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Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #29

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 03/20/2014 - 10:40pm, updated 03/21/2014 - 1:17pm
Writer: 
Justin Jordan,
Pencils: 
Brad Walker,
Inks: 
Andrew Hennessey and Brad Walker,
Colors: 
Wil Quintana and Hi-Fi,
Letterer: 
Dave Sharpe,
Cover: 
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessey and Wil Quintana,
Publisher: 
DC Comics
Price: 
$2.99
Release Date: 
March 19, 2014

When the new Guardians started Kyle Rayner on his round of universal exploration, with we as readers learning about the known and unknown DCU as the Guardians learn of same (and Rayner, apparently), I knew the taste of the original Star Trek would rear its head (see my past reviews). And this adventure is nothing short of a thinly-covered-in-sci-fi morality story Trek writers loved in ’66!

Whether X’Hal is a “true god” or not, this exploration of a world with believers, non-believers and those suspect on BOTH sides reeks of some of the work Jim Starlin was doing with Warlock during its Universal Church of Truth days … and indeed, story threads carried on by DnA in their run on Guardians of the Galaxy. Just wonderful character work by writer Justin Jordan, who is swiftly becoming my favorite DC scribe.

Jordan also makes sure each and every character comes to life, and that is especially true of the new Guardians who flare into interesting, curious and rather likable aliens this issue; odd to feel that way about a Guardian, lol. And there are certainly stories left to be told of this civilization, one of the more interesting I have encountered in a DC book. Maybe looking at undiscovered worlds rather than trying to bring Krypton back to life for the umpteenth time will catch on?

Brad Walker’s sharp pencil work is a wonder to behold. The potential so clearly there during his Marvel days is finding a wonderful fruition here in the New 52, with the inks and colors of Hennessey, Quintana, Hi-Fi and Walker himself enhancing just a beautiful script from Jordan. Way to go, Brad!

I do not know where the Guardians are ultimately taking Rayner on this ride, but I am certainly enjoying the journey. Cosmic!