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Green Lantern: New Guardians #12 - In the Name of Love Review4
It's the final battle with Invictus and the reason Sayd lied to the team is revealed.
This is a fantastic, and highly under-rated team book. We've seen the "there's no way these guys could ever work together" team book before, but what I love about this book is the big personalities that make up this team. This really is an all-star lantern book, even if the all stars are all b-list.
Guardians are losing it left and right, and I love it! More great set-up here of Guardians being the real enemy and making horrible decisions. While Invictus is the enemy in this story, this issue and the last really enforces the argument that the Guardians are all getting a bit out of hand and they're the "people" the Lanterns should be fighting. This book really focuses on Sayd, but it just adds to everything going on in the main Green Lantern book.
Really solid action in this issue as the whole team takes on Invictus. While I didn't like this character to start off with, he's grown on me immensely. Larfleeze has a couple really great moments here, and I love how it concludes between him and Leviticus.
While Tony Bedard has been doing a wonderful job writing this book, the art team really shines: Tyler Kirkham (pencils), Batt (inks), and Nei Ruffino & Wes Hartman (colors). Each month, we're treated to a slew of great art and color work here that really pops off the page.The second to last page of the issue, featuring Sayd on the left side screaming, and four panels on the right, really stands out here. There's great color work in the spaces between the panels, and I love how they drew Sayd. Awesome work.
It's a bit of a let down of a reveal page. While I'm excited to see how everything turns out in two months when issue 13 rolls around, I just don't like how things left off at the end of this issue. It gives me a feeling like this was all for nothing. I hope I'm horribly wrong.
I have a lot of love for this book because it's incredibly fun and builds well upon a greatly developed universe. I love how Sayd is portrayed in this issue and the explanation for her losing it. Invictus finally grew on me as a character and the conclusion of that part of the story was really satisfying. I loved the action sequences and writing here, and the art is top notch.
The reveal page wasn't my favorite, and I felt like everything that happened here was almost for nothing. We'll see how the next issue turns out.
Overall, I highly recommend this issue and series.