NEW GUARDIANS #10

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What will happen if the Blue Lanterns fall? Will the Red Lanterns host a gala ball? Or maybe they'll just appear mean? And just let off some steam. By going down the local shopping mall. Well, it's either that, or visit Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Tomas Giorello; and Publisher: DC Comics in May 2012. Who wants some coupons?

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In many ways this issue of New Guardians, entitled 'Beyond Hope', reminds me of when I saw a Nun get pi*ssed at my local pub. Part of me was bemused by this sight, while the other part of me wanted to see a lot more. 

  • Well, the planet Odym in deep outer space is currently being attacked by a galactic fleet called the Reach.
  • Now in defiance of this act, the local inhabitants of this rustic world, the Blue Lantern Corps, are trying their best to fight back against these despots any which way they can.
  • Moreover, battling by their side is none other than Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, Star Sapphire Fatality, Sinestro Corps member Arkillo, and the Weaponeer from Qward.
  • Sound like a pretty hectic kafuffle, doesn't it? Let's hope that the good guys don't lose.

Oops! To be continued when everybody fly's off to kick the living sh*t out of Lafleeze.  

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I thought the confrontation between Kanji-Kai, Kanji-La, and Fatality very amusing. Especially when they said...

KANJI-KAI: I always wanted to kill a love lantern.
KANJI-LA: What type of weapon is love supposed to be anyway?
FATALITY: Clearly you've never had a girl friend.

Ha! Trust a woman to put it in very clear terms. Plus trust a man to use the phrase 'love lantern'. Well, I think Kanji-Kai is a man anyway.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
The one key factor that made this issue a very nice read was the way that the 'New Guardians' are clicking as a team. Honestly, the emotion each member exhumes at times is rather strange to comprehend. Part of me is even wondering how writer, Tony Bedard, is doing this without seeming to try.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I am afraid to say that the worst thing about this tale was the predictability to it. Even if you are the type of a person like I am, who has managed to avoid reading any advanced listings, you could tell within the very first couple of pages or so how this story was going to resolve itself. 

Maybe this has something to do with how the rest of the Green Lantern line is bumping off the rest of the coloured Corps? Huh?

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: If truth be told there wasn't anything that overtly creative in this tale really; except for the fact that we got to see Saint Walker pissed off (which was a turn up for the books). Plus I did like the idea of the Blue Lanterns Corps wandering the galaxy in search for someplace to stay.

ART: If regular artist, Tyler Kirkham, should ever decide to bugger off to another title, I hope that the chap who took over from him in this issue, Tomas Giorello, would step into his shoes. Well, not only does he have a very similar style than Tyler's, but he also has a great way of illustrating expression in characters faces. Very bold.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
KANJI-KAI: Now for me to be able to answer this two part question, I would like to bring you back in time when the term 'double-act' was not a porno reference. The mid-twentieth century to be precise; and a comedy partnership comprising of Lou Costello and...

KANJI-LA: ... Bud Abbott. Two very diverse characters. Playing opposite yet in harmony at the same time. Just like these two aliens, huh? But without the heavy artillery. 

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
If You Can Kill For Peace, Does That Mean You Can Hate For Love Also? Hope So. Or Else We're All Buggered.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Whilst reading this issue a scene from a movie suddenly popped into my mind -- which in a very strange way kind of symbolised how I felt about it. 




It's from the original Peter Cook and Dudley More movie, 'Bedazzled'. Though why I thought of it in the first place is anybodies guess really.

Answers on a post card please. 

FINAL thoughts...
OK, so hopefully this is it. Next issue 'Everybody Verses Lafleeze' is what the closing caption states. Please lets this be the case, and that there isn't any more diversions along the way.

As of yet I feel that this book has not been properly defined within the DCnU, and needs some sort of stability to firmly plant it as a title in own right. I don't want it to be refereed to as 'that other Lantern book', or 'Kyle and his gang'. The concept is good one, huh? It just needs a place to take root is all.

Fingers crossed.

MARKS out of 10? 8