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Review: Red Lanterns #1

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:45

*Warning: Spoilers*


With gorgeous art from Ed Benes, and a very accessible first issue from Peter Milligan, the Red Lanterns rage now runs through the new DCU in Red Lanterns #1!

Similar in aspect to this week's Green Lantern #1, Red Lanterns continues from the good(?) ol' DCU and picks up after the events of the "War of the Green Lanterns."

Milligan provides the new reader with the necessary background, and likewise, gives the loyal follower a taste of what is to come. 

The conclusion to the "War of the Green Lanterns" saw Atrocitus get his heart's -or lack thereof- desire, which brings up an interesting predicament. As a Red Lantern is fueled by rage, what happens when that rage is abated? And at the same time, when one Red Lantern's rage is reduced, what happens when the remaining members rage continues to run deep?

The Red Lantern Atrocitus actually offers up Milligan - and readers - quite the conundrum, as everything that has preceded the New 52 in regards to the character has come to a conclusion. Furthermore, Atrocitus has essentially been a Green Lantern villain (a great one, to boot!), and has been transitioning away from that in recent issues of GL. Milligan needs to offer the reader something new to hook them in, and the way he goes about doing just that is truly - atrocious! Atrocitus has the ability to see the future, but in doing so must make a blood sacrifice - doesn't have to be his blood, though! Through the vision, we see a glimpse of what is to come in the new DCU, and with that, it sets Atrocitus on fire!

Milligan also threw in a little something that I didn't expect to find in this issue; namely, a connection to earth. While true, Atrocitus has spent time on the home planet of Hal Jordan, it seems as if the Red Lanterns are not finished with us quite, yet. 

Benes, Hunter and Eyring give us simply a beautiful issue. The colors are rendered perfectly as the bright red of these vengeful Lanterns shows forth. It's disturbing, awesome and epic all rolled into one. 

Red Lanterns #1 is a stunning issue to behold and an intriguing issue to read. Can't wait to see what comes next.