Sunday, 24 November 2013

Who'd Like A Cocktail? #251

You tell him, Carol.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #25 - Kyle and the Templar Guardians bring Carol to the planet Exuras where, apparently, everything turns out okay, and I mean everything. The Guardians want Kyle to investigate the place thinking that anything that looks too good to be true probably is. A quick scan of the place leads them to a single hut where Kyle has the planet's secret revealed to him: the people of Exuras steal moments of time from other timelines where decisions have turned out better and swap them for those in their own time where the decision turned out poorly. The sum of this is that everything on Exuras turns out well while in another timeline, everything on Exuras turns out really, really badly.

This was a good issue on the whole, right up until the end. The moral question of whether the Exurans should be doing this is a good one - just because they can, should they? - but sadly it never really gets the chance to be answered. Just as it's brought up, soldiers from the other, bad Exuras turn up wanting their timeline back. What starts out as an excellent change of pace and style, something new and refreshing for this title, ends in a somewhat clich├ęd heading-for-a-fight last page. Who knows, maybe it'll surprise me again next issue? I hope so.

TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #5 - the Outsider gives Pandora a quick history lesson about her box and the bad spirits within - basically, evil wasn't unleashed when it opened for her, and even if she succeeded in banishing the spirits, people would still be bad - before she's unceremoniously dragged through the spirit world to meet John Constantine and his new team who, he informs her, are going to "KILL EVIL!"

The lead up to the Blight crossover seems forced; the depiction of the spirits from the box, though, has changed from earlier ones - they now seem like evil or bad versions of the entities from the Green Lantern books, even down to the colours. I wonder if there'll be a merging of the two at some point down the line?

And what made me smile:

Now that's confidence!

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