By: Cynthia Ayala
Wrapping up this week with DC Comics, I’m reviewing Green Lantern: New Guardian #32, which is finally picking up the speed and regaining some of the steam it has lost in the last few issues and Superman #32 that brings a classic story back but with a wonderful new twist.
Green Lantern: New Guardians #32 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 18, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
This was a great issue, and considering how the last issue left off with Kyle vanishing as he dealt with his opposite, his Black Lantern form. Since then the guardians and Carol have been searching for him, dealing with the troubles that cross their paths as they make time for dealing with the troubles they come across…like a missing Guardian.
Of course, the Guardians are more worried about their own then they are about Kyle. No surprise there. These guardians may be different than the ones from before, but when it comes to the bottom line of things, they really aren’t. Thankfully, these care more, and even that tad more makes a big difference. So, it’s a good issue that finally brings back Kyle Rayner into the mix as he comes to the rescue!
All in all, it was a good issue, well constructed. The dialogue and speed of the issue can easily grab the reader into the story. As usual there is a disturbance in space, and one of their own have been taken. Carol, the Star Sapphire, is the only one with a clear head on her shoulders, and that really raises her character to the level of the Guardians, and that really builds the issue as a whole, giving her a much more powerful role than just Kyle’s Sidekick.
Other than that, there really is much left to say about the series. To be honest, this was a much better series when it had a lantern from every single lantern corp. because there was so much tension and humor. Now, the series has become a little more serious and that takes away from the overall charm of the series as a whole. Still, the writing and characterization makes a good read.
WRITER: JUSTIN JORDAN
PENCILLER: BRAD WALKER
INKER: ANDREW HENNESSY
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Superman #32 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 25, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
The Men of Tomorrow: Chapter One – Ulysses
Leave it to Geoff Johns to copy the story of Superman, almost verbatim to weave a new hero and an interesting new plot and make it instantly captivating. Everything he touches is gold. The man is a genius.
Now onto the issue. There was no fault in the story. Readers have been given a new hero who is the equal of Superman, but also incredibly different, and very human. From the earth, he was sent to the fourth dimension, a place of intrigue and mystery. This is a place that has been given a semblance of form, a place where the writers could take a young man and give him Supeman’s origin before bringing the pair together. Only Johns could pull that off while making it unique and not a copy-cat.
Additionally, there is the lead up to that, the story focusing on Superman before ultimate building to this show stopping event of the two hero’s converging. This issue also reinvents the dynamic between the famous trio, Lois, Clark and Jimmy. Clark has pulled away from each of them, but his connection is stronger with Diana and Bruce, his two super friends, at least slightly. Clark is lonely, that much is true, but he has friends, and even he knows that he needs friends and that he doesn’t need to be alone. With Ulysses, Johns is doing that. Johns has given Superman a new grounder, one that is human, super, and who understands the loss and loneliness that Superman felt for the longest time.
So readers are able to see the beginning of a new friendship and a reevaluation of old friendships, and that was both charming and heartwarming to read about.
WRITER: GEOFF JOHNS
PENCILLER: JOHN ROMITA JR.
INKER: KLAUS JANSON
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS