Then we get to the Marz issues. Of which I'm only 2/3rds of the way through his impressive 77 issue run on the series.
Of course, Marz had the enviable(or unenviable, depending) task of introducing a brand new character uncluttered by history, back story and continuity. But also, replacing "fan fave" Hal Jordan with a complete unknown. So it's a double edged sword. Also, as I discovered, he had to keep informing new and lapsed readers who Kyle was and why Hal wasn't around anymore. Which was something of an albatross for the entire series going forward and I applaud Marz for making it work.
48-50 was of course Emerald Twilight. Coast City gets vaporized. Seven Million people die. Hal goes crazy, destroys the Corps and the Guardians, etc. And Kyle gets the ring.
51-62. Kyle's first year. His GF Alex gets killed as stuffed in a fridge. He joins the Titans. And basically is on a learning curve with the Ring. Also starts sort of a relationship with Donna Troy.
63-64. Evil Hal comes back for "his" ring. Kyle and the JLA oppose him, and Kyle "earns" the mantle of GL in the eyes of the JLA. Funnily enough, Parallax thoroughly trounced the entire JLA AND Kyle. Then basically changed his mind at the end and told Kyle to keep the ring. So Kyle didn't really do anything to earn the name except get a beatdown.
65-70. Team up with Flash, Underworld Crossover, and in 70 he invites his hot model neighbor up to his room so he can sketch her nude, and Donna walks in so they break up. Ha! Dumbass.
71-73. Kyle gets a bug up his ass to find out makes a real hero, singe goes on the obligatory guest star tour of DC meeting Batman, Robin, Alan Scott, Shazam, and Wonder Woman.
74-75. Outer space adventure. Wraps up dangling plot threads from the recently canceled Darkstars comic.
76-77. The first of many team ups with the New Green Arrow, Connor Hawke. An organic, believable friendship starts between them. Nicely done.
78-79. A couple issues of standard hero stuff
89-81. Final Night. Hal Jordan sacrifices himself to restart the sun. Dies a hero. Has a big funeral in 81. Which I don't have because fuck if I'm gonna pay $20 for it.
82. Reconciles with Donna. Babysits her kid. Lets him wander into the tiger enclosure at the zoo.
83-85. Fatality is introduced. She's killing GLs and ex GLs because John Stewart accidentally blew up her planet.
86. Jenny"Jade"Hayden moves in as Kyle's platonic roommate. Kyle still manages to peep her naked in the shower. My man.
87. Martian Manhunter team up.
88-90. Kyle and Donna go visit Kyle's estranged mother in LA. Donna finds out her son and ex husband died in a car crash.
91. Genesis event crossover. DeSaad tortures Kyle. Pointless.
92. Another Green Arrow crossover.
93. Deadman guest stars.
94. A Superboy crossover.
95. Jim Starlin drew this issue. So that's pretty cool.
96. Part of a 3-part crossover with Flash and Green Arrow.
97-99. Gets thrown into the future and meets the LoSh and his descendant, a young girl who wields his ring for a bit.
100. Then the LoSH send him back in time but overshoot by ten years, so he meets Hal right after he got the ring, and he meets the Corps in their prime, and helps defeat Sinestro. At the end, the Guardians send him back to his proper time, and young Hal accidentally goes with him.
So as you can see, although evenly spaced out, Hal was still very much a part of the book and Kyle was often left playing second banana in his own title. And much of the theme of the series was "How will I measure up against ALL the other GLs who came before me."
But considering the longshot premise of a brand new GL winning over fans, I think the book did pretty well.
I'm looking forward to the rest of Marz's run and Winick's as well.
"Say Jim! Whoo! That is a bad outfit! Whoooo!"