Friday, August 23, 2013

Green Lantern New Guardians #23 Review


On Elpis the new home world of the Blue Lanterns, only a handful of Blue Lanterns are left. But that isn't the only problem. The entity of the Blue Lanterns Adara, leaves the central power battery. The Lanterns watch it leave and know instinctively that it is sick, and before they can think of what to do about it, they see the reason for Adara's escape. Relic has come to the Blue Lantern home world.

Before any real damage can begin Kyle Rayner, Carol Ferris, and the Templar Guardians fly in to back up the harnessers of hope. The Templar Guardians go first simultaneously entering Relic's mind. But instead Relic enters each of their minds instead, and shows them why he is doing what he is doing. The information is to much and the Guardians go down. Next Carol Ferris tries to turn the tides, but her power is ineffective. What Relic does he does for love. Kyle's up to bat and uses the power of fear to get his point across. Relic already facing his worst fear, fires an energy blast, directly hitting Saint Walker. As everyone looks on in horror The Blue Lantern central power battery is destroyed.

The good guys regroup around Saint Walker, and the blues with what little power still remains in their rings shows Kyle a secret of the Blue Lanterns. Kyle's will power energy charges up to 154%, but his compassion level charges up to 180%. Without explaining to Kyle how they can charge compassion, they tell him to use the power to teleport Saint Walker out of there. With the back up gone, and their power levels at 0% The once Blue Lanterns remind us "That all will be well", as Relic treats Elpis, like Vader treated Alderaan.

This is the issue that brings New Guardians back to where it was before the never ending cross-overs with the Third Army, and then the First Lantern. I can easily see this becoming my favorite title again, as it was the first year of the New 52, and I can't be happier about it. Pick it up, read it, love it.


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