While the June DC Comics solicits seem to tip readers off to spoilers at the end of “Green Lantern: New Guardians” #40, writer Justin Jordan and the art combo of Diogenes Neves and Roge Antonio do not feed directly into that solicitation text. Instead, the creators focus on wrapping up Kyle Rayner’s struggle with the Life Equation.
Uneven artwork from Neves and Antonio (with inks from Marc Deering and Daniel Henriques) limit the sizzle that “Green Lantern: New Guardians” #40 delivers. Neves’ style is cleaner and more inline with what could be perceived as a DC house style while Antonio is sketchier, slightly more daring and unpredictable. Antonio handles the dynamic final confrontation between Rayner and Oblivion, making that single exchange the most visually dynamic page in this comic. Colorist Wil Quintana contributes to the dynamic with glows and effects that blend seamlessly with Antonio’s art. While Quintana fills the panels, letterer Dave Sharpe brings a wide array of effects to the word balloons. Some of Sharpe’s exclamatory font choices lack fire, but the choices for Oblivion’s dialogue and the White Lantern’s words resound through their balloons.
Jordan uses the extra pages of the issue to button up the loose ends and drive through the checklist of series’ conclusion requirements, including characters flying off towards the reader, declaring a new beginning. Rayner and Star Sapphire Carol Ferris remain at the heart of the story, but Jordan checks in on a handful of other characters in the battle against Oblivion. Saint Walker and Mehenash Exeter, in particular, carry themselves well throughout this comic as Jordan continues to check boxes on his way out the door.
With “Convergence” on the horizon and a host of titles set to end, DC is sure to have some stories that underwhelm just as surely as it will have some tales that surprise readers. Unfortunately, “Green Lantern: New Guardians” #40 just hits enough notes to do the job of finishing the series without bringing anything spectacular or memorable. Jordan, Neves, Antonio, Quintana and Sharpe give readers a complete tale that has some nice moments, but it simply burns out too early.