The Weekly Pull (1/23/13) – GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #16


Next is GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #16, where Kyle Rayner continues his quest to get in touch with his feelings. For great justice.

I don’t think that’s been the plot synopsis to anything outside of Bravest Warriors.

While Carol Farris, Saint Walker, and Arkillo were busy on some random horrible planet doing inconsequential things, Kyle was busy on Zamaron, trying to master the violet power of love. Much to the dismay of the Star Sapphires, Kyle stubbornly refuses to deal with his daddy issues.

So guess who comes to visit? That’s right, it’s Ganthet! Aka the recently brainwashed Guardian who is basically Kyle Rayner’s surrogate father.

For those uninitiated, way back in the nineties, Kyle Rayner was introduced as the last Green Lantern, having been hand chosen by Ganthet because he was the first guy Ganthet found on Earth. However, this whole thing arose because of events involving Hal Jordan and the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps. Aside from it being loathed by many fans, those were confusing times, and the events will seem very dated in comparison to the Geoff Johns era of GL. As such, a flashback in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #16 shows a younger, rookie Kyle Rayner hanging around with a not destroyed Green Lantern Corps.

This retcon is probably for the best, though it raises a lot of questions as to how it makes sense in continuity, especially since we’re thoroughly in the Geoff Johns continuity of the GL mythos. That all started with Green Lantern: Rebirth, a storyline from several years ago that hinged on the whole destruction of the Corps, and Hal Jordan coming back from being evil and then dead.

The beginning of this series at least had the decency to reference Kyle’s induction, while glossing over the reasons why. This just creates plot holes.

At least Kyle gets yet another costume change to add to his wardrobe. Or rather, two costume changes. Which leads us, once again, into GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #1.

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