As a quick disclaimer, Green Lantern: New Guardians #20 is the first issue of this particular series I’ve read. I have been reading Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps since the reboot for “The New 52″. I’ve been reading Green Lantern comic books since the early 90′s and have a true love for those heroes and that universe.
Okay, into the review. Issue #20 marks the epilogue for “Wrath of the First Lantern”, a story that spanned the various Lantern series. The epic conclusion and climax to the story came in Green Lantern #20. Green Lantern: New Guardians #20 follows Kyle Rayner and Walker. Rayner, originally a Green Lantern became the White Lantern, a combination of the entire emotional spectrum. Walker is a Blue Lantern and worked with Rayner throughout this series.
The story begins with some people talking about Rayner, where he came from, how he is after the “Wrath of the First Lantern”, what his future might hold. For those of you who have read Green Lantern #20, you can guess who might be talking here. I do appreciate the warning on the first page that lets you know the events in this issue occur after Green Lantern #20. This issue has a very similar feel to Green Lantern Corps #20, which I reviewed recently. They are similar because they are both epilogues to “Wrath of the First Lantern” and contain little to no action. In fact, this issue is very light and introspective. There are no true action scenes and we primarily learn how Rayner has evolved since his time as a White Lantern and what the future of the various corps might hold. There is a strong focus on Rayner’s relationship and history with his estranged father, something he was forced to revisit by the First Lantern.
This is the final issue for Tony Bedard and his creative team. As with the other Lantern series, new creative teams are taking over for their respective 21st issues. Here they go out on a soft, nostalgic note. Most of the character’s stories are being quickly summed up, mainly in a positive light though we are meant to believe there are still some mysteries left to be solved by Rayner, otherwise, why would we continue to read? The illustrations are fairly nice, though no specific scene sticks out in my mind.
In the end, I don’t think this will be a very memorable issue but it does provide an ending. Personally, and note that I feel a similar way about Green Lantern Corps #20, I feel like this issue was only created because the creative team needed a final issue and the true ending and action came in the primary series, Green Lantern. However, since a primary story has ended and a new creative team is joining us, I think I will continue to read this series, maybe even pick up the collected volumes to catch up. I always liked Rayner, though he wasn’t my favorite Green Lantern, and I’m curious what things are like as a White Lantern, in control of the entire emotional spectrum.
For those of you interested in the Green Lantern universe, I recommend checking out Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lanterns and the new series, Larfleeze. Larfleeze is an Orange Lantern.