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I wondered how the writing staff would deal with Carol Ferris and her ability to tether to Kyle Rayner when he is presumed dead and it didn’t take long for writer Justin Jordan to answer me in Green Lantern: New Guardians #25.  Interestingly Carol didn’t sense his presence at all, leading me to that her acceptance of his death prevented her from knowing Kyle had survived.  Instead the Templar Guardians summon Carol away from a meeting with the Zamorans while she’s informing them of the new edict that Hal Jordan made outlawing other ring bearers over in Green Lantern #25.  The reunion is somewhat awkward as Carol is both relieved and angry with Kyle.

Jordan continues to play with the Carol/Kyle dynamic; toying with readers and making them question whether this is a purely platonic relationship or if there is a romance about to blossom.  I rather align myself with the former notion simply because I don’t picture Carol as the type who’d fall for Kyle.  Granted that’s a belief sustained by a continuity that’s no longer necessarily relevant but I’m clinging to it!  The other issue I’ve had with Carol as of late is how much garbage she gave Hal over the years for not being around to do his Earth bound job yet she seems to no longer have any regard for her own.  When she first returned to the Star Sapphires I kind of felt like we’d get to see her acknowledge her own misjudgment of the weight and responsibility of being a ring bearer but in the time since it seem to not be consideration and I hope at some point Jordan or another writer addresses it.

Jordan channels some familiar story elements to explore the Green Lantern universe post-Lights Out

With this issue, the first post-Lights Out, we see Kyle and the Templar Guardians boldly going where they haven’t been before and with this particular story the Star Trek reference is apt considering the story elements that Jordan brings into play.  Take one part of Trek’s “The Apple” and one part of Ursula K Le Guin’s  “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and liberally mix them together and you get the story.  A proverbial Eden is only Utopian at the great expense of others, in this case alternate versions of the planet where things are manipulated to slant in favor of one and spinning the others into various states of unrest and distopia.

Jordan takes what starts as a bit of a derivative story and turns it on its head by the end of the issue when the truth about Exuras is discovered and Kyle learns that everyone on the planet has the choice to help their alternate existences if they find the price of their Utopian life is too much for them to bear and one of the inhabitants of an alternate timeline decides this forced arrangement has run its course.  This last panel monkey wrench  sets the story up for even greater moral debate than Le Guin’s parable when the people who suffer for the benefit of others decides that the price is too high for them and I’m really interested in seeing where Jordan takes us in the next issue.

Kyle Rayner channels Captain Kirk as he discovers the high price of perfection

Brad Walker and Geraldo Borges share art duties on this issue but you’d have a hard time telling that there were two artists because they do a great job of maintaining the consistency throughout the issue.  It helps that Wil Quintana does the coloring for the entire issue which helps to keep the book looking uniform.  Artistically the book looks great with the exploration of the unknown allowing the art team to let their imaginations run.

All in all issue twenty five is a fun read, playing to the science fiction element of the Green Lantern mythos and using the revelations about the emotional spectrum to drive the cast to explore strange new worlds as it were.  Four out of five lanterns.

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