Release Date: December 28, 2011
Cover Date: February 2012
Story: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Tyler Kirkham and Harvey Tolibao
Inks: Matt “Batt” Banning
Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Matt “Batt” Banning
Larfleeze and Sayd attack the Guardians, and Kyle Rayner rallies the other Corps representatives to help. Ganthet tries to get through to Kyle, but the veteran Green Lantern senses it’s a trap. He’s proven correct, as the group teleports to Okaara and Sayd tells him what really happened with the stolen rings. Someone tried to steal Larfleeze’s ring, but he was able to resist it. The same unknown force stole the other rings and sent them after Kyle, so Larfleeze sent Glomulus along to get answers. Sayd herself ventured to the center of the galaxy, where a supermassive white hole disgorged a gigantic structure from another universe. The space station is the size of a star system, and somewhere inside, the ring thief awaits.
The revelation of a new villain for Kyle and crew to fight is a welcome change from the recycled villains we’ve dealt with over the past few years in the Green Lantern series, and I’m hoping this one won’t be completely tied to the emotional spectrum like all of the others. Perhaps their new foe just wants power, plain and simple? He (or she) could be some being who wants to wield all of those rings like the goddamned Mandarin, caring little for any of that emotional nonsense. Now that would be cool to see!
Kyle apparently has some residual energy from the other six Corps left in him, as he knocks down Ganthet with their combined powers. Ganthet once again stated that Kyle is unique for some reason, and I’m sure this plot point will be extrapolated upon as the series progresses. Let’s just hope it’s not something stupid.
The mystery villain’s star system base (the Orrery) is cool in concept, but the art for it looks cheesy. It looks like those crappy motorized solar system models we used to build in elementary school! Perhaps that was the point, but the visuals just failed to deliver the desired impact as a result. If we had seen a glimpse of the mystery villain, at least, that might have improved things a bit.
The highlight of this issue was that Larfleeze has finally returned as a serious threat, just as I’d hoped. He and Sayd beat the piss out of the Guardians, and as his Guardian was the one who discovered the oncoming threat, the Orange Lantern is large and in charge. For someone obsessed with material gain, Larfleeze showed remarkable foresight and intelligence. We need more of this!
Other cool moments included Arkillo’s healing due to Saint Walker, and the attempted healing of Bleez. The latter is a bit confusing, though, as she’s already regained her senses in the pages of Red Lanterns. However, if this story takes place before her rebirth at the hands of Atrocitus, then how do you explain her constant presence on Ysmault in Red Lanterns? She’s never been missing.
Green Lantern: New Guardians #4 was good, with only a few stumbles that the next issue can hopefully recover from. I’ll leave you with a blatant art error that I’m sure everyone else has laughed at: the cover. Larfleeze is holding an indigo power battery, but the Indigo Tribe use staves as their power sources, not lantern-shaped batteries like the other Corps. In fact, Munk is clearly wielding his staff in the background!