By Justin Jordan, Brad Walker, & Andrew Hennessy
Lights Out is entering it’s third chapter, and its first issue with Green Lantern New Guardians. The creative teams behind the Green Lantern books have honestly gone through crossover after crossover it seems, and it is getting to be a bit much. At least Relic is a cool villain.
After the destruction of Oa, Kyle is taken over by the entities. Hal Jordan feels paying a visit to Ysmault to see the Red Lanterns is a good idea. Meanwhile, John is off to visit the Indigo Tribe. Possessed by the entities, Kyle gets their knowledge, and comes to a startling realization about Relic and their mission.
Justin Jordan is a writer who gets Kyle Raynor. His dialogue flows smoothly and it all seems right. His run is the best Kyle has been written in years. The first half of this book is very entertaining, and seeing Hal trying to jump the gun and plan to attack Relic is spot on as well. However, once Hal and Star Sapphire leave the issue, it kind of dips a little. Kyle battling the entities is alright, but it gets a bit tiresome after a while. There is a funny bit with John Stewart concerning the Indigo Tribe as a nice break up from the entity battle, which lasts a little long. The end of the issue is a bit of a surprise and will be interesting to see where this takes the crossover.
Brad Walker does a nice job this issue. His creativity seems to show on the new costume Kyle takes on throughout the issue, and it’s always fun to see characters in a different outfit. The imprint of every ring color on Kyle’s chest almost looks like he’s wearing Green Lantern suspenders, which is cool, and made me slightly jealous. One complaint is that Kyle looks so young in this issue, almost like a teenager. I’m not sure if it’s his new mask or what, but he doesn’t seem like a man in some panels. Other than that, it’s a finely drawn issue, and the entities look nice and threatening. Another solid job by Walker.
It would be nice to see this creative team do something other than a crossover. Jordan and Walker is a nice team up with a ton of talent. Let’s hope they get the chance to get the New Guardians back together, since it is the title of the book and all.