Release Date: April 16, 2014
Cover Date: June 2014
Story: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Brad Walker and Diogenes Neves
Inks: Andrew Hennessy and Marc Deering
Cover: Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy
The Godkillers are doing their damnedest to destroy X’Hal, and their combined might is even enough to hold off White Lantern Kyle Rayner and the Templar Guardians. It’s their strange weapons that are the trick; they even threaten to kill all of X’Hal’s followers across the cosmos if she does not destroy herself. Of course, this sends the goddess into a violent rage. Carol Ferris knows they can’t hold out forever, and when Kala is killed, Kyle succumbs to his own anger. Carol’s able to talk him down, and she has a new plan: she has Kyle use the violet and indigo light to teleport away every Godkiller across the universe, minus their armor and weapons. The extreme effort nearly kills Kyle in the process. The Guardians are very concerned, as Kyle and his ring simply should not be capable of such feats. Kyle is becoming something else entirely, and it’s time he discovered just what that was. Meanwhile, the Godkillers have ended up on the former Blue Lantern world of Elpis, and they begin to use the Central Power Battery’s shards to make new weapons.
A solid issue, and a fine conclusion to the Godkiller storyarc. Lots of neat things to be found here, like X’Hal completly blowing off the Godkillers’ threat to kill all of her followers, Kyle’s superpowers (more on that later), and the Templar Guardians once showing how different they are from their evil (ugh) predecessors by actively intervening in galactic affairs. In fact, it’s notable that they proudly refer to themsvels as the Guardians of the Universe now.
Kyle building himself a Red Lantern armor construct was great, though it was accompanied by a dialogue error, in which Carol claimed that it was the result of “the ring feeding off X’Hal’s rage.” That makes no sense. Power rings don’t “feed” off of anything, and Kyle accesses the emotional spectrum directly. He technically doesn’t even need a ring, which becomes more apparent later in the story. I don’t think this was a retcon, just a mistake. Simple as that.
Speaking of Kyle’s growing abilities, even the new Guardians are confused as to what they are and what his ring can do. They mentioning that he’s becoming something else, possibly along the lines of a god; this has been hinted at throughout Kyle’s tenure as a White Lantern, especially since his return from beyond the Source Wall; it’s also been mentioned that Kyle saw some new threats beyond the Wall, and that the universe isn’t ready for them yet. I guess we’ll find out more details in the upcoming Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #2, which I didn’t even know existed until now. Good news, as long as it’s better than the crappy last one. And I really hope it’s not more entity-possession bullshit. I’ve been happy with the new direction of Green Lantern: New Guardians. and I don’t want it to end any time soon!
Let’s finish up with some talk about this issue’s great artwork. Brad Walker was joined by Diogenes Neves, and the two artists’ work meshed seamlessly. Every panel looked sharp, and even though the fight scenes were loaded with explosions, energy discharges, and other “screen-filling” effects, it was never boring. I dug the two-page spread showing Kyle’s mass teleport, too; the little details were what mattered, like the views of the different worlds and the two symbols within Kyle’s eyes. Good stuff.
Well, the annual’s coming in two weeks…let’s see what the next stage of Kyle’s journey will be.