By Justin Jordan, Brad Walker & Geraldo Borges
Green Lantern: New Guardians has been one of the New 52 titles that has gone through several changes in it’s run so far. You could look at a book like Batman and there is consistent and great writing. The characters are all the same, but with New Guardians, there really isn’t much consistency in the cast, and that makes this book unpredictable.
This issue concludes the two part storyline of Kyle and Carol’s trip to Exuras. Nias tries to destroy the paradise planet, which Kyle obviously has a problem with, while the guardians try to appeal to the grandfather. Carol attempts to stop a barrage of war aliens while making sure the city doesn’t fall. Just an ordinary day for a member of the corps.
There are some very good elements in this book that are likable. Justin Jordan continues to write Kyle well and he is giving him some wonderful character development. He also shows us Kyle putting his foot down and giving a “my way or the highway” approach, which is great as well. That being said , this issue did have a few confusing parts in it, initially near the beginning, but that will happen when you are dealing with tons of aliens that look similar. The guardians are still very mysterious, and Jordan does a good job of playing that up as the reader has to decide if they can be trusted. A decent issue, but it would be nice if the rest of the lanterns would return to the title.
Brad Walker’s pencils have been very impressive on this title so far and this issue is no different. The use of shading in this issue really adds to several close up panels. This book is essentially a big battle and Walker really shines in many of his fight scenes. Panel composition should also get a mention too; Walker composes them in so many various ways and styles that it really is fun to look at.
This was a decent issue that raised some new and interesting plot points. Jordan is really doing a great job of fleshing Kyle out, and Brad walker continues to turn in great pencils every month. This series is definitely a great addition to the Green Lantern mythos.