Release Date: October 15, 2014
Cover Date: December 2014
Story: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Brad Walker
Inks: Andrew Hennessy and Robin Riggs
Cover: Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy
The Guardians reveal the truth to Kyle Rayner: he brought back the Life Equation from beyond the Source Wall, and he has the power to alter reality any way he sees fit. Kyle and Carol Ferris react to this news with anger; that’s why the Guardians kept Kyle far away from everyone, letting the universe think he was dead. They’ve also been spying on the other Corps, and know of the threat of the New Gods. Kyle no longer trusts the Guardians, as they’ve been acting too much like the evil Guardians of old. When he tells ‘em to fuck off, they forcibly try to strip the Life Equation from him. Kyle fights back, and his reality-altering powers go out of control, even briefly changing Carol into Alex DeWitt…until Highfather arrives and offers to help. Kyle accepts, but the Guardians aren’t happy. They try to stop Highfather, but he exiles them via Boom Tube. Highfather then helps get Kyle’s powers under control, and candidly explains his mission. The task is unfinished, however, and Highfather offers to help Kyle further on New Genesis. Despite their misgivings, Kyle and Carol know Highfather is correct. and the pair follow the leader of the New Gods to his homeworld.
I was honestly surprised by this issue: it was much better than I expected! Granted, I wasn’t expecting a shitshow, but still, the story here was very good indeed. We get some solid answers on the Life Equation and just how and why Kyle was able to cross the Source Wall safely. I love the concept that the universe is based on essentially a mathematical concept, and that Kyle was able to come back simply by changing said equation. The Guardians beginning to act more like their asshole predecessors is rather gloomy, sure, but it makes sense; before they were locked away in the Chamber of Shadows, they did serve beside their malevolent brethren. As such, it was a nice bit of comeuppance to see the Guardians get their asses kicked by Kyle and Highfather. I wonder where the Boom Tube sent them?
I suppose I should mention Kyle and Carol’s romance sealed with a kiss, if you can hear me over all of the fanboy screaming. Seriously, it’s not that bad, people; lighten up. I built up naturally to this point, and it made sense within the context of the story. Sheesh!
Moving on, Kyle with the powers of a true god was impressive and a bit surprising. I honestly didn’t think that the DC Comics powers-that-be would go that far with his abilities. At this point, Kyle is the most powerful being the universe, if not the multiverse! It reminds me of the original Parallax, which I don’t think was a coincidence. It’s also by design that Kyle doesn’t want that kind of power, nor does he want it to corrupt him and cause another Oblivion incident. I liked how Highfather didn’t come in and try to beat Kyle’s ass like his underlings did with the other Corps; in fact, Highfather specifically states that he can’t do that. What we’ve seen of the New Gods’ mission thus far is noble — stopping Darkseid and all that — even if some of their methods are highly suspect. If “Godhead” ends up with the Corps and New Gods uniting instead of battle after battle, that could make for a much more interesting read.
As usual, kudos must be given to Brad Walker’s excellent artwork. Those stunning galactic vistas juxtaposed with the craziness unleashed by Kyle’s powers just looked awesome. And a cameo appearance by Alex, no less! Wasn’t expecting that. Walker also made Highfather look like a trustworthy father figure (no pun intended), in sharp contrast to most of the other New Gods. Great use of special effects and his expressive character art really drove the story home.
There was only one thing in this issue that bugged the shit outta me: the DC creative head honchos just can’t keep the emotional spectrum/reservoir/whatever concept straight. When it was first introduced, it was fueled by all living things. Cheesy, but it worked for the most part. In the “New 52,” it was the other way around; the reservoir actually provided emotions to all living things, and it was responsible for the survival of the entire universe. Now, it’s apparently become both: it’s fueled by beings’ emotions, but also keeps the universe intact. Ugh, this makes no goddamned sense!
Other than that, Green Lantern: New Guardians #35 was a great issue. I just hope we don’t end up going down the clichéd road of Highfather lying about the whole, and it’s one big trap, blah blah blah.