Come on let's get ready for a war! You'll know it's not going to be a boar. Though Kyle begs to differ. He sees things more like Claudia Schiffer. All fluffy and bold like a wooden door. Well, not as wooden as Writer: Antony Bedard; Artists: Aaron Kuder and Andrei Bressan; plus Publisher: DC Comics in October 2012. Allegedly.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In this issue of the New Guardian's -- entitled 'Love and Death' -- Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, comes to realize that sometimes too many surprises can be a bad thing for you.

  • Firstly, he's surprised to find out Hal Jordan has gone missing, and accompanies his girlfriend -- Star Sapphire: Carol Ferris -- to his last know location -- a cemetery in Coast City.
  • Secondly, Kyle is surprised to see that an army of Black Lantern zombies have taken over this area, roaming free like a herd of Justin Bieber fans.
  • Thirdly, he is surprised when his ring tells him that Hal is dead, and that he's been replaced by some guy who eats Falafel. 
  • And last but not least, Kyle is surprised to hear from Carol that he has to go 'all menopausal' if he wants to save the universe in the future.

Still, it could be worse I suppose. The leaders of the Star Sapphires -- the Zamarons -- could ally themselves with the dastardly Guardians.

D'Oh! To be continued...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I did like the silly scene where Kyle first spoke to Carol at Ferris Aircraft. Especially when they said to each other...

KYLE: Hi. Star Sapphire, right?
CAROL: I prefer Carol.
KYLE: Right. Sorry, I'm...
CAROL: Kyle Rayner, I know.
KYLE: Hey, easy on the 'Kyle' stuff. I wear a mask for a reason.
CAROL: Fine. Then don't show up at my workplace and call me 'Star Sapphire'.

Ha! Very pithy dialogue, and reminds me of a Doris Day movie with Cary Grant in it.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Maybe this is all to do with the new artist working on this issue, or quite possibly something to do with the unveiling of Hal's 'final fate'. Though, whatever the case may be, this issue does have a really fresh vibe about it, one that propels this yarn from an 'OK-ish story', to a beginning of a 'special saga'.

Also, I did enjoy Kyle's dim-witted demeanor as well. It's as if he's just gotten out of bed or something, and is ready to start a new adventure with some new pals. Very 'Super Friends'.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Listen, I don't want to say that this issue was dull by any stretch of the imagination, because it's not. However, when you compare it to some of the other 'zero issues' out on the racks at present, it does come-across as a bit maudlin and 'exposition-like' in places.

Not greatly, agreed. Just in comparison.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: From a creative view-point, I am very intrigued with how Kyle's 'special talent' will progress in further issues. In this one it comes across as an ability that only manifests itself when Kyle feels emotional. But how the hell is he going to exhibit the full spectrum of emotions when the moment arises? God only knows!

Well, either God, or writer, Tony Bedard. Whoever's closet at the time, ha!

ART: It would have been nice if artist, Aaron Kuder, could have been able to draw all of this issue, because I do like his illustrations an awful lot. They're bold. They're slightly cartoon-ish. And they're very moody in tone as well. Honestly, whenever he doesn't draw a panel, and is replaced by Andrei Bressan, you can tell straight away that it's not his work.

Sorry to say this Andrei mate, but your styles don't really mix.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
KYLE: Is it just me, or does this crabbed-faced Green Lantern look a lot like James Marsden from the X-Men movies?

CAROL: Or what about Kate Walsh from 'whatever-that-medical-drama-was-called again'? Isn't this MILF the spit of Ms Pink Lovebug 2012? What do you mean 'No'? Twice? Sod you then.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Did You Know That The Cranberry Fruit Will Be Kyle's New Nemesis? Well, It Has Been Known To Delay The Menopause.  

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
OK, so this 'stepping-stone story' was about a blast from the past, a peek into the future, and dead-people who walk funny. Therefore, in my own estimation, I have to compare it to the song 'Walk This Way' by Run-DMC and Aerosmith.

FINAL thoughts...
Personally speaking, I thought that this story was a fairly decent read all in all. Granted, it was a 'stepping-stone' issue, and had a couple of flaws in the art and the overall construction department. However, in the same breath, there was a certain bold bravado behind this title that is starting to rocket it to the moon and back.

I just hope that too much hype doesn't make it fall on its butt when the card's have finally been played. Let's wait and see, shall we?

MARKS out of 10? 8.7