NEW GUARDIANS #2

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There once was a chap called Kyle, whose attraction to rings was banal. But then one day, to his dismay, Kyle’s gang showed up and gave him some style. True story – as told by Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Tyler Kirkham and Harvey Tolibao; and Publisher: DC Comics in November. 2011.

So what’s the story morning glory?
This second issue of the‘ New Guardians’, is a Kyle (Green Lantern) Rayner focused issue, relating to the dilemma that he is currently having with the ‘cosmic rings’ following him.

At first, the ‘other coloured’ Lanterns show up to take pot shots at Kyle, with all of them showing their... sigh... true colors. However, when Saint Walker (the Blue Lantern) turns up, both he and Kyle fly off to Oa, with the intent of asking the Guardian, Ganthet, why these ‘cosmic rings’ are so persistent.

Unfortunately, though, this does not really play out how Kyle and Saint hoped that it would – Saint it bared from entering Oa – the Guardian are a bunch of gits – Ganthet is a potato – and Kyle suddenly goes nova.

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
The last panel of this comic book, where Kyle goes nova and the respective rings introduce Kyle to their respective corps – “Welcome to the Sinestro Corps” et al...

Was the story any good?
I found that this story was a rather simple tale really. Granted, there were some illogical snafus within the characterisations, the plot, and the ‘journey’ that this comic book presented us with. Apart from that though, a ‘not bad’ read all in all.

Was the art any good?
As much as I do not like to say this, I did find that the artwork in this issue was slightly uneven. I could tell, in places, that two different artists were working on this comic book – Kirkham and Tolibao – and that their styles blended occasionally, and then, mealy held together by the inker, Batt, and the colourist, Ruffino.

Now this is not a bad thing overall, because it was not that distracting, and the flow of the tale did... errr... flow.

What is the best thing about this issue?
OK, I know that this may sound sick, but I liked all of the stupid things in this issue. I liked the fact that Ganthet was lobotomised – I liked it when the ring told Kyle about how Arkillo tongue was ripped out – and I liked the ending – SHABOOM – ha!

What is the worst thing about this issue?
The two scenes that were just inane to me; were: (1) When Kyle and Saint buggered off after Kyle’s battle with the ‘others Lanterns’ – too pat. And (2) Plus the way that the Guardians (whom are supposed to be cleaver), come across as being like a bunch of ass-h*les – no depth.

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
“Do cosmic Guardians have medi-care?”

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why? 
This issue reminded me of two movies, the first one was ‘Bulletproof Monk’ (because the tone of this story was stupid), and the second one is all to do with any episode of the ‘Power Rangers’ (for obvious reasons really).




What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
Considering that this is a sci-fi slanted book, I would have liked to have seen more cosmic and less stupid in it. Moreover, I would have liked for some of the ‘other Lanterns’ to have had some time to shine - rather than act as two-dimensional husks for one-dimensional characters.

Final thoughts...
When did I last defrost my fridge? Because I can feel a chill coming for this book if it does not get better soon.

Marks out of 10? 7