Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Advanced Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #13

Writer: 
Tony Bedard
Art: 
Andrei Bressan, Amilcar Pinna
Colors: 
Nei Ruffino
Colors: 
Pete Pantazis
Letterer: 
Dave Sharpe
Cover: 
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Rod Reis
Publisher: 
DC Comics
Price: 
$2.99
Release Date: 
October 17, 2012

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Slowly … very slowly ... but surely, the Third Army is rising and making its way across DCU space. Now the Guardians’ buggers are in Korgoth space in Space Sector 2819 and are already doing what they’ve already started on Earth: taking the citizenry and making them mindless slaves of the little smurfs.

I mean, even the Manhunters had a certain programming. These creatures are more like cosmic zuvembies (if you Comics Code fans remember those, lol).

Meanwhile, former artist Kyle Rayner is getting the snot knocked out of him, this time by Red Lantern Atrocitus, in order to master the disciplines of the emotional spectrum. The question as Big A hammers away at Earth Boy is what part and passion does Kyle lose from his heart and soul as he endures this “training”?

If you see him this issue after Atrocitus has taught him red rage, sitting on the disheveled grounds of late girlfriend Alexandra DeWitt with not an eye-bat, it may have all this sensitive Lantern’s long-time fans a tad concerned.

Writer Tony Bedard turns in a good script this go-round, with some tightly-knitted scenes that fit well together while carrying the emotion to a peak as we suffer along with and inside Kyle to do what MUST be done to defeat the Guardians of the Universe and their Third Army.

Andrei Bressan and Amilcar Pinna do a competent job of keeping Bedard’s script going, although their figures sometimes come off as a bit cartoony in places of serious import. Still, I had no objection; it is plain these two are good storytellers, and that to me is the name of the game in this medium.

All in all, Green Lantern: New Guardians #13 gets Kyle going for the war to come. Where he is at its end, if still living, is yet anyone’s guess.  

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