Green Lantern: New Guardians, Vol. 1: The Ring Bearer
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Green Lantern: New Guardians, Vol. 1: The Ring Bearer (Green Lantern: New Guardians Vol. I #1)

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Green Lantern Kyle Rayner finds himself at odds with the Guardians of the Universe when rings from all the separate Lantern Corps come to claim him. But the other Corps aren't too keen on the Green Lanterns "stealing" their rings! Writer Tony Bedard (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) pens a new chapter in the Green Lantern mythos with a team of renegade Lan...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by DC Comics (first published October 1st 2012)
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Decent story. Nice art.


Can we please bring Kyle out of the closet already?!
Nobody cares anymore. Promise.

A ring from each spectrum flies to Rayner's hand.
A...rainbow of color, if you will.
Come on!
Aug 27, 2013 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: dcu
It's a bit if a hodgepodge of leftover characters, none of whom seem able to comprehend or calculate the events that are taking place around them. For the most part, the action consists of petty squabbling between the different coloured factions of the Lantern Corps.

You know, Lanterns of every colour seem really gullible these days. They seem perfectly content to not only be manipulated and lied to by the Guardians, but also by any past enemy that sings them a slightly sympathetic tune. Everyon...more
Kyle Rayner is my favorite Green Lantern: the twenty-something sensitive artist type with a hopeful outlook that can still kick serious butt. I also enjoy the 'rainbow' lantern corps, in this case represented in the New Guardians. Put these two together in the Green Lantern New Guardians series and I'm loving it!

The problems I had were some confusing fight scenes and a bit too much talking throughout. Tyler Kirkham's art was very good although the fill-in artists were a bit disappointing. I lik...more
Zack! Empire
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I would. I’m a Green Lantern fan, but I have to say that I’m very over all the different ring colors, and the fighting that goes along with it. It was cool at first but now I’m just thinking, “Ugh, can we do something else please?” Kyle is an interesting character. I like the way they are setting him up to be able to use all the rings, rather than him just doing it at the point in the story where that has to happen. I appreciate small things lik...more
This book does a good job of establishing character through conflict - almost the entirety of the book is battles, and the personality of most of the characters comes through not just in the dialog but also in their approaches to battle. Using rings as a MacGuffin gets a strong start to the story, although the mystery of why they were all attracted to Kyle sort of disappears midway through in the shadow of a larger threat that drives the individuals toward teamwork. There's a lot of good here, b...more
Gautam Surath
It had to happen. The only question was who and when? And I think the choice was perfect in the end. In fact you can probably say that Kyle exists only for this reason. Reason being of course to unite the spectrum and harness each individual colour and its power. The possibilities are enormous and it will be interesting to see where we go. I just feel that this edition not enough justice was done to Kyle and too many things were happening at the same time. Still the GL universe is so complex tha...more
Of the Green Lantern books in the DCnU, this might be my favorite. I am not much of a Green Lantern fan. I typically only read the occasional arc. The idea of a team featuring a member from each of the corps is pretty interesting. I like Kyle's characterization, though I would have preferred seeing him use his ring more. The volume has a little too much exposition, but it is also accessible to new readers. The art is okay, but I really enjoyed the coloring.
I recently started reading the new Green Lantern title and really enjoyed it. So I thought I would branch out and try the rest of the GL titles. So far I have to say I enjoy reading Kyle Reiner more than Hal Jordan.

I never read much with Kyle before the new 52 reboot. So I'm not sure if much has changed in his personality. It starts off with Kyle's origin story on how he became a Green Lantern which was cool. After skipping forward to present day, where rings from all the different corps' of the...more
Ah, Green Lantern and Tony Bedard. You really don't need to know more than that, to know you've got a great comic book in your hands. Loved every page of it and as the story is not complete, I'm greatly looking forward to the next volume. Loved it!
Morbus Iff
I liked the characters and the storyline, but Fatality's bosum was front-and-center far too many times.
John Yelverton
This book had great artwork and so much potential, and they wasted it all.
I really think that Kyle is the worst GL that ever flew over DC Universe. But I ran out of GL books to read so I took this one. And I must say I was quite surprised. It is not all that bad. There is a plot hole:

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I plan to continue with the series because I read green...more
Kyle Rayner........the very mention of his name filled me with as much rage as a Red Lantern. How dare I thought that DC comics boot Hal Jordan and the rest of the corps out the door and bring in Kyle Rayner as the only Green Lantern. Time passed though and after awhile all was right with the world again for Hal Jordan and the rest of the corps were brought back. Suddenly Kyle Rayner didn't seem so bad anymore. Not only that I grew to really like him. Along comes the comic Green Lantern - New Gu...more
James Dunphy
Green Lantern: New Guardians should really be called Emotional Spectrum Rangers DCU New 52. It's not really a GL book, although it's in the GL sector of DC's diverse ecosystem.
DC has taken Kyle Raynor – the perpetual worst Green Lantern in history, and given him control of a green, yellow, red, blue, indigo, orange, and pink ring. In the process he creates a forced team up of all of the lanterns of the corresponding rings he's sort of steals. The story is full of Guardian deceit (typical), and a...more
Matt Raymond
Goody two-shoes Kyle Rayner is so amazing that every ring from the emotional spectrum is suddenly chasing after him. But that's upsetting the other corps, who each send someone after Kyle to get the rings back, kill him, reluctantly team up with him and be dull background noise. I liked seeing some characters, like Saint Walker, Akrillo & Fatality. But the whole book felt like filler. You don't even find out what's happening until the last book, and then things start to get interesting once...more
Lantern Rings begin flying from their rightful owners and heading to Kyle Rayner. Lanterns from their respective Corps including Saint Walker, Fatality, Arkillo, Bleez, Munk and Glomulous begin appearing to get them back. They must unite to discover who is behind this strange phenomena and why they are doing it.

