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Review: Red Lanterns #24

Posted By: Wonder Worlock
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 23:06

We are learning a new framework in which to view the Red Lantern Corps under writer Charles Soule, and I for one am loving it.

Not that I didn’t like the rage and soul-searching on the part of leader Atrocitus, a powerful and complex cosmic soul. But with the arrival of the new creators post-Johns, this book has really picked up and is beginning to find its own identity among the Lantern group.

That said, Red Lanterns #24, Chapter 4 in the “Lights Out” saga, seems to lose a bit of the drama that had built in Green Lantern: New Guardians, but I did not expect it to transfer because the feel of the two books is so different … which, in the long run, is a good thing, I think.

The element that has added the spark to the raging fire (lol, get it?) is, of course, the turn of events with former Green Lantern Guy Gardner as Soule has imbedded him into the RLC. There is a cool scene with Guy and Bleez that really defines how both characters are going. But, shockingly, by book’s end the situation with the entire Red Lantern Corps will have changed, as they say in the solicits, “and will never be the same again!”

That shocker, such as it is (thanks, RL #25 solicit), will save for the reader, because it is relatively early and I am sure there will be plenty of 'net discussion. Also up for observance is the first fateful meeting between Guy and GL head honcho Hal Jordan since Guy’s “conversion.” Neither character is typical for the color of their ring, and while there is a tenseness here (Hasn’t there always been?), the old respect and cooperation is still there underneath for these opposite sides of the same leadership coin.

Alessandro Vitti does a great job of balancing rage and emotion with cosmic grandeur and, while not its best chapter, Red Lanterns #24 does a wonderful job of advancing the event as well as setting up a new status quo for the Reds.

What else can you ask?