Green Lantern: New Guardians #17

Green Lantern: New Guardians #17

Event\Storyline: Wrath of the First Lantern Writer: Tony Bedard Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating


Green Lantern Kyle Rayner has mastered the emotional spectrum. Will he manifest the powers of the White Lantern, or succumb to those awesome energies?

  • 8.2
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Feb 20, 2013

    A lesser writer could have grossly mishandled the "return" of Kyle's deceased ex-girlfriend, but I liked how Bedard uses it to show Kyle's strength instead of going for a cheap emotional gut punch. Volthoom even sees Kyle in a new light after this, which allows us to get deeper insight on this all-powerful villain we've only just met. Wrath of the First Lantern does right where Rise of the Third Army misstepped -- it gives us a clear antagonist that personally threatens the heroes who directly confront him, so now all we have to do is sit back and watch the fireworks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Mar 5, 2013

    New Guardians #17 does a good job for their part in the "It's a Wonderful Life" chapter of the Wrath of the First Lantern.  Kyle's reactions to seeing these alternate lives are well done and we can all imagine ourselves if we could have just a few more moments with someone we lost that we loved.  With Kuder off the book it will be interesting to see who steps in to finish out the arc before the new team jumps on board.  Four out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 24, 2013

    Sad to say, this could be skipped and I don't think it would make a dent in the a reader's understanding of “The Wrath of the First Lantern.” Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Feb 24, 2013

    For the second time, Wrath of the First Lantern disappoints when it comes to taking a look at a character's New 52 history in a way that really does anything to sort out the confusion or fill the gaps. Inconsistencies or holes are just glossed over or danced around, being put off to be some other writer's problem down the road. But the rest of the issue holds up well as Bedard has Volthoom put Kyle through the emotional wringer while still allowing Kyle his own unique gift for resisting the full effects. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 23, 2013

    This issue is a whole lotta meh. Maybe if Kyle Raynor is your favorite superhero ever you might enjoy this issue, but I didn't care for it. It's a pointless battle of wills between Kyle and the First Lantern, and Kyle loses at every turn. In the Alex reality, Kyle is beside himself with joy that Alex is still alive. Even though he has all of his memories and says out loud that he's pretty sure it's just a fake created by the First Lantern, he still acts like he really thinks Alex is alive and well. He's a dingus. Then when the villain makes him the evil offer to choose which reality he wants to live in, Kyle goes ahead and chooses the easier, sweeter Alex life. You're the hero, Kyle! You're not supposed to take the devil up on his evil offer! You're not Peter Parker! Read Full Review

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