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52apolooza: Green Lantern: New Guardians

Written by Christian on Monday, October 17 2011 and posted in Reviews

The Rainbow Corps is back and more multicolored than ever! Check out the article and see how the book did in 52apolooza!

Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

Look at all the shiny rings!  Green Lantern: New Guardians looks to finally expand upon the multicolored Rainbow Corps first introduced by Geoff Johns a few years back.  Does it do its job?  Click and find out!

DC Reviewer: Sakie

The 4th week of the "New 52" brings us the 4th and final Green Lantern title in Green Lantern: New Guardians. Both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps have been good books, but they weren't great at being accessible to new readers. New Guardians tries to change that, as the opening seven pages of this book are a retelling of Kyle Rayner's origin. It helps new readers identify and reminds older readers who Kyle is, which is a plus because it reminds me how much I actually enjoyed reading Kyle Rayner stories.

guardians1After the retelling of Kyle's origin, we are taken to some of the farthest reaches of space. A Sinestro Corps member is terrorizing the "Khund Empire," a Red Lantern is burning a planet, and a Star Sapphire is attempting to rescue a married couple from a group of space pirates. Suddenly for some unexplained reason, their rings declare them decommissioned and they abandon their wielders. Fatality is able to rescue the former Star Sapphire but the Sinestro Corps member is brutally murdered while the Red Lantern drops dead. It is easy enough to determine that the Sinestro Corps member enjoys spreading fear into his prey, while the Star Sapphire is defending love. In the case of the Red Lantern, if you are a new reader with no knowledge of the multiple corps, you really have no way of knowing why he is burning a planet or why he suddenly drops dead when his ring leaves him.

Back on Earth, Kyle saves a construction worker who was distracted when he flew by. Afterwards, a child makes fun of him for not being Hal Jordan before each of the derelict rings find their way to him declaring "Kyle Rayner of Earth, You Have Been Chosen." A member of each corp, except for the Blue and Orange variety arrive wanting their corpsmen's rings back. Hilarity ensues and that's it for the first issue.

I didn't expect New Guardians to be my favorite of the Green Lantern titles but in a lot of ways it was. I'm not Bedard's biggest fan but aside from not really explaining much about the different corps he did a good job of making a fun first issue. Like I said before, Bedard reminded me that I really like Kyle Rayner, which is definitely a plus.

Kirkham does a good job of setting the mood for each scene. At times, some of his faces or poses look a little awkward but as a whole his style compliments this book and I am excited to see how he brings other members of the corps to life.

This may not be the absolute best of the Green Lantern titles but it is definitely the friendliest to new readers.

Writing: 21/25
Art: 20/25
Accessibility: 22/25
Enjoyability: 21/25

Total Score: 84

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