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Green Lantern: New Guardians #25 - All Tomorrow's Parties Review

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Carol Ferris accompanies Kyle Rayner on a trip to a strange, unexplored utopia. But total happiness must come with a price right? How high could such a price be?

The Good

I think what’s impressed me the most about the direction the different Green Lanterns have taken after Wrath of the First Lantern is how each one now has a defined role rather than all just being “human Green Lanterns.” Hal is the new leader, John is the drill sergeant, Guy is the diplomat (HAH!) and Kyle is the explorer. Justin Jordan continues, as I previously mentioned, to redefine Rayner’s role as a sort of USS Enterprise of the Corps, exploring strange, new worlds, boldly going etc., etc. And like the Enterprise, his role as the White Lantern means he’s got a ridiculous level of power, but that doesn’t stop him from being shocked or overwhelmed by the unexpected, which is why I like it when a problem can’t immediately be solved by blowing it up. Such is the case when Rayner finds himself on a planet that has seemingly achieved total societal and cultural bliss. But, of course, there’s something simmering just under the surface, and that something has sinister (but not Sinestro) written all over it. We also get to see the relationship between Kyle and Carol continue to grow, and while there’s no significant jump this issue, the fact is that Ferris is along on this adventure as opposed to one of the other Lanterns and that seems significant in and of itself.

The pencils are handled by Brad Walker, with Andrew Hennessy on inks, until Geraldo Borges picks up in the middle with Cam Smith on inks and, in what feels like an increasingly common practice: Wil Quintana handles colors from cover-to-cover. There’s a very smooth transition between the styles and the two compliment each other well, so Quintana’s colors make the entire thing feel mostly seamless. This is a great issue for how little violence there is in it (until the end) and that feels right for what this book is setting out to be about. A book about exploring the galaxy and interacting with new, exciting races doesn’t need action as much as it needs interesting character designs and stories, which this issue is overflowing with. It introduces one of the most absolutely interesting concepts for a sci-fi society that I’ve ever heard of.

The Bad

The artistic shift is still a little jarring, especially as it doesn’t accompany anything in terms of the plot or story. That’s a very minor complaint in what is otherwise a fantastic story.

The Verdict

As much as I actually wound up enjoying Lights Out, I’m glad to see everyone getting back to what they do best, especially in Kyle’s case where what he does best is be amazed by new and strange things. He’s the perfect character to be exploring the wild, bizarre aspects of the universe and this is one helluvan introductory adventure to send him out on. I’m excited to see where it takes him and I’m absolutely thrilled to see that Carol Ferris is along for the ride.

6 Comments
Posted by timelord

I really enjoyed it. It looks like New Guardians and Red Lanterns will be my favourite GL books going forward. The Carol and Kyle relationship is starting to seem less awkward which is good.

Otherwise good review Corey

Another note DC please no more Lantern cross overs let each book develop its own feel.

Edited by 2cool4fun

I think this is the best part of lights out, lights out was amazing, but ended just "okay" but i think the best part is what it left after it's death, it changed the universe of all 4 lantern titles so much, especially reds & new guardians. ( well unless we count OA blowing up, then it's kind of even )

@timelord I totally agree, enough crossovers, but i don't think we will have much more for a while, ( well except for that 2 issue cross between reds and green ) since y'know kyle is considered dead now.

But i would like DC to stop crossing every thing they get there hands on with batman, the green lantern corps one was pointless...

Posted by Watsonian

Green Lantern is my favorite superhero. But the storytelling is stretched too thin between 4 earth lanterns. The GL "universe" would be better served if they somehow got rid of two or three characters.

Posted by HeckTate

I love Kyle's direction for pretty much the whole New 52. He's always been my favorite lantern, and now he's really bringing the story to new places.

Posted by kilomac29

I started the Lantern titles with Lights Out because I was looking for something new. The story was good but the best thing to come out of it was my discovery of this book and Red Lanterns. Love the writing and art on both books. If the previous issues of this book are half as good I'll definitely check them out.