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Did you know the word 'abnormality' derives from an ancient Greek phrase that actually means 'Only roast my meat in wide open spaces'? Yeah. No word of a lie. I read it in this cosmic adventure created by the Writer: Justin Jordan; the Artist: Brad Walker; and the Publisher: DC Comics, in June, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Relic'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Kyle Rayner does his best to figure out what the Relic is doing in the known universe.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Yeah. I suppose they were. With a little help from Carol, who eventually saves Kyle from the Relics solemn clutches.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: We get to see Mr Rayner paint in a rather pleasant dream sequence.  
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With the bad-guy ready for the battle ahead.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
For yours truly, the standout sentences I read in this issue were those two questions posed by it. I mean, weren't you also intrigued by Kyle when he mused about the Relic, by saying...

'But what about the last universe?'

Or when Carol exclaimed to one of the Guardians...

'What connection?'

... in relation to her supposed association with Kyle. Well. It is something to think about, isn't it?

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) OK. I know I might sound a bit biased because I'm a huge Brad Walker fan. But I have to say that he really brought his 'A Game' to this comic book, laving it with some very clean and bold visuals that looked a lot better than what he produced last month. Also, I have to mention how I dug that dream-like 'torture' sequence too. That was very misty and surreal. Good job, Brad. Please keep it up.   
(+) Wasn't it a nice surprise to see how Relic comes across as a somewhat analytical villain whose main focus is on figuring out what's happening in the New 52? Personally speaking, its facets like these that make him seem more imposing as a 'force to be reckoned with'. And not your usual run-of-the-mill 'I'm big, so I must be bad' bad guy.
(+) Hey! While I'm on the subject of the New 52, is this issue trying to imply that what came before actually happened? I hope so. That way we can see what the hell is going to happen next.
(+) Is it just me, or are DC trying to pair up Kyle and Carol in some sort of love triangle? Come on. Let's face it. What other connection can these two characters possibly have? He's going to be her toy-boy, and she's going to use him to make Hal jealous. Ouch! Will wonders never cease!

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) I would have liked to have seen the subsidiary characters -- like the Guardians and that Alien chap -- showing more character and pluck in this adventure. In my opinion they were mainly used as 'sounding boards' for Kyle and Carol to feed off of, and only served the plot is a very obvious and very clinical manner.  

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to SOMETHING YOU CAN BUY ON EBAY .
A FLASHLIGHT AS KYLE RAYNER: What's that you say dear reader? I'm taking the piss? No way Jose! Kyle is bright, right? Plus he does likes to find his way around in dark places.

A SPONGE AS THE RELIC: If you think about it for a moment, folks, both this bad-guy and this bathroom accessory are very good at soaking up things. One of them water. The other one knowledge.   

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Knowledge is power' -- Francis Bacon

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'BOOK OF DAYS' BY ENYA: One of the main reasons why I'm comparing this tale to this tune is because I find both of them rhapsodic in places, slow in others, and have a way about them that's 'Far and Away' (Ops! Movie reference alert).

During one of his many pleasant torture sequences, Kyle told the Relic that he already painted some pictures of his favourite seventies science fiction movies previously. But which ones do you think he could have etched? Huh? Could it have been?   

  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes -- Hey! It was a lot better than Tim Burton's attempts at re-imagining this franchise.
  • Silent Running -- Well, the original film poster was painted!
  • A Clockwork Orange -- Yes. It is a sci-fi film. But nobody in England speaks that way anymore. Allegedly.
  • Sleeper -- Could you see Kyle doing a Woody? That'll be a sight for sore eyes.
  • Westworld -- Bang. You've got to love a bald bad-guy. Even if he is in a sci-fi western.
  • Superman -- See the first answer, but replace Tim Burtons name with Bryan Singer's name.  
  • Mad Max -- Oh! Those were the day. When Mel was less mad.
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- Say no more.

Anyway. That's enough of my sh*t for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of the 'New Guardians was a pretty decent read. The art was great. The story was fairly fine. And the only thing letting it down was that it needed a lot more character.


NEW GUARDIANS #22 NEW GUARDIANS #22 Reviewed by David Andrews on August 05, 2013 Rating: 5
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