In Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #16

The cover: The Third Army finally gets their own cover, provided by Aaron Kuder on art and Hi-Fi on colors. That purple background highlights not only the green and white of the book’s title, but the deadly army as well. I love the details in the brain and the veins/wrinkles in their skin. Creepy coolness! Overall grade: A

The story: It’s only January and this may well be the Green Lantern book of the year! Tony Bedard opens his tale “Let Love Rule” with Kyle experiencing two flashbacks, trying to overcome his emotional block to the emotion of love, so as to master that ring’s power. Unable to master the violet light, Kyle is sent to confront a menace coming to Zamaron. On Page 6 “it” begins: the greatest lantern battle I’ve seen since Blackest Night. The dialogue is gripping and prone to make any lantern fan cheer out loud. Reinforcements arrive for the antagonist, and things take a bad turn. Page 16 will stun you. Page 17 will break your heart. Page 18 you will witness the birth of something new. Page 19′s third panel will stun you again. Page 20 will give you a reason to cheer for the Corps and the future of the lanterns. Wow! Overall grade: A+

The art: This fantastic story could have been weakened tremendously had the art not been as superior. Aaron Kuder must claim a line of descension from an old master because this book looks like it was blessed and not drawn: the drama in the opening flashbacks, the humor in panel three, Page 4, and the best lantern fight in years! Page 16 was a stunner, and Page 18 was the most gorgeous cosmic scene of enlightenment since Kirby put pencil to paper. Yes, I went there. I haven’t felt this excited/thrilled/wowed by a comic since I was little. I cannot hype this enough! Overall grade: A+

The colors: Red, green, violet, blue, yellow, and orange energy are employed masterfully by Wil Quintana. Is this colorist all “bright” colors? No, he can also use darkness in the first two pages’ gut-wrenching scenes excellently. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Glorious, spectacular sound effects that match the beauty of the story and the art. Dave Sharpe shines. Overall grade: A+

The final line: It’s only January. What’s left for the rest of the year? Stunning perfection in every way. Highest possible recommendation! Overall grade: A+

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