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Advanced Review: Blue Beetle #16

 

Young Jaime Reyes’ days of wandering the universe, trying to bring peace between himself and the incredible Scarab armor he wears, is not over, it’s just switching places.

After Reyes and his nemesis Sky Witness both put on a primo battle against the Ebons of Lady Styx, Blue Beetle is towed away for more action in next month’s Threshold: The Hunted!

But just because this is the last issue of Blue Beetle in his own title does not mean it was dullsville. Not by a long shot!

For one thing, we find out much more about Sky Witness, one of the most original characters in decades. We also find out a little more about “The Hunt,” the cosmic game that has fans buying tickets (and weapons) and attracting ratings Marvel’s Mojo would be envious of.

It turns out, in this cosmic saga by master storyteller Tony Bedard, that it was BB’s own friend/guide Moonrunner that turned him over to the Ebons for an appearance on the galactic Battle Royal, in which no contestant makes it out until they are pushing up daisies.

Artist Marcio Takara turns in a great job here, telling the story simply and with clean lines that let a newcomer understand what is going on with Jaime and his “Bugsuit.”

A final issue it might be, but it also may be the brightest day in the life of young Jaime Reyes — and Blue Beetle.

I am expecting big things from Threshold. I hope they come true for Blue Beetle as well.

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Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #14

 

Surprises galore are available on a cosmic scale as writer Tony Bedard presents his best-ever issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians #14.

Finally living up to its name, this issue follows our hero Green Lantern Kyle Rayner in his quest to master all the other emotions of the spectrum that powers the various ring weapons of the DCU. From love and compassion to rage and, in this issue, a mastery of fear (“I’m as Green Lantern. Overcoming fear is what we do,” Rayner says, somewhat naively.), Rayner even helps out the last remaining Yellow Lantern from some “daddy issues” in his quest to free Ganthet from his “emotional lobotomy” at the hands of the Guardians of the Universe.

It is Indigo-1, I believe, who finally gets it through Kyle’s skull that Sapphire Carol Ferris is using him (to find Hal Jordan, and we are glad someone is concerned about him), but he acknowledges he has been using Carol, Atrocitus and other ring-bearers (including Indigo-1) similarly.

Meanwhile, we find out about a surprising alliance that may not bode well for Kyle, Carol or Hal Jordan, whenever and wherever he reappears in our universe. Shocking!

And also cosmic! In telling his tale, part of the “Rise of the Third Army” arc, Bedard takes us across the cosmic expanse of the New 52 DCU, from planet to planet, Space Section to Space Section, and its beauty as rendered by Andrei Bressan and Amilcar Pinna was simply breathless. Space was rich with detail, planets were diverse and characters sparkled and shined rather than colored in muted tones of, say, a Planet of the Apes variety as so many outer space sagas are. Kudos to Nei Ruffino on making this one of the more attractive books on the shelf this week.

I have read a lot of Green Lantern tales, before and after the relaunch of the New 52. As a single issue offering, take it from a longtime fan: this is one of the best!

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Advanced Review: Green Lantern: New Guardians #13

 

Slowly … very slowly … but surely, the Third Army is rising and making its way across DCU space. Now the Guardians’ buggers are in Korgoth space in Space Sector 2819 and are already doing what they’ve already started on Earth: taking the citizenry and making them mindless slaves of the little smurfs.

I mean, even the Manhunters had a certain programming. These creatures are more like cosmic zuvembies (if you Comics Code fans remember those, lol).

Meanwhile, former artist Kyle Rayner is getting the snot knocked out of him, this time by Red Lantern Atrocitus, in order to master the disciplines of the emotional spectrum. The question as Big A hammers away at Earth Boy is what part and passion does Kyle lose from his heart and soul as he endures this “training”?

If you see him this issue after Atrocitus has taught him red rage, sitting on the disheveled grounds of late girlfriend Alexandra DeWitt with not an eye-bat, it may have all this sensitive Lantern’s long-time fans a tad concerned.

Writer Tony Bedard turns in a good script this go-round, with some tightly-knitted scenes that fit well together while carrying the emotion to a peak as we suffer along with and inside Kyle to do what MUST be done to defeat the Guardians of the Universe and their Third Army.

Andrei Bressan and Amilcar Pinna do a competent job of keeping Bedard’s script going, although their figures sometimes come off as a bit cartoony in places of serious import. Still, I had no objection; it is plain these two are good storytellers, and that to me is the name of the game in this medium.

All in all, Green Lantern: New Guardians #13 gets Kyle going for the war to come. Where he is at its end, if still living, is yet anyone’s guess.  

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DC Preview: Green Lantern Corps #57

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Written by TONY BEDARD;

Art and Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & BATT;

1:10 Variant Cover by PATRICK GLEASON & SANDRA HOPE

BRIGHTEST DAY lights up the battlefield this issue as Firestorm guest stars! The Green Lantern Corps is caught in the middle of all out war between Sinestro and his fear mongrels, the Sinestro Corps, against the Weaponer and the Thunderers of Qward. Can Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and the rest of the GL Honor Guard prevent the destruction of a world and save Soranik Natu at the same time? Learn why no one in the universe messes with Sinestro and lives to tell the tale in this heart-stopping finale to “The Weaponer”!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale February 16, 2011

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Preview: Green Lantern Corps #56

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Written by TONY BEDARD;

Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & BATT;

1:10 Variant cover by PATRICK GLEASON

The Sinestro Corps battles the Weaponer as the Green Lantern Corps finds itself caught in the middle of the mayhem! Will the GLC shatter its truce with the yellow fear masters to protect innocent Qwardians? Has the Weaponer brought doom upon his world? And what role does Firestorm play in this BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in?


  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale January 19, 2011

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