Thursday, June 19, 2014

Green Lantern: New Guardians #32 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Brad Walker
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 18, 2014

Clive Barker's New Guardians

Last time in New Guardians we saw that Kyle wasn't killed in the events of Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #2.  The white energy recreated him on a dead world far from where we thought he perished on Earth.  Trying to figure out what he is now, and what his new limitations are, Kyle decides to bring this world back to life, and we find that this world "Raga" was a sibling to the living world Mogo.  But good intentions aren't enough here because we find out that Raga planned on killing the people of all worlds, and planting pieces of itself all over the universe, so there would finally be order.  Kyle has to kill what he just gave life to, and we were left with an awesome issue.  So let's take a look at this issue and see what the New Guardians, and Carol Ferris have been up to since the supposed demise of Kyle Rayner.

Explain It!:

The story begins with the New Guardian "Quaros" on an alien planet trying to stop the abduction of it's people by some unknown force using tractor beams to take their prisoners.  Quaros fails and is abducted himself, then we jump to the rest of the New Guardians and Carol Ferris investigating his disappearance.

They figure out that something took this planet's people and Quaros, and to find their lost brother the New Guardians hold hands and try to become of one mind.  Apparently it works, but the feedback from this process leaves Carol Ferris wondering if they were just attacked, it's a very odd part of the book but the New Guardians fly off to retrieve their brother who they feel is in great pain.  For most of this issue we just get Carol yelling at the New Guardians about how they should be looking for Kyle, and then the New Guardians yelling at her about how they need to find their brother.  This goes on throughout the issue and gets kind of annoying.

So they find a gigantic strange ship in space where Quaros is being held, and they make their way inside even though Carol believes this to be a trap.  These New Guardians sure do have a pent up bit of emotion compared to their dead counterparts.  They throw all caution to the wind to see what this ship is about and to retrieve their brother.  Inside they find Clive Barker's imagination, because all the people that this ship has abducted have been turned into tortured monsters, and it even seems to bother the New Guardians.  I guess Hellraiser won't be on their Friday night movie watching list.

In the end the ship seals our heroes in because this was obviously a trap, and we get conformation when one of the abducted science experiments tells Carol that "They wanted the rest of them".  So the ship seals them in, sets loose a bunch of rejects from NightBreed, but before any real panic can set in a flash of light pierces the darkness.  The last page shows Kyle tearing ass inside and wondering what everyone is up to.  So at least that's a good thing for the next chapter.  The White Lantern is here to stop Clive Barker's star ship, and we get the band back together.  I can't wait to dive into what should be a romp in horror land in the next issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians.  Remember, in space no one can hear you scream.  Except for all the times we've see it happen.

Bits and Pieces:

While I love the escape to a horror-esque themed story, this beginning didn't offer much to scare or give any real information to the reader.  It's all a set up that was littered with Carol yelling about finding Kyle and little else.  That being said, I think that the next issue will really kick things off, and we really shouldn't punish this issue for getting all the key players in place, and man were the artwork and colors spot on.  New Guardians is just a title I love to sit back and look at, and for the most part you don't even need a story to enjoy one of these issues.  That's a bit ridiculous, but check it out and awe at it's beauty.


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