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Green Lantern: New Guardians, Vol. 1: The Ring Bearer (Green Lantern: New Guardians #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
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!
Dec 29, 2012 Laurel rated it really liked it
Shelves: green-lantern
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
Aug 27, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it
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
Jesse A
Aug 10, 2015 Jesse A rated it liked it
Not bad. Stared off very well but got a bit overloaded by the end. Still all in all pretty decent.
Dec 09, 2013 Annice22 rated it really liked it
I read the single issues instead of the trade edition.

I thought this was a fun read. The story, the writing and the characters were all very interesting. And I thought the artwork was really good. I look forward to reading the next volume.
Jul 03, 2015 Arturo rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-2012-gl
I can't even say if it's bad or what flaws it has, I eat this stuff up like skittles.
All the rings are drawn to Kyle, which is a mystery for a later time. When he heads to Oa, the Guardians attack him, which plants seeds for a later story. The rings Kyle has bring the wrath of a member of each of the Corps, but in the end they must work together against Invictus. A powerful seemingly unstoppable archangel. All because of Larfleez, and here we get to see how big of an evil beast he truly is.
Zack! Empire
Jan 17, 2013 Zack! Empire rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2013 Cale rated it liked it
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
May 01, 2013 Gautam Surath rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2014 Nathaniel rated it liked it
I'll say it again. Any review I do of a GL title is going to inherently be biased. I'm a poozer. This turned out better than I thought it was going to be, but it's still not entirely up to snuff (it's no Sinestro Corps War, and it sure as hell ain't Rebirth). The skittle corps are a cool concept that really tears the GL universe wide open, and lets there be an almost limitless number of stories. I imagine in 10 years when they've had the right amount of time to age, and to pass through others' c ...more
Christopher Rush
Feb 08, 2015 Christopher Rush rated it liked it
I give this 3 stars for sheer goofiness. Just when you think the entire New 52 universe takes itself far too seriously while wandering aimlessly in the middle of nowhere, along come the "New Guardians," who aren't "new," since they've all been Guardians for some time. This is basically the New 52's Big Hit, by which I mean not a description of its popularity or quality but tantamount to the classic Mark Whalberg/Lou Diamond Phillips movie. As serious as that movie takes itself is how we are prob ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Vanessa rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero, dc, modern-age
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.
Apr 09, 2014 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
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
Matthew Hunter
Larfleeze gets his day in the sun. I love him! A Lantern that looks like a goat god and earns legendary status as a mass murdering demon by killing Archangels and other beings. Invictus the Archangel does things like mine galaxies for enough metal to recreate an entire solar system. He kills worlds to preserve/memorialize his own system. Morally ambivalent characters much? Then there's Kyle Rayner, a fellow Earthling deserving of the label "Matt's favorite Green Lantern" to this point in my read ...more
Todd Merriman
Jul 22, 2015 Todd Merriman rated it liked it
I was never much into Green Lantern. A hero who could be brought down by the power of yellow always seemed kinda silly to me, but some of my friends who are into comics really love Green Lantern, so I was left trying to figure out what the appeal was. My best guess: crazy, psychedelic art.

So this would be my first Green Lantern story I've read (not counting Green Lantern/Green Arrow from whenever ago) and while I was unfamiliar with the characters, I definitely got the badass art payoff in spade
Oct 27, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
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
Dec 15, 2012 Morbus Iff rated it really liked it
I liked the characters and the storyline, but Fatality's bosum was front-and-center far too many times.
John Yelverton
Oct 02, 2012 John Yelverton rated it it was ok
This book had great artwork and so much potential, and they wasted it all.
Aug 04, 2014 Tomas rated it liked it
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
Jan 13, 2014 Bob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jun 24, 2014 James Dunphy rated it it was ok
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
Matt Raymond
May 01, 2014 Matt Raymond rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, green-lantern
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
Jul 07, 2013 C. rated it really liked it
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Sep 28, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Dec 30, 2013 Benjamin rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2013 Robert rated it liked it
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
Antonio Rivera
Mar 18, 2015 Antonio Rivera rated it really liked it
Solidly good read, it portrays Kyle Rayner well, as well as the other Lanterns of other colors who join him, giving some great development on them. It is a great read, but be warned, the story doesn't end with this volume, it is continued in volume 2 so it is not the full story. Still though, this is a very great book to try out and I highly recommend it, especially for Kyle Rayner fans.
Dec 12, 2013 Paige rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2012 Jessie rated it it was ok
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
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