Green Lantern: New Guardians #21

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 19, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 4
7.4Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

The Templar Guardians have been locked away for millennia, but they have a VERY clear idea of what they need to do next - and of all the Lanterns in the universe, they need Kyle Rayner's help. So it's a shame he wants nothing to do with them! But once he sees the strange anomaly lurking at the edge of the universe, he may have no choice but to get on board with their mission...

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jun 19, 2013

    Justin Jordan has an amazing hold on any character he gets his hands on. Just look at The Strange Tale ofand TheLegend of Luther Strode, as well as his recent work on Superboy, a series he saved from the deep pit of darkness it found itself within. Green Lantern: New Guardians #21provides an excellent introduction to the Justin Jordan era of the title, and it's going to be epic. Not to mention that the title 'New Guardians' now finally makes sense. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Derreck Mayer Jun 20, 2013

    For those of you interested in the Green Lantern universe, I recommend checking outGreen Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lanternsand the new series,Larfleeze, focusing on theOrange Lantern. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 22, 2013

    A good entry point for new readers and a good continuation for long time readers. I want more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jun 19, 2013

    While not much happens in the beginning of this storyline, the atmosphere is set up for what is to come. The universe does not trust the Guardians. Hal and Kyle don’t trust the Guardians. Some high-level destruction is coming down upon Oa in the near future. Will the New Guardians go the way of their predecessors, or will they ride in and aide the Corps in saving the day? This issue gave me hope that these stories can be told well. I hope the newly Guy Gardner-infused Red Lantern issue matches the success of this issue and the other titles take a few cues as well. The elements are all here for a great Green Lantern story, they just need to be put to use. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jun 19, 2013

    It fortunately wasnt a very pronounced weakness, nor one that ruins the issue. This is a great jumping-on point for new readers who want to check out something truly strange in their Lantern book, but its also a perfect continuation of the tone of the previous issues. This makes a hat-trick for the new creators on the Green Lantern books, all three have, so far, been excellent and set up a lot of great potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 21, 2013

    So far, it's a reasonably good start for the new creative crew handling the Emerald Knights. They're getting back to they're actual damn jobs, they're realizing Hal Jordan is impossible to love, and they're dealing with the fallout of some catastrophic storytelling, even if it's becoming even moreso. Green Lantern: New Guardians #9 is all right by me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Jun 19, 2013

    Green Lantern: New Guardians #21 reads very much like a first issue, establishing the focus of the series and the motivations for our protagonists. With the introduction of Relic we've got the first big threat in the post-Johns era and he will no doubt wreak havoc at every turn on a Green Lantern Corps that no longer has a vote of confidence from the universal community. Issue twenty one is a fun read that sets the series up for a bright (white) future. Four out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jun 19, 2013

    Green Lantern: New Guardians is unique among the Lantern titles because it has little precedent to compare it to. The previous twenty-one issues are hardly anything compared to the nine years of stories that just "concluded" the main Green Lantern series. Kyle as a White Lantern is still a very new concept, one that's begging to be explored. When we saw our first White Lantern in Blackest Night, it was epic enough to make your head pop. Yet now Kyle is running around the universe with the combined power of life and all the different colored Corps like it ain't no thing. Jordan has already offered a snippet about the nature of these new powers, yet he has wisely built a foundation of other intriguing elements for the book to stand on. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jun 21, 2013

    The new direction for the lantern titles is not as immediately exciting or trend-making as the relaunch under Geoff Johns' was 10 years ago. How could it ever be? On the positive side, the work cannot be accused of latching on to what Johns was doing and trying to milk it. Both Jordan and Walker's best DC Comics work is present in this issue. Kyle Rayner seems to be a character that Jordan and Walker are excited about digging into, with ramifications that could potentially make the book pretty important to the overall ‘New 52′. “Green Lantern: New Guardians” #21 is one of those refreshing cases where you get to watch relatively inexperienced, but clearly talented people produce the sort of thing that you always knew they were capable of. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Jun 19, 2013

    Overall, the art was beautiful and this was the best story since Green Lantern #20, could use a few other details explained but fun none the less. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 22, 2013

    Still, the issue is fine. Kyle is entertaining enough, and the premise has potential. I really liked the scene of Kyle and Carol Ferris hanging out as friends. I think Carol could be used for a lot more than just Hal Jordan's girlfriend, and she proves it right here. I also like the art. I think it works great. So New Guardians may be off to a good start…if it doesn't get too bogged down in this Relic crossover. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 19, 2013

    On the flipside though, the art is anything but average. It's beautiful in every way you look at it. The characters are great and the emotions from them are terrific, the action with the sharks is incredible, the backgrounds are detailed, and space scenes are amazing. Seriously, there is so much to look at that you'll find your eyes darting all over the pages trying to take everything in, though it could be hard to focus on the dialogue if you are doing that. Still, very great looking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jun 22, 2013

    Overall Green Lantern: New Guardians #21 is a pretty good start for this new era of Green Lantern and does a great job for giving a firm direction for our wayward hero, however it's not really clear on how the White Lantern exactly works or the levels of the wielders power other than it's apparent switching between emotional powers. Green Lantern New Guardians #21 receives a 3.5/5 Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Ed Jun 21, 2013

    While this issue feels like a gigantic prelude to something imminent, Green Lantern: New Guardians #21 is a satisfying read that sets a new course for Kyle. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 20, 2013

    Of the refreshed Green Lantern family of books, "Green Lantern: New Guardians" was the one of the main triad I had the least amount of interest in. "Red Lanterns" and "Larfleeze" are exempt as I have less than no interest in either of those books at this juncture. That said, "Green Lantern: New Guardians" #21 might hit a high note due to the low-hanging expectations, or it might simply be enjoyable. I do know that I liked it considerably more than "Green Lantern" #21, but that's not really much of a comparison right now. At the very least, this comic book has given me enough reason to check back in with the next issue, even if it is more for the characters and circumstances surrounding the main character than for the character himself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 20, 2013

    The only problem is that this script also doesn't feel particularly ambitious - a threat of "The Anomaly" doesn't really grab you or make you feel the stakes. Not a bad book, but not a distinguished start yet, either. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Jun 21, 2013

    Overall I'm torn. My like for this book has run hot and cold, at times it's been a fun read, at others it's been slow and boring. This issue fell in between with a chance o decide which way it wants to head with the next issue. Read Full Review

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