The final week of #1s from the New 52 has arrived, and with it, a new title from the ever-expanding Green Lantern line. Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 further explores the multiple corps, but how bright is the future of this new tale?
Hal Jordan now shares the spotlight with Sinestro in Green Lantern. Guy Gardner and John Stewart can be seen in Green Lantern Corps. So, naturally, Kyle Rayner gets to be the focal point of GL: New Guardians. The issue opens with a brief retelling of Kyle’s origin, being sought out by Ganthet to be the “Last of the Green Lanterns” following the destruction of the Corps. Originally seen in the New Dawn arc in 1994, we can assume that this momentous event now takes place within the last 3-5 years, the time span into which the history of the DCnU has been compressed. After being reminded of the humble beginnings of the artist-turned-space cop, we jump to present day to check in on members of the other six Lantern Corps. In a series of vibrant pages from artists Tyler Kirkham, Batt, and Nei Ruffino, we see seemingly random members of the Red Lanterns, Sinestro Corps, and Star Sapphires spontaneously lose their rings, leaving them vulnerable at key moments.
On Earth, we reconnect with Kyle as he flies around, doing the superhero thing. Writer Tony Bedard takes a few humorous jabs at Kyle, having a kid ask him a bunch of snide questions about why he isn’t “the Green Lantern from Coast City” and why his uniform is different. Immediately following the encounter with the obnoxious youngster, Kyle is recruited by the three rings we saw desert their owners earlier, as well as rings from the remaining corps. The rings are followed by representatives from most of the Corps, including Arkillo (Sinestro Corps), Bleez (Red Lanterns), Munk (Indigo Tribe), and Fatality (Star Sapphires), all of whom accuse him of stealing the rings. At this point, Kyle Rayner and the reader are in the same position – neither has any idea what is going on.
It seems like not a lot happens in this issue. It’s pretty flat. Rings abandon their owners and flock to Kyle, making him the target of every corps. It’s over before you realize it. The mystery and unanswered questions will obviously capture the attention and curiosity of fans, but there is no guarantee that a new reader will be prepped to dive into the pre-established world of the emotional spectrum and the fanatics that inhabit it.