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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Now for Atrocitus to get his revenge of the Guardians of the Universe, and for Carol to find out where Hal Jordan is, they both need to teach Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, how to harness the red energy of rage, in this issue entitled -- 'All the Rage'. But how do they do this, huh? Do they?
1) Beat him up.
2) Taunt him about how his girlfriend, Alex, died.
3) Present to him a scenario where a child witnesses his father being beaten-up by a military dick.
Huh? What's that you say? Atrocitus does all three to Kyle one after another? Correct. You win a repaired girlfriends headstone, and a one way trip to see 'The Third Army' in the future.
Damn right to be continued...
I did enjoy reading the scene where Atrocitus threw Kyle at Alex's headstone to make him feel angry with him, only for Kyle to sputter in turn...
'Look, I know what you are trying to do, Atrocitus, but... being here... seeing her grave... doesn't make me angry anymore. It just makes me terribly, terribly, sad...'.
Oh! Bless him. Doesn't this statement go to show that Kyle's heart is bigger than his bite?
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Overall, there were two things I was very happy with in this issue. Firstly, I was pleased that DC didn't order Tony to change the way Alex died -- that's become a memorable slice of comic book history, hasn't it? And secondly, I did like the way that the story told the origins of the main three characters, amidst Kyle being taught how to become angry -- that's was a nice touch I thought too.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
If truth be told, there wasn't that much to gripe about in this issue really. But at a touch, I wasn't very keen on Kyle's 'Angry Biker Bondage' look. Plus conceptually this story was slightly light upon the surface.
No much. Just slightly.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: I did like the creative idea of Kyle being taught how to feel angry, because under normal circumstances he doesn't really emote this type of emotion very well. Also, the by-product of these lessons could be very intriguing as well -- as implied by the way Kyle reacted to Carol at the end of this issue.
ART: Bless you artists, Andrei Bressan and Amilca Pinna, because you've both obeyed the all important 'rules of the blend'. Individually they've both complemented this story and each other work, without clashing stylistically or in tone with this tale. Emotions were grittily conveyed, and all in all dynamic scenes were as dynamic as a dynamic's convention, located in dynamic-town -- dynamic-land.
ATROCITUS: OK, so if this angry-looking mother-f*cker was a spice, what do you think he'd be? No. Not paprika, silly! Something more spicier. Like a chilli pepper perhaps. Or more specifically a scotch bonnet. One bite of this red devil, and I'm sure you'd be sick with anger as well.
CAROL: As for Ms Sapphire's spice of choice on the other hand, why not compare her to something like cinnamon? Sweet. Versatile. And good to take with you when you go travelling long distances.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Don't Get Even. Go F*cking Ape Sh*t To Save The Universe!
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
Have you ever watched the Adam Sandler comedy, 'The Waterboy'? Well, if not, you have after reading this comic book! It's a story about how a simple lad has to use his rage to get what he wants in life. Here, check out this clip to see what I mean...
Yes! Now this is more like it, dear reader! This is what I would call a series that's going to go places pretty damn soon! 'The Third Army' is in motion. Kyle is getting ready to go menopausal. And a new set of 'recruits' are being introduced to this title, some of which I'd like to see more of, if at all possible.
However, there are a couple of points I would like to raise if I may. What will happen to Kyle after he becomes 'Captain Emotional'? Will he become a New Guardian to replace the old ones? What jurisdiction will he fall under if this power persists? And will he once again get a new costume for the sake of titivation?
Hmm. Interesting questions, huh? Let's see if Tony will be able to answer them for us, shall we?
MARKS out of 10? 9