenke:

die zehn Filme / Serien, die ich gerne empfehle / verschenke:

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Buchtipps sind… sinnlos. In meinem privaten (Zuhause-)Freundeskreis jedenfalls:

Es fällt mir leichter (und wirkt weniger… übergriffig / aufdringlich), auf Amazon Marketplace zwei, drei gebrauchte Ausgaben zu kaufen und zu schenken, als Freunden mit Kaufempfehlungen in den Ohren zu liegen.

Sobald ich denke “Er/sie hätte Spaß, mit diesem Buch”, kaufe ich eine billige Ausgabe.

Hier: Die Bücher und DVDs, die ich 2011 verschenkt habe.

Blau markierte Titel kamen sehr gut an.

Rot markierte Titel kamen schlecht an.

Die Liste für 2010 ist hier (Link).

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Geschenke 2011:

Kinder:

mein Neffe, zum 2. Geburtstag und zu Weihnachten:

  • “Cube Book: Dream Cars” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: Cars” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: People” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: The Earth” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: Baby Animals” (Bildband, Link)
  • Eric Carle: “Mein allererstes Buch der…” (Farben, Wörter, Bewegungen)
  • “At the Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Shadow Book.” (Spielbuch, Link)
  • Frans Lanting: “Eye to Eye. Intimate Encounters with the Animal World” (Bildband, Link)

Sohn meiner besten Freunde, 3 / 4 Jahre alt:

  • Dr. Seuss / Felicitas Hoppe: “Grünes Ei mit Speck” (Bilderbuch, Link)
  • Album voller (nerdiger) Ausmal-Bilder (z.B. DAS hier, Link)

Tochter meiner besten Freunde, 9 Jahre alt:

  • Kiyohiko Azuma: “Yotsuba&!”, Band 4 bis 10 (Manga, Link)
  • Jeff Smith: “Bone” (Fantasy-Comic, Link)
  • “Scribblenauts” (DS-Spiel, Link)
  • E.B. White: “Wilbur & Charlotte” (Kinderbuch, Link)
  • Shannon Hale: “Anna fängt Feuer” (Fantasy-Jugendbuch, Link)
  • “Avatar: Herr der Elemente”, Episoden 1 bis 6 (DVD, Link)
  • “Nausicäa aus dem Tal der Winde” (DVD, Link)
  • “Ein Herz und eine Krone” (Hollyood-Klassiker, Link)
  • “Lady Oscar – die Rose von Versailles”, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)

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Frauen:

meine Schwester – Schülerin, 18:

  • Sven Regener: “Neue Vahr Süd” (Roman, Link)
  • David Foster Wallace: “Schrecklich amüsant – aber in Zukunft ohne mich” (Essay, Link)
  • Gary Shteyngart: “Super Sad True Love Story” (Roman, Link)
  • Miriam Toews: “Ein komplizierter Akt der Liebe” (Roman, Link)
  • Kirsten Fuchs: “Die Titanic und Herr Berg” (Roman, Link)
  • Cormac McCarthy: “Die Straße” (Roman, Link)
  • Ethan Hawke: “Hin & weg” (Roman, Link)
  • Kevin Vennemann: “Nahe Jedenew” (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: “Halloween” (Roman, Link)
  • Lois Lowry: “The Giver” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Suzanne Collins: “The Hunger Games” (Jugendbuch, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Schmöker und weibliche Hauptfiguren:

  • Kathryn Stockett: “Gute Geister” (Roman, Link)
  • Howard Cruse: “Am Rande des Himmels” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • “Mad Men”, Staffel 2 (DVD, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Klassiker, Reisen und bürgerliche Figuren/Themen:

  • Saree Makdisi: “Palästina: Innenansichten einer Belagerung” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • Ayelet Waldman: “Böse Mütter” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • Tove Jansson: “Sommerbuch” (Roman, Link)
  • Wallace Stegner: “Zeit der Geborgenheit” (Roman, Link)
  • Jenny Erpenbeck: “Heimsuchung” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Mangas und Surreales:

  • Kiyohiko Azuma: “Yotsuba&!”, Band 1 und 2 (Manga, Link)
  • Michael Chabon: “Die unglaublichen Abenteuer von Kavalier & Clay” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Young Adult-Literatur und Schmöker:

