Kyle Rayner, Earth’s rookie Lantern, has proven himself time and again in the time that he’s had a ring. With the GL’s getting the least amount of change, what new challenges lie ahead for Kyle? Find out after the jump.
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #1
Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Tyler Kirkham
Colorist: Nei Ruffino
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist: Kirkham, Batt, and Rod Reis
Editor: Pat McCallum
Publisher: DC Comics
Previously in Green Lantern: New Guardians: Kyle Rayner was the last Green Lantern. Having been specifically chosen by Ganthet after Hal Jordan went crazy and killed the rest, Kyle was able to restore the Green Lantern Corps to its former strength and then some. Becoming the Torchbearer and one of the Lantern Honor Guard, Kyle led the Lanterns through most of their recent crises. Now back on Earth, what trouble comes next?
We open with a retelling of Kyles origin, starting after the destruction of Oa and the Corps, then heading to the bar and then alley that Kyle lucked into to become the latest and last Green Lantern, for awhile. Honestly, this was probably the best plan with many of the returning heroes, but Kyle was the only one to get it. I enjoyed getting to see Kyle pre-ring and showing his quick ability to learn and adapt as he creates a construct version of Ganthet immediately. Fast forward to the present and we see a Sinestro taking on some Khunds get decommissioned, a Red Lantern burning a war get decommissioned, and a Star Sapphire saving a family from pirates get decommissioned, all of them stating a replacement sentient lock in sector 2814. There isn’t anything impressive with the three tales, just a bit of a look at the different attitudes of the different Corps, with a decent job of each. I only wonder if there is a significance to the sectors, as none are the same, nor are they Earth’s.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Kyle is rescuing people from a collapsing construction sight. While being the personable with the people he saved, Kyle is approached by a blue ring, telling him he’s been chosen, then a red one, then the other four colors. Kyle’s reaction is great, with a “This can’t be good,” shortly before Fatality, currently/still a Sapphire, Arkillo of the Sinestros, Bleez, the red angel, and Munk of the Indigo tribe turn up to challenge the Ring-Robber. I find myself intrigued.
FUN WITH CONSTRUCTS
I have often told my friends that, while Guy is my favorite Lantern, Kyle is often my favorite to read because of the artistry of his constructs, and this issue lives up to that. Almost immediately after obtaining a ring Kyle is able to make a chibi-Ganthet (can the little blues actually be made into chibi versions?). Later on, while saving the construction site, he does so with giant construction workers of his own. The four workers are also rather distinct. The rest of the Lanterns get some good looks as well, with a unique member of the Sinestro Corps and a distinct and decent look for the default powers of the other Corps. I have very little to complain about here as well, in fact only the odd way the light plays with Kyles hair.
BOTTOM LINE: GREAT READ, GREAT LOOK
This is exactly what I was looking for in a number one. An introduction to the major characters, a bit of info about their previous roles, and a good hook to want me to come back for more. The story flowed quite well, despite bouncing across the universe every few pages, and was a good slice of the world, referencing Hal without bringing in too much, and a decent use of characters. I’m very much looking forward to book two, and book one has earned itself 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.