Art by: Toby Cypress and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
The first thing that anyone who has been reading this book will notice is the change in artists. Toby Cypress jumps on as a guest artist this month and while he does a decent job, I miss Barnaby Bagenda. The art in this book is half of the appeal and having it change this month made a big difference in my enjoyment. It didn't help that most of this issue was rehash from last month...and even further back.
If you are a Kyle Rayner fan and want to relive his early days of becoming a Green Lantern (or don't know the story at all), this issue may be for you. It's an okay retelling, focusing on Kyle's doubts and fears and even imagining what could have been if he never was in the alley the night he was given his ring. There is nothing earth shattering here, but it was nice to read. However, the story takes a turn into relevance when Kyle tells Kalista about his mission to bring peace to the Vega system by uniting the Citadel and the Omega Men. Now this is what I'm talking about. We see Kyle relinquish his ring (bad move, Kyle) and get betrayed by the Omega Men. I still think that not everything is as it seems here, but it was cool to see what lead up to the start of this series.
After seeing that Primus and Tigorr are watching everything that is going on, Princess Kalista opens up to Kyle. It's a bit of a recap of last month's issue with a couple of additions. It boils down to her father showing her how to deal with the native populations of their Empire. The best part is that we get to see what must be her first introduction to Primus and some of the other Omega Men. We then get back to recap territory before going back to the present.
The present doesn't get that much better. We get a heavy dose of Kalista playing Kyle for the sap he is and I can only imagine it would mean more if we didn't know the truth. We are left watching Kyle fall for the worst person he could be falling for and it just made me feel all sad inside. I don't like feeling all sad inside.
I hate to say it, but this issue was pure filler. We do get a couple of nuggets of information, but not an issues worth of material. The fact that we get a recap of last month's issue is telling that this one is just a placeholder before getting back to the regularly scheduled program next month. I have enjoyed the slow burn, but this one was barely lukewarm.
Bits and Pieces:
I love the Omega Men, just not this issue. It is recap and filler and what little we learned could have been a page or two in a normal issue of this book. I still think that everyone should give this book a try, just don't use this issue as a jumping on point.