Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin
Release Date: September 12, 2012

Curious as to how Guy Gardner got his hands on a ring in the New 52? Well, here’s your answer. This issue is all Gardner, and if you are a fan, that’s not a bad thing at all.

Tomasi takes readers back to Guy Gardner’s ‘civilian’ times, alluding to a cover up that causes strife within Gardner’s family and heavily affects his personal life. The courageous Gardner we all know comes through in the end and is “rewarded” a ring for his heroism. This is a good origin tale, shows a little background for Guy, and it is well written. I’m not sure how it sets up any future arcs or really plays into any Green Lantern Corps storylines, but the pacing is fine, the script is entertaining, and it is a decent origin story. Tomasi has written Gardner for a very long time and is extremely in sync with this character, which shows in the flow of the story. There are no moments of inconsistent behavior, this is Guy being Guy, that simple. My primary criticism of this issue is that I don’t really feel any different about Guy Gardner having read it. I don’t feel I understand his character any better, or that he’s any more or less complex to me. Time will tell if moments in this book become larger plot points later, but as it currently stands it was a decent story that didn’t leave me feeling any different about the character than when I started.

That said, this comic is worth the price of admission for the Fernando Pasarin art. There are some great pencils in this book, from small emotional moments to full on, blazing, ring-slinging splash pages. Pasarin does a great job throughout the issue of maintaining Guy’s younger look and making the character look like a naive version of his older self. For me, the art is what stood out in this book, and took a somewhat mediocre story and kept me interested. Many artists have done stellar work on Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps in the past several years, and Pasarin’s art stands up well to their legacy and he is yet another strong hand in the DC stable.

Verdict: 7.0/10


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  1. MattNat said:

    It was a very good issue, but I have some problems with the change of Guy’s family history. They had so recently used his abusive father as a source for the rage that lead to him being a Red Lantern temporarily. It’s that type of continuity bridging inconsistency that just irks me about this reboot. Still, taking into account nothing else, this was a good stand-alone story that definitely shows the cool side of Guy. And, as usual, also shows that Hal Jordan is the least interested GL ever.

  2. Matt SantoriGriffith said:

    I didn’t mind the revision, and it’s far more interesting and kind to Guy’s heroic stature to remove the brain-addled/coma portion of his history. Having one of the Green Lanterns be a former cop, especially the one that seems to go rogue more often than not, is pretty inspired. You couldn’t do that credibly with Kyle, and both Hal and John’s military histories have already been shored up these last ten years. Did Guy’s Red Lantern transformation happen again in the last 12 months? If not, then that aspect is easily revised for the “brave new world.”