  • Nadja Einzmann: “Dies und das und das” (lit. Portraits, Link)
  • Yasushi Inoue: “Meine Mutter” (Essay, Link)
  • Lois Lowry: “Hüter der Erinnerung” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Judy Blume: “Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Kazuo Ishiguro: “Der Maler der fließenden Welt” (Roman, Link)
  • Isabell Allende: “Mein erfundenes Land” (Essay, Link)
  • A.S. King: “Please don’t hate me: Nichts ist wichtig, wenn man tot ist” (Jugendbuch, Link)

Journalistin, 28:

  • Annika Scheffel: “Ben” (Roman, Link. Kein “Geschenk”, sondern weitergegeben, weil ich es schlimm misslungen fand und keinen Wert auf das Buch lege.)
  • Fréderic Martel: “Mainstream. Wie funktioniert, was allen gefällt.” (Sachbuch, Link)

Bühnentechnikerin, 29:

Regisseurin / Theaterwissenschaftlerin, 29:

  • Joan Didion: “Das Jahr Magischen Denkens” (Essay, Link)
  • Susan J. Douglas: “Where the Girls are. Growing up Female with Mass Media” (Cultural Studies, Link)

entfernte Freundin / Angestellte, die kaum Romane liest; zur Hochzeit:

  • Ben Schott: “Schotts Sammelsurium: Sport, Spiel und Müßiggang” (Trivia, Link)
  • Ben Schott: “Schotts Sammelsurium: Essen und Trinken” (Trivia, Link)
  • Ben Schott: “Schotts Sammelsurium” (Trivia, Link)
  • Matthias Stolz: “Deutschlandkarte. 101 unbekannte Wahrheiten.” (Bildband, Link)
  • David McCandles: “Das BILDERbuch des nützlichen und unnützen Wissens” (Bildband, Link)

Hausfrau / Beamtin, 32:

  • “One Week” (DVD, Link)

Verkäuferin; Fan von (Mainstream-)Fantasy und Young-Adult-Literatur, 45:

  • Patricia Briggs: “Ruf des Mondes” (Fantasy, Link)
  • Sergej Lukianenko: “Wächter der Nacht” (Fantasy, Link)

Krankenschwester, Mitte 50:

  • Stewart O’Nan: “Das Glück der anderen” (Roman, Link)
  • Rick Moody: “Der Eissturm” (Roman, Link)

meine Mutter (ehem. Arzthelferin, Pflegedienstleiterin, Mitte 50):

  • Evan S. Connell: “Liebenswerte Mrs. Bridge” (Roman, Link; mehr hier: Link)
  • Richard Ford: “Unabhängigkeitstag” (Roman, Link)
  • Richard Yates: “Zeiten des Aufruhrs” (Roman, Link)
  • Stephen Chbosky: “Das also ist mein Leben” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • “Mad Men”, Staffel 2 (DVD, Link)
  • …sowie verschiedene DVDs (vor allem Dramen, lange Liste hier, Link)

Krankenschwester, Mitte 60, mag Unterhaltungsliteratur und “Schicksale”:

  • Stewart O’Nan: “Alle, alle lieben dich” (Roman, Link)
  • Kevin Vennemann: “Nahe Jedenew” (Roman, Link)
  • Björn Kern: “Einmal noch Marseille” (Roman, Link)

(deutsche) Sprachlehrerin, wuchs in den 60ern in Santa Monica auf:

  •  Susan J. Douglas: “Where the Girls are. Growing up Female with Mass Media” (Cultural Studies, Link)

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Männer:

Mein Bruder – Mechatroniker, 25:

  • “Das verflixte siebte Jahr” (DVD, Link)
  • “Rachels Hochzeit” (DVD, Link)
  • “Scott Pilgrim gegen den Rest der Welt” (DVD, Link)

Ingenieur/Maschinenbauer, 27:

Programmierer, 28:

  • George R.R. Martin: “Die Herren von Winterfell” (Fantasy-Roman, Link)
  • Gary Shteyngart: “Super Sad True Love Story” (Roman, Link)
  • Tucker Shaw: “Everything I ate: A Year in the Life of my Mouth” (Bildband, Link)
  • Geoff Johns: “Green Lantern: Secret Origin” (Superhelden-Comic, Link)

Bankkaufmann, 30:

