By: Justin Jordan (writer), Brad Walker (penciller), Andrew Hennessy with Robin Riggs (inkers), Wil Quintana (colorist)
The Story: One night Kyle dreamed he was walking with a god.
He was bothered and said
“During the most trying periods of my life
I see that there has only been one set of footprints behind me.
Why during my lowest moments have you not been there for me?”
Then Highfather turned to him and replied,
“That’s when you were Ion, we don’t really talk about that anymore.”
The Review: The New Gods have arrived and they’re at war with more than one of the Lantern Corps right now. All the same, one can’t help but feel that that’s really just a side effect. Highfather already declared the Lantern rings failures two weeks ago. So while I encourage you to follow your favorite characters as far as you care to, for me, it was always Kyle Rayner who held the lion’s share of my interest in this “Godhead” crossover.
Ever since Justin Jordan took over Green Lantern: New Guardians, this title has always been the unsung hero of the Lantern books. It’s held its own against big brother, Green Lantern, and sleeper hit, Red Lanterns, while introducing many of the major plots for DC’s cosmic universe. Indeed, it’s becoming even clearer that the Lantern line has really been following Kyle’s story ever since Geoff Johns left.
This crossover arrives rather suddenly. To get right to the meat of it, I think that this issue’s biggest problem is one that has frequently afflicted the title, namely a feeling of being somewhat padded.
It’s not regular padding, either; things don’t just happen to fill space, it’s smarter than that. The problem here is that, whether due to editorial constraints or Jordan’s own sensibilities, the, rather lovely, endpoint for this issue doesn’t feel quite like it has to be twenty pages from the beginning. Jordan tries to alleviate this by giving us greater character depth, but at times the level of tension in the book simply can’t hold up.