Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #21


The changes continue in the Green Lantern franchise, and in this part of the cosmos that is a good thing!

“Cosmic” seems to be the name of the game as Kyle Rayner, AKA the White Lantern, acts as tour guide for the real “new” Guardians as they explore the vastness of DCU space. It seems, at least in Green Lantern: New Guardians, we may be away from other ring slingers for awhile as we learn about some of the other alien races, old and new, in this fantastic and largely unexplored universe.

This goal is what I had always held out for Threshold or Stormwatch, but largely no soap. But now Kyle and the Guardians Templar are taking the grand tour, and the first discovery they make is going to lead to T-R-O-U-B-L-E not only for Kyle and his Blue Men Group but also for Hal and those on Oa.

I really appreciate the energy new scribe Justin Jordan puts into this first issue. Of all the GL franchise books, Kyle’s has always had the most in outer space energy. But Jordan has ramped that up several times!

And what can I say about my boy Brad Walker? Former artist on Guardians of the Galaxy, all that space beauty and storytelling knowledge has already made him one to watch out for in this first issue. His “anomaly” splash is absolutely beautiful, and he is giving Kyle a personality he has not seen since days of old beside Ganthet.

All in all, #21 gets an A on my score card. The only thing holding it back from A+ is Exeter’s resemblance to Terrax and that drippy Earth scene with Carol Ferris (please!).

A definite need-read for the cosmically inclined!