Green Lantern: New Guardians #27 continues the space-spanning adventure of Kyle Rayner and the education of the new Guardians with an excellent little one-and-done returning our old friend Exeter to the spotlight.
In this issue, writer Justin Jordan takes our gang to Exeter’s home turf where a copy (yes, a copy) of a cosmic Monty Hall is looking around to “make a deal.” In true fashion, since everyone in the universe seems to be interested in war, this is the “Warmonger’s” stock-in-trade. But Exeter’s people are peaceful, so WM finds a way to create the market by altering their memories to make the race THINK it is at war. (God, what would Earth's free market system do with this tech?)
As I always say here, after years of Geoff Johns’ multi-colored ring-bearers, it is a true pleasure to meet an alien who does not even know what Kyle’s ring is, how it is powered, et al. A real pleasure.
And this little ditty by writer Jordan too embraces Stan the Man’s old Spidey philosophy: With great power comes great responsibility. Because in this issue, the lesson is not for Kyle or the Guardians but rather Exeter: Just because he is no longer guardian of the Anomaly does NOT mean he is no longer responsible for the welfare of his people, a peaceful race now (because of Warmonger) bent on destroying a race of harmless fungi folk.
I genuinely missed Brad Walker this time around (love his cover), but Andrei Bressan does a wonderful job on this tale. The aliens look alien, the characters are distinct and Kyle looks almost noble, Silver Surfer-ish. Job well done!
This is a fun read as we prepare for the God-Killers. Hope we see Exeter (and the PRIME Warmonger entity) in the future.