Second-Hand-Buch-Galore zum 30. Geburtstag:

  • Neil Gaiman: “American Gods” (Fantasy-Roman, Link)
  • Vladimir Kaminer: “Militärmusik” (Roman, Link)
  • Paul Auster: “Im Land der letzten Dinge” (Roman, Link)
  • John Updike: “Rabbit in Ruhe” (Roman, Link)
  • Richard Ford: “Unabhängigkeitstag” (Roman, Link)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: “Das Bastardzeichen” (Roman, Link)
  • Raymond Chandler: “Der lange Abschied” (Roman, Link)
  • Michael Chabon: “Die unglaublichen Abenteuer von Kavalier & Clay” (Roman, Link)
  • Truman Capote: “Kaltblütig” (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: “Das Glück der anderen” (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: “Die Speed-Queen” (Roman, Link)
  • Kolja Mensing: “Wie komme ich hier raus? Aufwachsen in der Provinz” (Essay, Link)
  • Frank Miller: “All-Star Batman & Robin” (Superhelden-Comic, Link)
  • Greg Rucka: “Batman: No Man’s Land” (Superhelden-Roman, Link)

…und: eine Runde billiger DVDs, um einen kurzen Krankenhausaufenthalt weniger langweilig zu machen:

  • “The Hurt Locker” (DVD, Link)
  • “The Cove” (DVD, Link)
  • “An Education” (DVD, Link)
  • “Before Sunset” (DVD, Link)
  • “Letters from Iwo Jima” (DVD, Link)
  • “Waltz with Bashir” (DVD, Link)
  • “Das verflixte siebte Jahr” (DVD, Link)

Künstler / Kurator, 31:

  • Jörn Morisse / Rasmus Engler: “Wovon lebst du eigentlich? Vom Überleben in prekären Zeiten” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • “Inside Job” (Doku, Link)

mein Vater, Mechatroniker, Mitte 50:

  • Inside Job (Doku, Link)
  • Tree of Life (Familienfilm, Link)

Grafiker, 59 – mag Südostasien und Oldtimer:

  • Naomi Klein: “Die Schock-Strategie” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • “Cube Book: Dream Cars” (Bildband, Link; wollte eine eigene Ausgabe, nachdem er die Bücher meines Neffen gesehen hatte)

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Geschenke für Paare / junge Eltern:

  • “Ugly Betty”, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)
  • “Türkisch für Anfänger”, Staffel 1 bis 3 (DVD-Box, Link)
  • “Before Sunset” (DVD, Link)
  • “Ist das Leben nicht schön?” (DVD, Link)
  • “Vanilla Sky” (DVD, Link)
  • “Das verflixte siebte Jahr” (DVD, Link)

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Geschenke für Freunde aus Kanada / Toronto:

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(weibl.) Office Manager (…und großer Familienmensch), 27, zur Hochzeit:

  • Monika Maron: “Animal Triste” (Roman, engl. Ausg., Link)
  • Joan Didion: “The Year of Magical Thinking” (Essay, Link)
  • Yasushi Inoue: “Chronicle of my Mother” (Essay, Link)
  • Randy Pausch: “The Last Lecture” (Essay, Link)
  • Simone de Beauvoir: “She came to Stay” (Roman, Link)

Grafiker / Animator, 30:

  • Gabriel Bà, Fabio Moon: “Daytripper” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Alissa Torres: “American Widow” (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • Marjane Satrapi: “Persepolis” (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • Apostolos Doxiadis: “Logicomix” (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • David Small: “Stitches” (Graphic Novel, Link)

PR-Frau, 30:

  • Alison Bechdel: Fun Home (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Suzanne Collins: “The Hunger Games” (Jugendbuch, Link)

Webcomic-Zeichnerin / Feministin, 31:

  • Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale: “Catwoman: When in Rome” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker: “Gotham Central, Vol 1.” (Graphic Novel, Link)

Bibliothekar (und Farmerssohn), Ende 30:

  • Josh Kilmer-Purcell: “The Bucolic Plague” (Essay/Memoir, Link)

Filmemacher / Aktivist, 60:

  • Judd Winick: “Pedro and me” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • “Pedro” (Biopic/Drama, Link)

Pädagogin / Feminstin / Couchsurferin in spe, 60:

  • Anne Lamott: “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” (Essay, Link)

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verwandte Links:

LGBT Graphic Novels: Recommendations for Teens & Young Adults

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Good Graphic Novels for school libraries, teenagers and a Young Adult audience… with GLBTQ themes?

