Red Lanterns #29
I have to just admit it...this is my favorite Green Lantern book of late...and there is nary a Green Lantern to be found. It isn't just Guy...although that is the MAIN attraction for me, I am actually starting to care about the other Red Lanterns as well. I am developing a serious crush on Zilius Zox for example. Charles Soule has developed a sure hand with writing both action, adventure, and larding it with generous doses of sly humor, which appeals to me. A Lot.
We begin with Skallox and Zox playing with some of their cool weaponry...and firing it at their newest recruit, aka Kara Zor-El. Needless to say she takes it in stride, but then startles them by also destroying the weapon, much to Skallox's chagrin. Man...he LOVED that rocket thingie! She does apologize for being so cranky, and the boys take it fairly well, explaining that the ring makes you mad, you just need to figure it all out. And then they repair to the Bar. They also love the Bar.
Guy comes in and is outraged that they are pouring drinks for a minor. The concept of being underaged flummoxes Skallox and Zox, and Kara gerts all cranky because she wants to get boozed up like the boys. Guy is beginning to realize that he may be in over his head, in trying to deal with an enormously powerful and hormonal teenager.
So, he gets the boys to take Kara "on Patrol" to look for...stuff. Mainly this is to get her out of the way while he makes a quick visit to Earth, to confer with her cousin, Superman. Superman has his hands full trying to save people from a tsunami, when Guy shows up and does his heroic thing. Superman doesn't know if he has met Guy before, but he does recognize the name, mainly from gossip from Hal. Superman is a bit dismayed to find out that the Red Lanterns are in charge of Earth now, and is rather snarky about it. Guy doesn't take this particularly well, as can be expected, but he does still manage to keep his temper, when of course, Kara shows up and has a snit.
A ROYAL snit!
The next thing you know there is a Kryptonian tantrum going on, and Superman is just as obnoxious as Kara. She also learns that she's stuck as a Red, unless a Blue Lantern shows up, and well...St. Walker is still sulking so that's not going to happen any time soon. Meanwhile, there is still the tsunami to deal with...and Kara does so in a rather spectacular fashion.
Kara is a bit bummed about being a Red forever, but then the more she thinks about it, she decides that maybe it isn't such a bad thing, and furthermore...Superman is a douche. He also dumps poor Kara right back in Guy's lap, and then pontificates a bit about heroism and all of that. Guy isn't about to rile him up, but it is pretty obvious that he shares Kara's opinion of her cousin. Also, I get the feeling that Zilius rather likes Kara, since he stands up to Superman too.
So off they go, back to Ysmault, and there they find Bleez, who isn't in the best of shape, and now they have to deal with Atrocitus.
I really love this book. The characterizations are dead on, there is action, but mainly it is all about the different people and their interactions and I enjoy that. Kara is a brat, but what the heck...so is Guy occasionally. It is a smaller group, and it is more personal, and it also isn't a part of any huge crossover at the moment, which is even better. I'm even getting used to Vitti's artwork, although I still don't like the mustache. The long hair isn't bad though.
Loads of fun!