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Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

If you’re a DC fan, the name “New Guardians” may well give you a chill, conjuring up memories of an overwrought Millennium-born group that would star in their own series for some reason.

Jump to over a decade later and Green Lantern: New Guardians. It’s a book that began with some uncertainties. Revamped Kyle Rayner origin. Characters from Blackest Night who – in some cases – weren’t super fleshed out. And, of course, the need to live up to the expectations that come with being a “Green Lantern” book. The book also started slow. Yes, the characters all got together but it just felt like little more than a plot device rather than an actual plot.

But at issue five, I’m feeling it now.

Why? Because we’re free of the chains of the multi-colored corps. Instead, we have individual representatives of each corps who are starting to show how (and why) they stand out from the rest of the pack.

One of the standout points of this issue for me is actually when Bleez returns to Atrocitus. In two pages, Bedard and Kirkham get to the heart of the story from Red Lanterns issue three. They capture the intensity of the exchange. It’s short and sweet where Red Lanterns issue three opted to wallow in melodrama.

So leave those memories of the ’80s New Guardians behind. In Green Lantern: New Guardians, we’ve got a mystery, conspiratorial overtones, big cosmic action and fun characters taking us on that journey. Bedard and Kirkham (and the rest of the team) are turning out a good old adventure comic that is fun to read.

Works for me.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 3 - Good

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