Over at “DC Women Kicking Ass” (Link), one of my favorite feminist super-hero blogs, author/webmaster Sue opened an interesting discussion:

“A while back, I got a request for a list of LGBQT Young Adult graphic novels for a High School library.

So far I have Young Avengers, Runaways, Pedro and Me, Tough Love, Strangers in Paradise, Skim and Batwoman.

Please let me know your recommendations and I will compile a list and publish it.

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I read lots of “literary”, more serious graphic novels this winter (recommendations here, Link), so for starters, here are some strong, personal recommendations:

Inclusive, serious, engaging titles for a young audience that will work well in a school setting / book club / discussion group:

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1: JUDD WINICK, “Pedro and me”, 192 pages, 2000.

gay main character  |  HIV prevention  | activism  | reality TV  | gay-straight friendship  | Cuban immigrants  |  autobiographical

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2: ALISON BECHDEL, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic”, 232 pages, 2006.

lesbian narrator / main character  |  coming-of-age  | suicide  | identity politics  | family secrets  | living in the closet  |  homosexual parents  | autobiographical

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3: HOWARD CRUSE, “Stuck Rubber Baby”, 216 pages, 1995.

gay narrator / main character  |  journalism / documentary  |  coming-of-age  | civil rights  |  discrimination, politics, activism  |  1960ies small-town USA  |  pre-Stonewall

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4: DAVID SMALL, “Stitches: A Memoir”, 326 pages, 2009.

straight narrator / main character  |  throat cancer  | identity politics  |  coming-of-age | family secrets  | suicide  |  lesbian parent  |  living in the closet  |  autobiographical

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5: DAN PARENT, “Archie Comics presents: Kevin Keller”, 160 pages, 2012.

gay main character  |  middle school audience  |  coming-of-age  |  Don’t Ask Don’t Tell  |  cartoon / slice-of-life / humour  |  harmless / bowdlerized / non-sexualized

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queer-positive YA books with a focus on trauma, loss, bullying or teenage alienation:

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6: DANIEL CLOWES, “Ghost World”, 80 pages, 1998.

friendship between girls  |  alienation  |  dark humour  |  everyday life  |  post-high school career  |  small-town USA  |  hook-up culture  |  loneliness

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7: JOE KELLY, “I kill Giants”, 184 pages, 2009.

middle-school female narrator  |  alienation  |  magical realism  |  everyday life  |  friendship between girls  |  personal trauma  |  cancer  |  anger / abandonment issues

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8: SARAH LEAVITT, “Tangles: A Story about Alzheimers, my Mother and me”, 127 pages, 2010.

lesbian main character / narrator  |  Alzheimer’s  |  family secrets  |  mother-daughter-dynamics  |  loss  |  leaving for College  |  coming-of-age  |  everyday life  |  autobiographical

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9: BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY, “Lost at Sea”, 160 pages, 2003.

teenage, female main character  |  magical realism  |  coming-of-age  |  friendship  |  soul-searching  |  alienation  | road trips  |  acceptance  |  everyday life

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super-hero books with gay and lesbian heroines:

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10: GREG RUCKA, “Gotham Central: Half a Life”, 168 pages, 2005.

lesbian main character  |  police procedural  |  coming out  |  lesbian relationships  |  second-generation Puerto Ricans in the US  |  Batman  |  psychological thriller

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11: GREG RUCKA, “Batwoman: Elegy”, 176 pages, 2010.

lesbian main character  |  Batman  |  magic, monsters, horror  |  Don’t Ask Don’t Tell  |  power fantasy  |  family dynamics  |  military families  |  self-acceptance  |  loss

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in 2011, the – mediocre, crass and often poorly-written – monthly YA super-hero comic series “Teen Titans” (Link) added a gay character, Bunker (Link). I can’t recommend the series, per se. But the character has gained a vocal following, and some media attention:

Notes from Bunker, Link (Tumblr)

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another note-worthy and worthwhile read / discussion is this (Link) letter column / exchange between Marvel writer Christos Gage (Link) and an anti-gay reader unhappy with teenage gay and lesbian characters in the “Avengers Academy” series (Link).

