Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #1-4

Kirkham and Batt offer a repository of breathtaking art here with impactful and tenaciously colorful renderings that gleam and glisten. The art shines brilliantly and it’s well built upon by Tony Bedard’s dramatic plot that makes Rayner more appealing than Hal at this time. Circumventing the new 52 is something the GL universe had no problem doing as it picks up where the war left off. It’s hinging on Ganthet’s new mindset under the ever-nefarious Guardians as they rebuild Oa with hidden agendas, only to encounter Kyle Rayner and Saint Walker. Rayner has attracted a multitude of rings and each corp is gunning for him, and as he approaches his Guardians, a lab-rat betrayal sinks in

and keeps us on edge.

This book stems away from overexplaining and mundane dissections that previous books dabbled in before the new 52 and it focuses a lot of action and rage into why Kyle is seen as a special vessel. Larfleeze and Walker play prominent roles and add an extra degree of tact, composure and balance to an already well crafted and mysterious tale. Sayd also proves a key component with her direction being an immense addition to the story. Great art and great story. (8.5/10)

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