Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

Writer: Tony Bedard Artist: Tyler Kirkham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 28, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15
7.7Critic Rating
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Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 2, 2011

    Im not used to Kirkham, but I like his work already. Theres almost a hint of anim in his work, but with full composition being influenced by American comics. He can draw gore and aliens. His characters have good facial expressions and dont all look the same. Who could ask for anything more? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 28, 2011

    Another 5/5 DC book in one week? Yep. I loved everything about this book, and even though I was a bit confused on when the Kyle joining the Corps took place because I wasn't sure if they rebooted that or not, everything else in this book was wonderful. It's a great intro to Kyle for new readers, and the other Corps, even though I think brand new DC readers may have trouble understanding the different Corps at first. Kirkham's art is all poster worthy, and Ruffino's colors on the constructs are wonderful. I highly recommend this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Rob Rasmussen Oct 2, 2011

    This is exactly what I was looking for in a number one. An introduction to the major characters, a bit of info about their previous roles, and a good hook to want me to come back for more. The story flowed quite well, despite bouncing across the universe every few pages, and was a good slice of the world, referencing Hal without bringing in too much, and a decent use of characters. I'm very much looking forward to book two, and book one has earned itself 4.5 out of 5 stars from me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Boisson Oct 3, 2011

    I never quite understood how DC planned on getting new readers to pick up Green Lantern books without changing the universe at all. There has been a Green Lantern in comics since 1940 and the Green Lantern Corps since the Silver Age revival in the mid-to-late-1950s. With Alan Scott and the Golden Age interpretation nonexistent, that gives us over 50 years of backstory attached to this world. But, unlike Batman, Green Lantern in any form has never been on par in recognition with the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash (all of whom received relaunches). There are fans, of course, and even a few new ones thanks to stories like "Blackest Night", but that does not mean that the Green Lantern Universe could not use a fresh start. The three other books in the Green Lantern line -- Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Red Lanterns -- were damn near inaccessible to someone who did not read Green Lantern comics of old. Even if they had seen this past summer's Van Wilder Gets a Power Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Mason Moyer Oct 6, 2011

    I've always been a fan of Tyler Kirkham's work on GLC, and I'm glad he's doing a book focused on Kyle, because he's probably the best man or woman on DC's roster for the job. He uses splash pages when it's good for establishing the scene and tone, as well as good plot twists and action shots. The action pages also have a distinct difference in layout style than dialogue scenes, and Kirkham does it in a way that tightens and enhances the pacing. Tyler does a great job using backgrounds, juxtaposition and varying levels of detail for each scene and panel that makes this an excellent and well-crafted book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 28, 2011

    *bias against Hal Jordan freely admitted. He's just the most boring GL of all time. Yes, I'm including Ch'p. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Poet Mase Sep 28, 2011

    Bedard and Kirkham have successfully hooked me on this title. The brevity of Kyle Rayner's days before his initiation as a Lantern may be a bit short for new fans, but it is likely a concession afforded longtime readers who have heard the story before. Overall, this book is an experience that has something for all readers, new and old. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Oct 6, 2011

    So, theres nothing really wrong with this issue, its just not modeled for me. The end of a world kind of story which turns into Kyles Green Lantern birth has already been told, so lets get through all that stuff and get to the juicy NEW stuff. But for the sake of the newer readers, Ill force my way through it and hope for the best! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Oct 1, 2011

    As I said at the start of this review, a Kyle Rayner book is a hard sell for me, but in the end I found that this issue was more enjoyable than Red Lanterns, but not as much as the main Green Lantern title or Green Lantern Corps.  Despite what I think is a waste of page count in the middle of the book and some far reaching logic I think that Green Lantern: New Guardians is a solid entry point for new readers and is on the right track for the pre-relaunch fan.  This issue gets three out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Oct 4, 2011

    There's a lot of good material here, the sort of thing that I want to see explored and examined in greater detail. Tyler Kirkham's artwork isn't bad " his Michael Turner influence is clear, particularly in the faces of the female characters .But he tells the story well and easily handles the different alien body types. I'm not a fan of Kyle's shaggy hair, but I've never exactly been in fashion, so what do I know? Good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Oct 2, 2011

    As a fan of both Tony Bedard's writing and Kyle Rayner, this comic was a bit of a treat for me. Yes, I am a bit pissed that the color corps still exists in the new DCU, but I've come to terms with the fact that in the eyes of DC, Chairman Johns can do no wrong, and as such all of his ideas, even the terrible ones, are golden. Negativity aside, this was a good comic, one that I don't intend on dropping anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 29, 2011

    For new readers, definitely give this series a try; just stick with it for a few months or wait till the trade so you can get more of what you need to enjoy and understand the series. For experience GL readers, I'm sure you already have this book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Oct 5, 2011

    Green Lantern New Guardians #1 set-up the ground work for this new team series that will be part of the Green Lantern franchise. Though I was not overly impressed with the issue Tony Berdard did enough that I will come back for more. Future issues will have to develop all of the characters that make up this book but they have interesting enough looks that Berdard will have a lot to play with. If you are a Green Lantern fan this book is a good pick up. For non-Green Lantern fans this is more of a browse issue since this will not be for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 3, 2011

    While I'm intrigued by the catalyst for this opening story arc, Bedard's script and plot are ultimately disappointing. It's a shame he didn't spend the opening flashback scene explaining the multiple Lantern Corps concept, detailing the different emotions they represent and powers they possess. Furthermore, I didn't get a sense of where this story is headed at all, why these characters will be considered "new Guardians." Here, we see them in conflict with one another, and I get why they'd fight one another, but I'd rather learn about what's going to bring and keep them together. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 29, 2011

    As a long time Green Lantern fan (specifically a Kyle Rayner one) I found this issue to miss on all accounts. If it were just a number one aimed at new readers I would be able to relate and hang with it. However, when looking at the book through new reader's eyes you have so many missteps. The book doesn't even establish that the first pages are set in the past. The comic book is ugly on many levels. I needed to walk away understanding the need for this book and I didn't get that at all. This one is can be skipped. Read Full Review

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