In Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #37

This saga is suffering from fatigue, with a story that seems pointless and lackluster art.

The cover: Kyle appears to have gotten his ring back as he’s flying over Old Genesis and past a gigantic statue of Highfather. It’s reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty from The Planet of the Apes. The cover was created by Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro. It’s a simple idea carried out well. I really like the way Kyle looks and the energy surrounding his body is pretty sweet. The statue of Highfather is okay; upon closer scrutiny it’s not highly detailed, but it doesn’t really need to be to get the idea of what it’s supposed to be across to the reader. Overall grade: B+

The story: On Old Genesis, former home of the New Gods, Kyle Rayner and Carol Ferris have been stranded by Highfather. Carol is pretty darned cheesed at Kyle for what he did to her in an earlier book, which was make her relive the memories of his dead girlfriend Alex. He tries to apologize for putting her through that, but she doesn’t want to hear it because she’s more concerned about their getting back up to New Genesis. Metron appears, shutting down their drama, saying in his “overly verbose way” that he’s going to help them since he believes the balance “has become dangerously tipped.” Before he can help them Kyle makes use of surrounding objects to make a weak attempt at getting at him. It’s funny, but not as funny as Metron and Carol’s responses. Godhead: Act III, Part III, “Storming the Gates” by Justin Jordan quickly gets the pair to a new setting and united with three characters. The reaction of the individual at the bottom of Page 8 was welcome; of all the supporting characters of the Green Lantern books, this person wears his heart on his sleeve more than anyone else. It was also good to see this person still have their quick responses on 9 even if they are without ring. Page 14 has the moment fans have been waiting for, but first there’s a one page interlude in a location that seems like it’s going to have a big effect on the Godhead storyline. Page 18 has a terrific “Uh-oh” moment before going into a quick cliffhanger for the next installment of this saga. I couldn’t explain how the events of this issue impact the entire plot. This could have been a major component of the story, or just a blip in the big picture. I’m tired of the Lanterns getting pushed around by the New Gods, so this conclusion didn’t impress. Still, I love the Lanterns, so I’ll continue on, but I’m ready for this to be over now. Overall grade: B-

The art: Several contributors to the art for this issue. Diogenes Neves and Rodney Buchemi are the pencillers and Marc Deering & Buchemi with Daniel Henriques are the inkers. There is a noticeable shift when the pencillers change. I’m assuming that Neves was the initial artist. The first five pages, taking place on Old Genesis, are very sharp with extremely thin linework. I like seeing that in my comics, and this was cool looking work. Metron’s entrance was impressive and the emotions on the characters (Kyle and Carol) are good. When the setting switches, it looks like a different artist. I’m thinking this is Buchemi, inking himself with an assist from Henriques. The artwork has thicker lines and the layout of the panels is not as clean. The characters also look awkwardly posed. The arrival of a New God into the story is boring. I felt no threat from this character whatsoever. The visuals don’t improve in the final setting. This was a visual disappointing issue. Overall grade: C-

The colors: This was a definite highpoint of the issue. There is some very slick coloring on this book from Andrew Dalhouse. The settings have a specific tone to them because of the coloring. Old Genesis is a nature overrun relic, with colors being lightly green and brown. Even the dirt is pale. The second setting is a dark interior, with the colors being dark, though the arrival of Carol and Kyle is an appropriately bright and stunning affair. The final location lacks settings, so Dalhouse fills in the space with the energy being thrown about. Well done. Overall grade: A

The letters: Taylor Esposito provides scene setting, dialogue, title and opening and credits, sounds (Love the THUNK), and a few character yells. Solid work on every page. Overall grade: A

The final line: This saga is suffering from fatigue, with a story that seems pointless and lackluster art. Overall grade: B-

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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