Sunday, January 26, 2014

Green Lantern: New Guardians #27 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Andrei Bressan
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 22, 2014

You've Got A Friend In Me.

Alright all you DCaphiles, What we have here is a one shot, and you know what that means?  I don't have to
do a recap, because it wouldn't have any bearing with this issue.  WOO!  I'm getting to excited about this. But what I will do is take a second for a little commentary.  I don't know how long you guys have been readers of Green Lantern, but I started my run right at the Emerald Twilight, and pretty much grew up a Kyle Rayner kid.  That being said I'm obviously biased to the character, but I'd like to see a return to the way the book felt when Kyle was the only GL.  Now everyone will say that Geoff Johns made the series popular again, by bringing back Hal, and creating the emotional spectrum, and I'm not going to disagree.  The only thing I'm trying to convey is that in the 90's I was perfectly happy with the way things were going, and would like to see Kyle be more in the spotlight like he used to be.  Hell people have compared Kyle Rayner to Spider-Man, and I can totally see the connection.  A young guy, who's a smart ass, and we can easily relate because he has problems just like you and I.  You know a good time.  Right now I feel the closest DC character that is like this is Batwing, so you guys should seriously check that out, and not let it be canceled.  Tell me what you guys in the interwebs land think, and make your own commentary on the subject.  Okay commentary concluded.  So we'll dive right into this issue, and hope that Carol Ferris doesn't get fridged.

Explain It!

We start this story in Sector 3100.  Now do you guys remember Exeter, The Keeper?  He was that big bad mofo that was keeping watch on the anomaly in space, that is until Kyle screwed up his watch, and Relic emerged.  So to a degree it looks like Kyle owes Exeter, and that's just what happens in this issue.  See Exeter has been watching the anomaly for hundreds of years, and now that his job is over, he begins making his way back home.  But everything has changed since he has left.  For one thing his people were at peace, and now he finds his brethren at war with a species that is incapable of violence.  So we're looking a slaughter of little mushroom men.  Kyle, Carol, The Templar Guardians, and Exeter stop the battle, and take out his own people.

After the battle the Templar Guardians inspect the bodies of the Kalimawan people (Exeter's race), and they discover that this race created a technology to augment their brains, allowing them to have a greater memory and intellect.  But someone has hacked into these devices and made them think that they are at war with these mushroom men.  The group take the Kalimawan ship back to Exeter's home world to get to the bottom of this mystery.  Here's the problem people this is going to be us in a few years, phones are going to become smaller and smaller until they are just put right inside our heads, and then BAM!  something bad happens.  Yeah I don't know what but BAM!  That is all.

When they get to the planet they find an armada of warships, suitable to take over a star system, so Kyle makes a plan to try and blend in, but when the autopilot makes them dock they are surrounded by Kalimawans.  Kyle will never be able to quote Hannibal from the A-Team.  So they fight their way to where the brain boost signal is coming from, and once inside they find a large alien, Kyle dubs the War Monger.  The War Monger explains that he's an arms dealer, and found out about the Kalimawans head gear, so he hacked it, and made them think they were at war, so he could make a buck.  We also find out that his body is not his own, and his consciousness was downloaded into it.  The monologuing stops when the War Monger attacks Kyle and tries to take his ring from him.  Apparently he has a thing for bling.

The fighting is short lived as the Templar Guardians hack the hack, and let all the Kalimawans know what the War Monger has done.  So the planet comes together overpowering the War Monger, and as he lies defeated he realizes he's stuck.  You see the War Monger's mind is a broadcast copy of the original source, and the hack the Guardians did stopped the War Monger from being able to broadcast his mind back to the source.  So now he's trapped and Exeter plans on keeping him locked up, and to make use of him.  Whatever that means, my mind instantly goes to a weird place.  In the end Exeter thanks Kyle for his help, and wants to know what's going on between Carol and him.  Kyle gets all dumb like a high school kid, and we're left with no more to this wanna be relationship than playful flirting.

Bits and Pieces:

For a one shot this was a good time, we were reintroduced to what I thought was a one off characters like Exeter, The Keeper who was fun and I hope we see more of him.  But what I'm really hoping for is to see this series next story arc The God Killers, and see what Jordan has planned for the long haul on New Guardians.  So this was a one shot, it was fun, you should get it and enjoy all the Kyle Rayner you can.


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