Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #2 takes a break from Kyle Rayner and Carol Ferris’ space-capades and returns to Earth for a story that’s anything but grounded.
Justin Jordan’s latest issue is an introspective trip detailing the effects on Kyle Rayner’s body and mind following his acquisition of largely unexplored god-like power as the White Lantern.
From the uneasy opening sequences and Kyle’s harrowing return to Earth, the writing and art pace smoothly into a contemplative issue that raises as many questions as it answers.
The coloring has always been a high point of Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Andrew Dahlhouse’s detailed and expressional depiction of cosmic backdrops — both in outer space during Kyle’s battle and the nebulous execution of the imposter Lantern — continue in this vibrant tradition.
Although the pencils and inks were done by a hodge-podge team of creators, the ever so slight shifts in artistic direction play to the reality-altering theme of the issue, with very few stylistic differences. The design of the White Lantern costume has never been stronger, featuring a slimmed down version of Rayner’s oftentimes chunky domino mask.
The various artists make great use of whitespace throughout the panel work, driving focus to the brooding and sometimes overly mushy dialogue and pacing through the fight sequences leading to a story that’s balanced and entertaining, but a little heavy on interpersonal drama that had been as of yet unmentioned or explored in Green Lantern: New Guardians.
The story takes a break from the New Guardian’s and Rayner’s pursuit of knowledge about the far reaches of the universe and briefly attempts to rehumanize the White Lantern by revisiting characters and settings from his past before implying the true extent of his power — rewriting the rules of reality.
Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #2 provides a great transition out of what appear to be ultimately unimportant stories of recent issues into a new direction for the series as Kyle Rayner has once again inexplicably crossed the line into oblivion, leaving Carol Ferris and his father wondering on Earth, and the New Guardians to the impending threat that has only been hinted at.
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