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Green Lantern: New Guardians #22 - Relic Review

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Kyle Rayner is in the clutches of the massive entity Relic, but who is this new threat and what connections to the Lanterns does he have?

The Good

Kyle Rayner is a character known for being put through the ringer and Justin Jordan looks to continue that proud, noble tradition. Having mastered the entire Ring spectrum and helping put down not only the Third Army but the First Lantern, Kyle’s first assignment was to show the new Guardians of the Universe around and reacclimate them, so naturally the first place they went, something cosmic and horrible was unleashed. After overcoming Exeter, a strange and hostile guard to what could only be described as a cyst in the galaxy, a being from the previous universe was revealed and now, it begins to explore this strange new cosmos. Unfortunately, this involves trapping Kyle, draining his power and subjecting him to a hallucinated world in which he paints pictures about the current state of the cosmos for an unseen benefactor. The whole thing is very surreal, if not a little familiar, which I’ll get to in a moment, but I really like how Justin writes Kyle, Carol and the Guardians. That’s right, our favorite Star SapphireCarol Ferris reappears and, again, something is simmering just beneath the surface and I absolutely LOVE the tension it creates.

Brad Walker and Andrew Hennesey pencil and ink with Wil Quintana coloring and, as usual, they all do a stand-up job. Stories in space can skate by with just a black background with white specks in many cases, but that’s rarely resorted to here with massive ships and bizarre aliens filling the gaps between the main characters and a giant, terrifying two-page spread that’s one of the most genuinely bizarre things the book has put forth yet. There’s not a lot of action, but when there is, it’s well-paced and impactful, somewhat staccato but not to its detriment.

The Bad

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a giant humanoid who survived the destruction of the previous universe returns, constructs his own ship and begins to storm across the universe. Comics borrow ideas from each other, and especially across publications, all the time, but this is a little on-the-nose, though not enough to be something like The Authority or Squadron Supreme. Likewise it feels a little soon to be locking Kyle in a prison of his own mind with a contented fantasy to keep him docile so soon after the First Lantern did literally the exact same thing.

The Verdict

Despite a lot of repeated ideas, this series still drips with a lot of originality and great new ideas, and I’m especially intrigued in seeing where Relic is going and what he wants. There’s a lack of the actual New Guardians, but they’ve been replaced by a DIFFERENT set of New Guardians, so the book’s title is still technically accurate, but I do hope to see the return of the rest of the team soon. In the meantime, Kyle Rayner’s hands are kept full in an entertaining, engaging way that practically demands to be read. The character dynamics mixed with the action and new, strange beings are reason enough to ignore the very minor shortcomings and see where this is all going and what it’s all building to.

25 Comments
Edited by Ando123

I loved this comics I think JJ is doing a good job.

Posted by Squalleon

Justin Jordan is trying to get Kyle and Carol together..........god let's hope Hal doesn't find out!

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Posted by Trevel8182

Is it me or does it seem like since Kyle became a White Lantern he's getting bet up more often.

Edited by 34g3f3ert3t43

@squalleon: I really don't want them to, but it is a nice twist and kinda breaks away from the monotomous "Hal and Kyle get together, then break up", cycle.

Edited by JairamGanpat

@squalleon: I really don't want them to, but it is a nice twist and kinda breaks away from the monotomous "Hal and Kyle get together, then break up", cycle.

lol wut?

Posted by 34g3f3ert3t43
Edited by darknightspideyfanboy

are the other color lantern corp getting destroy? if so im surprise geoff john would give permission to that idea

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@squalleon: I really don't want them to, but it is a nice twist and kinda breaks away from the monotomous "Hal and Kyle get together, then break up", cycle.

are the other color lantern corp getting destroy? if so im surprise geoff john would give permission to that idea

Kyle's trying to get some some revenge for the whole Hal/Alex thing back during Hal's Parallax days.

