what should i read if i wanna start reading some good kyle rayner?
The good news is that the Green Lantern writers don’t seem to have the same problems that the Bat writers do so I can genuinely say ‘well, anything and everything’ and not feel like i’m subjecting you to torment. (I recently tried the new 52 and while there are parts I can’t stand, it’s not as bad as the rest of DC’s titles I suppose. Faint praise.)
But honestly, 2004′s Green Lantern: Rebirth is one of the best starting off points to catch up on Green Lanterns, because the entire current mythos is basically based on that (which retconned a bunch of stuff) so it’s kind of the foundation for everything that comes after.
So, for new people who don’t want to go back to the 90s, start with GL: Rebirth (not the Rebirth Green Lanterns title, which is different) and then maybe look at the 2005 Green Lanterns Secret Origins issue because it has some cute and interesting stories (both have Kyle) and bios for the Lanterns which will help. Proceed to ignoring the Rann-Thanagar war because while it’s kind of relevant the actual mini-series isn’t that interesting and kind of confusing, and ties into Infinite Crisis, and it barely has any good Kyle to be perfectly honestly (there’s an exception one-shot but it’s AFTER–) go instead into Green Lanterns: Recharge, which is a mini-series that basically picks up after Rebirth, once you finish that then read the Rann-Thanagar War Infinite Crisis special because it’s actually relevant to Kyle’s development (wiki the backstory of the war tbh, or if you want to read the whole war do so, but only if you’re interested in more than just Kyle) and from there into Kyle’s Ion series (these are all mini-series so it’ll be quick).
Ion feeds directly into the Sinestro Corps War crossover, which is pretty good event and it’s at this point you’ll have definitely realized that not only is Hal Jordan an epic Space Dad but he’s Kyle’s Space Dad in particular even if both of them haven’t realized yet.
(Countdown stuff is roughly here, which is where you get the team up of Kyle, Donna and Jason and Bob the Monitor that is better in theory than execution but still a Fun Mess).
After that Kyle goes into the Green Lantern Corps Vol 2 run where he’s partnered with Guy. It’s a solid run and it’s at this point you’ll have realized that not only is Kyle a hopeless romantic who gets into relationships mostly to be in love (i’m not joking) but that none of them hold together very well. Poor boy. Possibly the worst thing the GL writers do is tell that Kyle’s relationships were better and more meaningful than they were (Jade, uh, literally cheats on him but that’s before Rebirth so you’ll be forgiven for having thought she was the love of his life for awhile).
Partway through the run Blackest Night happens, but it’s easy to place as you just need to follow Green Lantern Corps right the way through until War of the Green Lanterns crossover, which ends Post-Crisis for the GLs. By this point you’ll know Kyle very well. Here, either skip the new 52 and go right to Rebirth (some of Kyle’s new 52 run is good but mostly it’s eh and sometimes confusing in the context of everything else, so a wiki is just as decent as he’s honestly quite isolated in it) where he features in the current Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, which will literally take those earlier thoughts of Hal Jordan as Space Dad and basically draw hearts around them.
OR, you can detour back to the mid 90s and go for classic Kyle. Honestly at any point that you maybe get bored during the Green Lantern Corps run (it’s really long), you can just skip back to reading Kyle’s old 90s stuff. There’s some good stuff back there but a lot of it just isn’t very relevant anymore, but it’s good trivia because you’ll be able to realize when the GL writers are handwaving shit (they do it a lot but unlike the Bat writers it tends not to be too offensive so you mostly roll your eyes and wait for the next writer to come along and handwave it back).