NEW GUARDIANS #4

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[ THIS STUFF IS MINE
The only problem with greed. Is that at times it can make your nose bleed. This is especially the case - when Kyle shows his face - with a can of coke and a packet of weed. Now do you want to know more? Then read this tale Written by Tony Bedard; Drawn by Tyler Kirkham; and Published by DC Comics in January 2012.

So what’s the story morning glory?
In part four of the 'New Guardians', we see Kyle and the gang as confused as a blind hermit taking a swim in a nudist colony.  

You see, Kyle is very troubled at the moment due three things. Firstly, he is perplexed when Larfleeze and Sayd suddenly turns up, and they try to save Kyle and his cohorts from the Guardians onslaught. Secondly, he is surprised to hear how this 'orange duo' also attempted to penetrate Kyle's very own 'ring dilemma' as well. And thirdly, Kyle is shocked when Ganthet proposes to him a very brash question indeed - turn your back on these 'other ring bearers', so that we Guardians can probe you further.

Now guess what Kyle says to that? I give you a clue - it rhymes with 'Miss Cough' - before he and his coloured-clan then teleport back to Okaara, where Sayd explains to everybody a possible origin to their plight.

Next - the vessel known as Orrery.  

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
I enjoyed the foreshadowing to Sayd's words when he said to Lafleeze "Do not grow too accustomed to it, you little...". Well, this phrase does have a certain je ne sais quoi, right?

Was the story any good?
Yes - I am really happy to say that I did enjoy this issue a lot more than the previous three chapters. For a start, the structure of this story was blatantly spit in two - a battle and some back-story. Moreover, the overall tone to this issue had a lot more content to it - making the complete package more... errr... more.

Was the art any good?
Again - I have to say 'Yes' - in particular I did like Tyler Kirkham's rendering of Larfleeze. Now I am not sure what he has done differently to this orange loon, but he did look more detailed than usual and less 'puppet like'.

Plus, in addition to this, I did notice a slight 'Jack Kirby' slant to some of Tyler's artwork. Or is this just me? Drop me a missive if you agree.

What is the best thing about this issue?
Honestly, I really loved Ganthet's proposition to Kyle - plus his response too.

Come on, lets face it, I am sure that this is something that he will contemplate for quite some time to come - not really knowing if he has made the right decision or not.

Still, whilst saying that, due to the Guardians recent obtuse behavior, you can't really blame him, huh?

What is the worst thing about this issue?
There was a slight staggered momentum behind this story - especially at the beginning of this book. It was as though the 'story' was broken up by the 'exposition' - thus imbuing the pace of this piece with a 'stop / start' quality to it.

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
I found that most of the predicaments posed in this issue, are those which could come back to haunt the gang later. Therefore, a phrase like 'Are you sure about that?' does feel very valid.

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why? 
Conceptually, this issue read like a two sided tale, with an additional problem pitched right in the middle of the piece. Now, for me, the Beatles song 'A Day in the Life' is structured and developed with a very similar tone.




What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
Personally speaking, I would have liked Ganthet and Sayd do a 'Guardian Porno'. Him, with his emotionless disposition - and her, with her Natalie Portman bald head. 

Final thoughts...
I am really happy with this issue. Granted, its not perfect, but I am starting to see the shape that this series is able to have - a more dynamic one. Also, I have to take into consideration that 'the band is not together' yet - this has not been clarified.

Marks out of 10? 8