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notable series / titles that I cannot recommend (because the LGBT part is marginal or the overall writing is too weak):

  • “Buffy: Season 8” (Joss Whedon, Link)
  • “Y: The Last Man” (Brian K. Vaughan, Link)
  • “Friends with Ghosts” (Faith Erin Hicks, Link)
  • “Scott Pilgrim” (Bryan Lee O’Malley, Link)

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titles I have not read myself, yet:

  • “Runaways” (Brian K. Vaughan, Marvel Universe, Link)
  • “Young Avengers” (Allan Heinberg, Marvel Universe, Link)
  • “Strangers in Paradise” (Terri Moore, Link)
  • “Revolutionary Girl Utena” (Chiho Saito, Manga, Link)
  • “Wandering Son” (Takako Shimura, Manga, gender-nonconforming, transsexual (?) elementary school kids, Link)

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and finally: five LGBT prose novels / literary fiction for a High School audience that I enjoyed:

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“Green Lantern” Timeline / Reading Order:

For the Berlin Tagesspiegel, I’m writing a series of essays on DC super-heroes (and their surrounding fan culture). With this years’ “Green Lantern” movie and 2010’s bestselling “Blackest Night” comic event / crossover, I thought it would be fun to read most of the “Green Lantern” comics to bring me up to date.

Unfortunately, most of them aren’t very good.

And most good ones require prior knowledge of earlier events.

After reading nearly 50 collections, here’s a first, tentative timeline for the “Green Lantern” series: Where can you start? What can you skip? And what shouldn’t you miss?

Please comment if you have additional recommendations!

But first things first: See the (excellent) Wikipedia entry for the ‘Green Lantern’ publishing history… and the (even MORE excellent) DC Universe Trade Paperback Reading Order Timeline to see how these adventures tie into the larger stories of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc..

[The 1*, 2*, 3* etc. rating in brackets is the number of stars that I gave the book on Goodreads. No stars means that I haven’t read it yet.]

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good starting points and standalone adventures:

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historical collections and their reading order:

  • here’s a list: I haven’t read any of these 1940ies/50ies/60ies reprint collections, though.

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old stories that are important to understand the newer plots:

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Crises, crossovers and big events: Green Lantern and the DC Universe, 1986 to the late 1990s (most of this is important… but with bad art, flat characters and not much fun):

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Kyle Rayner: Star of ‘Green Lantern’ from 1994 to 2004:

[There are lots of issues missing from the collected editions. I’ve read all single issues – and I can recommend most of them. The one exception: You can quit with issue 155 and ignore the end and the ‘Ion’ series. Nothing of consequence happens there. Make sure to read “Infite Crisis” and the surrounding books, though: By then, the current ‘Green Lantern’ series starring Hal Jordan was back, too.]

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“Green Lantern” & “Green Lantern Corps”: The current series:

[I am surprised how much I dislike the character of Hal Jordan, his girlfriends and Geoff John’s convoluted, dry and joyless storytelling. BUT: ‘Green Lantern Corps’, the companion series, is one of the best DC comics right now. Read ‘Green Lantern’… if only to understand the madness, mayhem, drama and excitement of ‘Green Lantern Corps’. It’s worth it… and both series get better if you read them together.]

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The “Blackest Night” crossover – and everything after:

(I have not read these books so far. Please visit the DC Trade Paperback Timeline for details on the reading order and additional updates!)

I’m not sure how important the ‘Brightest Day’ miniseries is for the ‘Green Lantern’ mythos… and I don’t know how important the ‘Justice League: Generation Lost’ series is for Green Lantern Guy Gardner’s love life / character development.

The main series – ‘Green Lantern’, ‘Green Lantern Corps’ and the new ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors’ continue in the following collections:

There will be another 2 or 3 collections before in September of 2011, four new monthly comic series continue the ‘Green Lantern’ storylines:

‘Green Lantern’ (by Geoff Johns)

‘Green Lantern Corps’ (by Peter Tomasi)

‘Green Lantern: New Guardians’ (by Tony Bedard)

…and ‘Red Laterns’ (by Dave Milligan), all starting with new first issues.

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Mistakes? Corrections? Recommendations? Feedback?

Let me know in the comments! Thank you!

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