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Green Lantern: New Guardians #26 - Yesterday's Gone Review

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What would you do to guarantee a utopia? What would be the line that couldn’t be crossed?

The Good

Justin Jordan inherited an interesting mantle in Green Lantern New Guardians with Kyle Rayner floundering for a purpose amidst a series of cross-overs in which he didn’t play a terribly large role. He’s done an excellent job reestablishing the character as a sort of USS Enterprise-style exploratory Lantern. This serves the function of allowing him to encounter a lot of bizarre, new characters and also presents a great many non-combat problems for him to solve since, as the White Lantern, his ridiculously high power output makes all but the most dire conflicts moot. I’m still loving the way Jordan writes Carol Ferris and ESPECIALLY love how he writes Carol and Kyle’s interactions, though we’re still in murky waters as to what, if anything, is going to be the future of the two of them.

Brad Walker and Geraldo Borges supply pencils and, in general, the transition from one to the next is seamless and the book moves at an extraordinarily brisk pace from one panel to the next. The inks contain the action, crystalizing it (no pun intended where Ferris is involved) and keeping it coherent while highlighing the relevant characters and is supplied by Mariah Benes and J.P. Mayer. Not to sell anyone on the artistic front short, but Wil Quintana and Hi-Fi might be the standouts here, bringing this bizarre, brilliant alien world to glowing, gorgeous life and rendering the powers of the Lanterns, as well the guardians, with incredible, at times devastating, glory.

The Bad

As great as everything looks, and it does look great, the nature of the comic’s story, about an extradimensional invasion, means that characters become somewhat muddied and tend to look the same, causing some minor confusion about who, exactly, is talking. The dialog, likewise, is occasionally unclear on exactly what the plan or motivations of the invaders is and some of the panels jump around too much to keep things in correct perspective.

The Verdict

In what seems to be becoming a trend, this book, and this issue, continue to merge sci-fi sensibilities with superhero characters and settings, delivering a perfect mish-mash of content and displaying a beautiful and vast universe. One of my biggest problems with Green Lantern books was, often, they all focused on Earth, making them seem redundant (especially as it meant that, at any time, Earth had double the Lanterns as any other space sector), so to see Kyle branch out and really explore the strange corners of the DCU. I, of course, don’t mind if he returns home every now and again, but it’s great to see Jordan taking him in some new, interesting directions.

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Edited by timelord

Pretty much spot on. I am glad Kyle can still use the Blue healing power as we are going to need a healer soon. Also Tony Beddard I would love to see a team up of Kyle and Supergirl please make it happen since your in both books.

This or Rouges Rebellion was my favourite pull I can't decide which one.

Posted by bobgillinger

It's written by Justin Jordan not Tony Bedard

Posted by admwriter

I have to say I am really finding this book to be the weakest of the green lantern family. Although in general I really like Kyle and Carol, I find the constant flow of random interchangeable aliens to be boring and forgettable. There seems to be a tendency in DC Comics lately to create one alien race after another and after a while they all start to look the same. Especially because they rarely turn up again after each story. I am Not sure what I would like to see in this book, as it seems directionless and unnecessary.