This volume makes a very good attempt to be a true Volume one by showing Kyles backstory and tying it in with the main story arc. It gives enough information on the other Lanterns that it...more
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A decent idea: all the emotional spectrum of colours have to team up (just like Blackest Night/Brightest Day) except this time it's as individuals, outside of the 'rules'. It would be cliché to call them a rag-tag bunch of misfits, but that's sorta the idea here...Kyle Rayner and the others lol. Saint Walker is a good addition, as I enjoyed his character in every other instance I've seen him. Breez is Red, Glomulous is Orange like Slimer (Ghostbusters), then Fatality as Star Sapphire, Muk as Ind...more
Love it! What a page turner! What great art, especially the full page spreads. As much as I like the GL and GLC ones, something about having more than green on them makes these even better!

I really liked when the GL family of comics broke out into the emotional spectrum in Blackest Night. This continuation of those corps is really fun! We get some character advancement and some well-deserved answers about how the orange constructs are sentient. My only nag about this volume is how the enemy, Inv...more
When DC made the horrifying mistake to "soft-reboot" the entire universe with their New 52, there was one area that was left relatively alone. While Superman was made distant and alien, Batman was twisted so much that even the Joker IN CONTINUITY was desperately calling for a return to the way things were, and Wonder Woman was remade as the product of rape, murder, and thoughtless violence, Green Lantern was continued from where things were left off. Occasional traces of the terrible idea can st...more
I really enjoyed this one. For some reason Larfleeze has a special place in my heart, because I find him to be endearing in a weird way. He's like the kid that can't do anything right, so you see him make mistake after mistake except for the fact that he's a dangerous psychopath who kills all different kinds of beings and enslaves their energies in his ring. I really enjoyed the different rings working together and getting over their differences to become a team. The reason I rated it 4 stars in...more
So this was the last in the Lantern titles that I had to read and I liked it better than the others, however that's not really saying much. I liked learning about the other ring colors. I like Kyle. I liked the art because it was colorful (duh). But I still didn't care too much for the story, nor did I care too much about any of the characters. There were some mystery aspects that I'm curious about and that will keep me interested in this title, it just didn't push it to three stars for me. Nice...more
Awale Abdi
I'd give this a 3 and a half or so. I liked the plot to some extent, the ideas floating around and the art were brilliant (though the art seemed iffy at times) but the characters felt overplayed and talkey. Some of 'em like Munk didn't even seem like they used to be before the reboot... Since when is he that much of a hostile? I expected him to show up and ask Kyle some questions in peace like Walker did. Weird... I think the first GL volumes after the new 52 all have their issues cos these writ...more
Alex Sarll
There's a definite logic to having two Green Lantern titles - one for superheroics on Earth, the other a series about cops in space. Despite starring Kyle Rayner (always the best GL), this grandiose slugfest doesn't make much of a case for a third book being a good idea.
Michael Church
Oh no. This book was not nearly as good as I'd hoped.

The plot is thin, the characters uninspired, and the dialogue is forced and strange. The art isn't even that great. So many lazy and crossed eyes...

The worst part is that they have so many great characters to access and none of them are even close to living up to their potential. There's also not enough exposition. There's no entry to the universe with this book and you never really understand what is happening.

I really like Kyle Rayner and...more
Tony Bedard did a fantastic job with Blue Beetle. The fact that that character Translated over so well into Young Justice is a testament to Bedards work. I really loved that series, and now I find myself loving this first story arc of an ambitious new Green Lantern book.

"You know all of the different colored lantern Corps that are based on emotions? What if we had a member from each corps on a team".

Someone at DC had that thought, and this book was set up.

What could have easily been a disaster...more
The transformation from green lantern to white lantern, and the incredible cast of characters makes this a comic book must read!
Public library copy.

I'm not current with overall Green Lantern continuity as the publisher has not yet produced a collection of Green Lantern (new 52) since the first volume (at the time I write this.) With that said, I thought it was weird how this Kyle Rayner story told a new origin without dismissing GL ring mythology, but turning a blind eye to everything else like Blackest Night. I enjoyed the work enough to want to pursue more books if my library carried it. I'd nitpick the last story brou...more
Colin Rapp-Ellis
Not bad. The story dropped in quality for the second half. The art was to my liking the entire book. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Green Lantern stories who doesn't mind a little corny in their comics.
Shannon Appelcline
This is nearly a pitch-perfect continuation of the Rainbow Lanterns saga; it could have been written by Geoff Johns, for all that means, good and bad.

On the upside, we get great cosmic adventure and also a continued investigation of the background of the Rainbow Lanterns.

On the downside, characterization is pretty poor: it's almost all action.

Overall, it was a fun read if not a very deep one, that I definitely want to continue. Although I was annoyed by the too-typical-for-the-New-52 lack of any...more
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