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The ring thief has finally been caught. I knew that this story wasn't all for naught. Kyle is a star. Bleez wears a bra. Plus Star Sapphire's skin is surprisingly taut. Unlike the skin of these chaps. Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Tyler Kirkham; and Publisher: DC Comics in August 2012. Kind of mountainous I find. And slightly bristly too.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Have you ever eaten barbequed oranges before? They're surprisingly nice. I once had it with brown sugar sprinkled on the top of it, which caramelised in the heat. Try to visualize eating a hot orange with caramel -- that's what it tastes like. Thought funnily enough, that's what this episode of the New Guardians -- entitled 'In The Name Of Love' -- tastes like as well. Except with a thinker rind and a much bitterer aftertaste.

  • Well, just image that the misguided angel known as Invictus -- still not the Clint Eastwood movie -- is about to blow up the galaxy, and you've just discovered that you and your gang have been tricked into joining forces due to the machinations of the misguided Guardian called Sayd.
  • So what are you going do about it, huh? Moan? Team-up with your enemy, Larfleeze? Or what about allowing the Weaponeer to join the fray too?
  • Yeah. They all sound fair within the scheme of things. Let's just hope that once this is over and done with your group can still be friends.


To be continued...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
As you most probably know by now, I am a right sucker for filmic references and colloquialisms printed on the comic book page. Firstly, there was Kyle's 'Darth Vader' citation when he was talking to Sayd about Ganthet -- that was very nice touch I thought. And secondly, I did get a kick out of Larfleeze when he used the word 'Sprogknocker' -- which sounds like a name for a door handle in Dumbledore.  

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Now I am not trying to sound cheeky here, but I thought the best thing about this issue was that the first story arc has finally ended. Well, now we can get down to figuring out how this team of misfits will work in conjunction with the rest of the Green Lantern Corps, right?  Although, after reading the 'next issue' caption, this might not necessarily be the case. Sh*t. 

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
As a conclusion to a story goes, I have to admit, that it came across a bit 'flimflam' in both plot and pace. One moment one thing was happening. The next moment lead to something else. And I am not to sure why in Ganthets name the Weaponeer knocked Brock out of the 'control tower' for! Did he fart?

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Honest to God, this is the first time I've ever heard a Guardian talk about emotion and actually exhibit emotion whilst doing it. It was very refreshing to see because it did substantiate why the Guardian in question -- Sayd -- did what she actually did. Plus it was very original too.

ART: OK, once again, I know that this may sound odd to you, but when Invictus eventually turned into toast, I liked the fact that he actually looked like toast. Physically. It was as if his body dissolved into the void, as if somebody forgot to take him out of the toaster on time.

Sniff. Sniff. Can you smell burning?

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
LAFLEEZE: Just imagine the 'Muppet Show' spoofing this book. Who do you think they'd choose to play this evil schmuck? Correct dear reader. Gonzo is a very wise choice indeed. 

BLEEZ: But what about this pale skinned b*tch I wonder? What is that you say? You need a b*ch to play a b*tch? No. I would not call Miss Piggy a b*tch. Well, not to her face anyway. Nice match though.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Never Start A Fight With A Disgruntled Angel Unless You Piss Off A Race Of Immortal B*stards First. 

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
So this was a very colorful tale comprised of beginnings and endings, whilst segwaying into something new an unsuspected. Agreed? But what could I choose for this one, huh? I need something that is bold yet nice and revealing like lady's underwear. Yes! That's it...  

... this book is like ladies underwear! We have a winner

FINAL thoughts...
Yet again I am not too sure about this series. I was hoping that after this arc ended, Tony and Tyler would finally sit this team down and do something longer lasting with them -- like establishing a base of operations for example. But no. This 'Third Army' story-line is creeping into the scene, deliberately thrusting this book back to where it began a year ago.

I'm just preying that this 'event' will do something more productive than shake up a 'status-quo' that does not need to be shook. Something that will allow this team's personality to be fleshed out a lot more than it has so far. Come on DC! Stop pissing about and let this book flourish with the fishes instead of sleeping with them. 


MARKS out of 10? 8.2

NEW GUARDIANS #12 NEW GUARDIANS #12 Reviewed by David Andrews on September 13, 2012 Rating: 5
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