This is another relaunch from the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” category, pulling together a successful team from “Green Lantern Corps.”

General Information

Title: Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

Author: Tony Bedard

Illustrator(s): Tyler Kirkham (pencils), Batt (inks) and Nei Ruffino (colours)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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Premise

As recapped (and revised) in the first few pages, Kyle Rayner was chosen as Green Lantern when there was only one in the corps. Now there are several, but something has changed in the other Lantern Corps that impacts Kyle directly.

High Point

“Kyle Rayner of Earth, you have been chosen.” I also like the reintroduction of Fatality.

Low Point

The revised origin for Kyle cuts one of my favorite lines of Green Lantern dialogue ever, and I’ve read a lot of Green Lantern.

The Scores

This starts out like a standard GL title, but the originality kicks in half way through when the recaps end and the new story begins. I give it 4 out of 6.

The artwork is clear and solid once more, with colours as vivid as they need to be in this corner of the universe. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is another strong opening chapter that’s got me hooked. I give it 5 out of 6.

The characterization of Kyle and Ganthet, as well as the driving emotions of several of the other Lantern Corps, come across nice and clear. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response is strong. Kyle has long been my favorite Lantern, so it’s nice to see him spotlighted in a title again. I give it 6 out of 6.

The flow is smooth, with the only hiccup in the recap. It won’t bother new readers, but the opening scene wasn’t labelled as having happened in the past, so I was wondering how much revision was going on in the New 52 until the “Present Day” tag was applied to the later scenes. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, we’ve got another solid opening title that will find a home on my pull list going forward. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 receives 35 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman