Guy Gardener has finally had enough. He's going to show the Guardians he's tough. He'll bake them a cake. Then he'll serve them a steak. And finally he'll show them a picture of Hilary Duff.  Yeah. One cobbled together by the green creative team of Writer: Peter J. Tomasi; Artist: Fernando Pasarin; and Publisher: DC Comics in January 2013.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Without a shadow of a doubt, most of the characters seen in this story -- entitled 'Falling Star' -- are sure very emotional at the moment.

  • For example, whilst in outer space, John Stewart and Fatality are very perplexed about what's stopping Mogo reforming himself.
  • Meanwhile, on Oa, Salaak is shocked when the Guardians of the Universe suddenly catch him spying on them. 
  • And finally, on Earth, the Gardner family are all over the shop.
  • Yeah. You know the Gardner's, don't you? Gerald Gardner is the happy one -- because he met the Justice League. Papa Gardner is the grumpy one -- because he's a b*stard. And Gloria Gardner is the disturbed one -- because she has to arrest her ring-less vigilantly brother.

Now can you guess who that is? Ha! To be continued...  

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
All in all I did like most of the dialogue on show in this story; particularly Papa Gardner's grumpy musings. But I have to say, the sentence that stood out to me within this issue, was the awkwardly phrased question John asked Fatality...

'Can you use that heart tether to zero in on the cage they're being kept in by vectoring away from the pieces that's pulling us?'

Is it just me, or does that sound silly to you? Go on. Say it out loud. And try to say it without corpsing (no pun intended). 

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
When the Guardians caught Salaak spying on them -- My God! -- my heart skipped a beat nigh on straight away! Honestly, I thought they were going to kill him on the spot.

Also, I did like reading how Salaak justified his actions to them in turn. If I'm ever in trouble, I'm defiantly going to ask him to represent me. Ha!

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
As much as I'm very intrigued by the Mogo sub-plot, in the same breath, I'm not very keen on how this creative team are handling it. To me, a slice of this story is presented for the sake of titivation in each issue, without progressing the overall through-line in any real depth.

Please note: This is only a small gripe.

What was the most INNOVATIVE thing about this issue?
I thought it very innovative how each member of the Gardner family has been given a clear personality-trait that people can associate with. Gerald is the older brother. Guy is the rebel. Gloria is the one always trying to prove herself. And papa is the stubborn old b*stard.

Moreover, the interactions between these characters are priceless. I just hope no-one gets killed off too soon; I'd like to know them a bit better first.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
GERALD: Continuing with this month's plant-based casting-call theme, I'd have to cast the flower, 'The Armeni White', to be Guy's Brother, because they're both somewhat stoic to look at, yet can appear quite silly by default.

PAPA: When I clapped my eyes on this miserable only sod, I said to myself 'That man is a cactus'. Not sure why though. Must be something to do with his hard exterior and prickly temperament!

What QUOTE could you use to sum-up this story?
Stubborn people get themselves in a lot of trouble, but they also get things done -- Anna Paquin

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Conceptually this story is about a man digging himself into a bigger whole than he's already in, right? So why not compare it to the Ben Stiller film, 'Meet The Parents', because basically that's what Ben's character does with his in-laws. 

FINAL thoughts...
On occasion, I like to define what a particular comic book series is actually all about, just so I can't classify what it's supposed to represent to me and the universe around it. However, with the 'Green Lantern Corps', that's a tough thing to do.

On the one hand, it's pure science fiction fodder. On another hand, it's a drama based adventure. And yet on another hand, it's a crime tinged odyssey of the gala variety. 

Please note, this isn't meant to be a slur toward this series at all. It's just sometimes -- when the parameters of a book is too vast -- its very difficult for the regular reader -- like myself -- to discerned what it's scope truly is.

Take the 'Batman' book for instance. By in large it's either an adventure story or a gum-shoe mystery, right? But can you say the same about 'Green Lantern Corps'?

No. Not really. But if you can, please drop us a spam. It'll be great to hear what you have to say on this matter.

MARKS out of 10? 8.8