Ion Vol. 2: The Dying Flame

October 28, 2007 | Trades


Ion Vol. 2: The Dying Flame
Ron Marz, Greg Tocchini, Fernando Pasarin, Paco Diaz, Yvel Guichet
DC Comics
$17.99/$14.99 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

It may have gotten lost among the seemingly infinite number of new ongoing and miniseries that followed DC last big crisis, but Ion might just be required reading for those looking for clues to the big picture.
On the surface, Ion looks to be the ongoing adventures of Kyle Rayner, the man who was once the last Green Lantern, who now finds himself with a vastly more powerful energy source at his disposal.
In the wake of Infinite Crisis, the last DC mega-crossover series, Kyle is left tortured by the death of his ex-girlfriend, the hero Jade, who transferred all her magic-based green energy to him as she sacrificed herself to save him and their fellow superheroes.
Having survived an attack on both his life and his credibility at the hands of the evil villain Nero in volume 1, Kyle quickly finds his hands full in this second, and final, book as he faces another old enemy, defends the honour of a beautiful alien princess, gets trapped in the borderlands between worlds and, inevitably, tracks down the person responsible for all his woes.
In the midst of all this, writer Ron Marz, along with a team of artists — including covers by Toronto’s Kalman Andrasofzsky, slips in plenty of foreshadowing for many current and future DC Comics, like the weekly series, Countdown, the Sinestro Corps War going on right now in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps monthly books and maybe even 2008’s highly anticipated, Final Crisis.
If you’re the sort of person who needs to know how it all began, Ion has got plenty for you.

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