Release Date: August 21, 2013
Cover Date: October 2013
Story: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Brad Walker
Inks: Andrew Hennessy
Cover: Rafael Albuquerque
Variant Cover: Rags Morales
Adara flees the Blue Lantern Central Power Battery on the world of Elpis, right before Relic arrives to destroy the Blue Lantern Corps. They’re first on his hit list due to their ability to supercharge rings and heal, and unfortunately, the Blue Lanterns are powerless to stop him. Kyle Rayner, Carol Ferris, and the Templar Guardians arrive to help, but even they can’t even slow the giant villain down. The Guardians attempt to read his thoughts, but Relic’s still in control, and tells them the truth of what he’s doing. The Templars are shocked, and when Saint Walker tries a last-ditch attack, he’s badly wounded. The Battery is finally drained, and the remaining Blue Lanterns use what power remains in their rings to supercharge Kyle, so he can use the indigo light and escape with his comrades via teleportation. After he’s gone, the Blue Lantern Corps are quickly killed off by Relic.
Not a bad issue at all. The Blue Lanterns revealing that they can supercharge any part of the emotional spectrum was pretty cool; it looks like green is powered up by default, but the blue ring wielder can choose to fuel the other colors if he or she wishes it. Not a retcon, but instead, just a cool hidden power. This makes me like the Blue Lanterns even more, much as Kyle himself was saying in the prologue to this very issue.
The White Lantern ring Kyle’s wearing seems to elude writers when it comes to its powers. He was trying to heal Saint Walker with it, but Kyle couldn’t access its blue hope powers, because of the Blue Lantern Central Power Battery being drained. Fair enough…but why not just use white instead? It’s the light of life, after all. I’m also wondering when exactly the emotional entities ended up in their respective batteries. Another casualty of the “New 52,” or was it something that is assumed to have happened off-panel? Not a big deal, really; just a curiosity.
Brad Walker’s Blue Lantern art was some of the best we’ve seen. Their new homeworld looks lush and beautiful, as Odym was before it. There’s not many left, but Walker made them look equally alien and trustworthy. And let’s not forgot Warth using some slick hand-to-hand combat to destroy Relic’s machines like the warrior monks of old! It’s a bummer that the Blue Lanterns (save Saint Walker) were all killed, though. Relic didn’t really seem like the mass-murdering type, but he’s devoted to his cause, whatever that may be.
I’m becoming more interested in the Lanterns’ foe with each new issue. Relic is the latest in a long line of antagonists who firmly believe that they are doing the right thing. This is proven when Carol is absolutely powerless to do anything to him, because Relic is driven by love in his quest. Love for life? Love for saving the universe? Love for something we have not seen yet? No matter what, it makes Relic much more interesting than your usual universal destroyer. The Templars and Kyle both know his entire story and what he’s planning…but that doesn’t help us any. We’ll just have to wait for Green Lantern (Vol. 5) #23.1, huh? At any rate, Kyle knows they all need to get to Oa, but I wonder why? Relic’s going to demolish the place, we know that much. It’s a given that Kyle and the entities will have something to do with Relic’s fate.
Kyle Rayner will return in Thunderball. Uh…that is, Green Lantern: New Guardians will be back in October, just like most of the other Lantern series.