Has Kyle finally seen the bright light? Is he now able to put up much of a fight? The Guardians hope not. But then again they've lost the plot. And don't know the difference from being wrong to being right. Very much like the multi-colored creative team of Writer: Antony Bedard; Artist: Aaron Kuder; and Publisher: DC Comics in February 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Let Love Rule'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Before the Zamarons are able to teach Kyle Rayner how to harness the 'power of love' -- thus allowing him to wield the full emotional spectrum -- Ganthet and the Third Army try to kick the living sh*t out of everyone.   
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Depends on your perspective I suppose. If you're Ganthet, I'd have to say 'no'. But if you're a Zamaron, I'd have to say 'yes'.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Kyle gets an upgrade. And not on his phone. 
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With the New Guardians primed and ready for the battle ahead.  

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Now you do know what a 'strike a pose' moment is, right? It's that part of any comic book or movie where the hero says something dynamic, before him and the rest of the gang 'strike a pose' like if they were modelling for a underwear-catalogue. Well, for me, this issues 'strike the pose moment' was the best out of the lot.

Here, say this out loud...

'You saw ****** run. He knows this changes everything. Now we take the fight to Oa, and end this'.

... then pose like Zoolander. See?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Out of all the aspects within this adventure that I enjoyed, I have to say that the art by Aaron Kuder was just outstanding to follow, and the whole opening sequence explaining away Kyle's past relationship with love was very revealing too.

Great job, Aaron and Tony. This was one hell of an issue.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Although I understood perfectly well that it had to be elaborated upon once set in motion, in the same breath, I wasn't very keen on how the Zamarons betrayal of the Guardians was conveyed on the page.

It was like 'Yeah. We don't like you anymore. We only said we did just to see what you were up to'. Thus making this 'supposed backlash' appear like two kids' playing in the playground, rather than two warring immortal races turning against each other.  

What was the most INNOVATIVE thing about this issue?
I was very fond of the idea that the Zamerons have a machine that can actually look into a persons past, to see if, when, and how they've loved someone or something. Heck, I think this contraption is so innovative; DC should patient it and sell it to a dating website, ha!

Pick TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and compare them individually to a SIMPSONS CAST MEMBER.
DEWEY LARGO AS GANTHET: Just take a look at Lisa Simpson's musical teacher and tell me that he doesn't look like a yellow version of this emotionless Guardian. You can't. Can you.

MARGE SIMPSON AS QUEEN OF THE ZAMARONS: Well, she's been married to Homer for so long; she has to be the queen of something, huh?

What WORD or PHRASE could you use to sum-up this story?
'Love conquers all' -- A Latin phrase by Virgil from 'Eclogue X'

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'THE POWER OF LOVE' BY JENNIFER RUSH: Alright. I know that I've most probably chosen this song for this comic book before. But come on! Face facts. It's a perfect match, isn't it? Right down to the shoulder pads!

Overall this issue of the 'New Guardian' was a fairly decent read (please keep Aaron Kuder on this book). Granted, it was nothing like an Alan Moore opus (please keep Aaron Kuder on this book). But by in large it was a very nice and exciting way of leading us -- the readers -- in to this month's Green Lantern Corps Annual 1 (please keep Aaron Kuder on this book).

Furthermore, I'd have to say that I really dug the current creative team too (please keep Aaron Kuder on this book). Tony Bedard has a rather pleasant way of mixing both simple storytelling and pathos into his galactic adventures (please keep Aaron Kuder on this book). And if DC ever decided to give him 'the elbow', I would be sorry to see him go (please keep Aaron Kuder on this book). As for the current artist on the other hand? (please keep Aaron Kuder on this book) -- well -- he's alright.

Ha! Just kidding. Aaron Kuder is an amazing artist; and I really wish he'd become the regular one on this series from here on in. Now I've check out the pages over at DC -- plus Aarons very own website -- but as of yet... errr... I'm not sure what his really status is.

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GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: This issue was like drinking a shot of brandy on a cold winter's day. Sharp. To the point. And has a bit of a kick to it too.

NEW GUARDIANS #16 NEW GUARDIANS #16 Reviewed by David Andrews on February 19, 2013 Rating: 5
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