Art By: Diogenes Neves, Ronan Cliquet, Mar Deering, Wil Quintana, Andre Dalhouse
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 21, 2015
Over on Zamaron, it seems like Carol Ferris and Kyle are kind of taking it easy after the events of GODHEAD but it looks like it's finally time for the talk they need to have. Justin Jordan brings up a good point in this issue about Carol and Kyle's love for one another. Since Carol needs to love for her powers to work, does she simply love Kyle because she loves what she can do or is it the real thing? Also for Kyle, does he simply love Carol because she's the only woman in his life? All are good questions but like most things in life when it comes to emotions and love, it's complicated and will take more than a simple talk to make things right.............. Especially since a giant freaking fireball comes crash landing on Zamaron! Kyle and Carol go investigate and we see that it's the monster from the opening scene that was chasing Saysoran............ and somehow they come to the realization that this was a message meant for Kyle.......... I don't know how he can get anything done with all his jumping to conclusions, but after backtracking the creatures course they come across Saysoran's abandoned planet Susurrus, where they find Saysoran ready to attack the two.
In the end, we find out that............. yes, Kyle was right, the monster was a message for him and the thing that flung the monster to Zamaron was the dark version of Kyle that he created with the Life Equation: Oblivion. It seems strange calling this character back so soon, but it looks like Kyle's going to have to fight his smoke monster darker self. Really with how he learned to use his powers in GODHEAD, this feels like he should be able to take Oblivion down no problem and with only two more issues left, maybe he will.
That's it for this issue of New Guardians and while people love the intergalactic exploits of the Lanterns and the adventures they have, I love it when we can take a breather and see that these characters are still human and have feelings and emotions that need more than them hitting something to let them out. I'm talking about the strange love between Kyle and Carol, which at this point looks like it might be over soon. But I love these moments in comics and I wish there was time to see more moments like this, but with only two issues left to go, it looks like we'll have to get to some sort of ending and that ending looks like it will have something to do with Oblivion and the Life Equation. As with the last two issues he's done, Diogenes Neves is just killing this book............here killing is a good thing. I love his art and I really hope that after this series ends we get to see him be a regular penciller on another book........preferably one that I review.
Bits and Pieces:
I really love seeing this issue having a callback to a character from the Futures End tie-in and I personally just hope that it means those events are getting erased and we won't have to face Five Years From Now. More about this book though, I really love that we're getting the personal story of Kyle and Carol being addressed after the events of GODHEAD and I hope to see this continue until the end of the series in March. Go check it out because with the final issues by Justin Jordan and Diogenes Neves, you'll definitely want to see what the future holds for Kyle Rayner.