In Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #35

The Godhead storyline continues to be fantastic.

The cover: White Lantern Kyle Rayner plummets to the ground, a trail of white energy follows him. Against a blue background the words of a New God echo, “The Life Equation is beyond you, mortal. It is for the gods alone to wield.” In the stripe below, alongside the credits, is the judgmental eyes of Highfather. Great cover by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Wil Quintana. This cover, like the previous in the Godhead series, would be excellent as a print or tee shirt. Overall grade: A+

The story: Godhead Act I, Part IV: “Trust” from Justin Jordan follows Kyle’s entrance into this crossover saga, and there are some revelations he should not have heard. The Guardians reveal what has been happening to lanterns of all colors, and they tell Kyle that they believe that the New Gods will soon be coming for him. He’s told that when he went to the other side of the Source Wall he should not have been able to come back. Additionally, the Guardians believe that the purpose of the White Lantern is to ferry the energy on the other side of the Source Wall to their side to refill the reservoir of their universe, keeping it alive. When he came back from the Source Wall he brought the Life Equation with him, so he’s now a target. This leads Kyle to come to some correct conclusions about these “new” Guardians and this creates the conflict of the issue. There is a really incredible two page spread where Kyle’s white energy is out of control, creating the return of a pivotal character in Kyle’s past. And then a tremendous BOOM occurs, and Highfather has arrived. I can’t tell if Kyle is seduced by Highfather’s words or just feels like he needs a change because of what he’s learned from the Guardians. Regardless, the final three pages mirror the best of Hollywood films. It couldn’t end in a more spectacular or emotional fashion. I’m actually left wondering, “Now what?” Outstanding. Overall grade: A+ 

The art: A trio created the visuals on this issue. Brad Walker is credited with doing the pencils and Andrew Hennessy with Robin Riggs the inking. This is a really sharp looking book. The opening page is a nice summary of Godhead, so far, without going into specific detail, and then launches into how all of those characters lead to Kyle. This opening setting is only briefly seen and reminded me of a scene high above the trees from Avatar. Once off this world the characters become the focal point. Kyle looks his age, and doesn’t seem like the all-powerful White Lantern that he’s being eluded to until Pages 10 and 11. If you think this book hasn’t been cosmic enough, from these two pages forward your concerns will be silenced. Something amazing/sad/beautiful is visually done to Carol on Page 11 that made me gasp. The visuals before these pages put the “new” Guardians in a whole new light, and the visuals only emphasize the script. The fourth panel on Page 6 changes everything this book is about: if this were a film, this is where the music would stop. Highfather is the major power wielder and his arrival and contributions to the book look stunning. The show pieces are the final three pages. I was so pleased that all the artists didn’t just allow the colorist to create the backgrounds, which would have been fine and appropriate, but by adding the visual behind them it made the moment more dramatic. Beautiful, beautiful work. Overall grade: A+ 

The colors: Increasing the power of the artwork are the colors by Wil Quintana. This issue hits every spectrum of light, even though it focuses on just one lantern. The neon colors on the opening world create a calm setting for the hell that’s about to break out. And by making the background dark, Kyle looks all the more radiant in white, especially when energy is trickling off of him. The coloring on Carol on the bottom of Page 5 is flat out gorgeous. When Kyle is attacked, the coloring takes command on Page 8 and Quintana unleashes tremendous amounts of energy onto the image. 10 and 11 must have been a nightmare with so much white being thrown about, but Quintana controls it and masterfully gives it different hues within each panel, allowing the reader to see what’s going on. The bloody red BOOM on 11 was my favorite colored sound of the issue. Overall grade: A+ 

The letters: Narration, yells, sound, a weakened plea, and the closing credits are Dave Sharpe’s contributions to this issue and all are superb. Overall grade: A

The final line: The Godhead storyline continues to be fantastic. Overall grade: A+

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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