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Green Lantern: New Guardians #9 - Beyond Hope Review

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The Reach invades Odym! How will the Blue Lanterns respond?

The Good

It's time for a cross-over of epic proportions! I'm not a regular Blue Beetle reader, but I am aware of what's going on in the book, overall. I loved seeing the Reach make their way into this series. It makes sense and does not feel forced. It's a bit weird to see the Reach at first, but by the end of the issue, you quickly realize they are a force to be reckoned with and they will not go down easily.

There's more than one way to kill of a Blue Lantern, which we find out in this issue. One new element I really liked was that is a Blue Lantern loses all hope, they lose their ring. Of course, if the lantern is flying, they'll fall and die, like we see in this issue. It's cool to see some new rules to the ring here, which this book has been great at building upon.

There is a great feeling of hopelessness in this issue as the Reach invades. This issue mainly focuses on these two battling each other, and we get to see the full extent of how powerful these two teams truly are. I like the fact the focus here is just on this battle. Sure, I'd like to see more from the other corps, but spending more time with the Blue Lanterns leads to a better understanding of the inner workings of the corps and makes them more than another group with a colored ring on. Although this series contains a lot of different teams working together, it's done a great job at developing these teams individually.

Great page and a half plash as the Reach invades by Tyler Kirkham. While Tony Bedard's stories and writing have been top notch, Kirkham has done a great job on this series and should be commended as well. The opening pages alone are so great to look at and so full of detail. He's highly under-rated as an artist.

The Bad

Two different art teams on this book. It's midly distracting, and if Kirkham was on the whole issue, it would have flowed so well. Tomas Giorello takes over for 3 pages, two of which deal with the Star Sapphires, and his art is solid, but you can tell there is a change.

The Verdict

Green Lantern: New Guardians does what many books fail to do well, take over another writer's mythos and work with it perfectly while continuing to build onto it. Bedard and Kirkham are a great team and I love what they're doing with this book. There's the start to a great story line as the Reach and the Blue Lantern Corps go at it here and I love how powerful the Reach truly are. This is the start to a great cross-over.

The only problem I had with this issue was that there were two different art teams on this issue. Not a big deal, but it was noticeable.

Overall, I highly recommend this series. It's a great companion piece to the Green Lantern universe.

19 Comments
Posted by zackattack529

this book continues to get better and better...has all the elements that make comics great. its fun, pacing is well done, there are subplots, great character dynamic, awesome art. and it ties in nicely with the green lantern universe.

the thing great about this book is it makes EVERY character cool...theres not one character in this book i DONT like haha

even Munk and fatality are cool when they are there. although fatlity has yet to have a big moment but i can see her being a hue impact. although her corps have remained safe and in the shadows so far. big things are about to happen in the green lantern universe and this is the book im stickin with allllll the way X)

Posted by doordoor123

I was thinking of picking this up because I am a fan of the Reach, but I haven't been a fan of this series.

Posted by Rixec

@doordoor123 said:

I was thinking of picking this up because I am a fan of the Reach, but I haven't been a fan of this series.

Pick it up. It is an AMAZING issue of a series that keeps getting better. The Reach are just beautifully drawn and all the new elements added to their arsenal.

Posted by jsphsmth

Really regretting dropping the Lantern books. Too much backstory for me to enjoy as a new reader, regardless of the soft reboot in September. The storylines do look amazing though.

Posted by zackattack529

@jsphsmth: In your case i would just pick up this series..it wont confuse you as much as the other titles. they pretty much cover the important stuff you need to know about certain aspects in the dialogue. but this series is amazing..in my opinion BETTER than the main series. ive gotten people into this title who know very little about the lantern universe other than blackest night. so im sure you can enjoy this title as well as any.

Posted by Rise2Ragnarok

I personally prefer this book over John's GL. This series is just getting better.

Posted by inferiorego

@zackattack529 said:

@jsphsmth: In your case i would just pick up this series..it wont confuse you as much as the other titles. they pretty much cover the important stuff you need to know about certain aspects in the dialogue. but this series is amazing..in my opinion BETTER than the main series. ive gotten people into this title who know very little about the lantern universe other than blackest night. so im sure you can enjoy this title as well as any.

@Rise2Ragnarok said:

I personally prefer this book over John's GL. This series is just getting better.

I used to like this better than the main GL series, but in the past couple of issue, Johns has turned up the heat with GL.

Either way, you can't lose with both of these books on your pull list

Posted by Andromeda

This is another book I'm gonna have to add to the trade list, huh?

Posted by Cafeterialoca

I love this book and I hope it continues to sell. I just enjoy the heck out of it!

Posted by jrock85

Currently the best Lantern title, IMO.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

Still loving this book and while I haven't read it yet im sure its going to be great. Knowing there is a change in artist for 3 pages is off putting. Its okay to change artist issue to issue but the more I read comics the more bothersome that even is. I really find irksome when its done in the midst of an issue. It really can interrupt the flow of a book.

Posted by JamDamage

this book started out good, then just got real stupid. Hope this brings it back.

Edited by feargalr

I'm really liking this series, especially how closely its working with the main GL series, with the stuff about the guardians and all that is great and the new mythos is too. Although the stuff with the reach felt like it came outta nowhere, but I'm not reading blue beetle so I won't hold it against the issue.

Posted by TheOptimist

The twist that is spoiler blocked really kinda floored me... it seems obvious now, but when I read the page my mouth just dropped and I let out an indecent expletive or two. That was... well done.

All that work to get a Blue Lantern and yet still so easy to lose them...

This book is really stepping up its game right now... my thoughts have been slightly against the trend, in that this hasn't been my favorite of the lantern books (doesn't mean I haven't liked it, just haven't adored it), but it is quickly building up the steam it needs to move into a powerhouse spot... I think this is really a build over time style book. Well done.

Posted by Afro_Warrior

I really enjoyed this issue, the art change was a bit annoying but it was still good art so i got over it. In regards to the actual plot i thought it was great i loved seeing Saint Walker in action and displaying exactly why he is the first Blue Lantern. Well written, great art, good characterisation and we learnt a bit more about the abilities and extent of the Blue Lantern rings. Loved it and i hope Bedard and Kirkham are on this book for a while.

Edited by Dhor

i love the fact that the members seem to start caring about each other and it`s a blast (at least for me) to see Arkillo and Fatality coming to help the Blue Lantern Corps. I can`t wait for the next issue when the Guardians arrive and battle the Reach. (at least i hope that`s what will happen). and never knew how badass can a blue lantern can be when a green lantern is not around. i really like the fact that they are some kind of melee combatants with rings

PS: i would like for a ongoing with a blue lantern, as it seems that Blue is more interesting the the Red lanters.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

I don't know how Arkillo just let that quip from the Weaponer slide, though. I woulda thought he would have ripped his head off for saying what he did. Also, they have to explain to me why Arkillo is so ready to jump to Walker's aid. Might it be the tongue? I know I'm just nitpicking and overall I enjoyed this as I do every month's issue of this series.

Edited by Dernman

This book was loosing it's momentum IMO but it's starting to pick up again. It was a good issue and I'm glad they are breaking down the Corps. I kinda feel Sayde is behind all of this but I could be wrong. 
 
Anyone else notice the Star Sapphires had a spy in their ranks? It must be Sister Sercy.

Posted by GeraldChee

@jsphsmth:

I like the GL family titles...all of them are solid work..though green lantern corps isn't cutting it out for me