Green Lanterns: New Guardians #21
Finally, the title of "New Guardians" actually makes sense!
So, the evil Guardians are all dead, and the nice sweet New Guardians are here to take over for them, as the new Masters of the Universe or whatever. This bunch knows that they have been locked away for umpteen billion years, and are therefore somewhat naive about the ways of the worlds, and so, they, in their infinite wisdom have appointed Hal Jordan to lead the Green Lanterns, and want Kyle Rayner to be their tour guide of the Cosmos. Which actually...is not a terrible idea.
Except that Kyle says no.
This rather startles the New Guardians. Kyle is obviously feeling a bit fed up with everything, especially what went down with Ganthet...he doesn't know that Ganthet and Sayd are actually alive and living Happily Ever After. So Kyle is grumpy. Can't blame him for that. And Guy is nowhere to be found, so he can't coax him out of his bad mood. Hal however IS around, and they go off and do manly things, which fighting Space Sharks.
I might be slightly more charmed by the idea of Space Sharks, if they hadn't used the exact same concept in Thor, just a couple of weeks ago...and it seemed to work a little bit better there. But the IDEA of Space Sharks certainly does have its charms.
Anyhoo...Hal talks Kyle into going along with them...mainly because he doesn't completely trust them yet...but he does trust Kyle to keep an eye on them. Which is actually a decent idea, and I'm surprised that Hal came up with it. Which is more or less what Carol says, as she watches Kyle pack up the contents of his apartment. Kyle doesn't understand why she is being so snotty about Hal, and frankly neither do I. Just for a change of pace...let's have a hero and a heroine actually HAVE a love life! It certainly worked for Ralph and Sue. It worked for Clark and Lois too, until DC decided to mess with it.
So...Kyle goes flying off with the cute little new Guardians, to the ends of the Universe, where they discover a large bloated red...thing, that they call the Anomaly! Other ships and other cultures are there taking notes, but they all cut and run when they see the Guardians show up. This suprises them, until Kyle points out that practically everyone is scared spitless by them, thanks to the antics of the OLD Guardians. Then this large fellow named Exeter shows up, he is the Guardian of the Anomaly, and he tells them in no uncertain terms to take a hike. Naturally, they have to argue. Naturally, they have to fight. Naturally, the Anomaly reacts and stuff starts to blow up.
This really isn't bad. I found Kyle to be a bit too jaded and cranky for my tastes, but on the other hand, I suppose that can be a natural reaction for someone who's world has literally been turned inside out. I do find that these new Guardians seem to be awfully up to date on modern idioms and methods of expressing themselves...you would think that their forms of communication would be a bit more...archaic. But that's just my taste. Maybe the ring translates them into contemporary phraseology. However, for a first issue, with new writers and artists, it wasn't bad at all. I am certainly sufficiently intrigued to hang around and see what happens next.