Review: Green Lantern:New Guardians – Vol.2 – Beyond Hope (by Tony Bedard)

Green Lantern: New Guardians, Vol. 2: Beyond HopeGreen Lantern: New Guardians, Vol. 2: Beyond Hope by Tony Bedard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ho-hum, “Lanternkyle” and his rainbow brigade follow the multi-coloured brick road all over the universe to recharge their batteries. Literally.

Results in a Blue Beetle crossover…completely unnecessary. It made more sense now, having read both volumes it appears in, but still…I see that BB is tied into the baddies that attacked the Blue Lanterns, but what does that mean? BB is long cancelled.

Red and Green have an interesting sexual chemistry going, want to see where that goes…but no such luck.

Glommy, our resident orange DC version of Doop, is heroic here (aww special little guy!).

We see what Sinestro is up to with Hal (thru the eyes of another Yellow Lantern/Sinestro Corps eyes).

Sapphire Fatality gets a bit of screen time, but yawn. Nok, the Indigo Tribe member is the one we get nothing much about and he’s interesting me.

Saint Walker may be one of the few characters to come out of this whole Reading Rainbow that might be worth salvaging.

Kyle is…well…boring. Hal’s original, Alan Scott moreso, and even John Stewart is an angry badass. Hell, Guy’s got a story, and this new Simon fella is probably interesting…but Kyle? Nope. Just…no.

Let’s hope for a culling. I think it’s stupid that the whole universe only finds willpower (Green Lantern Spectrum) on Earth…Hal/Kyle/John/Guy, etc. Really? some planets have no one…

So some shit happens, and if you follow ALL the GL titles closely…you’re still going to have to call Geoff Johns at home to ask WTF?

Not really worth the effort.

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Release Day Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley!

4.5 stars

I was understandably worried that this would suck…or at least not live up to my expectations.
I mean, Injustice has been the on a short list of Must-Read titles for me since I managed to get my grubby paws on the first one.
After the shocking ending of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2, I’ve been wondering if this title could keep the momentum going.
The deaths of several major characters, plus that thing that happened to Batman at the end?
How the hell is Taylor going to top that?!
I had no idea.
Fortunately, Taylor did.

The last two volumes focused on the roles that Batman and Wonder Woman were playing in Superman’s decision making process. No, they certainly weren’t the entirety of the cast, but they were heavily featured.
Take them out of the equation, and what power players do you have left?
Well, with Wonder Woman out of commission for a while, the role of sympathetic partner in crime falls to Hal Jordan. He believes in the world that Clark is trying to create, even if he has some doubts about the way it’s being created. The end justifies the means.
And while you’re inside Jordan’s head, you can see where he’s coming from.
I know, right?! Taylor is gooooood.
Exhibit A:
The U.S. senate/congress is getting ready to pull one of their We-Can’t-Agree-On-Shit-So-We’ll-Shut-Down-The-Government things.
Supes says NO. That’s unacceptable to him, and he sends Hal and Flash in to sort it out.
Jordan has some reservations about telling the United States government how to run things, and tells Superman that he doesn’t think this is within his jurisdiction.
Superman replies that he has the entire space sector 2814 within his jurisdiction…and the United States falls within those bounds.
And you know what?
I was cheering Hal on as he shut those monkeys in, and told them to *Do Their Fucking Job.

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Review: War of the Green Lanterns

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Writer:  Geoff Johns (rolls eyes)  et. al  Artist:  Tyler Kirkham and another guy

Three really generous stars

WARNING:  HOT!!!!!

When my son was three, my wife and I introduced him to the joys of sushi. For some reason he could not get enough of avocado. As my wife and I were trying to flag down the waitress, my son started to make a grab for a big ball of wasabi, assuming that it too was avocado. My wife and I moving in (what seemed like) slow motion and screaming “no” could not quite stop him from popping it in his mouth. In about ten seconds, my son’s face turned crimson, his eyes started to tear and his cute willowy blond hair was plastered to his now sweaty head. I think a little steam might have been coming out of his ears and nose.

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