Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Green Lantern: New Guardians: Futures End #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Diogenes Neves
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 17, 2014

Rockin' The Paradise

While you might find meaning in the long run for the header I've decided for this issue, it's really a way for me to exorcise the demons of STYX from my mind, because I can't stop singing this song to myself.  So with this act, I cast the song out unto you so that I may finally have some peace or until Too Much Time On My Hands replaces it.  Okay let's get to some Green Lantern talk.  As we've seen from Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, our GL's haven't been having the best time Five Years From Now and going in with those kind of stats isn't really reassuring towards the well being of Kyle Rayner here.  But with a power like the White Lantern ring what could possibly go wrong?  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

The issue begins and continues throughout being narrated by our hero Kyle Rayner as we see what he's been up to these past few years.  It seems that our old buddy Kyle has a bit of a god complex going on and has decided that he'll change the entire universe and make everyone happy.  Kind of like a Stepford Universe.  We see this through Kyle's watchful eyes as he changes the entire populace of a planet with a flash of light, all except for one lone girl named Saysoran who has somehow not been affected.  Well it becomes a Gooba Gobba One Of Us situation and they force the girl into a device that Kyle has left behind that will allow her to see the truth.  Truth Shmuth, because she isn't having none of it.  She escapes the hordes of happy shiny people and secretly boards a ship to get to the bottom of this thief of thought.

On the ship we get the idea that this too is part of Kyle's plan as a guardian is actually one with the ship and powering it through willpower.  Kind of like Pilot from Farscape for you five people that actually watched the show.  By threatening to blow up the ship, the pilot takes Saysoran to Kyle's stronghold.......... or paradise........... really it looks like a vacation spot for alien snobs.  Once there Saysoran sees the bones of Carol Ferris in battle armor and a entire wall remembering fallen Guardians.  It's here where we finally understand what it is that Kyle's been up to this whole time, since he realized the Life Equation, which I figure we'll get to during GODHEAD.  After seeing the truth of the universe Kyle became obsessed with fixing things until his friends saw him as a threat and tried to stop him.  Well being omnipotent certainly changed our hero and instead of stopping his actions he killed Carol and The Guardians and proceeded to make the universe pure.  But while doing this he left behind devices for the people that weren't affected by his light due to great compassion, rage, willpower, etc, etc. to see what he sees and none have questioned his judgement yet, all except Saysoran.  Now this is going to probably be another hard to grasp reference, but I see it like the ending to Doctor Who Season 5, Episode 2 "The Beast Below".  Now for all you uber nerds out there you can suck on that scenario to go with this.

In the end Saysoran battles Kyle trying to stop what she sees as madness and even though she knows the truth, she continues to try and stop our hero and apparently this is what Kyle has wanted the whole time.  Without being able to see beyond his own perspective, Kyle has sought out another who could find another way and now that Saysoran has proved herself, Kyle destroys himself leaving her the White Lantern ring for her to do as she sees fit.  

That's it for this installment of Futures End and man what is up with the shitty endings to our Lanterns?  I swear if Guy Gardner doesn't live through his title then I'm going to pitch a fit.  Like I've said many times before, if this future isn't rewritten by the end of Futures End, then we don't really have any reason to continue reading DC Comics if this is what we have to look forward to.  Come back next month as we get into GODHEAD where this future seems to have started.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

While Diogenes Neves' art is really something to look at here, there isn't much else that it offers and really leaves a bad taste in your mouth if you're a Kyle Rayner fan.  It seems that bad Lantern futures have been par for the course here and I don't know what's up with DC's hate for our space police heroes, but it's getting a little annoying.  Just one happy Lantern future, that's all I'm asking for and yet again I'm let down.  But if you're fascinated by the power of the White Lantern and need to see what Kyle's up to Five Years From Now, then there isn't anything that's going to stop you from getting this issue.  I only ask that you don't get your hopes up.


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