You know what the biggest problem for comic books are? The fact that each issue is only 20 pages long! Wait…nope, sorry, I’m wrong, it’s only 20 pages now – even worse! Even the best arcs in the history of comics have weak chapters due to the length constraints each issue has. #3 of New Guardians is suffering from this same predicament; exciting happenings with little explanation.
Kyle Rayner opens this issue up showing off his multiple rings, drugged out on power and wailing out against the Guardians. They are, however, able to overcome Rayner’s onslaught and suddenly become heartless and primeval. #3′s purpose, obviously, is to give a reason for the NEW Guardians (who ever they might be) to make their appearance, kicking the blue mini-me’s “owt tha doe!” The action is great, and the suspense for what’s coming next is even better, but I felt there was very little explanation for why everyone was behaving so poorly.
Rayner’s actions were justified…he was being consumed by the power of all those rings. And as the Guardians said, no human should be able to wield every ring in the emotional spectrum. It’s the Guardians actions that seem very out of place to me. Their actions have always been questionable, and they progressively got worse as time went on, especially during Blackest night and Brightest Day. However, in this issue they felt especially odd as they were blaming Rayner for something he couldn’t control and felt completely emotionless, which was very uncharacteristic. If this arc results in the complete destruction of the Guardians, I will be the first to celebrate! But there’s something uncharacteristic about how the Guardians are behaving…not sure I like it. But I do hope Ganthet sticks around after the Guardians are gone, he’s the only one that had his head screwed on right.
Everything else was great though; questionable allegiances, power struggles and the constant flooding of bad guys that make everything worse was a flawless flow of awesome! I was glad to see Larfleez used in a deceptive way and not so much as a comic relief, like the more recent stories involving him have done. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the whole “gang” feel of the other different Corps members, but it seems to be working out quite well thus far.
Kirkham and Tolibao are rocking it as the pencillers; the action is non-stop, and the excitement is at its highest! Ruffino gives that nice touch of explosive color that makes this book worth every penny. The opening page is awesome enough to blow up and hang on the wall! (which I might just do!) One thing that trumps every other title ever since the introduction of the different Lantern Corps is how fantastic the coloring job has been and how every colorist has taken full advantage of the vast aray of color combinations and mixtures.
So far, New Guardians is very enjoyable, definitely the BETTER of the Green Lantern titles thus far, without a doubt. I just want the Guardians to go already! Kick them out! push them out of the window! feed them to the dirt and shove them off this mortal (or immortal) coil! Lets get on with it!!!
8 out of 10 stars