The planet Odym is under attack. Who's going to cover their back? Will the New Guardian's arrive? And help them stay alive? Or will they just go yak-a-di-yak-yak? God knows. Or if not him, maybe Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Tyler Kirkham; and Publisher: DC Comics in April 2012. Though Blue Beatle may have something to say about this as well.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Have you ever had a swarm of ants nibbling at your tangerines before? If so, then you know what it must be like for the New Guardians in this issue entitled 'Beyond Hope'.

  • You see, all Saint Walker wanted to do was to travel back to his home world of Odym, so that he could recharge his ring and then inform the Blue Lantern Corps of what he has been up to.
  • But alas, just as soon as Saint does this, the intergalactic parasite's called 'the Reach' invades this planet, and attempts to impregnate this domain to buggery.
  • F*ck!
  • Thankfully, though, due to a distress call sent out, word reaches the other 'Guardians', and one by one they fly to the rescue as fast as they can.
  • However, will they be able to do this? Especially since the Reach has already started to pollute the land! Moreover, will Fatalities discovery of how Invictus came to our solar system help any?

To be continued...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Listen, I know that it was not meant to be funny, but Saint Walker's battle cry of...

'Now fight and believe! All will be well!'

... does sound like something a boxing member of the clergy would say, huh?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
There were two things that really did stand out for me within this tale. The first one was Fatalities discovery upon Zamaron, because Invictus' arrival does imply that ploy has has been instigated by the Guardians, huh? Plus the second thing was how Saint came across as a very erstwhile and bold hero, keeping his ground whilst punching the bad guys in the face.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
As per usual, there was not that much to gripe about really. But I would say that the manner in which the 'larger tale' is being relegated to sub-plot is starting to get rather irritating. And I suppose the 'supporting players' did come across as a mite too two-dimensional as well.

Not a large gripe. A small gripe.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: I did enjoy some of the concepts that were running thought this yarn. For example: (1) The way that both the 'Scarab's' and the 'Lanterns' needed to remain focused on their weapon of choice, or else this combat aide would just p*ss off. (2) How 'the gang' are starting to gel together as a team, and not in a contrived way either. And (3) Kyle's multi-emotional aspect is becoming more and more intriguing by the issue. I wonder what would happen if he was on anti-depressants? Ha!

ART: I was both surprised and delighted by how this issue was not awash with the color blue. Well, the Blue Lanterns are blue. And the Reach are blue. So it was a nice turn up for the books when this issue was not as blue as I thought.

Also, I did like the look of the talking elephant, Warth. He makes me yearn for this comic book to have a cross-over with the Flash comic book. Warth verses Gorilla Grodd anyone?

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
WARTH: Well, as I like this chap so much, why not cast him with an actor I like as well. Personally speaking, I think that comedian, Will Ferrell, would look good in Elephant drag, don't you? Because I am sure that he could do mammoth things with this 'trunken' part.

You can moan. It's OK.

LU-KREEZA: For the commander of the Reach we will need a very skinny actor with bug like ways and a voice to match. Hey! Why not Jeff Goldblum! He did do 'insect' very well in the film 'The Fly'.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Its Peace Verses P*ss On. One Is A Bit Of A Drip. While The Other Drips. 

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
OK, so this issue was a strange mixture of the films 'Starship Troopers', 'The Blues Brothers', with a touch of 'Sister Act' for good measure.  Therefore, in my opinion, this story is the Abba song 'Super Trouper'

Trust me. It works.

FINAL thoughts...
Although I did dig the majority of this story, this series keeps on getting side-tracked with 'other stuff to do' time and time again, making the whole 'who is stealing the power-rings' sub-plot appear diluted within the scheme of things. Granted, I know that this title works within a very vast and rich tapestry. Nonetheless, can Bedard resolve this strand before it drags on for too long please? I'll be your best friend.

MARKS out of 10? 8.5