Reviews – DC Comics: Green Lantern: New Guardians #18

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Reviews - DC Comics
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Written By: Tony Bedard

Art By:  Jim Calafiore, Henry Prasetya, Javier Pulido

Price: $2.99


Generally speaking, I’ve been enjoying the New 52 Green Lantern books to this point. When it comes to the Wrath of the First Lantern event however, it’s just not really connecting with me, and Green Lantern: New Guardians #18 was no exception.


The main idea behind Wrath of the First Lantern is that in the wake of Rise of the Third Army, Volthoom, the First Lantern, has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Guardians of the Universe and is now powering himself up by leeching off the emotions of the Guardians and all the stars of the four Green Lantern books. In concept this is all well and good and could potentially be very interesting, but in practice, what we’re getting from the story is instance after instance of characters, usually obliviously, reliving events in their lives in ways inherently different from how they originally occurred, which instead of moving the story forward, has us continually living in the past.


One thing this issue, the seventh piece of Wrath of the First Lantern, which focuses om Carol Ferris, Saint Walker and Larfleeze, did do well, is demonstrate the flaw in Volthoom’s plan which is, at least in this case, these Lanterns have their rings for a reason, their particular emotion is stronger then whatever Volthoom puts them through.


While there isn’t anything particularly wrong with this issue, and I can’t fault anyone for enjoying it or Wrath of the First Lantern as a whole, it just isn’t working for me, I’m ready to move on to the next story. Unfortunately, it looks like we have at least another month before Volthoom has been dealt with.

Score: 4.0


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