Posted by martyyy15

@squalleon:

Dear god no!!! Hal x Carol FOREVER!!! Bring back soranik. Carol is hals girl. I'lll be seething if this happens

Posted by martyyy15

@avenging_x_bolt:

And they better not destroy the other corps. That is like eliminating everything John did. A huge insult to the franchise

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@squalleon:

Dear god no!!! Hal x Carol FOREVER!!! Bring back soranik. Carol is hals girl. I'lll be seething if this happens

meh. they need to end thi on and off bull. either stay together or leave each other alone. until then im done caring about their relationship

@avenging_x_bolt:

And they better not destroy the other corps. That is like eliminating everything John did. A huge insult to the franchise

where the hell did people get the idea that they're going to destroy the other corps? Venditti said that each Corps would pay a price. this suggests they'll still be there at the end.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

@martyyy15: it wouldnt be a insult to john if he is the who said he was cool about it beside just because there destroyed doesn't mean there gone in comic nothing stay dead

Edited by martyyy15

@darknightspideyfanboy: but that was the center of johns run. The war of light. I mean its way too early to get rid of something the past writer made so great

Edited by martyyy15

@avenging_x_bolt: well for the majority of johns run he was in love with carol. Her star sapphire rimg even connected them when he was in dead zone. Plus kyle and hal are good friends, it would be such a dick move for him to steal his girl.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@avenging_x_bolt: well for the majority of johns run he was in love with carol. Her star sapphire rimg even connected them when he was in dead zone. Plus kyle and hal are good friends, it would be such a dick move for him to steal his girl.

1.thats nice but the thing is i really dont care. for the majority f the character existence, she's been nothing but a burden on Hal and always runs when things get tough. and now even despite the whole business with the third army and the first Lantern, she's left yet again. if you enjoy reading that stagnant crap then that your own business and good for you. i however am not interested.

2. their is no such thing as "stealing someone's girl", that implies that the girl is an object without the ability to make their own choices. if Carol ad Kyle develop feeling for one another and Carol leaves Hal, its a choice she made. not theft.

Posted by martyyy15

@avenging_x_bolt: 1. Well for me the definimg gl period is johms run. So I go off that story for those two

2. Hmm very good point. But her tether pointed to hal as her true love, meanimg she loves him amd vice versa. So it would be more of kyle trying to steal her away despite him knowing that she loves hal..., and yeahh I think him semi breaki g up with her after all they just went through is stupid. Im not totally digging this new direction of my favorite character

Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt

@martyyy15 said:

@avenging_x_bolt: 1. Well for me the definimg gl period is johms run. So I go off that story for those two

2. Hmm very good point. But her tether pointed to hal as her true love, meanimg she loves him amd vice versa. So it would be more of kyle trying to steal her away despite him knowing that she loves hal..., and yeahh I think him semi breaki g up with her after all they just went through is stupid. Im not totally digging this new direction of my favorite character

still make no sense. she would still be making a choice of her own free will to be with Kyle. it might not be a good choice but it still wouldn't be stealing. It still be Carol leaving. unless Kyle brainwashes lies, kidnaps or threatens,its not stealing.

i've read all of Johns pre flashpoint run but it doesn't change my opinion of Carol. Just because she loves him doesn't mean she deserves him.

Posted by martyyy15

@avenging_x_bolt: x she is a hero, did so much during the war of light. She deserves someone as strong and caring as hal. And it would be a betryal of friendship to hit on or try to cause her to have doubts about her relationship with hal. Besides I like kyle with soranik

Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt

@avenging_x_bolt: x she is a hero, did so much during the war of light. She deserves someone as strong and caring as hal.

thats nice. lots of heroes do stuff. does not change the fact that during the vast majority of her existence, she's been more trouble than she's worth. she always runs away when there relationship gets rough even when Hal goes to hell and back for her. no amount of phoned in Geoff John stories will make me forget that.

And it would be a betrayal of friendship to hit on or try to cause her to have doubts about her relationship with hal. Besides I like kyle with soranik

i can agree with this. but it doesn't look like Kyle and Soranik will be getting back together any time soon.

Posted by martyyy15

@avenging_x_bolt: noooooo. No kyle and sorannik, no never give up hal, what is becomming of gl

Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

Galactus, sorry I meant Relic.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

@arkhamc1tizen: I was thinking the same thing. I got a real big "Galactus" vibe from relic.

Posted by derf_jenkins

I just recently added the 5 lantern titles to my pull list. I was never a fan before of that world and the characters, but I have enjoyed these recent issues. This one seems to be setting up a crossover event. The only Geoff Johns GL book I have read was his last one...the big $7.99 issue. I thought it was solid and then I figured out that Robert Venditti was going to be taking over the writing duties. I have loved his X-O Manowar run and decided I would give GL a fair try. I must say I have not been disappointed in any of it. The world seems so vast and full of characters. I gather that Johns laid all of the groundwork for this over the past decade. The books all seem to have their own purpose and focus. I really liked the Larfleeze issue. I am gonna stick around on all these titles for awhile.

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