Release Date: October 22, 2014
Cover Date: December 2014
Story: Charles Soule
Art: Jim Calafiore
Cover: Scott Hepburn
Guy Gardner tries to enjoy a nice day at the beach with Tora Olafsdotter (Ice) in Dubai, but he can’t help but go after the wannabe supervillain next door. Shahkavat, brutal dictator of Qurac, is just cruisin’ for a bruisin’, and Guy’s all too happy to dish out some pain. Their battle is interrupted by the arrival Malhedron and the Wheel, one of Highfather’s hit squads from New Genesis. They quickly take down Shahkavat, and Malhedron beats the snot out of Guy. Right as his opponent is about to deliver a killing blow, Guy is saved by the timely arrival of Simon Baz, who brings him up to speed. Guy refuses to run, saying it’s their job to defend Earth to the death if necessary, but the two Lanterns get a lucky reprieve when their enemies are recalled to New Genesis. However, Guy’s had enough: he plans to follow them for some payback.
“Godhead” continues with Guy being drawn into the fight, and I liked the way it was handled. Since he somewhat ditched the Red Lantern Corps, he’s been unaware of what’s been going on with the New Gods. As such, he rushed into things and got his ass handed to him. However, Red Lanterns #35 slightly changed up the usual formula of “Lanterns gets their ass kicked, picks up the pieces” by interrupting the battle. And Guy being Guy, he’s not done, even in the face of certain death. His speech on protecting Earth at all costs, even if they just end up slowing the bad guys down a bit, was right on point, but not over-the-top or arrogant. Good stuff.
Solid art by Jim Calafiore made the issue a smooth read, and his designs for Malhedron and the Wheel were very cool-looking, instantly evoking a classic Fourth World look. That splash image of the primary New Gods also looked great, and Calafiore’s clean art style even added polish to Simon’s uniform! Well done.
It remains to be seen what awaits Guy and Simon on New Genesis (another beatdown within an inch of their lives, I’d assume), but hopefully it’ll play out beyond just fight after fight.