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Green Lantern: New Guardians #28 - The Godkillers, Part I: Light and Fire Review

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Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner continue their journey across the universe with the Guardians, this time encountering a planet torn asunder by religious war.

The Good

There’s so much to love about Green Lantern: New Guardians. It’s ability to establish an entirely new world with such an incredible economy of time and scope is commendable and should be lauded. And it’s more than just new worlds, there’s a joyous tone that permeates this book that’s hard to find elsewhere in the New 52, but it’s not precisely a lightness of tone necessarily as the book can, and does become very serious. This issue, in particular, with its heavy themes of the believers of a the religion of X’hal cordoned to their own, lower-class section of the city, not allowed to venture out for ANY reason, even to find food. Amidst all of this, we’re introduced to a group of beings who are apparently murdering gods across different worlds, also pretty grim stuff, but amidst it all is more amazing banter between Kyle and Carol, even the Guardians show a surprisingly humorous side that helps set them apart from their stoic predecessors. I’d be hard-pressed to call this a funny book, but it’s certainly a FUN one.

A huge part of the credit for that has to go to Brad Walker’s pencils as well as Andrew Hennessy and Ryan Winn’s inks, but especially Wil Quintana’s colors. The action and pacing of this issue is top-notch with the cuts back and forth between our protagonists and the Godkillers happening seamlessly and at appropriate parts, the panel layout is clear and distinct while maintaining great kinetic force. But the colors are the real treat this time around. The book takes place primarily during the day in most cases and every panel, even the ones in space, are bursting at the seams with crisp, clear, distinct colors. The illusion of motion in this book, and this is thanks to all of the artists, is stunning.

The Bad

As religious conflicts go, especially in modern writing, this one seems a little clear-cut for my tastes. There are times when it approaches some very trenchant, topical commentary on what’s going on in the world today, but by making both sides so completely polarizing, it’s VERY clear that one is right and one is wrong. I’m hoping this gets developed next issue.

An occasional panel has an awkward looking face. There’s a particularly expression that’s common to Brad Walker’s art where a character will look like they’re biting their lip, but it’s not an expression that matches the situation. It more suits a look of embarrassment and pensiveness.

The Verdict

This issue is a great jumping-on point and a great example of why this book needs to exist. The DCU is so much cheerier and more expansive with exploratory titles like this that don’t have to tie into giant, megalithic continuities and has some space to breathe and establish itself and its tone. This book does that well and this issue shows exactly how it does what it does. I’ve also loved the shorter two-issue arcs as they help the book stay fresh while enticing new readers.

8 Comments
Posted by Ando123

This books is one of the best dc titles.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Interesting. I thought it was an okay issue.

Posted by batsymyplaything

I like this God-killer concept. I wonder how far will they expand on this idea?

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Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Posted by timelord

I thought the story was rather meh as it has been done better else where but the art was simply stunning.

Posted by mak13131313

One of my favorite books. I really enjoyed this issue. I think the God-Killer story is going to be exciting. Can't wait till the next issue!

Posted by burgerkong

Im reading all lantern comics except this title but out of curiosity I read this issue and all I could say is wow, just wow. The intro was awesome (kids being raffled for their god....), I cant wait for the next ish, god-killer it is.